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Earlier in the week we received further clarification as to how the £750million funding for charities that was announced back in April was to be spent. The details of the announcement can be found here.

In summary the funding announced included

  • £360million from individual government departments to charities in England based on evidence of service need. Of this £200million is directly to support hospices.
  • £310million for smaller, local VCSE’s working with vulnerable people in England including a £200million Coronavirus Community Support Fund which will be distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund.
  • £60million in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support charities on the frontline helping vulnerable people affected by COVID-19.
  • Match funding the public donations to the BBC Big Night in. The latest fundraising total is over £35million. The first £20million of match funding went to the National Emergencies Trust appeal for smaller, local charities. The 47 local Community Foundations across the UK, including Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland will then provide grant funding to eligible organisations within their community.
  • Match funding above the first £20million is split between Children In Need and Comic Relief.
  • In addition, £150million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and individuals.

The departments are taking a range of approaches to distribute funding as quickly as possible. Some funding will be provided directly to organisations they already work in partnership with, several departments will be running specific onward grant processes themselves or with partners.

The current funding opportunities include;

Coronavirus Community Support Fund - £200million

Funding will be available for small and medium sized charities and social enterprises to help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis where delivery organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand.

Funding is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, alongside its own funding.

Applications will open Friday 22nd May at 10am

Details of how to apply can be found here.

The remaining £110million will be distributed in the future, based on the results from the distribution of the £200million fund and evolving picture on the impact of the crisis so that the remaining funding can be utilised to address emerging priorities and opportunities.

Devon County Council – COVID19 Prompt Action Fund

On a local scale DCC are providing small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes to address issues that have arisen due to the Coronavirus outbreak including;

  • Safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable such as food and medicine;
  • Support for accessing online information and services;
  • Virtual support groups to help people stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing;
  • Transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak.

Applications are being accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities or businesses or a combination of such groups working together.

Further information including application forms can be found here.

Children In Need - Larger Grant programme

This funding is for organisations delivering support for Children and Young People affected by COVID-19. Eligible organisation will be able to apply for up to £80,000 and is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.

Applications are due to open on 8th June 2020.

Further information will be published shortly here.  

There is also additional funding available for specific sectors including food aid charities, homelessness, loneliness, domestic abuse, vulnerable children and zoos as shown here


If you would like to discuss any of the above any further, or need assistance with any of the applications, please contact me or your local Thomas Westcott office, we are here to help you during this difficult time.