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8 April 2020

Government announces funding package to support charities in the UK to continue their work during COVID-19

Introduced by

HM Treasury

Targeted at



Announced on 8 April 2020. Aim is for government departments to identify priority recipients and distribute funding in 'the coming weeks'. First allocation announced on 2 May

Stated aims

To ensure that UK charities can continue their work during the COVID-19 outbreak


Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces that the government is making £750m available for 'front-line charities' across the UK. This will include hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims. £360m will come directly from government departments and £370m will be made available for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund. Government departments will identify 'priority recipients' with the aim of distributing funding to charities within weeks. The government will also match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser, pledging a minimum of £20m.


Gov.uk news story

Gov.uk guidance – financial support for VCSE