Frontline charities are being granted an extra £750 million in funding so they can keep going through the coronavirus crisis, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced. Tens of thousands of charities in the UK are set to benefit from the package, which has been announced so they can meet increased demand caused by Covid-19. The chancellor said while the right decision for many charities is to close and furlough staff, the package is designed to keep charities open whose service remains vital throughout the epidemic

Some £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.
Charities due to receive some of £360 million:
  • Hospices will receive £200 million 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
The remaining £370 million, which is destined for smaller and medium sized charities, will come in part from a National Lottery Community Fund grant, for those in England. It will go to charities “at the heart of local communities” which are “making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice”. The Chancellor also said the government will match fund whatever the public donates to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on April 23rd. The government contribution will start with at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal