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Grant programme

CAF RESILIENCE FUND PHASE 2

Welcome to the CAF Resilience Fund Phase 2 resources page. Here you will find information about the fund and documents that will help you complete your application.

ABOUT THE FUND

The funding for the CAF Resilience Fund has been provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as part of its Community Match Challenge, and kindly matched by the Covid-19 Support Fund, created by the insurance and long-term savings industry.

The CAF Resilience Fund is focused on those communities hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Phase 1 saw the distribution of £20 million of emergency funding to help organisations survive and deliver rapid relief from the impact of the pandemic. Phase 2 will provide grants that enable your organisation to adapt and thrive; to continue to deliver the services that support the needs of beneficiaries whilst also building organisational resilience.

Phase 2 will deliver grants in two parts which will comprise:

  • the provision of a main grant to enable you to adapt and thrive. This grant can fund either new or existing activities, but there should be a clear link to your organisational aims and the sustainability of both your services and your organisation as a whole.
  • An additional resilience support grant to utilise external expertise to help strengthen your sustainability for the future

These grants will work together, to enable you to continue to deliver your activities, whilst also looking at how your organisation can strategically change and adapt in order to respond to new and future challenges.

We do not see resilience as purely the ability of your organisation to withstand unexpected shocks. To us resilience is about being agile and flexible, competitive and robust. It is about your organisation being able to make the right decisions, at the right time and having a shared understanding of why you exist, the impact you are having and how you are going to maintain that. Your funding request should look at ways to boost your organisational resilience whilst continuing your vital service delivery.

Read an overview of the findings from the pilot CAF Resilience programme, which may give you useful additional information.

 

Funding available

There are two grant elements to Phase 2 of the fund:

Main grant

You can apply for a grant of between £50,000 and £350,000, but we are unlikely to support grant requests which represent more than 30% of your last filed annual income. All funds must be spent by the end of March 2023.

The main grant should do more than support you to survive, it should enable your organisation to adapt and thrive. You can use the grant to deliver the services that support the needs of your beneficiaries funding both established activities and also new ways of working that you may have identified or developed in response to the pandemic. Tell us how you have engaged and consulted with your beneficiaries demonstrating to us that your activities are responsive to and shaped by the individuals and communities your support. You can include some of your central/core costs, but you should demonstrate that these will help you work strategically and look to the long term sustainability of both your services and your organisation.

Resilience support grant

£20,000 additional funding will be available to successful applicants and this should be used to access additional expertise, support and advice to develop your resilience plans. This will allow you to bring in external specialists, consultants, facilitators or trainers to look at needs you have identified that will boost your organisational resilience. There may also be specific training that you want your staff to access to boost their skills. We would encourage you to take a holistic approach to organisational resilience and think carefully how you want to utilise these funds. It is likely to include elements such as governance, mission, awareness, income, partnerships and processes.

If your organisation is to adapt and thrive it's likely that you will be looking at a number of different areas and your budget should reflect this. We are expecting both grant budgets to address a number of areas and not be dominated by any one area. Taking a strategic approach when putting your request together is likely to strengthen your application. We want to know that you are planning for the long term and are looking at a range of issues within your organisation. Try to give us a clear rationale for how your budget request will help you adapt and thrive.

For example, CAF is unlikely to provide your organisation with funding for a major IT upgrade unless you have demonstrated how this benefits service delivery or your long term sustainability. Some capital items can be included but applications where they are the main focus are unlikely to be funded in full. Similarly an application looking solely at fundraising for the resilience support grant is unlikely to be successful, we want to see a more holistic approach to organisational resilience building where you have considered other relevant strategic developments. See our guidance notes for more details on putting your budget together.

The application Process

This is a closed and targeted grant programme. Only organisations who receive the invitation email from us, are eligible to apply. We will be targeting organisations working in the following three cause areas:

  • Organisations working with people who are living with a disability
  • Organisations working with (and led by) BAME communities
  • Organisations working to transition young adults aged 16 – 35 years from education, training and unemployment into employment, through reskilling.

We are inviting applications from organisations working with people with disabilities in August with the other two cause areas being invited in September. There are two stages to our application process:

Stage 1: Expression of Interest

Firstly, we would like you to complete the Expression of Interest Form (EOI) to show your interest in the programme and help us understand if your organisation would be a good fit for the grant.

Stage 2:  Full Application

Once assessed these will go to our decision making panel for approval.

The full application is more in-depth and you will be asked to provide additional documentation such as your policies, up to date financial information etc. Once assessed, these will go to panel for decision.  

Application Time Frame


Organisations supporting people living with a disability Organisations working with (and led by) BAME communities Organisations working to transition young adults (16-35) into employment through reskilling
EOI invitation sent to organisations to apply
 

Week commencing
1 August 2021

Week commencing
23 August 2021

Week commencing
30 August 2021

Closing date for EOI's to be submitted
 

Midday 16 August

Midday 8 September

Midday 15 September
Invitation to Stage 2 full application
 

25 August 

16 September

23 September

Closing date for full application
 
 
Midday 6 September

Midday 30 September
 
Midday 7 October 
Outcome of
full application
 
 
Early October 2021
 
 End of October 2021
 
Mid November 2021
               

   
   
   
   

The grants portal

To begin a new EOI form

If you apply for this programme you will be directed to our online portal. You can only apply online.

The button below will take you to the Expression of Interest form which is accessed through CAF’s online grants portal.

Start a new EOI form
 
Follow the instructions included in the link to create a portal ID. You can save your form at any time and return to it at a later date.

To resume an existing application

To return to a partially completed or submitted form you will need to log in to your account at the grants portal by clicking below:

Return to an existing application

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why I have been invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)?

    You are among a group of organisations we consider to be disproportionally affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. You are also among one of our priority groups for Phase 2 of the fund, which includes organisations focused on supporting those living with a disability and we are therefore interested in working with you to help strengthen your organisational resilience.

    Please note, this is a closed programme and application is by invitation only. We respectfully request that you do not share the EOI link with any other organisations.

  • How long will the process take?

    We expect to inform organisations working with (and led by) BAME communities of the outcome of their EOI's by 16 September, and organisations working to transition young adults (16-35) into employment through reskilling by 23 September 2021. 

    Notice of final grants awarded will be in early October for organisations supporting people living with a disability, at the end of October for organisations working with (and led by) BAME communities, and mid November for organisations working to transition young adults (16-35) into employment through reskilling. 

  • When is the deadline for submission of EOI?

    We ask you to submit your completed EOI by midday 8 September 2021 for organisations working with (and led by) BAME communities, and midday 15 September for organisations working to transition young adults (16-35) into employment through reskilling.

    Any EOIs submitted after these dates will not be considered.

  • What can I apply for?

    Phase 2 will deliver grants in two parts which will comprise:

    • The provision of a main grant to enable you to adapt and thrive. This grant can fund either existing or new activities, but there should be a clear link to your organisational aims and the sustainability of both your services and your organisation as a whole.
    • An additional resilience support grant to utilise external services to help strengthen your sustainability for the future

    These grants will work together, to enable you to continue to deliver your activities, whilst also looking at how your organisation can strategically change and adapt in order to respond to new and future challenges.

    We do not see resilience as purely the ability of your organisation to withstand unexpected shocks. To us resilience is about being agile and flexible, competitive and robust. It is about your organisation being able to make the right decisions, at the right time and having a shared understanding of why you exist, the impact you are having and how you are going to maintain that. Your funding request should look at ways to boost your organisational resilience whilst continuing your vital service delivery.

  • How much can I apply for?

    The minimum grant amount you can apply for is £50,000.

    The maximum grant amount you can apply for is £350,000.

    Please note, we are unlikely to fund a grant where the amount requested exceeds 30% of your organisation’s last filed income figure.

    The opportunity for a Resilience support grant will be explained in more detail if you are selected to progress through to full application.

  • What can the main grant can be spent on?

    The following are broad outline categories, please refer to the main EOI Guidance Notes for more detail.

    • Staff costs
    • Core costs such as rent, insurance, utility costs etc
    • Activity or project costs
    • Volunteer costs
    • Organisational development costs
    • Equipment costs
    • Capital expenditure
  • What can the resilience support grant can be spent on?

    We would encourage you to take a holistic approach to organisational resilience and think carefully how you want to utilise these funds. It is likely to include external help for elements such as governance, mission, awareness, income, partnerships and processes. 

    This grant is only available to those who successfully receive the main grant. Further details will be given if you are a successful grantee.

  • Ineligible Costs

    We will not consider funding requests for the following:

    • Rebuilding reserves
    • Retrospective funding, that is expenditure prior to confirmation of your grant award
    • Expenditure taking place after the end of March 2023 – we expect to make awards in the Autumn of 2021
    • Activities that make profits for private gain
    • Campaigning activities
    • The promotion of religion and religious activities
    • Political or lobbying activities
    • Loan or debt repayments
    • Re-granting to another organisation
  • Does the EOI have to be written in English?

    Yes, all applications must be written in English and we will require any due diligence documents in English.

    Fluent English, however, is not assessed as part of any of our grant programmes. We assess all applications on the detail of their request and the documentation provided, not on how fluently they are written. We ask applications whether they are applying in their first language to ensure assessors do not apply unconscious bias when reading applications.

  • Why is there word limit on the EOI questions?

    At this stage of the process we do not require significant details from you just a brief overview of what you would like to spend the grant on.

  • Timeframe

    Application Time Frame


    Organisations supporting people living with a disability Organisations working with (and led by) BAME communities Organisations working to transition young adults (16-35) into employment through reskilling
    EOI invitation sent to organisations to apply
     

    Week commencing
    1 August 2021

    Week commencing
    23 August 2021

    Week commencing
    30 August 2021

    Closing date for EOI's to be submitted
     

    Midday 16 August

    Midday 8 September

    Midday 15 September
    Invitation to Stage 2 full application
     

    25 August 

    16 September

    23 September

    Closing date for full application
     
     
    Midday 6 September

    Midday 30 September
     
    Midday 7 October 
    Outcome of
    full application
     
     
    Early October 2021
     
     End of October 2021
     
    Mid November 2021
                   

  • Can we submit more than one request?

    No, we can only accept one EOI per an organisation.

  • If we submit our EOI and are not selected for full application, can we apply again?

    No, unfortunately you are unable to apply again.

  • If we are unsuccessful, will we receive feedback?

    Unfortunately at EOI stage we will not be able to provide feedback.

  • Where can I find details of other Covid-19 funding?
  • How can I access the EOI form?

    The link below will take you to the EOI form which is accessed through CAF’s online grant portal.

    Click the link below to start a new EOI form.

    New EOI Form

    Follow the instructions included in the link to create a portal ID. You can save your form at any time and return to it at a later date. To return to a partially completed or submitted form you will need to:

    Log in to your account at the grant portal using the link below:

    EOI Form already started   Use the email address and password you used to create your account on the portal for the EOI and click ‘login’; if you use a different email address, you will not be able to see the EOI form. If you can’t remember the password, click ‘reset password’.

     

  • I cannot sign into the portal, what shall I do?
    • Check if you are using the correct log in link;
    • Check if you are using the grantee email address;
    • Try resetting your password.

    If you are still having difficulties with access to the portal, please email the team at CAFResilience@cafonline.org

  • Once I’ve submitted my EOI form, can I amend it?

    No, once submitted, you are not able to make any amendments to your form.

  • How will I know if the EOI form has been submitted?

    Organisations will receive a confirmation email when their EOI has been submitted (please check junk mail etc.)

  • Can I download a copy of the application to complete?

    No, all applications must be completed through our online grant portal.