The UK Community Foundations (UKCF) has launched this new fund to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 over a maximum of three months are available. An initial £250,000 is being made available with more funds anticipated on a rolling basis.
The funding is intended to support BAME-led groups and organisations that can, in turn, help other BAME organisations to access their local Community Foundation and secure National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds from them.
To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate:
- They are a BAME led organisation.
- They are both run by and run for the BAME community.
- How they will benefit BAME groups and people by improving access to Community Foundations resource and the NET funding they are distributing.
- The work that the grant will fund. For example, awareness raising via marketing and communications or mentoring/supporting of groups through the local Community Foundation application process, provision of micro grants, support with monitoring and reporting etc.
- They can effectively help groups begin the process of building a relationship with their local Community Foundation.
There are no deadlines. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.