Group Fundraising Support

COVID funding

RDA Crisis & Resilience Grants (closing 29 Jan 2021)

Applications for grants are open to all RDA Member Groups, including those that have received support in previous funding rounds. As with the previous round of funding, this financial support has two aims:

  1. Crisis – to support groups in the most immediate financial danger. This support will be given where groups can show that there is a short/medium term financial constraint on the group’s ability to sustain itself through the crisis.  To be successful groups will need to be able to show that there is a detailed recovery plan for future sustainability and that you have applied for other support outside RDA to ensure sustainability.
  2. Resilience – to provide support for groups wanting to re-open (when able to do so) safely, and require additional financial support and/or for Groups where there is a plan to adapt services to allow more people to benefit. This will provide funding for groups to cover any additional costs associated with re-opening and/or adapting.  Groups will need to be able to show how funding will enable them to work more quickly with more beneficiaries.  Funding may enable you to develop practical solutions for adapted activities, training or other services.

Note – the two categories are not mutually exclusive.

How to apply

  1. Over the past year (and in December) we have gathered a lot of information through surveys directly to National Office or through your Regional teams – for which many thanks. This means that this application process is deliberately simple and doesn’t ask for information that we already have.  If your group did not respond to the earlier surveys, we may need to ask you to complete further information so that we have the full picture.
  2. The maximum you can apply for is £10,000, but please note that we expect applications to be clearly costed and you are more likely to be successful if you apply for less than this.
  3. Grants will be subject to RDA UK’s normal terms and conditions for grants.
  4. Process:

Please complete and return the application form below by email to before midday Friday 29th January.  In the subject line of the email please write “Grant Application + your group’s name”

If you have any questions or queries about the application, please contact Ed Bracher at

Application form: RDA CRISIS AND RESILIENCE GRANTS Jan 2021 V2

Other COVID funding sources

A useful and up to date list of other funding opportunities and financial support can be found here:

For Covid-19 Emergency Fund Appeal information and templates – click on the link to the left of this page or click on the link here – Covid-19 Appeal and Templates


General fundraising advice

We can provide information and advice on all aspects of fundraising, from setting up your online giving pages, managing Gift Aid and other tax efficient schemes, supporting with large capital fundraising projects and more. If you need any fundraising help advice or support then get in contact with us.

We are offering FREE fundraising workshops. Come to National Office or we can come to you! There are lots of FREE printable resources

For more information about fundraising at your Group, contact Cat Stuart-Yapp

e:  t: 01926 405 979

RDA UK has partnered with McClure Solicitors (who have 14 offices across the UK) who offer their free will and free will review service all year round, to anyone wishing to access it, at no obligation. In addition they offer a special price Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney service.

The free will service raises substantial funds for charities via donations, gift aid and gifts in wills.

For more information on this partnership and how it may be of benefit to your RDA Group or Region please contact Lisa MacDonald

e: t: 07739 383666.



Page Last Updated: January 13, 2021