The BME Health Forum has opened funding for organisations wishing to help communities in London experiencing racial inequality meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19.
The BME Health Forum is acting as an intermediary partner for Comic Relief, in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Barclays and The Clothworkers’ Foundation to distribute funds from the Global Majority Fund.
The first round of funding is for organisations with an average annual income of between £100,000 and £600,000 and closes at at 12 noon on Monday 26 July 2021.
To apply, your organisation must be legally constituted and be a registered charity or social enterprise and more than half of your board of directors/trustees must have lived experience of the issues you seek to address.
You must target racial inequalities as part of your core work, including those faced by Roma, Gypsy and Traveller groups, and all undocumented migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.
Priority will be given to:
- projects for people with physical or learning disabilities, long term conditions (eg. mental health, diabetes) and/or people who provide care for them but other projects are also expected to be funded.
- projects for people who experience multiple inequalities.
- projects addressing one or more of the following – Access to food, Access to Health & Social Care Services, Digital Inclusion; Benefits and Housing Advice, Reducing Isolation, Emotional Wellbeing, Covid-19 and Vaccination Awareness, Domestic Abuse, Community-led Participatory Research, Advocacy and Understanding Rights.
A second funding round for organisations with incomes less than £100,000 is to follow and open no later than 1 September 2021. Round 2 will be for smaller organisations with incomes of less than £100,000 a year.
Organisations wishing to ensure they hear about the second round can join the BME Health Forum’s mailing list here.
A series of online Zoom Q&A sessions are being held in June and July:
- Tue 29 June 2021 at 4pm (BST)
- Thu 8 July 2021 at 5pm (BST)
- Tue 13 July 2021 at 6pm (BST)
To register for one of the Zoom sessions, or if you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about the fund, visit the BME Forum website.