The new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.
The Fund is part of the £750 million in funding that the Government announced in early April 2020.
The Fund has two key objectives:
1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
Grants will be designed to:
o Allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption, and
o Allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.
For further information, visit the National Lottery Community Fund website.