Are you a great small charity or social enterprise changing people’s lives? Have you ever felt that funding application processes for trusts and foundations favour organisations with experienced fundraisers?
The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help fantastic small charities plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world.
The Fore is 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. We want to be different. Our funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections. Our consultant assessors, who have a wide range of experience and backgrounds, are there to help applicants think about their strategy and they write the final reports. Funding decisions are made by panels that include local community representatives, charity leaders and strategic business people.
We’re here to help: alongside grant funding, our applicants can connect with our network of enthusiastic skilled volunteers from some of the UK’s most prestigious businesses. You tell us what support you need – strategy, business planning, financial forecasting, marketing, law, IT and much more – and we work to introduce you to a range of people who can provide the support you need.
Who is Eligible?
Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply. Applicants with turnover of under £50,000 will be given extra support through the assessment process.
How to Apply
It’s very simple. Register for a place (this takes 2 minutes), then you have six weeks to send us three pages about what you do and how the funding could help you. No forms, no word counts, no need to be perfect. If you get chosen for interview, our friendly assessors will work with you to talk through what you need and make sure we have the information we need. That’s it.
Registration opens here at 10am on Monday 20 July. Register early to secure your place.
If you have questions please read our guidelines and FAQ’s, which includes help writing the three pages. A second round of funding will open for registration in September. Follow us @theforetrust to keep up to date.