The UK government announced in its Spring 2023 budget that more than £100 million would be made available for frontline charities in England, and has recently issued an update, which you can read below.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said the government will provide £101.5m of support to charities and community organisations in England over the next two years.
An additional £18.5m has been set aside to go to charities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with £120m overall budgeted for charities in the Treasury’s budget document. Devolved administrations will decide how the £18.5m is spent.
DCMS said around three quarters of the funding will be used to deliver grants in 2023-24, targeted at those frontline charities and community organisations most impacted by increased demand for their services from vulnerable people and increased delivery costs. This is likely to include those organisations providing the most vulnerable people with emergency support including accommodation, warmth and food.
The remaining quarter will be used to fund measures over the next two years to increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. This could include new boilers, heat pumps and insulation allowing them to deliver more efficient services for vulnerable individuals.
The government also announced that it would shortly make available an additional fund of £63m for leisure facilities and £10m for suicide prevention.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said it aimed to open applications for the £100m funding pot this summer, as it was currently finalising delivery time frames and eligibility criteria.
A spokesperson for DCMS said:
“The £100m package announced as part of the spring budget will ensure frontline charities and community organisations can continue their vital work to support some of the most vulnerable people in society.
“We are working at pace to finalise the delivery time frames, delivery partner and eligibility criteria, with the aim of opening the application process for the critical support funding this summer.”
We’ll provide more information about the Fund in our daily grants bulletin or on our website once further details about eligibility and the application process are announced.
Source: Civil Society News