Cash-First Fund: form and guidance

Fund for partnerships of public sector and third sector organisations for collaborative work to improve urgent local access to cash in a crisis.

How to apply

Applications to this fund closed on Friday 1 September 2023.

Further help or advice

Please contact if you have any questions that are not answered in this guidance. Please note that whilst we can respond to specific queries we cannot review or provide advice on draft applications.

How your application will be assessed

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria.



The proposal has been developed in partnership between relevant local services. There are robust partnership structures in place to deliver.


The activities seek to improve urgent access to cash in a crisis. They have been informed by local evidence and targeted to meet a clear need. They draw on available evidence of what is likely to work. They will involve people with direct experience of accessing crisis support.


The costs are reasonable based on anticipated impact.


The proposal includes relevant suggestions for monitoring. The applicant is committed to embedding success. The learning could be applied by other areas or partners.


Dependent on the number of applications, there may be a further moderation stage to ensure a geographic and thematic mix of projects.

After you apply

You will receive a response confirming the application has been received. If you do not receive this within one working day please resubmit it.

The assessment panel will review applications in September 2023 and, subject to the number of applications, aim to inform all applicants of the outcome of their application at the beginning of October 2023. If you are not successful in receiving funding you will receive feedback.

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