The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Resilience Fund, which closed to applications last November, has now distributed more than £10m to charitable organisations in England supporting those hardest hit by COVID-19.
Grants have ranged from £10k to £100k to both registered and unregistered small and mid-sized charitable organisations. The average amount awarded was £30,000 and the grants are flexible meaning organisations can spend them on core costs such as rent and utilities as well as delivering front line services.
As of 5 February 2021:
o Grants totalling £13.8 million have been paid.
o 457 organisations have received grants, while
o The average grant award was £24,000.
The causes and communities which have benefitted from the fund include children and young people, individuals and communities living in poverty, people with learning or physical disabilities, the homeless, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, those experience mental health conditions, victims of abuse, and communities facing health inequalities.
The CAF website does not provide details of all individual grant recipients and, while it has shared grant-award data with 360Giving, this is more of a strategic resource for grant-makers and also does not list individual grant awards.
The funding for the CAF Resilience Fund has been provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Community Match Challenge funding scheme, part of the Government’s £750m coronavirus support package for charities announced in April 2020.
CAF provides a COVID-19 funding and resources hub for charities, social enterprises and individuals, which can be accessed at this LINK.
Source: UK Fundraising