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Charity Update - 2 December 2020

02/12/2020

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Welcome to the latest issue of Fieldfisher's Charity Update.

Once again, Covid-19 dominates the charity news highlighting the financial pressures facing the sector. However, it is not all doom and gloom, with positive news of funding to FareShare, youth organisations and disadvantaged women lifting the spirits as we reach the end of a long 2020.

Wishing you a safe and productive end to the year.

Neil Palmer

1 December 2020

FareShare to receive a £16 million Winter Support grant to feed those in need

At least 4,000 frontline charities, not-for-profit organisations and community groups in England will benefit, including refuges, homeless shelters and rehabilitation services. The programme aims to provide over 7,600 tonnes of food over the winter months.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

27 November 2020

Charities supporting disadvantaged women and girls to receive £15 million from the Tampon Tax Fund

Projects that help victims of domestic abuse, work with eating disorder sufferers, and provide mentoring for disadvantaged young women, are among those to receive grants of more than £1 million each over the next two years. The money will also be used to make grants to smaller organisations.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Office for Civil Society, and Baroness Barran MBE

25 November 2020

Spending Review 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the results of the spending review today.  Highlights affecting the charity sector include: cuts to international aid spending, updates to plans for the UK shared Propensity Fund, the creation of the 'Levelling Up Fund', an increase in the Charity Commission budget and an increase to Local Government funding.

HM Treasury

25 November 2020

£16.5m to go to Youth Covid-19 Support Fund

An emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of grassroots and national youth organisations across the country has been announced by the Government. The funding will be allocated from the Government’s unprecedented £750 million package of support which is benefiting tens of thousands of frontline charities.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

23 November 2020

200+ BAME organisations secure share of £9.5m National Lottery funding to survive Covid-19 pandemic

205 community organisations led by, or supporting, that support, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have received a share of £9.5million of National Lottery funding to help recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Social Investment Business

20 November 2020

Pro Bono Economics release a new "Covid Charity Tracker" report

In the report, top economists warn of unabated financial pressures facing the charity sector in 2021. Three quarters of charities warn they are preparing for next year to bring high levels of demand for their services. Pro Bono Economics identifies five interconnected fronts of demand that charities have seen increase since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the report here.

Pro Bono Economics

17 November 2020

National Audit Office to investigate Government funding to charities during the Covid-19 pandemic

A report, looking at how effectively the government spent the £750 million allocated to the charitable sector will be available in the spring of 2021.

National Audit Office

16 November 2020

Charities likely to reduce services as lockdown bites

Two thirds of charities say they will have to reduce services in the next three months as a result of lockdown measures, according to a new survey by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Charities Aid Foundation

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