Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tens of thousands of charities providing vital services will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.
As part of a UK-wide package of support, £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.
As well as this, £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
This adds to charities being able to defer their VAT bills, pay no business rates for their shops next year, and furloughing staff where possible with the government paying 80% of their wages.