Update on the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) in England

The following provides an update from the National Lottery Community Fund on the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) in England, launched on 22nd May.

To date, we have received over 10,000 applications to the CCSF. Of the £200m allocated by Government, we have now awarded funding of almost £55 million to over 2,300 organisations in England, helping communities during this difficult time.

Whilst continuing to award funding, we have also been keeping a close eye on the level of demand, with applications totalling almost £130 million currently being assessed by our funding teams.

To ensure we can meet as many of these requests as possible, we will be closing the Government allocation of the funding to new applications at noon on 17 August. We will continue to assess applications that we have received before this date.

While this important Government funding is coming to an end, National Lottery funding to support communities in England will continue to be available.

Further details on how we can continue to support you through COVID-19 can be found at www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19.

If you’re planning to apply for the Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), you must apply by 12 noon on 17 August 2020. We should be finished distributing these funds by the end of October 2020.

After this, you can still apply for emergency National Lottery funded grants in England to help your community through COVID-19. We will be focusing on funding for organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, specifically for user-led equality groups supporting:

  • black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) communities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities
  • disabled people.

This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £300 and £100K.

We are also working with specialist partners to reach specific groups as quickly as we can.

You can only apply for the Government CCSF funding once, although you can also apply to us for National Lottery funding.

Beyond the emergency response, National Lottery funding to support communities in England will be available.