Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today (Wednesday 8 April).
- £750 million pot for frontline charities across the UK – including hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims
- £360 million direct from government departments and £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund
- government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser later this month – pledging a minimum of £20 million
Dawn Austwick, CEO of the National Lottery Communities Fund said:
“I have been inspired by how charities and voluntary groups have stepped up to support people and communities through this crisis. We look forward to working alongside Government and others to ensure these new funds have the biggest possible impact.”
“We are now urgently discussing with government details of how the funding will be made available and will provide further information as soon as we are able to do so.”
Further updates will be available from the National Lottery Community Fund.