Government funding for the sector and NCVO analysis

Article date
14 April 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Last week the Chancellor announced a long-awaited package of financial support for the sector. £750 million pounds will be distributed to charities and this will be made available in three ways:

  • £370 million will be distributed to small and medium charities providing local support such as delivering food, supplies and giving financial advice. This will be delivered in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, and the detail of how to apply for this grant funding is expected soon.
  • £360 will be distributed directly by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people through the crisis. The detail is not clear here on how to apply and the announcement seems to suggest that government departments will identify recipient charities. The examples given here were:
    • hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector
    • St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS
    • victims’ charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services
    • vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
    • Citizens Advice, to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time
  • £20 million will act as match funding to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser later this month. (In Reading, the National Emergencies Fund grant funding is made available through Berkshire Community Foundation).

NCVO have published this very helpful analysis of the Chancellor’s announcement.

We will continue to keep you updated as more information is made available on how to access the above funding streams. Do keep an eye on our funding page here, sign up to RVA News, or contact