CAF Resilience Fund for Charitable Organizations in England
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organizations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19.
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The funding for the CAF Resilience Fund has been generously provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as part of its Community Match Challenge funding scheme, and kindly matched by the Covid-19 Support Fund, created by the insurance and long-term savings industry.
The causes and communities that the fund aims to help include:
People living in poverty;
Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities;
Children and young people;
People with physical or learning disabilities;
People experiencing mental health conditions;
Communities facing health inequalities;
Patient groups with unmet health needs (physical or mental);
People facing domestic or other abuse;
People experiencing loneliness and isolation;
People pushed into crisis because of Covid-19;
Refugees and migrants;
Other vulnerable people or communities.
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Organizations in the UK with charitable activities can apply for a grant between £10,000 and £100,000 (up to a maximum of 20% of their last reported income) to support the continuation of services in the current health emergency or your Covid-19 emergency response activities.
There are a small number of exclusions to the fund. They will certainly not be able to fund:
Organisations that do not meet the eligibility criteria;
Individuals, or groups of individuals who have come together recently to provide informal support services to their communities;
Any organisation more than once. Please ensure that only one application is submitted from your organisation.
Plus, they cannot fund organisations that:
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Use the funds to make grants or financial donations to other organisations or to individuals;
Discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or another unlawful basis;
Are political parties or campaigns.
What can you apply for?
You can apply for targeted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.
You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organization and community.
For a charitable organization to be eligible to apply they should be able to meet the following criteria:
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Deliver their services in England;
Be able to demonstrate last reported income between £50,000 and £10,000,000;
The organization was established on or before 31 August 2019;
Be focused on the interests and needs of at least one of the designated groups and causes;
Be able to supply details of a valid UK bank account;
Be able to spend all the grant funding before 31 March 2021, and supply documentary evidence to demonstrate this expenditure (this could include headed receipts, verifiable banking statements and salary bills) – these costs should relate to the period 1 October 2020 to 30 March 2021.
For non-regulated charitable organizations, there will additional requirements that differ from those for UK registered charities or organizations registered with HMRC as an exempt charity.
For more information, visit https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-resilience-fund