The Government announcement of £750 million for charities is welcome news, but there is concern it will not go far enough. The funding has been given a cautious welcome by national charity representatives who led the #EveryDayCounts campaign, such as National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Of the £750m, £370m is due to go to small and medium-sized charities. In England, this will be channelled through the National Lottery Community Fund and other organisations. It will support locally-focused charities doing most during the outbreak – such as delivering food and medicines and providing financial advice.
Another £360m will be allocated by government departments to charities providing essential services and supporting during the coronavirus crisis. Out of this total figure:
- up to £200m will support hospices
- funding is also specifically allocated to St John Ambulance, to support the NHS, and Citizens Advice to allow more staff to provide advice.
More details are due to follow in the coming weeks, with the government suggesting the funding will be made available quickly to small charities in need.