CORONAVIRUS: Extra Government funding for charities welcomed

Published Tuesday, 14th April 2020

The Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council has welcomed extra Government funding for frontline charities during the coronavirus outbreak – and urged local charities to apply.

Councillor Shane Moore said the additional £750 million would ensure that charities across the UK can continue their vital work in supporting the most vulnerable.

“There’s a whole range of charities providing invaluable help to the people of Hartlepool at this exceptionally difficult time, and the work they are doing is really appreciated by the Council.

“I am pleased that the Government has recognised the key role they are playing in the response to the pandemic by making this extra money available,” he said.

As part of a UK-wide package of support, £360 million will be allocated directly by Government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.

These include:

  • Hospices.
  • St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS.
  • Victims’ charities, including those dealing with domestic abuse.
  • Vulnerable children’s charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities.
  • Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice.

There will also be £370 million for smaller charities - including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England - to support organisations working at the heart of local communities, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.

Government departments are now said to be working at pace to identify priority recipients, with the aim for charities to receive money in the coming weeks. The application system for the National Lottery Community Fund grant pot is expected to be operational within a similar period of time.

Councillor Moore added: “It is important that those charities eligible for additional funding receive this financial support to help them continue their work, and I would urge them to apply once the system for doing so is up and running. If any organisation requires assistance in putting together a bid we are happy to help.”