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The body representing Northern Ireland’s charity and voluntary sector has accused the NI Executive of acting dangerously slow in the release of vital funding as local charities and voluntary organisations inch closer to financial meltdown.

Reacting to the announcement by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA of a £15m Covid-19 Charities Fund, CO3 Chief Executive Nora Smith said:

Reacting to the news of a £40 million Hardship Fund from the Department for the Economy, Nora Smith, CEO of CO3 said:

“Whilst we welcome news of a Hardship Fund, the devil will be in the detail in terms of whether or not our members can access this. To date most of them have not been able to access any financial relief despite the fact that our sector employs around 45,000 people and contributes £1.5billion to the local economy.

Northern Ireland’s charities face funding crisis

Northern Ireland’s charities and social enterprises have appealed to government and the general public to help them survive with many facing financial meltdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Traditional fund-raising has dried up with the closure of charity shops, childcare centres and cafes and the enforced cancellation of sponsored events from marathons to coffee mornings.

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