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CAF RESILIENCE FUND PHASE 2

Welcome to the CAF Resilience Grant Phase 2 resources page for applicants who have progressed to Stage 2 full application. Here you will find information regarding the grant and documents that will help you complete your application.

ABOUT THE FUND

The CAF Resilience Fund represents a unique partnership between the COVID-19 Support Fund from the insurance and long-term savings industry, the UK Government through the Community Match Challenge and the Charities Aid Foundation. It is a combined £40 million fund that exists to support UK charities working with the people and places most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initial, emergency funding portion of the CAF Resilience Fund saw almost £20 million worth of grants distributed to 645 charities in England in late 2020 and early 2021 to help them survive the initial shock of the pandemic and resulting lockdowns. 

CAF Resilience Fund Phase 2

The second phase of the fund is designed to help charities move beyond survival and help them adapt and rebuild so that they are able to look to the future and to thrive.

Phase 2 will deliver the following three elements;

A main grant to enable you to adapt and thrive. This grant can either fund new or existing activities, but there should be a clear link to your organisational aims and sustainability of both your services and your organisation as a whole. You can apply for between £50,000 and £350,000 but we are unlikely to fund an amount more than 30% of your last filed income.

An additional resilience support grant of £20,000 to utilise external expertise to help strengthen your sustainability for the future.

In addition we will be providing CAF’s tailored support programme to help you achieve your resilience goals. This is designed to enable the staff working on building resilience to be able to make the most of this opportunity and access the resources they need. See our guidance notes for further details.

The application Process

You have successfully completed Stage 1 of our process with your Expression of Interest.

You are now at Stage 2, the full application stage where you will be asked to complete our more in-depth application form and provide additional supporting documentation for your application.

We have produced guidance notes to provide information to help you complete your full application.
You can access these here

Please note you now have the opportunity to increase your requested amount by a maximum of 20% from the figure you outlined in your EOI should you wish to include any relevant additional costs that will help you achieve your goals.

You can either keep the same requested amount or increase that figure by up to 20% as long as you don’t go over the funding maximum request of £350,000 and the figure does not exceed 30% of your last filed income. For example if you requested £100,000, you could increase this to a £120,000 request as long as you have a last filed income of £400,000 or above.

An area you may want to consider getting extra funding for is releasing time for your senior staff team to free them up from service delivery so they can focus on your organisational resilience goals and engaging with our tailored support programme (see section 1.3 of the guidance notes).

Finally, if the CAF team have provided feedback about your EOI budget, please incorporate these changes into your full application request.


The grants portal

To complete your application you will need to access our grant portal again. Click below to log in to your account.

Application Time frame

Please see the table below for the deadline for submission of the full application form and timings for when you will hear the outcome of your application.


Cause area 1
Organisations supporting people living with a disability
Cause area 2
Organisations working with (and/or led by) BAME communities
Cause area 3
Organisations working to transition young adults (16-35) into employment through reskilling

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



Your grant

All grants will need to be used by the end of March 2023. There is a minimum request amount of £50,000 and a maximum request of £350,000. Please note that we are very unlikely to fund a grant that represents more than 30% of your last filed annual income. Alongside the main grant, there is also a resilience support grant (£20,000 per organisation) that can be used to provide additional external expertise, support and advice to develop your resilience plans.

As mentioned above, you now have the opportunity to increase your requested amount by a maximum of 20% from the figure you outlined in your EOI should you wish to include any relevant additional costs that will help you achieve your goals.

You can either keep the same requested amount or increase that figure by up to 20% as long as you don’t go over the funding maximum request of £350,000 and the figure does not exceed 30% of your last filed income. 

For example if you requested £100,000, you could increase this to a £120,000 request as long as you have a last filed income of £400,000 or above. An area you may want to consider getting extra funding for is releasing time for your senior staff team to free them up from service delivery so they can focus on your organisational resilience goals and engaging with our tailored support programme (see section 1.3 guidance notes).

Finally, if the CAF team have provided feedback about your EOI budget, please incorporate these changes into your full application request.
 

Please ensure you read the guidance notes and FAQs. If you have any further questions please contact CAF Resilience team via email at CAFresilience@cafonline.org

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will the process take?
    We have three groups of applications depending on the cause area you are working in. Please see the table above outlining the deadlines and timings for each of the cause areas.
  • How much can I apply for?
    For the main grant the minimum grant amount you can apply for is £50,000.
    The maximum grant amount you can apply for is £350,000.
    In addition to the above, we are unlikely to fund a grant where the amount requested exceeds 30% of your organisation’s last filed income figure.

    You now have the opportunity to increase your requested amount by a maximum of 20% from the figure you outlined in your EOI should you wish to include any relevant additional costs that will help you achieve your goals.

    You can either keep the same requested amount or increase that figure by up to 20% as long as you don’t go over the funding maximum request of £350,000 and the figure does not exceed 30% of your last filed income. 

    An area you may want to consider getting extra funding for is releasing time for your senior staff team to free them up from service delivery so they can focus on your organisational resilience goals and engaging with our tailored support programme (see section 1.3 guidance notes).

    Finally, if the CAF team have provided feedback about your EOI budget, please incorporate these changes into your full application request.
     
  • How can I find out more about how to complete my application?
    You can find further information in the guidance notes.
  • How can I find out more about the tailored support programme that will be offered to grant holders?
    There are details in the guidance notes about our tailored support programme. Please see section 1.3.
  • What can the main grant can be spent on?

    The following are broad outline categories, please refer to the main Stage 2 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 be spent on?
    £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.
  • 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. 
     
  • Can we submit more than one request?
    No, we can only accept one application per an organisation.
  • Where can I find details of other COVID-19 funding?
  • 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 stage 2 full application 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 application form has been submitted?
    Organisations will receive a confirmation email when their application has been submitted (please check junk mail).