Supporting BME Responses to Covid-19

Last year, we announced a series of grants aimed at supporting Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities that have been hit disproportionately hard by the ongoing pandemic. Following on from that initial round of funding we have recently made a further series of grants in this space. As usual, details of all our grants can be found here, but this is a quick roundup of our latest round of Covid-19 funding.

Under phase two of our Covid-19 response grants we are pleased to announce the following four grants:

  • BAMEStream: BAMEStream is an alliance of practitioners, therapists, policy specialists, organisations, activists and academia who specialise in the areas of mental health and wellbeing and whose core purpose during this Covid-19 pandemic is to bring the mental health needs of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community into the mainstream. Our funding will support BAMEStream to offer bespoke bereavement, grief and loss peer support sessions. The funding will be granted to Ubele, a founder member of the initiative.
  • Friends, Families and Travellers: FFT works on behalf of all Gypsies, Travellers and Roma regardless of ethnicity, culture or background. They seek to end racism and discrimination against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life. They do this by providing advice and consultancy, promoting health and wellbeing, contributing to research and policy making, delivering training and much more. The Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities have been hit hard by the impact of the pandemic on health, education, provision of services and wellbeing, although they have often been overlooked.
  • Rosa: Rosa is currently creating a second Covid-19 fund specifically for BME-led women’s and girls’ organisations working across a range of issues in the UK, including mental health, wellbeing, economic inequality, maternity and pregnancy discrimination, civil rights and immigration/refugee issues. The fund will allow them to support organisations across the UK through these difficult times.
  • Voice4Change England: In our first round of funding, we announced a grant to Voice4Change England, an umbrella organisation representing around 460 organisations and 1000 individual affiliates in the Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector (BME VCS). This time around we will be supporting them with a smaller grant to support the costs associated with their expansion and the challenges of remote working.

Taken together, these grants will provide £190,000 to organisations working with some of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic. We are aiming to support a range of new and established organisations working on different issues and with different communities. We will be announcing further details of our Covid response work in due course.