Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tens of thousands of charities providing vital services will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the outbreak, as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.
£360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. These will include:
- Hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector
- St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS
- Victims charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services
- Vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
- Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time
£370 million, for small and medium sized charities, will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
The Chancellor has also announced the Government will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector can be found here.