Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced the launch of a £15.5 million Covid-19 Charities Fund to help local charities facing financial difficulties as a result of the current public health emergency.

The fund will provide financial support to charities who:

  • Have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and
  • Are unable to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020.

The programme will provide up to £75,000 for eligible organisations and will be administered on behalf of the Department for Communities by The National Lottery Community Fund.  The amount of funding required to cover immediate costs and prevent short term closure will vary for each organisation.

The fund will open for applications on Monday 15 June.

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