Coronavirus Community Support Fund opens tomorrow

£200 million Government funding for small to medium sized organisations to increase community support to vulnerable peole and reduce temporary closures of charities supporting vulnerable people.

The government's Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May to small/medium sized organisations in England and distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund.The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

Further details will be on the National Lottery Community Fund website from 10am on Friday 22nd May https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes.  

Funds will be distributed along side money raised by National Lottery players. Entry point and process for both streams will be the same, making it easier to apply. NLCF are committed to working flexibly, as far as possible, to support organisations to get the help needed to respond to the immediate crisis and prepare for the future.

NLCF know that these are challenging times: NLCF CEO, Dawn Austwick: “Charities are playing a vital role in channelling the right resources, to the right place, at the right time. This Government funding will fuel that vital work and give those charities greater certainty at this critical time for the country and we look forward to getting it to where it can make the most difference.“

In putting the programme together, NLCF have been helped by insight and advice from across civil society and will keep that conversation going to guide how they support charities and community organisations as they rebuild in the future.

See full press release by the NLCF at: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-05-20/statement-about-the-coronavirus-community-support-fund.

This funding is only part of a package of "£150 million government support to charities and social enterprises who have responsed to community needs during this time, for further details of the government annoucement go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-unlocks-150-million-from-dormant-accounts-for-coronavirus-response