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The Fore - RAFT Transition Fund

10 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Unrestricted grants to help small charities and social enterprises in the UK plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in the post-coronavirus world.

Objectives of Fund

The Fore's RAFT Transition Fund is designed to support small charities and social enterprises as they adapt to the post-lockdown world. Funding will enable grantees to strengthen their organisations, plan ahead, become more sustainable and refocus on the new needs of their beneficiaries.

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.

Value Notes

There is a current funding pot of £1 million.

Unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from UK registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual incomes below £500,000.

Organisations need to be able to demonstrate the impact of their mission and offer creative solutions to getting through the current crisis and building for delivery beyond the acute phase.



Eligible Expenditure

The unrestricted grants can be used for any purpose, including core costs.

The aim of the fund is to support and strengthen the applicant organisation so it can meet beneficiary needs over the months ahead and in particular as coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions begin to be lifted.

RAFT funding can complement any other support that the applicant might be able to access.

How To Apply

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is the second funding phase of RAFT. It offers unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help high-impact small charities and social enterprises recover from the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, move toward becoming sustainable, and adjust to the post-coronavirus world.

There will be two rounds of funding with a registration round for each:

  • Round 1 opens on 20 July 2020 at 10 am.

  • Round 2 will open on 21 September 2020.

The number of registrations accepted for each round is capped. Registration is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed.

The registratoin form and FAQs are available on The Fore website.

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