About this fund

In this time of a worldwide crisis a new global Recovery and Resilience Fund has been launched by Playtech to assist organisations delivering mental health and wellbeing services around the world.

Charities, social enterprises and not for profit organisations dedicated to delivering mental health services as part of their mission will be able to apply for both short term recovery grants as well as long term, strategic resilience grants. The Fund will be seeded with an initial £3 million and available in selected countries listed in the 'Who Can Apply' section.    

Covid-19 and mental health

This Fund will prioritise support for organisations who are delivering programmes to disproportionately affected populations such as those affected by gambling related harm, domestic abuse, unemployment as well as at-risk groups such as young people, frontline healthcare workers and first responders.

In addition to the available grant funds, Playtech are seeking to offer non-financial support to successful applicants to further build your resilience and build capacity.

The Fund has been established to help address the continuing and unprecedented toll that the pandemic is having on people’s mental health and wellbeing.  The Fund aims to support organisations delivering these critical programmes so that people can benefit from accessible, and affordable mental health and wellbeing services.  

As noted by leading authorities such as the UN and WHO, the covid pandemic has highlighted the need to urgently increase investment in these services in both the short- and long-term.  Further, organisations delivering these services have had to quickly invest in technology and new ways of working to ensure services can be delivered and accessed remotely. This Fund aims to support non-profit organisations to continue their vital services and to continue to adapt to new ways for working.

The application window will open mid-March and further details will be provided on this page shortly.

For more information please contact RecoveryandResilience@cafonline.org

Who can apply

Eligible organisations will include charities, not for profit and social enterprises who are delivering mental health and wellbeing services – these organisations may be delivering these services in the context of their larger core mission such as those addressing homelessness, education domestic abuse, unemployment, support for young people, crisis and/or gambling related harm.

You must be based in one of the countries where Playtech has an office: UK, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Gibraltar, Philippines, Sweden, US, Ukraine, Isle of Man, Australia, Israel, Romania, Latvia, Malta, Germany, Italy, Spain,  Austria

Organisations must be registered organisations in their country.

Grants available

There are two types of grants available within the Fund depending on your organisational needs:

  • Recovery grants: unrestricted grants up to £75,000 to contribute towards core costs for your mental health programming and services for up to 6 months
  • Resilience grants: activity grants between £20,000 and £120,000 for up to 18 months to cover project costs. Projects should respond to the challenges you face as a result of the pandemic, and seek to test and try out new ways of working or to adapt services to enable your organisation to continue to deliver vital services

You can only apply for either a recovery grant or a resilience grant – you cannot apply for both at this time. Please select the most appropriate grant for your organisation at this time. Further funding rounds may be run, and you may be able to submit another application in future. Please note that you may be awarded less than your grant request.

What we will not fund

  • Individuals
  • Organisations that:
    • Are not registered as having a charitable purpose in your country 
    • Discriminate on the basis of religious or political belief
    • Primarily promote political or religious viewpoints to their beneficiaries
    • Use the funds to make grants or donations to other organisations or individuals
    • Are unable to supply appropriate registration and financial documents, bank details or personal details of trustees/directors
    • Cannot report back effectively on the outcomes of this grant
    • Are not based in one of the countries noted above

Where an organisation applies for both a recovery and a resilience grant, we will not be able to assess and fund both applications. Please only apply for either a Recovery or a Resilience Grant.

Before you apply

Application deadlines:

  • Recovery grants: Monday 12 April (midnight BST time)
  • Resilience grants: Monday 25 April (midnight BST time)


  • 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 high demand for this programme, and unfortunately we will not be able to fund all organisations which apply.

    Please also consider which grant is most relevant for your organisation at this time, and note the difference between an Recovery Grant (emergency short term funding), and a Resilience Grant (longer term, activity-based funding) for those organisations who are ready to test out new ways of working.


    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 be directed to the correct form for the type of grant that you are applying for. There is one entry point to both forms via the quiz. 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 applicants whether they have been selected for a grant from May 2021.  This will depend on the type of grant you request.

    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 or are outside the UK will be asked for further documentation, including governing documents, 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. 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:

    • Recovery grants: We anticipate funds will be spent before 31 December 2021
    • Resilience grants: We anticipate funds will be spent before 31 December 2022


    We would like to find out what impact these funds have had on our grantees and the beneficiaries that they support. 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. Timelines for reporting will be set out in your grant offer.

  • Top tips for completing your 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:


    • The challenges your organisation is currently experiencing (eg operational, financial, logistical)
    • How a grant would most usefully be spent
    • What difference this would make to the recovery and sustainability of your organisation and the support you can provide
    • How you will measure the difference this would make, and how you intend to learn from this


  • Further helpful resources
  • FAQ
    We've answered some commonly asked questions about applying for this fund. 

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