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Emergency Response Funding for Work with Migrants and Refugees in England

15 July 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Barrow Cadbury Trust, which specialises in migration issues and the migration sector, is distributing £5 million in funding from the National Lottery Communities Fund’s COVID-19 Response Programme for England.

The funding is intended to provide services and support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, or to help organisations overcome acute financial difficulties they are facing because of the pandemic.

This is short-term funding which be must spent within six months and by 19 April 2021 at the latest. The maximum grant available is £50,000- or three-months’ expenditure, whichever is less.

The grants can be used for a range of things, for example:

  • Activities and services: any activity that is related to COVID-19, for example:

    • enabling access or providing the necessities of life (food, accommodation)

    • mental health support or activities to prevent loneliness and isolation

    • help with home schooling for children, building digital skills

    • preventing exploitation or domestic abuse arising from the pandemic situation

    • referral to other services that will help people cope with the pandemic (advice, health, social security etc.)

    • other needs arising from the pandemic

  • Changes to the organisation’s systems that will better enable them to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, or small-scale changes to their premises to enable them to safely provide services.

  • 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.

Applications will be accepted from charities, companies limited by guarantee or a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee registered in England with an income of between £10,000 and £1 million in their most recent year of operations.

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2020.

How To Apply

There is a three-stage assessment process. Full details are on the Barrow Cadbury Trust website along with the guidance notes, Frequently Asked Questions and eligibility questionnaire.


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

  1. Enquiries
    The Barrow Cadbury Trust
    Kean House
    6 Kean Street
    London
    WC2B 4AS
    Email: [email protected]

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