The National Lottery has promised to provide another £45 million in support for the ‘most vulnerable communities’ in the UK to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
The National Lottery has formed a new network through its ‘Community Fund,’ which will help disperse central funds to five agencies helping groups operating in areas that have been adversely impacted by pandemic circumstances.
The network will be led by the ‘COVID-19 Social Enterprise Support Fund Partnership,’ which will be responsible for distributing £ 20 million to best-placed social enterprises in response to the COVID-19 crisis in support of local, disadvantaged communities.
Supporting organisations raising £ 5 m includes the Barrow Cadbury Trust refugee support organisation, Homelessness support group Connect.
The new network of the Community Fund will be further sponsored by the foundations Access to Justice and UnLtd promoting social enterprise.
At the start of the shutdown, the National Lottery Community Fund, the biggest charitable funder in the UK, has contributed more than £ 200 million to help neighbourhoods deal with unparalleled impacts.
Dawn Austwick, The National Lottery Community Fund chief executive said:
“These partnerships will extend the reach of National Lottery funding at a time when communities need it most. They are each experts in their field, which is why we’re delighted to be working alongside them.
“Their local knowledge, dedication and network of contacts will be critical in supporting the distribution of much-needed funding at a critical time for communities. We’re grateful to them for working with us so closely and of course to National Lottery players for making this emergency response possible.”