CAF Resilience


The answers to some of our most frequently asked questions are below.


  • We’re a Community Interest Company not a charity, can we still apply?

    Yes, as long as you are registered with Companies House.

  • We don’t have a full time staff member, will that be a problem?

    Not necessarily, but you will need to be able to commit time to making the most of being part of the programme, so think carefully about whether you can do that before you apply.  If you progress to the second round of the application process, we can talk about how this will work when we meet.

  • How much time will we need to set aside each week?

    It isn’t possible to give an exact number of hours.  There will be times when you will be working directly with us, our partners and consultants, but there will also be follow-up actions to take forward which may link in with your routine ‘business as usual’ activities.

    If you’re considering applying for this programme, we would expect that improving your organisational resilience is something you would think about (or try to focus on when you can find the time) routinely. So it won’t be easy to distinguish between CAF Resilience activities and your day-to-day tasks.  Over the two years of the programme, there will be busier and quieter periods. Anticipated demands on key personnel will be discussed with you in advance.

  • Why isn’t the information provided clearer on exactly what we would get support with?

    We’re deliberately trying not to be prescriptive.  We want to tailor our support to each organisation’s needs and we won’t have a detailed assessment of what these are until after the programme starts.

  • Early action or prevention are part of what we do, but we also work with people already affected by a problem. Can we still apply?

    Unfortunately not.  This is because we are looking for organisations that can demonstrate their main purpose is to prevent a problem. You must show that your work primarily aims to intervene in a situation, to avert an issue occurring in the first place, in order to be selected to take part in this programme.

    If your organisation intervenes following the occurrence of a problem, then you won’t be considered eligible.

    The diagram below shows a classification of the stages of problem prevention by the Early Action Task Force, an alliance which advocates an early action approach to tackling social issues.  We are inviting applications from organisations whose work fits into the category of Secondary prevention.

    Source: A Rough Guide to Early Action: Seven stories of how society is acting earlier, Community Links.

  • Must our organisation's beneficiaries be people for us to be eligible to apply?
    Not at all. Applications will be considered from charitable organisations which work with other beneficiary groups, such as animals or wildlife, and meet the CAF Resilience programme's eligibility criteria.


  • When I click ‘Apply now’, it takes me to another page to set up a log in – why is this?

    We’re using a cloud-based system to speed up the process which holds your data on servers in the UK. The benefit to you is that you can save your application and log back in to edit it. Just make sure you submit before 2pm on Friday 10 February 2017.

  • What do I do if I’m experiencing technical issues with the online application process?

    Please call Michael Theodorou at CAF on +44 (0)3000 123 187 or email, for technical assistance.

  • After answering the application form's initial questions, I was notified that my organisation isn’t eligible to apply – why not?

    Unfortunately we can only work with ten organisations, all of whom must fit our eligibility criteria. The initial questions are designed to ensure that organisations who aren't eligible don't invest time in applying unnecessarily.

  • Do we need to use the whole word count when answering the application form's open-ended questions?
    No, not at all. If you feel you can answer the questions succinctly, well within the word count limits, then feel free to do so. We have set maximum answer length limits to try and remove the pressure to feel that you need to write an essay for each question.
  • Who should I name as the applicant?

    This is the person who we will contact, either to say you’ve been unsuccessful or to ask for more information and arrange a meeting with.

  • What is meant by our annual income?

    The amount of income that your organisation received for the latest, reported full financial year, as stated in its filed accounts.

  • What do you mean by ‘services’?

    We want to know what the day-to-day activities are that your organisation does to achieve its aims. Examples could be running workshops, contacting people at risk and offering support directly or access to help, or providing training to increase awareness of an issue. 

  • How much do you want to know about who benefits from our services?

    An example might be, ‘We work with 8-14 year olds who live in Camden in one parent families. We also work with their parents/carers. Where appropriate we could also work with their teachers or social workers and occasionally their siblings.’ Whilst the primary beneficiary would be the child, there could be others who may receive indirect benefits that accrue from your services.

  • When we say how we’d like to use the grant funding, how strictly will we be held to that?

    We want to hear about what you think would be the best use for the grant available. If you are successful to go through to the next stage, then we will refer back to you and ask for a detailed breakdown of how you propose to use the grant. We would then discuss your proposal and agree together on the final submission. You will then sign up to a formal agreement with us to reflect what has been agreed between us.

  • How will the information entered on the application form be used?

    We’ll review the information submitted on the application form and any supporting documentation supplied, to assess the eligibility and suitability of each organisation to participate in the CAF Resilience programme.

    Please be reassured that 'the CAF Group' will not share your information with any outside organisation, except as part of providing a product or service, or when legally obliged to do so.

    Where applicants provide consent, on the application form, we will use the contact details provided to keep applicants informed of other related CAF products, services, news and events which may be of interest and we will only share details of applicants with our partner organisations if applicants have indicated their explicit consent for us to do so.

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