Grants of up to £25,000 are available for charities, community or grassroots organisations for projects which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.
The Home Office has established the new £500,000 Windrush Community Fund.
Voice4Change England, which works with a large number of black, Asian, and minority ethnic community groups and partners across the UK, will oversee the Windrush Community Fund application process. They will process incoming applications and respond to enquiries about the application process. The applications will then be referred to the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group and the Home Office, who will make final decisions on funding.
The Windrush Scheme (documentation) was launched to help people who were not able to prove their right to live and work in the UK, to get a document to prove their lawful status. Members of the Windrush generation can apply for documentation to confirm their status, including British citizenship if eligible, under the Windrush Scheme.
The Windrush Compensation Scheme ensures that members of the Windrush generation and their families are properly compensated for the losses and impacts they have suffered as a result of not being able to demonstrate their lawful status.
The funding will support the objectives of the Community Fund:
- Increase awareness and visibility of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both and the support available
- Reach more communities and individuals who may have been affected by their inability to prove their lawful status in the UK
In addition, the Community Fund also seeks to:
- Ensure that individuals and communities have accurate information about the schemes, how to apply, and that any myths surrounding the schemes are addressed. This could involve, for instance, promoting example cases.
- Build capacity at a community and grassroots level to support those affected to access the Windrush Scheme (documentation), Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both.