MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed a new £200million Coronavirus Community Support Fund - but has warned local groups in West Lancashire to apply early after raising concerns that the national funding will not stretch very far.
The government pot of support is aimed at charity and community organisations in England - primarily at those which are ‘small to medium’.
This will be distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund and will provide much-needed financial support to communities.
The funding is part of the £750m support package that the Chancellor announced on April 8.
Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, The National Lottery Community Fund has already distributed £120million 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 said: “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 the coronavirus.
Activities supporting people and communities affected by the pandemic 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/