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Funding for Racial Justice Initiatives

18 May 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Applications are now being accepted for a new Fund that provides financial support to individuals and organisations that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as People of Colour (POC).

During the first round of funding, a total of £500,000 will be awarded to:

  • Historic and newly formed people of colour led organisations who are at risk of closure because of COVID-19 and the impending recession.

  • Community organisations, businesses and enterprises that are built on the social relationships, intergenerational knowledge and lived experience of people of colour in their work and infrastructure.

  • Community groups and community-led organisations that are led by people of colour or whose efforts are working towards racial justice and equity to continue their work.

  • Organisations, networks, and community groups that offer vital services and spaces of refuge to communities of colour; especially those who experience multiple forms of marginalisation. These include migrant rights groups, support in detention centres, LGBTQI groups, faith groups, advocates and those responding on issues affecting people of colour disproportionately (eg, detentions, policing, gentrification, physical and mental health).

Three types of funding are available:

  • Emergency and Recovery Funding: Grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 for organisations looking for smaller investments or for emergency funding, needed to sustain themselves and meet the needs of people of colour within the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

  • Long Term Structural Change Funding: Grants of between £30,000 and £50,000 for organisations and ideas that present transformational and radical alternatives that will support people of colour, creating solutions for change on a systemic level. This can include emergency funding required to sustain organisations who are working to make long-term structural change for communities of colour.

  • Funding for Individuals: Grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 for individuals who identify as change-makers, activists, innovators, social leaders, ecosystem builders and artists who are carrying out their work outside of existing organisational structures.

The funders will host a webinar, covering questions on the application process and eligibility on 20 May 2020 (6:00pm - 7:30pm). Interested organisations can sign up for the webinar on the Fund’s website.

The deadline for the first funding round is 15 June 2020.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Resourcing Racial Justice Fund
    Email: [email protected]


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