On 8 April 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new package of support for charities.
A total of £750m in funding was announced. This was announced to be broken down as follows:
- £370m is due to go to small and medium-sized charities. In England, this will be channelled through the National Lottery Community Fund and other organisations. The funding will support locally-focused charities doing most during the outbreak – such as delivering food and medicines and providing financial advice.
- £360m will be allocated by government departments to charities providing essential services and supporting during the coronavirus crisis. Out of this total figure:
- up to £200m will support hospices
- funding is specifically allocated to St John Ambulance to support the NHS and Citizens Advice to allow more staff to provide advice.
NCVO has published a blog post on the announcement.