This £200 million fund is part of the £750 million in funding that the Government announced in early April 2020.

Administered by the National Lottery Community Fund, the Coronavirus Support Fund has two key objectives:

  • To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  • 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.

The grants will allow organisations to:

  • Meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption.
  • Refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

Commenting on the new funding during a 20 May press conference, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

"Charities and social enterprises, with the support of volunteers, are the beating heart of our communities. Since the crisis hit, they have stepped up their response which has been vital to the national effort.

"We need our charities to help Britain bounce back, which is why we have pledged an unprecedented package of support to help them make a huge difference for vulnerable people across the country."

Details of the Coronavirus Support Fund will be provided once the information has been released by the National Lottery Community Fund.