The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200m for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.
The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May.
This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.
The Fund has two key objectives:
- To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
- 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.
The application and information page is now available on the National Lottery Fund page here:
And the original government announcement here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-unlocks-150-million-from-dormant-accounts-for-coronavirus-response