In the UK:
CIF grants are provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government ( DCLG ). They can be given as a one year award or an indefinite period. The purpose of the grants is to encourage local charities to make a significant amount of public campaign work about local issues, with a view to improving public awareness. The grant scheme is operated by the Government’s Charity Commission who make the decision as to whether the charity will be successful. All donations made by UK charities and registered charities (but not charities registered in Northern Ireland and overseas) to the DCLG are eligible for CIF grants.
In the USA:
The CIF program is operated in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and in the most recent two years has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts for their “Festival of Freedom” (2010-2012)
As part of the funding arrangement, each charity is given an annual allocation of funds, but grants are not based on how much fundraising they undertake. Instead, grant allocation is determined on the quality and quantity of work performed by a charity in the preceding two years. There is no limit on the amount of work that a charity can undertake in a year.
Where a charity is awarded more than one award at the same time or for two or more years, grants are proportionally distributed across these awards.
What is a “CIF award”?
In this article, we will discuss the various ways in which a Grant of a CIF may be given, including:
Grant of a direct grant
Grant of a non-cumulative grant
Grant of a grant on an ongoing basis
Grant of a limited agreement on a fixed term or a continuing agreement, where the charity agrees to pay to the department for the same period of time
A grant of a CIF is awarded annually, so the first award is made in March of the year the charity is first granted a CIF and then every two years thereafter.
1 The term “Grant of a CIF” is used in this article to encompass two different types of grant: a single grant to a charity, and a “cumulative grant” (that we will discuss later in more detail). The term “cumulative grant” has two possible definitions. Firstly, it means awarding an award to a charity whose award was first paid out earlier
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