23 April 2020
RAFT Fund grants of £5,000 to ensure charities and social enterprises adversely effected by COVID-19 can prepare for increased activity when restrictions are lifted.RAFT (Rapid Action by The Fore and Trusts) Fund opens. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Fore has launched RAFT which consists of a number of emergency activities to support small charities and social enterprises adversely affected by the crisis: RAFT Fund, RAFT Directory of Skilled Volunteer Requests and RAFT Online Resources.
The RAFT Fund is seeking to ensure that effective small charities and social enterprise dealing with pressing social issues from knife crime to domestic violence to climate change, child obesity, mental health, employability etc. are able to meet the rapidly changing needs of their beneficiaries, remain viable and prepare for delivery when the acute phase of the crisis is over. Many organisations have scaled back their activities significantly during this period but need to ready themselves for an intense period of delivery once current restrictions are lifted. The fund will provide grants for high quality, well-managed small charities and social enterprises with great leadership doing vital work in their communities. The fund opened to applications 22/4/2020. Grants are of up to £5,000 to any small charity or social enterprise in the UK with turnover of under £500,000. Applications be informed of decision quickly – in 2 weeks. 500 applications will be accepted on first come first served basis with the first grants being announced on 6th May and the process is very simple. Will open and close in traunches as additional funding is raised. RAFT Fund is dedicated to the memory of Richard Q (Tigger) Hoare who died on 24th March 2020. Richard was the inspirational founder of The Fore’s parent charity, The Bulldog Trust and a venture philanthropist before his time. Details of support at: https://www.thefore.org/covid-19-response-raft/ & fund guidelines at: https://www.thefore.org/the-raft-emergency-fund/