About this fund

This fund is now closed and not accepting new applications

The Patient Organisations Recovery Fund aims to support the continuation of vital services provided by patient organisations in the UK, in order to ensure that patients are supported at this challenging time.

The pharmaceutical and healthcare sector have come together to create a fund to help patient organisations continue their vital work.

This grant programme aims to:

  • Support the continuation of vital services provided by patient organisations in the UK to patients and carers
  • Enable patient organisations to take steps towards recovery so that patients’ voices can continue to be heard
  • Provide unrestricted grants as a contribution towards core costs for up to 3 months
  • Support a variety of patient organisations – by patient focus, activity type, size and geographic reach

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Who can apply

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Are a patient organisation, focused on a particular disease or medical condition
  • Are registered charities or other registered charitable organisations (eg Community Interest Companies) in the UK
  • Have been operating and constituted for a minimum of 3 years
  • Have been financially adversely affected by the impact of Covid-19 (eg significantly reduced income and/or significantly increased need from patients for support)
  • Have a track record in the UK of advocating for patients’ interests or providing direct support to patients, their families or their carers
  • Have completed any due Impact Reporting for previous grants awarded from CAF

Organisations which directly support or advocate for patients with any disease or condition are eligible.

We can only accept one application per charitable organisation.

This is not a research fund, and organisations which primarily or solely undertake research work will not be prioritised for a grant. Organisations that include research as a supplementary or partial part of their work may apply.

Grant funding

We will provide unrestricted grants as a contribution towards core costs for your organisation for up to three months.

You can apply for an unrestricted grant of between £5,000 and £20,000, up to a maximum of 25% of your budgeted core staff costs and overheads for 2021/22 financial year.

We anticipate that we will not be able to support every eligible organisation that applies. 

Application to the fund have now closed.

What we will not fund

  • Individuals
  • Organisations that:
    o Are not registered as charitable 
    o Provide treatment or pay for medicines
    o Benefit any of the funding donors’ partners’ commercial businesses
    o Discriminate on the basis of religious or political belief
    o Primarily promote political or religious viewpoints to their beneficiaries
    o Use the funds to make grants or donations to other organisations or individuals
    o Are unable to supply appropriate registration and financial documents, bank details or personal details of trustees/directors
    o Cannot report back effectively on the outcomes of this grant
  • Specific projects or research costs
  • Applications for amounts less than £5,000 or more than £20,000 or 25% of the planned core staff/overhead expenditure for the organisations 2021/22 financial year.