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£300M National Lottery Funding to help Communities Tackle Covid-19 Crisis

Fri 7 Aug 2020

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis​


The funds will be used to support the most vulnerable in communities across the UK during these difficult times. From next week, hundreds of millions of pounds will start benefiting those projects that are at the forefront of the Coronavirus crisis - from supporting food banks, to causes that combat loneliness and isolation, help for the elderly and projects that support health in the community.

The initiative, enabled by The National Lottery Community fund, will ensure that National Lottery funding is able to be deployed at scale, to help projects the length and breadth of the country in what is the UK's biggest non-governmental contribution to the efforts in local communities to combat the effects of the Coronavirus.

Dawn Austwick, CEO of The National Lottery Community Fund said "To reach those groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time, we 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.

We are doing this because we know it is critical right now to work harder as a funder to get cash out of the door and hope that by acting quickly we can help organisations at the fore-front of the current crisis, when support is needed most."

For details of funding programmes available visit the website and for the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the dedicated COVID-19 page.