Government set to invest £85m to coronavirus charities

The Government will boost the fundraising efforts of funders and philanthropists by doubling the money going to charities in England, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced today.

From 18 July to 31 August, funds raised through selected coronavirus charity campaigns will be matched pound-for-pound through the new ‘Community Match Challenge’.

Funders, foundations, and philanthropists – whose coronavirus campaigns have raised millions for the most vulnerable since the pandemic struck – are invited to apply for a share of £85m to match their donations to good causes.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Since Covid hit, the British people, businesses and philanthropists have stepped up and fundraised hundreds of millions of pounds to support the most vulnerable in our communities. We’re now launching a Community Match Challenge as part of our multi-billion-pound package of support for our brilliant charity sector. The Government will match pound for pound what is raised by others to double the generosity of others.”