Emergency government grants scheme now open

Government emergency support funding for charities distributed via the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is now open to applications.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England with two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people

  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

There are three kinds of grants available:

The application process is designed to be fast and simple. You can fill in an online form, or you can email answers or submit a video instead. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

They are prioritising: 

  • Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the covid-19 crisis

  • Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the covid-19 crisis

  • Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to covid-19

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