CAF Tourle Foundation Fund - grants for small, place based charitable organisations

The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund seeks to award grants to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people in all parts of the UK. This 10 year programme is funded through the generosity of a £4.5m legacy left for CAF to distribute for this purpose. Organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people, whilst demonstrating the need and difference it will make.

Who can apply?

Our target audience are small place based charitable organisations providing a service to the heart of their community within the UK. 

An example would be a charitable organisation set up by the community in a village, providing services to older people in isolation; a small community group on an estate providing drop in sessions for teenagers etc.
Organisations applying must:

  • be applying for up to £5,000

  • be providing a service to the heart of your community

  • be a community charitable organisation whose reach is within a localised catchment area

  • be able to demonstrate the need of the project

  • have an annual income below £75,000

  • have charitable aims and objectives

  • operate within the UK

  • complete the project a year from the date of award.

Eligible projects

Areas considered may include:

  • projects with a community led ethos – this may be born from a community challenge or idea and run by members of the local community

  • organisations that find it difficult to attract mainstream funding

  • projects demonstrating the organisation is providing something which would not otherwise be available locally

  • projects demonstrating the organisation is doing great work that they are not recognised for.


  • Organisations not providing local services for local people

  • Organisations that are regional and national

  • Organisations that are not charitable

  • Organisations based outside the UK and/or delivering outside of the UK

  • Organisations that have an annual income over £75,000

  • Organisations in receipt of a grant from this programme within the last 2 years

  • Political organisations or those promoting one faith/religion

  • Requests for retrospective funding

  • Applications from individuals. We can only accept applications on behalf of a charitable organisation.

  • Full cost or contribution towards capital build – although refurbishments may be considered

  • Core costs - these are costs that enable your organisation to function

  • Salaries may be considered in exceptional circumstances

  • Projects whose total project costs exceeds £25,000.

How to Apply
The latest round of funding is now open. Please read the guidance document before you start your application. The application form can be accessed from the link below and you will need to register before you can start the process.

Deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 11 November 2019. You will be notified of the outcome of your application in January 2020.