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UK Government Announces Coronavirus Funding for Charities, April 2020

08-Apr-2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that frontline charities are being granted funding. Tens of thousands of charities in the UK are set to benefit from the package, which has been announced so they can meet increased demand caused by Covid-19.

The package comprises of funding worth £750 million to charities across the UK. This funding is to make sure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking recently in the daily announcement from the Government, The Chancellor said while the right decision for many charities is to close and furlough staff, the package is designed to keep charities open whose service remains vital throughout the epidemic:

Approximately £360 million is to be allocated by Government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. This includes:

  • Hospices to receive £200 Million to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector
  • Funding for St Johns Ambulance to support NHS
  • Funding for Victims charities designed to help the potential increase in demand for their services: This includes charities supporting victims of domestic abuse
  • Funding for vulnerable children charities, allowing them to carry on delivering services on behalf of local authorities
  • Funding for Citizens Advice helping to increase the number of staff providing guidance during this difficult time

The Chancellor also announced the remaining £370 Million will be intended for smaller and medium sized charities; this will come in part from a National Lottery Community Fund grant.

During the daily announcement The Chancellor also said the Government will match fund whatever the public donates to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on April 23rd 2020 - The Government contribution will start with at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

For more details, or to see the announcement in full, visit the Government website.

 


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