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Community Resilience Fund

Call for proposals

The opportunity

The Community Resilience Fund (CRF) will be open to all community-based organisations who are not currently funded by GambleAware.

The main aim of the CRF is to provide short-term funding to address inequalities experienced by disadvantaged communities across Great Britain, which have been exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis. The CRF aims to provide funding to enable organisations to support their communities, recognising that the current cost-of-living crisis will be exacerbating gambling harms and risk of experiencing gambling harms for many people.

Eligibility for the CRF 

Organisations must meet all six of the criteria to be eligible for funding:

1. The impact of the activity and any direct delivery of services is in England, Scotland and/or Wales. 

2. The activities will not include evangelising or proselytising (preaching, spreading, or attempting to convert people to one’s own belief or religious views). 

3. Your organisation does not adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. 

4. You are an incorporated organisation with a board of trustees or directors (ideally three unrelated people).

5. You have not requested more than 50% of your previous year’s turnover.

6. Activities must be in line with GambleAware’s charitable objectives. 

Applications must also address the following:

  • Applications should ideally demonstrate that the organisation applying have experience or knowledge of gambling harms, or experience and knowledge in an adjacent field such as health inequalities, addictions, and mental health.
  • Applications must outline how disadvantaged communities will be supported in relation to gambling harms and associated inequalities.
  • Applications must demonstrate how inequalities will be addressed through the CRF and how the cost-of-living crisis has exacerbated these.
  • Applications must evidence the challenges within the community that need to be addressed/solved and explain how this will be achieved.
  • Applications should outline any partnerships within the local system (gambling and non-gambling specific) and any plans to develop working with other local organisations within the area.

Funding may be used, for example, to:      

  • Develop or accelerate an existing service/project.
  • Work with a new community.
  • Support innovation.
  • Develop or strengthen a new partnership within the community/local area.


GambleAware are keen to monitor and evaluate innovative projects and generate learning from these to inform future services and contribute to the wider body of evidence informing GambleAware’s commissioning decisions and national policy.

The overall outcome of this work is supporting communities to address gambling harms in light of the cost-of-living crisis; however, due to the nature of this fund, projects will have varied outcomes based on how the funding is used. Once funding has been allocated, we will work with successful applicants to identify service specific outcomes and implement monitoring procedures. Successful applicants must therefore be willing to engage with monitoring and evaluation activities. 

Funding available

We are looking to fund a range of community-based organisations with a grant of up to £100,000 available for the period of 12 months. Please note organisations can only submit one application to the CRF.

Organisations can submit an application for any amount of funding up to £100,000 depending on project need and size of organisation. Please note as per the eligibility criteria, organisations should not apply for more than 50% of their previous year’s income.

As part of the application process a budget form needs to be completed outlining the individual costs being applied for.


Applications open: Thursday 30 June 2022

Applications close: Monday 8 August 2022 (12 noon)

Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified if they have been successful at the end of September. We will be holding a Q&A session via Zoom on Wednesday 13 July, 1pm to 2pm, to answer questions and provide support during the application window. If you are interested in taking part, please register here. You will have the opportunity to send questions in advance and during the session. 

Update: A recording of the Q&A session is now available.

Submission of completed forms

The application form can be found here and guidance on how to complete this form can be found here.

Completed forms should be submitted to by 12 noon on Monday 8 August. The following documents will need to be attached to your application: 

  • A completed budget form
  • Constitution or Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Most recent set of audited accounts (or a cashflow if you don’t have this).

You may also attach, if needed:

  • Diagrams or tables to support your answer to section 3.1

Please do not include any documents that have not been requested. 

About GambleAware  

GambleAware is an independent charity that commissions evidence-informed prevention and treatment services in partnership with the NHS, public health agencies, local authorities, the voluntary sector, and other expert organisations and agencies, across Great Britain. 

GambleAware recognises the importance of evaluating the impact of our commissioned projects, alongside the mechanisms influencing the outcomes resulting from these. We are committed to building evidence of ‘what works for whom’ to support and inform our commissioning, as well as generating knowledge to contribute to the wider body of evidence, and national policy.  

The central aim of GambleAware’s purpose and vision is to achieve effective prevention of gambling harms, and access to treatment and support. GambleAware’s Organisational Strategy, published in April 2021, outlines our priorities and objectives to guide our work towards our vision of a society where everyone is safe from gambling harms.