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National Emergencies Trust distributes £17.5m to communities

22 Apr 2020 News

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has distributed a further £5m of funding to charities across the UK, bringing total funds distributed to £17.5m.

So far, a total of £35m has been pledged to the Coronavirus Appeal with a further £20m in match funding promised by the government. 

The money will be distributed through UK Community Foundations to 47 local community foundations across the country.

NET was set up to raise funds from the general public in the event of a domestic disaster or emergency. The NET Coronavirus Appeal was launched on March 18, 2020, with the support of the Duke of Cambridge. 

It was launched in partnership with the British Red Cross to support community response to the crisis.

According to NET, distribution criteria for funding are based “on local factors such as levels of deprivation and demographics in each region”.

Charities should apply for funding via their local foundation rather than directly through NET.

UK Community Foundations is a membership organisation for a national network of community foundations across the UK. Its network collectively gives out around £100m every year in grants to charities, community groups and individuals.

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