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Couple of related updates:

The coronavirus funding scheme for small charities faces renewed criticism, after it emerged that the government has withdrawn from agreements about how to distribute £60m.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.

More: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/government-criticised-after-withdrawing-from-small-charity-funding-agreements.html

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has opened a £45m programme to fund charities and social enterprises working with people “disproportionately impacted” by the coronavirus.

The money will be distributed through five partnerships, which includes £5m for migrant and refugee charities made available by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, and another £5m for homelessness charities via Homeless Link.

A further £5m will be distributed to charities giving welfare advice, while nearly £20m will go to social enterprises.

More: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/national-lottery-community-fund-announces-45m-coronavirus-partnerships.html

And then more from the Access to Justice Foudnation:

We’re delighted to announce that the Community Justice Fund has secured a £5 million grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, which will provide vital funding to specialist legal advice organisations adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The £5 million grant from The National Lottery Community Fund will be administered via the Community Justice Fund (CJF), a joint initiative between the Access to Justice Foundation and five other leading social justice funders. The CJF was set up to support specialist social welfare law advice agencies dealing with the immediate impact of the pandemic, as well providing longer term support for the sector’s wider renewal.

More: https://atjf.org.uk/community-justice-fund-secures-5-million-in-funding-from-the-national-lottery-community-fund

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Government’s small charity coronavirus fund to close next month:

Small charities in England have until 17 August to apply for funds from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

The £200m scheme, which is funded by the government and managed by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), was opened in May on a first-come, first-served basis with no deadline.

Yesterday NLCF said in a statement that it has decided to close applications next month.

More: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/government-s-small-charity-coronavirus-fund-to-close-next-month.htm

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Along with a number of small charities no doubt!

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Barely a quarter of a £200m emergency coronavirus fund for small charities in England has been allocated, and still less paid out, even though Rishi Sunak promised money would be distributed “at pace” when he announced the fund in early April.

The Guardian has learned that applications for grants from the pot are being assessed not only by the National Lottery Community Fund, which was publicly handed the task, but are also being privately vetted by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been awarded a £1.4m contract for the work.

More: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/aug/03/barely-a-quarter-of-charities-coronavirus-fund-for-england-allocated

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shawn mach - 03 August 2020 10:36 AM

The Guardian has learned that applications for grants from the pot are being assessed not only by the National Lottery Community Fund, which was publicly handed the task, but are also being privately vetted by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been awarded a £1.4m contract for the work.

More: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/aug/03/barely-a-quarter-of-charities-coronavirus-fund-for-england-allocated

£1.4m seems a bit steep to me, but at least we can be sure that allocation of our public money is being audited carefully by a competent and professional business. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48621095

 

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I think you’ll find there is an algorithm involved in the sift.

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New report from the Justice Select Committee includes -

‘We recommend that the Ministry of Justice considers further grants for law centres and other not-for-profit legal services providers that are at risk of collapse. The Ministry of Justice should report back to us with its decision and provide its reasons if it decides not to provide such grants, and state what provision it will make for users of the centres that cease operations.’

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/102/justice-committee/news/147657/support-lawyers-now-or-they-may-not-be-there-when-justice-is-needed/

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Lots of figures in here (... can’t seem to get them to add up):

New £3.1 million grant to enhance free legal advice and support, jointly delivered by the Ministry of Justice and the Access to Justice Foundation:

- major £500,000 investment already awarded to a number of larger charities to provide new national-level services
- £2 million of funding from the programme will be awarded to smaller not-for-profit organisations at regional and local levels in the autumn.
- around £270,000 of the grant has been diverted for emergency support to several organisations providing vital expert advice to litigants in person

This emergency funding is in addition to the MOJ’s £5.4 million cash injection for law centres and other legal advice charities to help people with housing, debt, discrimination and employment problems during the COVID-19 crisis.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-support-for-those-representing-themselves-in-court

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shawn mach - 19 August 2020 03:47 PM

Lots of figures in here (... can’t seem to get them to add up):

A post in Cabinet awaits Shawn.

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No, he’s realised he can’t add up.

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Meanwhile in other news ....

£5m digital fund for charities launches

... although apparently only £1.75m of the £5m will be given away in grants ... the remaining £3.2m will fund “expert support”

https://www.wearecast.org.uk/programmes/catalyst-the-national-lottery-covid-19-digital-response
https://www.thecatalyst.org.uk/covid-digital-fund

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shawn mach - 20 August 2020 10:21 AM

... the remaining £3.2m will fund “expert support”

Which friend of Gove and Cummings is that?

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Gareth Morgan - 20 August 2020 12:55 PM
shawn mach - 20 August 2020 10:21 AM

... the remaining £3.2m will fund “expert support”

Which friend of Gove and Cummings is that?

Cummings lives about quarter of a mile from me, so might cycle down his road later with my laptop on prominent display.

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