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Community Match Challenge – The Henry Smith Charity is distributing an additional £4m in grants as part of the government’s Community Match Challenge. This funding, £2m from government and £2m from the Henry Smith Charity, is being distributed to existing grant holders who have been most affected by Coronavirus. We have been proactively contacting grant holders eligible to apply and this programme is now closed.

We are one of nineteen philanthropists, funders and foundations who will distribute funding through this funding programme. This is part of the £750m package of support announced by the Chancellor for frontline charities across the UK during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Henry Smith Charity is delighted to have been successful in our application to the Community Match Challenge to help people most seriously impacted by Coronavirus and its economic impact. This means we will distribute an extra £4m, on top of our regular grantmaking, to charities we currently fund, who are facing a rapid rise in demand for their services and are in high financial need.

As a grantmaker working to address social and economic deprivation we are well placed to distribute this money quickly and efficiently to support work which is needed and effective. This money will support some of the most vulnerable people in society who have been particularly hard hit by the social and economic impact of the virus.

Nick Acland, Director of the Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity will use the Community Match Challenge funding to provide grants between £50,000 – £100,000 to around 55 small and medium sized charities, providing targeted support for vulnerable people who have been disproportionately affected by Coronavirus in England.

In particular, work will support domestic and sexual abuse survivors, the elderly, people with disabilities, and people from BAME communities. Charities providing financial advice and support and mental health support services will also benefit.

This funding will last for one year and will allow charities to continue to provide vital services and also deliver new services in response to challenges related to the current crisis.

Funding will be targeted at charities in high financial need due to Coronavirus and will help them to continue to operate.