More than 200 BAME community organisations awarded share of £9.5m in emergency funding

A total of £9.5m in lottery funding will be shared between more than 200 black, Asian and minority ethnic-led charities to help those communities recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funding has been awarded through the Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme, managed by the independent trust Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and the Social Investment Business.

It is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, which was launched in May.

Grants of up to £100,000 have been awarded to 205 community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties, organisers said. 

Power to Change defines a community business as a place accessed locally that is accountable to the local community, trading for the benefit of the community, and has a broad community impact.

Almost 70 per cent of the grants awarded went to BAME-led organisations, while 86 per cent went to organisations that were BAME-supporting.

For example, Impact Brixton in south London was awarded £47,700 to stabilise the business in the short term. 

It also plans to design and launch a digital business recovery programme to support small, local businesses that need basic digital education to help them adapt.

In addition to the 205, a further 97 community-led organisations received funding to support their financial recovery from the effects of the pandemic. 

Vidhya Alakeson, chief executive of Power to Change, said: “While Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on people right across the country, it has disproportionately affected black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. 

“By bringing together this strategic partnership, we’ve ensured this much-needed financial support is reaching those communities that need it most.”

Power to Change said it was going through a process of reviewing its terminology, including the use of the term BAME, which is expected to be completed next year.

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