The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

In Autumn 2020, The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help fantastic small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world.

The Transition Fund will offer grants in two rounds.  The first round has now closed for registration, but a second round of funding will open for registration in September. See the timetable below and follow us @theforetrust to keep up to date.

The Transition Fund is the next phase of RAFT, The Fore’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which began with the RAFT Immediate Response Fund (now closed). Find out more about the impact of RAFT by clicking here.

What we are looking to fund

The Fore 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.  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.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for funding, organisations must first register some basic contact details at the start of each funding round – this can be done at the link below when the funding round opens. 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.

Successfully registered organisations are invited to submit a simple application via a secure weblink within 4-6 weeks. For more details of what will be required, please download our Guidelines for Application and see our Frequently Asked Questions.

A webinar providing more detail on how to prepare your application document is also available below. The slides used in this webinar are available for download here.

Registration for The Fore RAFT Transition Fund 1 opened on July 20th 2020 at 10am. All available places have now been taken, so registration has closed. We are sorry for any disappointment. Please see the timetable below for details about when registration for our next round, The Fore RAFT Transition Fund 2, will open.

When registration reopens, 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.

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.


The Fore RAFT Transition Fund 1
Registration Opened 20th July 2020, 10am
Application Deadline for Registered Organisations 7th September 2020, 5pm
Funding Decisions Announced October 2020
The Fore RAFT Transition Fund 2
Registration 21st September 2020
Application Deadline for Registered Organisations 19th October 2020
Funding Decisions Announced early December 2020