National Lottery launches £45m coronavirus response fund for charity partnerships

The National Lottery is handing out £45m to five charity partnerships supporting communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The partnerships involved with support charities and community groups who are helping people disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. This includes BAME communities and those affected by homelessness. The grants range from £19.7m to £5m.

Those backed by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) include the Covid-19 Homeless Response Fund, which has received £5m to help small and medium sized charities to adapt their services to meet the needs of homeless people during the pandemic. This is being led by Homeless Link.

Also receiving £5m is the Community Justice Fund partnership, which will support social welfare advice organisations.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 Community Recover Scheme sees Power to Change working in a consortium with Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business to support community led organisations. This has received £10m.

The Barrow Cadbury Trust Covid-19 Support Fund has received £5.15m to help small and medium sized charities that are supporting migrants and refugees.

The largest pot, £19.7m, goes to The Covid-19 Social Enterprise Support Fund Partnership, which is supporting social enterprises helping local communities respond to the pandemic.

NLCF chief executive Dawn Austwick said: “These partnerships will extend the reach of National Lottery funding at a time when communities need it most. They are each experts in their field, which is why we’re delighted to be working alongside them. Their local knowledge, dedication and network of contacts will be critical in supporting the distribution of much needed funding at a critical time for communities.

“We’re grateful to them for working with us so closely and of course to National Lottery players for making this emergency response possible.”

Barrow Cadbury Trust chief executive Sara Llewellin added: “This is a very welcome boost to a part of the sector which is really struggling.  We will make sure every penny is used to support refugees and migrants at this very difficult time, when need is outstripping supply for these vulnerable communities. 

“Ensuring a broad mix of user groups and a wide geographic spread will guide our decision-making, which will also be informed by people with personal experience on the ground.”

Earlier this month the NLCF admitted that only £8.5m of £200m government funding it is distributing to help small charities has been allocated. This followed concerns around a lack of transparency around the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, raised by the Directory of Social Change.

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