From Civil Society
The government has been accused of breaking a promise over emergency coronavirus funding for small charities, after it emerged that no “standalone review” has been conducted into the scheme.
This is despite the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committing in April to “review early learnings” from the £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), arguing at the time that this was necessary to inform decisions about how to distribute the remaining cash.
Oliver Dowden, culture secretary, appeared to emphasise the same point in June, when he told parliament that he wanted to distribute small charity funding “in tranches”, so that his department would have the chance to “look again at the criteria” for grants before releasing more money.
However, no information about evaluating those criteria was released when most of the remaining funds were committed to a match-funding programme last month, and officials have now confirmed that no formal review of the CCSF was ever undertaken.