The coronavirus funding scheme for small charities faces renewed criticism, after it emerged that the government has withdrawn from agreements about how to distribute £60m.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) pulled out of plans to distribute around £60m to small charities via delivery partners without warning a fortnight ago, according to several sources familiar with the discussions.
The money would have come from the £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund for small charities, which is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and is part of the financial package announced by the chancellor in April to help the sector survive the coronavirus pandemic.
DCMS and NLCF have already been criticised over delays to opening the fund. Last week, NLCF announced that the fund has paid out less than £10m to charities so far.
ACEVO, the umbrella body for charity leaders, said that the latest developments were “very concerning”. The Directory for Social Change accused DCMS of wasting charities’ time.
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