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Emergency Funding for Black and Minority-led Groups Impacted by the Cost-of-Living Crisis Across England

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04 April 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Black and minority community-led charities and organisations working with children and young people at risk of becoming involved in violence can apply for emergency funding to mitigate the effects of the inflation and cost of living crises.

The Phoenix Way (TPW) is offering up to £20,000 for Black and racially minoritised community-led organisations across England that have been impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. This is part of the wider TPW aim to address structural inequalities faced by Black and racially minoritised communities in influencing and accessing grant funding, transform the relationships between funders and Black and racially minoritised organisations, and develop shared leadership.

In the first funding round of 2023, a total of £1 million is available for one-off emergency grants to support groups working with children and young people at risk of becoming involved in violence that are struggling to pay for increased core costs, increased project, and activity costs, or need to adapt or increase their services due to the cost-of-living crisis. 

Groups must: 

  • Be led by representatives of and work within Black and racially minoritised communities (at least 70% of their leadership, volunteers and beneficiaries are from Black or racially minoritised communities). 
  • Work with people and communities that are primarily under 18 and are at a high risk of becoming involved in violence, particularly with children and young people impacted by systemic issues such as poverty, racism, gender-based violence, and wider structural disadvantage. 
  • Take an asset-based approach to their work with children and young people. 
  • Have annual operating budgets of up to £150,000 per year. 
  • Are based in England. 

Funding can be used flexibly to cover core and/or project costs that the cost-of-living crisis has impacted, including rent, utilities, cost of living increases in salaries, equipment, and activities. 

The deadline for applications to Round One is 8 May 2023 (midnight).


How To Apply

The deadline for Round One is 8 May 2023 (midnight).

Guidance notes and an online application form are available from the Ubele Initiative website.


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