PLANS are being put in place to provide financial assistance to local charities which are being negatively impacted by the current coronavirus crisis.
Countless charities have had to cancel planned fundraising campaigns, which is resulting in them seeing a sharp decrease in the money they would normally receive.
Many people are coming together with new and inventive ways to support local charities, to allow them to continue providing the vital and essential services they provide to so many.
And today, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has said that she plans to launch a Covid-19 Charities Fund, valued in the region of £15 million, to help support those local charities that have been negatively impacted by the current Covid-19 crisis.
The Minister said: “I am acutely aware that our local charity sector, who do so much good work for such a diverse range of causes, are facing difficulties during these challenging times.
“Many in this sector have been at the frontline in responding to the emergency and to supporting our most vulnerable citizens now and as we plan for recovery.”
The Minister explained that her Department is working at a pace to develop a support programme
She said: “My officials are urgently developing a Covid-19 Charities Fund, to assist charities to deal with the impacts of this emergency.
"I recognise the impact this emergency has had on traditional fundraising activities, and that this is a worrying time for many in the sector. The sector is made up of diverse groups, doing fantastic work in our communities.
"Given that this is a limited fund, it is important that the scheme is carefully considered and ensures the best possible use of the resources available, to support and prioritise needs within the sector.
“A public announcement will be made once the funding arrangements and the application process have been finalised and then agreed by the Executive.”