Six charities in Carshalton and Wallington have been awarded funding through the Government's Coronavirus Community Support Fund.
In a year of unprecedented disruption, we have relied upon our charities more than ever.
A crucial part of the Government’s response to COVID has been the £750 million support package to ensure voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors across the country can continue their vital work during this difficult period. The scheme is one of the most generous in the world and by far the most generous in Europe for the charity sector.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has led work to secure this funding and to oversee the overall design of how it has been used, with individual government departments and other bodies distributing it. The emergency package was broken down into a number of specific areas, including:
- An immediate allocation of £200 million to hospices across England;
- £200 million to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, with a focus on supporting small- and medium-sized charities;
- £160 million to government departments for charities working on the front line of the COVID response, on issues such as tackling domestic violence, supporting the nation’s mental health and protecting vulnerable children;
- £37 million to the BBC’s Big Night In appeal, matching the generosity of the public in raising funds for Children In Need, Comic Relief and the National Emergencies Trust;
- £85 million through DCMS’ Community Match Challenge, which has worked with a range of philanthropists and funders to unlock more than £160m for good causes;
- £60 million to the Devolved Administrations to support charities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;
- £5 million to the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership to support volunteers in local areas.
This package builds on £150 million which was released from the Government’s Dormant Assets scheme. These funds were lying unused in dormant accounts; they will now support charities, communities and individuals affected by the pandemic. Charities and social enterprises have also used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to enable them to continue their vital work. This has been a multi-billion pound package of government support for charities.
Over 13,000 charities across the country have received funding to continue their vital work, including household names, such as St John Ambulance, NSPCC, Age UK, Barnardo’s, Fareshare, and the British Red Cross, as well as thousands of smaller local charities.
From the £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund alone, 6 charities in our area have so far received £99,215. These include:
- Sutton Mencap Charity Company (£9,900)
- People Arise Now (£9,315)
- Anima Youth C.I.C. (£10,000)
- DO IT 4 CHILDREN (£10,000)
- Sutton African & Caribbean Cultural Organisation (£10,000)
- South Carshalton Seniors Centre (£50,000)
I am writing to each charity to congratulate them, and to offer my support in any way that I can moving forward.