Natioanal Lottery provider Camelot Group has announced that it will continue to support UK charities going through lockdown difficulties by setting out an impact fund of £600 million.
Via its current network of partners, the National Lottery will channel immediate funds to charities that have been hit hardest by COVID-19 circumstances and further seek to help organisations that serve the most vulnerable communities in the UK through this time of crisis.
Charitable organisations involved with community health, disabilities, education, heritage, climate and sports will receive grants.
Dawn Austwick, chair of The National Lottery Forum, launched the campaign saying: “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.”
The £600million impact fund of the National Lottery will be spread through its funding network to organisations.
£300m will be earmarked for the ‘Community Fund’ of the National Lottery – offering six months of financial funding to organisations working in the City.
UK Heritage will receive £50 m in new support to provide urgent relief for UK heritage programmes and initiatives over the next four months.
Sport England received a £157 million funding package to help its network of supporters overcome financial challenges and continue to sustain important health and physical activity programmes.
The Arts Council secures an extra £144 m in lottery grants, boosting the working group and helping to sustain pandemic-interrupted initiatives.
Furthermore, during the crisis the National Lottery Impact Fund will assist regional organisations such as Sports Wales, Creative Scotland and Arts Northern Ireland.
Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “Since the National Lottery began in 1994, its dedicated players have raised more than £40 billion for good causes across the UK, making an enormous difference to people’s lives and the issues they care about.
“In these uncertain times, lottery funding takes on an even greater significance, as we come together to deliver a national effort. So I am delighted that the National Lottery is channelling its support to help those most in need across these sectors.
“This will help to support jobs and economic growth, allowing us to support vulnerable people who are relying on us, and continue to keep Britain active, educated and entertained both during and after this epidemic.”