The National Lottery Community Fund is committing up to £300m over the next six months to helping charities tackling the coronavirus crisis.
In a statement published on the National Lottery Community Fund’s site, CEO Dawn Austwick has said that as well as changing its funding focus for now, the Fund will accelerate the cash part of this funding to get it where it needs to be as quickly as possible. It has also so far honoured existing commitments to grant holders and has offered them flexibility so that they can focus on supporting their communities.
To reach those groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time, the NLCF will prioritise the following faster payments for existing grant holders and applicants using the following criteria:
• Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
• Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19
The Fund will keep its approach under constant review, and should it get through this initial tranche of support with some funding left, or circumstances change, will move to set new priorities.
For more information visit the National Lottery Community Fund website