Supporting Hard Hit Black & Minoritised Ethnic (BAME) Communities

There is a clear and pressing need to ensure that emergency funding reaches those from these hardest-hit communities. Since the launch of the Coronavirus Appeal, we’ve worked hard to put in place a range of measures to ensure this happens.

Ensuring Emergency Funds Reach Hard-Hit B.A.M.E Communities

 

Research, including from ONS and Public Health England shows that the Coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (B.A.M.E) communities.

 

There is a clear and pressing need to ensure that emergency funding reaches those from these hardest-hit communities. Since the launch of the Coronavirus Appeal, we’ve worked hard to put in place a range of measures to ensure this happens.

Reaching the hardest hit, all over the UK

 

With extensive reach right across the four nations, Community Foundations play a vital role in getting funds out fast to those on the ground, including communities experiencing racial inequality.

 

Around 17% of Coronavirus Appeal funds distributed through Community Foundations go to charities and voluntary groups that primarily benefit those communities experiencing racial inequality

B.A.M.E-led charities and groups are pivotal

 

B.A.M.E-led* charities and groups play a pivotal part in ensuring that vital emergency funds reach the hardest hit, as outlined by The Ubele Initiative.

 

As of June 2020, around 12% of Coronavirus Appeal funds distributed through Community Foundations went to B.A.M.E-led organisations.

 

We recognised the need to invest in better infrastructure to support B.A.M.E-led organisations. We allocated an initial £250,000 from the Coronavirus Appeal to a UKCF fund that aims to help more B.A.M.E-led charities and groups to apply for funding from their local Community Foundations. Applications can be made here.

*We define B.A.M.E-led organisation under the following terms issued by the Race Equalities Funders Alliance:
The organisation’s mission and purpose is to benefit B.A.M.E communities
The majority of the leadership (i.e. at least half of the senior team and the Trustee board) are from the B.A.M.E community(ies) that it serves.

“Allocating dedicated funds to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic led charities means we can continue to get emergency funds to those that need them most, while building vital capacity where there’s been historic underinvestment. There is much talk about doing things better after this crisis. Seizing opportunities to create a fairer funding infrastructure for the long-term must be central to that.”

Jehangir Malik

Co-Optee, National Emergencies Trust

Partnership with Comic Relief to support those experiencing racial inequalities

 

In July 2020 we also announced a partnership with Comic Relief to award £3.4million worth of grants for 10 B.A.M.E-led organisations to distribute to small and micro projects across the UK. This included £2.75m in emergency funding from the Coronavirus Appeal.

 

In November 2020, an additional £2.9million was made available to Comic Relief’s Global Majority Fund, through donations from Barclays (via the NET Coronavirus Appeal), from The Clothworkers Foundation, and from Comic Relief itself.

 

The organisations specialise in and will fund small projects across a range of services including mental health, domestic abuse, sports provision, gender, racial equality and family services.

“The disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on Black and Asian communities has been truly devastating. Smaller projects that work within these communities have also been adversely effected, after many years of neglect, with many at risk of closure. Our ring fenced funding aims to directly address these inequalities and empower BAME-led organisations, with specialist expertise, to reach and support grassroot local projects that are a lifeline to the people they help. Alongside the £1.8 million Change Maker BAME grants, I hope we can make a real difference to hundreds of projects struggling to support people throughout the pandemic and its recovery.”

Jacqueline Onalo

Comic Relief Trustee

Meeting unmet needs

 

As this crisis continues, we anticipate that the UK’s understanding of unmet need will grow. Our Allocation Committee and Equity Scrutiny Group continue to analyse our own grants data and wider sector funding to ensure that remaining Appeal funds are distributed as equitably as possible.

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