National Lottery rolls out up to £600m in funding to tackle coronavirus impact

Melanie May | 1 May 2020 | News

Up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery is being made available to charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
The National Lottery funding will be distributed over the next few months to help projects most impacted by coronavirus and which support some of the most vulnerable. The funding packages span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.
The funding packages announced to date include:

Further funding announcements are expected in the future and more information on the National Lottery’s Covid-19 response is available on its National Lottery Good Causes website.
Dawn Austwick, Chair of The National Lottery Forum, said:

“The National Lottery has always supported projects that help people and communities across the UK thrive. And now, the funds available are switching focus to support communities, arts, heritage, sport, education and the environment to mitigate the unprecedented pressure they are coming under as the country rallies to overcome Covid-19.”

John Rose, Chair of the Wales National Lottery Forum and Director of the National Lottery Community Fund in Wales, commented:

“The distributors of National Lottery funding in Wales are acutely aware of the unprecedented impact the Coronavirus is having across the communities we support. We have been amazed how community groups of all types have pulled together to help out in their communities. As funders, we are working tirelessly to support the projects we fund and mitigate the effects as far as possible during this difficult time. We want to reassure our communities that we are still here, we’re still making awards and we’d like to thank players of The National Lottery for their ongoing support, which is enabling us to make funding available to people and communities affected by the pandemic.”

 
Main image: Well Fed (Scotland) received £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support its Covid-19 emergency response. It is working in Glasgow’s communities to provide access to healthy and nutritious meals for those who need it most.

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