NLCF Coronavirus Community Support Fund – open from Friday 22 May

Article date
21 May 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open on Friday 22 May at 10am. This is part of the funding announced by the Chancellor back in April.

The £200 million funding pot will be administered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and decisions will be made by a joint panel of NLCF and DCMS (Department of Culture Media and Sport) representatives. Decisions are expected to be made within weeks.

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 information
  • You can read the full press release here.
  • To apply, visit the NLCF website from 10am on Friday when the links will be made available.