Rosa launches the Rise Fund

Rosa, the grantmaking charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations working to make the UK a fairer, safer place for women and girls, has launched the Rise Fund. This new fund will invest in the future of Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations across the UK.

Indigo is supporting the new fund, alongside other funders including The Clothworkers’ Foundation, Emmanuel Kaye Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Tudor Trust. The Fund will award organisational development grants of up to £40,00 to small organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women.

The Covid pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated long-standing issues around gender inequalities and racial injustice. Specialist Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations have seen increased demand for their services in recent months, although many are concerned about a financial cliff edge as grants made during the pandemic come to an end. The new Rosa fund is intended to help such organisations by providing the funds that will allow them to address issues around their longer-term future, sustainability and developmental organisation.

Lisa Raftery, Rosa Trustee and Chair of the Rise Grants Panel said:

I am proud and delighted that we are able to launch the Rise Fund in response to the huge need for sustainability funding among organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women and girls. Rosa has a proud history of funding women’s and girls’ organisations which struggle to access funding from elsewhere and which enables them to thrive and grow – after the last two years, the need for the Rise Fund is critical.*

Indigo is proud to be supporting the work and hopes that the Fund will be able to support some amazing organisations during incredibly important work at a very difficult time.

*Quote taken from the Rosa website.