Financial support for charities and voluntary groups
Published: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Wandsworth Council has welcomed last night’s announcement by the Chancellor of a £750m package of funding for charities in the front line of the fight against coronavirus.
The Government package will offer direct cash grants to charities to ensure they can meet increased demand due to the crisis, and so they can continue day-to-day activities supporting people in need.
Last week the council announced its own £100k COVID-19 Response Fund to help the borough’s charities support vulnerable people during the crisis.
The council grants sub-committee will hold a virtual meeting as soon as possible so that the money can be allocated without delay. The application process will be streamlined.
Councillor Rory O’Broin, Wandsworth Council’s finance spokesman, said: “We welcome last night’s announcement and I have asked officers to look carefully at how our charitable and voluntary organisations can benefit and to communicate that information to the sector.
“We have many charitable, voluntary and community groups doing fantastic work supporting vulnerable people in their neighbourhoods. That is why we announced our own package of support last week.
“We will be working closely with them over the coming weeks to support their work, help them access sources of funding and plan for the future once this crisis is over."