National Lottery Community Fund’s new £200 million Coronavirus Community Support Fund opens to applications at 10am this morning, Friday 22 May (England only)

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open to applications at 10am this morning, Friday 22nd May.

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.