Imkaan: Margin to Centre Fund

Wednesday, 2 February 2022 - 10:00am

Grants are available to support capacity building activities in local not-for-profit organisations working with Black and minoritised women and girls across England and Scotland.


Imkaan has launched the Margin to Centre Fund with funding from the Tampon Tax Fund to support frontline Black and minoritised women and girls' organisations committed to ending violence against women and girls across England and Scotland.

This is the fourth framework of funding delivered by Imkaan.

Objectives of Fund

Funding is intended to support sustainability and increase resilience of organisations working with Black and minoritised women and girls.

Value Notes

The following grants are available:

  • Up to £15,000: 5 grants.
  • £15,001 to £25,000: 14 grants.
  • £25,0001 to £35,000: 12 grants.
  • £35,001 to £50,000: 4 grants.

Organisations should not request grants of more than 50% of their total income.

Once an award has been made, Imkaan will provide support as follows:

  • Advice and guidance on support and capacity.
  • Exchange throughout the membership to discuss long-term sustainability issues.
  • Bespoke support as required.
  • For members, ongoing network and membership support.

Who Can Apply

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England and Scotland may apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be a specialist by-and-for ending VAWG organisation.
  • Be run by and for Black and minority ethnic (BME) women and/or girls.
  • Have a board comprised of BME women.
  • Have a UK bank account in the name of the organisation.
  • Have been active for at least one year.
  • Have appropriate safeguarding and equality policies in place.

The funders are particularly interested in applications from smaller organisations who have not previously been funded.

Partnership applications will be accepted.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Profit-making activities.
  • Party political activity.
  • Promotion of religious beliefs.
  • Work outside the UK.
  • Individuals.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Interest or loan payments.
  • Academic research.
  • Building purchase and improvements.
  • Retrospective costs.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding can be used for the following:

  • To meet the immediate and direct needs of delivering frontline support services.
  • Core costs of running and managing BME services, including refuge services.
  • To expand existing services given the cumulative effect on need.
  • To develop and expand services to meet longer term needs.
  • IT costs, up to 10% of total funding request.

Sustainability needs must make up 10% to 25% of the total grant request. This can include:

  • Safety
    • Strengthening safeguarding.
    • Health and safety.
    • Training for staff/volunteers.
  • Security
    • Review of policies and security procedures.
    • Training.
    • New security systems.
  • Independence
    • Strengthening the Board.
    • Review of funding strategies and plan for the future.
    • Capacity building.
  • Peer support
    • Partnership developments.
    • Sharing advice and guidance.
    • Accessing support on funding bids and accessing new funds.
  • Mental Health
    • Support to staff and volunteers to enable improved mental health outcomes.
    • Clinical supervision for staff.
    • Facilitated away-days.
    • Learning from other organisations about effective mental health support.

Funded activities must be delivered between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023.


England and Scotland

How To Apply

The deadline to apply is 7 February 2022 (10am). Decisions are expected in the week beginning 28 February 2022.

Full guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Imkaan website.

020 7842 8525