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Common Call COVID Fund

06 August 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A limited number of grants are available to support black (and Mixed with Black) social entrepreneurs and change-makers making a difference in their local communities in the UK.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 3,000

Application deadline:



The Common Call COVID Fund has been created by Do It Now Now, with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, driven by the desire to bring social empowerment to Black communities.

Objectives of Fund

The fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities in the UK so they are able to survive and thrive, even during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

The fund aims to help grantees:

  • Get better informed about their options (moving to new methods of delivery) post coronavirus/COVID-19.

  • Develop new enterprising activities and earned income strategies.

  • Test the viability of specific propositions.

  • Develop clear, implementable action plans for such activity.

Value Notes

There are 25 grants available of between £1,000 and £3,000.

Who Can Apply

Black-led social enterprises and charities in the UK are welcome to apply.

Grants are intended specifically for organisations that are creating impact in deprived communities and providing services to people who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis in terms of physical health, mental health, and/or financially. The beneficiaries of the charity/social enterprise should primarily be people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.

The people in charge of the organisation must be able to demonstrate lived experience of the issues they are providing a solution to.

The funding is best suited to support small organisations that employ no more than five people (or full-time equivalent).


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Applicants are advised to contact the funder to confirm whether restrictions apply.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants do not have to be set towards a particular project, and can be spent on anything that will help to best deliver impact to the organisations’ beneficiaries.

A detailed breakdown to explain intentions for spending will be required during the second stage of the application process.

How To Apply

The fund is currently accepting applications, with a deadline of 31 August 2020 (7pm).

There are five stages to the application process:

  • Stage 1: applicants should complete an online application form to explain what they do and the impact of the organisations’ work.

  • Stage 2: successful stage 1 applications will be moved on to stage 2, during which applicants will be contacted by a grant assessor for a conversation about their work.

  • Stage 3: successful stage 2 applicants will have their application sent to the Panel – a group of leaders across the Black community.

  • Stage 4: the Panel will select applicants to receive grants. Those selected will be sent a grant agreement and will take part in an induction call.

  • Stage 5: organisations who have received grants will take part in bi-monthly calls with the Common Call team.

The initial online application form can be found on the Common Call Fund website, along with further guidance notes.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Do it Now Now
    402 18 Cutter Lane
    SE10 0YB
    Email: [email protected]


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