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Some small charities will not get emergency government grants until October


The government has been accused of “messing about” with the future of small charities, after it emerged that some will not receive government coronavirus grants until the autumn.

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), which is managing the £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) on behalf of the government, has said that it aims to finish distributing all grants by the end of October.

According to reports in The Guardian, however, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has given the auditing firm PwC a role “overseeing” grant decisions by NLCF until the end of November, which means charities may face even longer delays.

More than half a year to distribute emergency funds

If some funding is not signed off until November, more than seven months will have passed since the government first promised financial support, despite repeated assurances that applications will be dealt with “at pace”. Announcing the £750m package of support in April, chancellor Rishi Sunak said that charities “have not been forgotten”.  

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