Funding to support the charity sector announced
Charities in Northern Ireland are to get over £10million as part of a government support package, to ensure they can continue their vital work during the Coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced yesterday (Wednesday 8 April).
The funding, part of a £750 million package of support for charities across the UK, includes that government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser on 23 April 2020 – pledging a minimum of £20 million.
£370 million of the funding will support small, local charities working with vulnerable people. In England, this support will be provided through organisations like the National Lottery Communities Fund, with £60 million of the funding allocated through the Barnett formula to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:
- £30 million for the Scottish Government
- £20 million for Welsh Government
- £10 million for the Northern Ireland Executive
The UK government will also provide £360 million directly to charities providing essential services and supporting vulnerable people, as the health emergency continues. Up to £200 million of those grants will support hospices with the rest going to organisations like St Johns’ Ambulance as well as charities supporting vulnerable children, victims of domestic abuse, or disabled people.
You can read the Chancellor’s announcement on economic support for the charity sector in full here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellor-of-the-exchequer-rishi-sunak-on-economic-support-for-the-charity-sector.