The CAF Resilience Fund is focused on those communities hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Phase 1 saw the distribution of emergency funding to help organisations survive and deliver rapid relief from the impact of the pandemic. Applications to this fund closed in November 2020.

Phase 2 will provide grants that enable organisations to adapt and thrive; to continue to deliver the services that support the needs of beneficiaries whilst also building organisational resilience. This will be a closed and targeted fund that will launch in August 2021.


Grants paid £19.2m

Organisations paid 645

Median grant £24k

Direct beneficiaries supported 2.8m

Impact stories

  • 7 June 2021 

    Children and Families in Grief

    "We are very thankful to the CAF Resilience Fund for supporting the work of our charity. With this money we are able to work with many more families who have been bereaved in our area."

    Francesca Raymont, Lead Therapist at Children and Families in Grief

  • 7 June 2021 

    Community, Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services

    "The CAF funding has allowed CDARS to provide a variety of combined services to our most vulnerable service users bringing them out of loneliness, isolation and improving their mental health during the pandemic."

    Franco Tomo, CEO at CDARS

  • 7 June 2021 

    Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity

    "At this unprecedented time, knowing the charity is here and able to support families in whatever ways possible is a vital lifeline."

    Glenys Creese, Head of Centre at Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity

  • 7 June 2021 


    "The biggest benefit for Castlehaven is that we have been able to find the 'hard to reach' that live on our doorstep. We have helped many local residents who may never have needed our services before, but now that they have, we can continue to work with them."

    Tricia Richards, CEO at Castlehaven

  • 7 June 2021 


    "Thanks to the CAF Resilience Fund we will be able to continue and expand our work taking outreach dental services to homeless and vulnerable people. The last year has been extremely difficult as we had to cancel our entire fundraising programme whilst facing ever-increasing demand for our services."

    Sue Smith, UK Development Manager at Dentaid

Application window has now closed

If you have submitted your application you will have received an acknowledgement email confirming submission at the email address you used for your registration. Please check your inbox or junk mail folder for this email.

What happens next?

We will be making decisions throughout December and January, aiming to inform all applicants of outcome by the end of January.

If you are awarded a grant, we expect to make your grant payment within four weeks of your confirmation of award.

  • We will set out the timings in our confirmation email, and will let you know once the payment has been made.
  • In some cases we may request further information from you prior to confirming your award. We will contact you via the email address listed on your application, in such cases, so please do check your inbox or junk mail folder for any updates from us.

We will start sharing themes and patterns in the applications that were not successful and offer some advice on ways that applications could be made stronger in the future.

With over 3,000 applications we aren’t able to give individual feedback on why applications were unsuccessful. However, some of the themes we’re seeing in applications that weren’t as strong are as follows:

  1. Plans weren’t clear or developed fully
  2. Details of what the money would be spent on wasn’t within the eligible categories or was unclear
  3. Policy documents were out of date or weren’t as strong as they could be

For alternative funding and support, please see our Covid-19 Hub.

If you need to contact us, please email us on cafresilience@cafonline.org

Additional information

If you applied to this programme you will have been directed to our carefully selected service provider (Blackbaud). Please refer to CAF’s Privacy Policy for more information about how your information will be used.

For the purposes of due diligence and reporting, we are required to share organisation and grant request information with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Please refer to DCMS’s Privacy Policy.

For the purposes of publication of the awards made through this fund, we will be sharing organisation and grant award data with 360Giving.

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FAQs and information

Applications to the fund have now closed, but if you have already applied, you can still read the below frequently asked questions.


  • 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 annual income in last financial year's reported accounts of between £50,000 and £10m

    • 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.

    We welcome applications from registered consortia. Please see the application download for further information on completion of the application form as a registered consortium.

    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

  • How much can you apply for?
    Organisations 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. 

    It is possible that not all grants will be made at the full amount. Please apply for an amount that will make a suitable difference to the size and activities of your organisation.
  • 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 organisation and community.  

    Please make only one application. Multiple applications will slow the process down and only one grant is possible for any organisation.

    Please remember that this is intended as an emergency fund to enable your charitable activities to continue at the moment in whatever way is needed.

  • What we cannot fund

    There are a small number of exclusions to the fund. We 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, we cannot fund organisations that:

    • 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 other unlawful basis

    • Are political parties or campaigns

  • What the grant can be spent on

    The following activities can be funded where they are essential for delivering relevant services:

    • Staff salaries

    • Project running costs

    • Running costs/overheads

    • Goods and equipment which would not be capitalised (e.g. to develop enhanced physical environment and continue to deliver services)

    • Organisational development

    The following can't be funded:

    • Activities that make profits for private gain

    • Campaigning activities (this fund is to support the delivery of direct services for vulnerable people)

    • Religious activities (we can fund religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and doesn’t include religious content)

    • Political or lobbying activities

    • Loan repayments

    • Debt repayments to HMRC or other crown debts

  • How will we prioritise grants?

    We anticipate that there will be a high level of requests for support. However, we are going to have to prioritise grants, and we expect to focus on:

    • Charities and other organisations whose established charitable activities have been severely reduced or are at risk of being severely reduced to the detriment of vulnerable or disadvantaged groups

    • Organisations that are having to deliver core services in fundamentally different or unusual ways in order to respond to the crisis and still reach their beneficiaries within vulnerable or disadvantaged groups

    • Organisations that are deeply embedded  with communities and have established networks to deliver their charitable activities

  • How will we make decisions?

    The information you provide will be used by us to confirm that your organisation is eligible for funding, that your activities are charitable and suitable for the CAF Resilience Fund. We will carefully but swiftly review the answers in your application form, check your website/social media links and publicly available records.  DCMS will also carry out due diligence checks as part of the decision making process.

    Unfortunately, we anticipate that there will be a large number of eligible organisations which we cannot fund. There are a number of other Covid-19 response funds being established throughout the UK for various purposes, and we will endeavour to signpost to other funds where possible.

  • Timescales

    We recognise the urgent need for funding and we will be prioritising assessments and decision-making over the next two months.

    All applicants will receive an acknowledgment of submission of their application form. This will be received shortly after you submit your request online.

    All applicants will subsequently receive a notification of the outcome of their application. We aim for most grantees to be notified by the end of December. Where this is not possible, we will write to inform you.

    If your organisation is not a registered charity, it is possible that we will need to make further checks on your organisation, and if so, it may take slightly longer.

    Please note that grantees will be able to use the grant to support expenditure within the period 1st October 2020 to 31st March 2021, regardless of when they receive confirmation of a grant award.

  • If you're not based in England
    If you're not based in England and do not deliver any services in England, you cannot apply for this grant. Please instead see the respective responses from the remainder of the UK:

    • ScotlandCoronavirus (COVID-19): culture and creative sector support

    • Northern IrelandCOVID-19 Charities Fund

    • WalesCoronavirus (COVID-19): support for the third sector

  • I’ve received a message that reads "...does not align with the criteria for the CAF Resilience Fund"
    Please review the answers that you have given in the eligibility questionnaire; it may be that you answered a question incorrectly. If you think that you may have made a mistake in your initial answers, you can review the criteria and re-start the eligibility questions by clicking here. If you are not eligible for this programme there are many other funds for support, as well as advice for charitable organisations, listed on the CAF Covid-19 Hub. You can read more here.
  • We have previously received funding from other programmes, can we still apply to this fund?

    You are eligible to apply if you have previously applied for and/or received other grants, including emergency funds, however you cannot use this grant to cover the same anticipated costs, as there must be no double-funding.

    However, if your organisation has already applied to the CAF Resilience Fund, you will not be able to submit a subsequent application – we can only accept one request per organisation.
  • Our organisation was established prior to 31.08.2019, however we have only been a registered charity for the past 6 months, can we still apply?
    Yes you can still apply, as your organisation was established before 31.08.2019.

This funding has been jointly provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Community Match Challenge funding scheme as part of the Government's £750 million coronavirus support package for charities along with matched funding by the Covid-19 Support Fund created by the insurance and long-term savings industry.