The Covid-19 Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector support package, hereby referred to as the funding package, was announced by the Chancellor on 8 April 2021 as an emergency funding package of £750 million to support the VCSE sector through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The funds were distributed by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and other government departments to a range of organisations. Of the £750m, £360 million was distributed directly from government departments and £370 million was distributed to smaller charities, including a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.
The government also matched donations to the National Emergencies Trust (NET) as part of the BBC’s ‘Big Night In’ fundraiser. To read the evaluation report in detail click here.