Nineteen grant-makers receive share of £85m of emergency government funds

The Charities Aid Foundation and the National Emergencies Trust are among 19 philanthropists, funders and foundations to receive a share of £85m in match-funded cash from the government.

The government’s Community Match Challenge scheme was announced as part of a £750m financial support package for charities hit by the coronavirus crisis in April, following pressure from charities and umbrella organisations.

The match-funding is being added to money already raised by the organisations, doubling the amount of money available.

The money will be distributed through existing partners. In some cases, however, other charities will also be available to apply for funding. 

CAF is the biggest recipient with £20m to support work alongside the Association of British Insurers, followed by the Steve Morgan Foundation (£10m), and the Oneside Foundation (£6m).

Sir John Low, chief executive of CAF, said: “We are once again proud to be a part of this effort on the part of the insurance and long-term savings industry to explore every possible avenue to ensure that vital funds reach charities and the people they help everyday.”

Five organisations, including the Lloyds Bank Foundation, will receive between £5m and £6m, while the rest will receive between £1m and £4m. 

“The match funding from DCMS will enable us to add to our core investment from Lloyds Banking Group and give more money to small but vital charities this year, so they can help more people for longer at a time when their services have been never more needed,” said Paul Streets, chief executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, said: “Whether that’s helping families to provide nutritious meals, using innovative tech solutions to reach the most vulnerable or supporting the mental health of our young people, it is vital we continue to do all we can to support our communities in the months ahead.”

The government has previously faced criticism over the slow pace at which the urgently needed funds have been distributed.

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