Lent match funding – your questions answered

2 February 2016

UPDATE: As of 12 April 2016, thanks to the generosity of CAFOD supporters, our Lent Appeal match funding limit of £3.5 million has been reached. This means that any new donations or Direct Debits for our Lent Appeal won't be eligible for match funding from the government, but will still do important work transforming lives around the world.

Donate to our Lent Appeal today

This Lent, every pound you donate to CAFOD will be matched by the UK government. This limited opportunity means we can double the impact of all your donations - helping even more people to escape poverty and transform their lives.

What is match funding?

Match funding, or ‘UK Aid Match’ is a scheme that allows the UK public to have a say in how some of the government’s international aid budget is spent. The UK government will match, pound for pound, public donations to charities which tackle poverty in developing countries, therefore doubling the impact of your donations.

How will the money be spent?

Your parish and schools donations and the funding from the UK Government will bring water, health and life to the poorest communities in some of the world’s dryest places.

Your donation will help people like Proscovia who lives in Uganda. To get water for her family, Proscovia had to walk several miles every day to the nearest borehole, and this meant she was on the brink of dropping out of school. But thanks to donations like yours, we have been able to mend a broken water pump in Proscovia’s own village, which means Proscovia and her eight brothers and sisters have clean, safe water right near their home – and Proscovia is now able to stay in school and finish her education.

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Will all donations to CAFOD qualify?

Money raised for our Lent Appeal in the three months from Ash Wednesday, 10 February, to Monday 9 May, will be match funded by the UK government. Just make sure you send your collections to us by Friday 1 July. The UK government will only match donations up to a total of £3.5 million.

UPDATE: As of 12 April 2016, thanks to the generosity of CAFOD supporters, our Lent Appeal match funding limit of £3.5 million has been reached. This means that any new donations or Direct Debits for our Lent Appeal won't be eligible for match funding from the government, but will still do important work transforming lives around the world.

Will the UK Government match the Gift Aid on donations?

No, only the donation itself will be matched because Gift Aid is the government giving us tax you’ve already paid. But please make sure you sign a Gift Aid form or encourage people in your parish to do it – it’s an extra 25 per cent at no extra cost to you or CAFOD!

Will online donations be matched?

Yes, up to the total value of £3.5 million, and as long as we receive them between 10 February and 9 May 2016.

Donate online today

Will Direct Debits be matched?

The UK government will match the first three monthly payments of all new Direct Debits, and also this year they’ll match any increase on an existing Direct Debit, but they have to be set up between 10 February 2016 and 9 May 2016, and before we reach the £3.5m cap.

Set up a Direct Debit today

Will donations from private companies be matched?

Unfortunately not. However, an individual from the company can of course donate and their gift will be matched.

How can I donate?

There are many ways you can donate to our Lent appeal:

  • donate online
  • look out for the Fast Day collection in your parish
  • call 0303 303 3030
  • post a cheque to ‘CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB’

Please make sure your donation is marked ‘Lent 2016 Appeal’.

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