Understandably, charities are concerned about what to do during the Coronavirus outbreak, so the Charity Commission has set out its response to the most commonly asked questions from across the charity sector.
Government is assuring charities that its approach to regulation during this uncertain period will be as flexible and pragmatic as possible in the public interest, whilst helping trustees to be aware of and think about the wider or longer impact of their decisions on their charity.
The Chancellor has announced an extra £750 million funding for frontline charities, as part of the coronavirus support. The package of funding is to ensure charities can continue their vital work during the outbreak.
£360 million comes direct from Government departments and will be directly allocated by Government to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.
£370 million for small and medium sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will be for those at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak – delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice. The National Lotteries Community Fund are now urgently discussing with Government details of how the funding will be made available.
The Government will also match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBCs Big Night In Charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a minimum of £20million.
Maritime charities have a huge impact – keeping people active, improving well-being, connecting people socially and helping people learn new skills – but not many will be providing frontline services during this time. Charities may benefit from the support already announced either by Government or by Sport England. Further information on the financial support available can be found in the FAQs for RYA Affiliated Clubs, Classes and Recognised Training Centres.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations estimates charities stand to lose around £4bn in 12 weeks as a result of COVID-19. They welcomed the announcement as an important first step ‘though it will not be enough to prevent good charities around the country from closing their doors’.