Black Asian Minority Ethnic Refugee and Asylum Seeker

Funding for VCSE Organisations in England to Improve Health Outcomes for Mothers and Babies in Deprived Areas or from BAME Backgrounds
Applications are now being accepted for a new £3.3 million Fund that aims to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age. Grants of between £200,000 and £510,000 are available over three financial years. They will be awarded to VCSE organisations in England to allow them to expand or develop existing projects and programmes that have been running for at least three years, and are whole-family and/or community-centred.

  • Projects that aim to support the following health outcomes are eligible:
  • Improvement in perinatal mental health.
  • Reduction in the percentage of babies born with low birthweight.
  • An increase in babies being breastfed.
  • Obesity prevention and support.
  • Reduced smoking or smoke-free homes.
  • Improvement in learning and speech and language development.
  • High immunisation rates and reduction in rates of preventable disease.

Organisations interested in applying are strongly advised to register for one of the “Meet the Funders” webinars taking place on 8 September 2020 (2pm - 3pm) and 10 September 2020 (2pm - 3pm).

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 30 October 2020. For more details, and to apply, click here.

Emergency Funding for BAME Communities in England
The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community. The aims of the programme are to:#

  • Offer core funding to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities.
  • Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England.
  • Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations within English philanthropy.

A total of £1 million will be distributed in grants. The flexible, core funding can be used in whatever way is needed, for example, staff costs, running costs, activities, equipment, and other resources needed to support organisations during this crisis.

Applications will be accepted from micro- and small-sized organisations that are led by representatives of BAME communities, work within BAME communities, have an annual operating budget of up to £100,000 per year, are located and work in England. The decision-making committee will meet every two weeks to assess applications, and there will be four rounds of grant-making decisions. Funding will be available until the final deadline as decisions are NOT made on a first come, first served basis.

The deadlines for applications are: 21 August, 2 September, 16 September, and 30 September 2020. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Emergency Fund for Migration Charity Sector Re-opens – Apply Without Delay
The Barrow Cadbury COVID-19 Support Fund has reopened for a second round of applications after closing on 2 August as there were ‘slightly fewer applications than expected’.
The eligibility criteria have been extended. The programme is now open to organisations with an income of £10,000 to £3 million (previously the limit was £1 million) that provide services and support targeted at refugees and migrants. This includes organisations that only work with these groups and those that have more general objects but are seeking to maintain or expand existing services targeted at refugees and migrants. The maximum grant available is £50,000, or three months’ expenditure, whichever is less. Grants must be spent within six months and by 19 April 2021 at the latest.

The funding can only be spent on needs arising directly or indirectly from the pandemic and can cover a range of things including:

  • Activities and services related to COVID-19.
  • Changes to the organisation’s systems.
  • Staff salaries or other investment in staff (such as training or support in relation to the demands of COVID-19).
  • Volunteers’ expenses.
  • Equipment to help respond to the pandemic.
  • General running costs.
  • Interpretation costs or other costs specific to supporting this client group.
  • Contributions to fixed costs/overheads.

Priority will be given to organisations that met the programme’s original criteria and applied by 2 August.
The programme will close as soon as there are enough applications to ensure the funds are spent, while keeping success rates high. There is no set closing date; however, the Trust recommends eligible organisations apply without delay. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Emergency Grants for Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Communities
GM BAME Network, supported by GMCVO, have launched an emergency grants programme to support small (income under £10,000) GM BAME led VCSE organisations and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Between July and December 2020 GM BAME Network will be giving out a total of £225,000 in grants.

The grants are funded by Comic Relief and the National Emergency Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will fund new activities and services as well as the additional costs of adapting existing services due to COVID-19. The grants will also help counter the loss of fundraising income directly caused by the pandemic.  

The first stage, a rolling micro grants programme, is now live. Grants of £50-£1000 will be awarded on an ongoing basis between 27th July and 31st October 2020. Decisions will be made within 3 weeks. A second stage will be launched in September.

An online information and support event is being held on 18th August to help small organisations apply. For more information, click here.