Charities Aid Foundation launches £20m emergency grant fund

Charities are being invited to apply for up to £100,000 in grants from a £20m fund aimed at organisations that support people hardest hit by Covid-19.

The Resilience Fund, being managed by the Charities Aid Foundation, will distribute funding of between £10,000 and £100,000 to both registered and unregistered charities in England, including community interest companies and community education organisations.

Organisations must be able to demonstrate a last reported income of between £50,000 and £10m. 

The grants are flexible, meaning charities are able to spend them on core costs including rent and utilities.

A wide range of voluntary sector organisations will be able to apply, including those working with people in poverty, black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, children and young people, homeless people, or those pushed into crisis because of the pandemic.

The funds are provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Community Match Challenge funding scheme, part of the government’s £750m coronavirus support package for the sector, announced in April.

Monica Brown, head of charity advisory at CAF, said: “This money will be spent to help the areas of the country where the need is greatest, including communities that have struggled to access earlier funding, those that face cultural barriers and those that have lacked a voice through these long, difficult months.”

Brown said the fund would provide a lifeline to as many organisations as possible.

Charities must deliver their services in England and be able to spend the grant money by 31 March.

The deadline for applications is midday on 10 November. 

For more information and to apply, click here

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