£750m support for VCSE

The government announced last week they have pledged £750m to support voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE) organisation in response to Covid-19.

The funds are being allocated the following ways:

  • £360 million from individual government departments to charities in England based on evidence of service need. Of this £200 million is to directly support hospices

  • £310 million for smaller, local VCSEs working with vulnerable people in England, including £200 million Coronavirus Community Support Fund will be distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund

  • £60 million in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support thousands of charities on the frontline helping vulnerable people affected by COVID-19

  • £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and individuals

  • Match funding the generous public donations to the BBC Big Night In. The latest fundraising total is over £35 million. The first £20 million of match funding went to the National Emergencies Trust appeal for smaller, local VCSEs. The 47 local Community Foundations across the UK, including Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland will then grant funding to eligible organisations within their community. Match funding above the first £20 million is split between Children In Need and Comic Relief.

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