COVID-19 Response: The Fore’s RAFT Fund

The Fore and its partners are providing grants of up to £5,000 to help small charities and social enterprises overcome the challenges posed by coronavirus. For more information, please head to our dedicated page here.

What we are looking to fund

The Fore offers grants of up to £30,000 over up to 3 years.  All UK-registered charities, community interest companies (CIC), charitable incorporated organisations (CIO) and community benefit societies (CBS) with an annual income of less than £500,000 are eligible to apply.

We make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation.  Transformational impact includes unlocking sustainability, efficiency, exponential growth or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind. We see our grants as investments in the organisations we support.

For more information please see our Guidelines for Applicants and FAQs for more details.  There is a summary of our most recent grantees here, and a find a fully-searchable spreadsheet of all our grants here.

Registration and Application

The Fore runs three twelve-week funding rounds each year in line with the academic calendar – Spring, Summer and Autumn (see timetable below). To apply for funding, organisations must first register some basic contact details at the start of each funding round. The number of registrations accepted for each round is capped to ensure we are able to give every application the attention it deserves. Registration is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early.

The following information is required to register:

• The organisation’s name, legal entity type (UK charity, CIO, CIC or CBS), registration number, address, telephone number, annual income for the last completed financial year, and sector and location of charitable work.

• Whether the organisation has applied for or received funding from The Fore or The Bulldog Trust in the past.

• The key contact’s name, job title and email address.

Successfully registered organisations are invited to submit a simple application via a secure weblink within four weeks. For more details of what will be required, please download our Guidelines for Application and see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Registration for the Spring 2020 Funding Round opened at 10am on 9th December 2019. All available places have now been taken so Registration has closed. 

If you have slow broadband, we recommend that you ask someone with more reliable internet access to register your organisation on your behalf. Please note that this is the only stage of the application process where slow broadband could be a factor.

Timetable for Funding Rounds

Spring 2020
Registration Opened 9th December 2019, 10am
Application Deadline for Registered Organisations 13th January 2020, 5pm
Funding Decisions Announced By 3rd April 2020


Announcement about Summer 2020 Funding Round:

Due to the unprecedented crisis of the coronavirus pandemic, The Fore will not be running its Summer funding round as usual this year. Instead, we will be focusing current resources on supporting our existing grantees through this extremely challenging time.

We are developing a fast-track, straightforward application and assessment process to allocate small, emergency grants of up to £5,000 to organisations in our portfolio to meet the changing needs of their beneficiaries. For organisations that need more than one grant of £5,000, it will be possible to simply re-apply for further funding.

We are aware of the need to act quickly, so we will be contacting all our grantees in due course to provide more information about applying for this additional funding. Our grantees represent some of the most remarkable organisations in the sector, and we are determined to support them now that their work is more important than ever.

We are very sorry that this means we will be unable to take applications from new organisations at this time. We hope to return to our usual funding programme as quickly as possible. 

We are looking to raise additional funding to maximise the number of grants we can make. If sufficient funding is available, there may be the option to extend this emergency support to a wider group of organisations beyond our current grantees.  If we are able to open up funding to additional organisations, we will announce this change on our website.  So that we are able to dedicate our full resources to helping charities and social enterprises, we ask that you periodically check back on our website, rather than calling or emailing, for any new announcements.

If your organisation was hoping to apply for funding in the Summer round, you will still be able to apply for Pro Bono support for your organisation. If this is of interest, please submit an application here.