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Guardian newspaper investigates slow distribution of Coronavirus grants for small charities

Nearly four months since Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced ’emergency’ funding to support vital charity services during the COVID19 pandemic, just £55m of the £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) has been awarded. There is no information about how much money has reached the bank accounts of successful applicant charities.

For unknown reasons, the DCMS also held back a further £110m of small charity support that should have been provided under the CCSF and recently announced that £85m of that funding would support a Community Match Challenge scheme instead.

The article breaks the news that the private firm PwC has been contracted by the UK Government to conduct an additional and undisclosed vetting process for applications at a cost of nearly £1.5m.

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Read the full story in The Guardian here.

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