Published: 27th May 2020

Charities and community groups across the UK have received almost £120m of National Lottery funding since the COVID-19 lockdown began. This funding has reached over 4,500 community projects across the UK, with activities ranging from a cancer support group that has moved online to a charity distributing care packages of toiletries for those in need. The COVID-19 crisis has sparked an influx of groups seeking funding to support their communities through these times. Overall, compared to the same time last year, requests for funding have increased by 55%, while visits to the funder’s website have shot up by 47%. The most apparent spike in applications has been for smaller grants, with requests for funding up to £10,000 increasing by 51% year-on-year. In addition to funding larger and UK-wide charities, 38% of the grants (£24 million) have gone to micro and small groups* and a further £46 million to medium-sized organisations*, as communities … (To read the full article, subscribe below)