West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the launch of the Coronavirus Community Support Fund aimed at charity and community organisation.

The new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. This will be distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund and will provide much-needed financial support to communities across England. The funding is part of the £750m support package that the Chancellor announced on the 8th April.

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, The National Lottery Community Fund has already distributed £120m to charity and community organisations across the UK, and are now already receiving applications for support from the Government funding.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“Throughout this pandemic I have been clear that Government must support our community and charitable organisations to ensure that they can continue to support the fight against the Coronavirus and crucially also still be here after the pandemic has passed.

“While I am grateful that this funding has been announced, we must be realistic that £200m will not go very far in supporting the whole country.

“Demand will be extremely high so I encourage charities and community groups in West Lancashire to ensure they apply early to give them the best chance of success.”

The aim of the programme is to support organisations to continue to deliver vital services to people and communities affected by COVID-19. Activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19 can be funded, as well as help for organisations to overcome any acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic.

Applications for both Government and National Lottery funding will be via the same entry point on their website, making it easier for people to apply.

Applications can be made through the website at https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/

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