CAF invites applications for resilience funding

The Charities Aid Foundation wants small charitable organisations that deal with early intervention and problem prevention to apply for up to £100,000 for two years

The Charities Aid Foundation is inviting small charitable organisations to apply for up to £100,000 in grant funding and specialist advice as part of a new programme designed to make charities more resilient.

CAF is searching for 10 charities or community interest companies with annual incomes of between £250,000 and £1.5m and which deal with early intervention and problem prevention to take part in the two-year programme.

The organisations will receive funding of up to £50,000 a year and expert advice and training covering areas such as good governance, strategy development, financial planning, sustainable sources of funding and communicating effectiveness.

CAF said the funding and support would be aimed at helping to free staff time to focus on the organisation’s long-term health and moving it into a strong position for the future.

In the guidance notes announcing the scheme, CAF said: "We regard a resilient charity as one with capacity to recover quickly from setbacks and to adapt to the changing environment in which it operates.

"It means an organisation is not only having an impact on the cause it advances, but also has a plan in place to continue doing so in the future."

The organisations must have been delivering services in the UK for at least two years, and must not promote political or religious viewpoints to their beneficiaries.

Successful organisations must also be prepared to be part of a community of sector leaders who will work together to encourage further philanthropic giving of this kind into the sector, CAF’s statement said.

It did not elaborate on what this would entail, but the guidance notes said: "We are seeking applications from charities that meet genuine needs and are highly effective at delivering change in their field, but which need support to become more resilient and to adapt to a changing environment in order to continue to deliver their services.

"We want to encourage more philanthropists to support smaller charities to plan for the longer term, rather than simply pay them to deliver services. This pilot programme is designed to make that case."

More information can be found on the CAF website.

Applications close at 2pm on 10 February.

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