Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders

The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders are charities, community organisations and social enterprises which receive public funding to deliver policy outcomes, which are set out by each grant holder in their application. 

In a statement of 17 March, our CEO confirmed that we will honour our existing commitments to pay Grantholder projects including where those projects support staff salaries. However, we recognise that continuing to pay staff salary may not always be considered by the Grantholder to be the most suitable type of support where that staff member’s role is not relevant to the organisation’s ability to support communities and ensure continued liquidity during the Covid-19 crisis.

For that reason, the government has confirmed that The National Lottery Community Fund’s Grantholders are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme so long as:

  • they are not primarily funded by the government, and their staff cannot be redeployed to assist with the coronavirus response
  • they do not already receive public funding (other than TNLCF funding) that is explicitly designed to cover the staff costs for which they are now claiming*, and
  • the combined total of their grants and Job Retention Scheme payments should not represent more than 100% of the level of total income they would have expected to receive for salaries and associated salary costs during this period compared with a non-COVID scenario (for the avoidance of doubt, this includes earned and contributed income)              

The National Lottery Community Fund will allow Grantholders to vary their grant budgets which had been allocated to paying for staff who are eligible for the CJRS, in order to enable them to allocate funding to other essential activities to ensure they can continue to support communities and ensure continued liquidity.

We will ask all organisations who have applied to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and who are existing grant holders, to confirm that:

  • they are not primarily funded by the government, and the staff being considered for the CJRS will not be redeployed to assist with the coronavirus response, and
  • they are not using grant funding and government funds to double fund the salaries of furloughed employees, and
  • that grant funding will not be used to top up the salaries of furloughed staff whose salaries are part funded through the CJRS
  • that the payments they receive as a result of the Job Retention Scheme do not combine with their existing and anticipated public funding to mean that they are now receiving total public funding that exceeds their anticipated level of income to cover salaries and associated salary costs for this period

The National Lottery Community Fund encourages all charities, community organisations and social enterprises, whether or not they are Grantholders, to consider whether an application to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be a way to mitigate some of the challenges posed by the current situation. Organisations should refer to the government’s published guidance.

*We cannot advise organisations on eligibility for CJRS or whether it is suitable for the organisation. We provide project funding for organisations which would normally include a proportion of salary costs.

Last Updated:
15 May 2020