The CAF Resilience Fund

The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19. Through hundreds of targeted grants, this fund will support those working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as those living in deprived areas, those supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and people with disabilities. Both registered and unregistered charitable organisations, including community interest companies and social enterprises, can apply for the CAF Resilience Fund.

This fund will initially distribute £20 million made up of grants ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 to deliver rapid relief from the impact of Covid-19.

The amount of grant awarded to a charitable organisation will be based on the reasons behind the request for help and the organisation’s annual income before the pandemic hit. Charities applying must be based in the UK and deliver their services in England, and must be able to spend the grant money before 31 March 2021. 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

  • Older people

  • Communities facing health inequalities

  • Patient groups with unmet health needs (physical or mental)

  • People facing domestic or other abuse

  • Unemployed people

  • Homeless people

  • People experiencing loneliness and isolation

  • People pushed into crisis because of Covid-19

  • Refugees and migrants

  • Other vulnerable people or communities

What are the qualifying criteria?

For a charitable organisation to be eligible to apply they should be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a completed application by no later than midday (GMT) on 10 November 2020

  • Deliver their services in England

  • Be able to demonstrate last reported income between £50,000 and £10,000,000

  • The organisation 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 organisations there will additional requirements that differ from those for UK registered charities or organisations registered with HMRC as an exempt charity. Find out more about what supporting information you need here. Please note that we can only accept one application per organisation. For more information about this grant programme, access the full list of Terms and Conditions. Apply now