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:
- 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.
- 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.