About this fund

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 new 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.

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

Grants available

We will provide unrestricted grants as a contribution towards core costs for your organisation for up to 3 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 want to support your immediate core costs to help your organisation build its recovery from the pandemic, so the funds should be spent by 31 October 2021.

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

Before you apply

Application process: essential information

Applications to the fund have now closed.

  • What will we prioritise?

    We will prioritise organisations which:
    - Demonstrate a strong track record advocacy and/or support, delivered by an effective organisational structure of staff and volunteers/trustees

    - Have aims and activities which are most closely relevant for this fund

    - Have shown an ability to adapt your work to suit the current needs of patients

    - Reach an appropriately broad demographic within your patient focus

    - Regularly work with a meaningful number of patients

    - Have reported income of £1m or less in your last financial year

    - Request an appropriate amount of support for their size and core budget for 2021/22 financial year.

    In making final decisions, we also aim to support a variety of patient organisations – by patient focus, activity type, size and geographic reach.

    We will not directly support particular projects or research with this Fund; it is designed to provide funds towards core costs to support patient organisations in the UK to take steps towards their own recovery so that patients’ voices can continue to be heard.

  • Before you apply

    Please ensure that you have read the programme details above carefully before deciding whether to apply. Is your organisation eligible and suitable for this fund? We anticipate a very high demand for this programme, and unfortunately we will not be able to fund all organisations which apply.


    To start a new application for this programme, please use the ‘new applications’ link below. You will be asked to log in to the online portal, or register if you have not previously used it, with your email address and a password.

    Following registration, you will need to complete a short series of questions to ensure your organisation is eligible to apply. This is designed to save time for prospective applicants. If your answers do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will be able to recomplete the eligibility questions if appropriate (for example, if an initial answer was submitted in error).

    After successfully completing the eligibility questions, you can then access the full online application form, answer questions about your organisation and upload supporting documents.

    The application form can be saved and revisited on an ongoing basis. It does not need to be completed at one time. To return to a saved application form, please use the ‘existing applications’ link below.


    Following a thorough selection process, we aim to notify all applicants whether they have been selected for a grant by the end of May 2021.  Decisions will be made by CAF, working with the advice of an independent committee with sector experience. The funding partners do not influence the funding decisions.

    Due diligence/verification:

    Organisations will all complete charitable verification by CAF and be asked to provide a bank statement to prove the bank account into which funds will be paid.

    Organisations which are not registered with one of the charity commissions of the UK will be asked for further documentation, including governing document, most recent annual financial accounts, personal details of trustees/directors and in some circumstances further information may be required. These checks must be completed within 3 months of notification that you have been selected for a grant. If you are not registered with the Charity Commissions of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you must make sure that you have these documents ready before you apply.

    Contracting and payment

    If the verification checks are successful, your organisation will be sent a grant agreement and, once signed, funds will be transferred in one payment.

    Fund expenditure:

    We anticipate funds will be spent before 1 November 2021.


    We would like to find out what impact these funds have had on our grantees and the patients that they support. In the autumn, you will be sent an Impact Report to complete, to tell us about how the funds have been spent and the difference the funding has made. We may contact you to develop a case study.

    We will publish a list of grantees on 360 Giving, to promote openness and transparency in grant making.

  • Top tips for completing your application

    Watch our video on how to write a great grant application

    When completing your application form, please make sure it is as relevant, clear and detailed as possible.  You have the opportunity to tell us about:

    - Your track record over the last 3 years – the patients that you work with, evidence of the needs that you are addressing, and how you have met that need

    - The challenges your organisation is currently experiencing (eg operational, financial, logistical)

    - How a grant to cover core costs for up to 3 months would most usefully be spent

    - What difference this would make to the recovery of your organisation and the support you can provide for patients

    - How you will measure the difference this would make, and how you intend to learn from this

    - You can upload your 2021/22 budget and/or a cashflow to show your financial position.

    - We will also check your Charity Commission or Companies House record and other publically available information to assess your application.

  • Further helpful resources

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Existing applications

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