Nearly £3m in new funding from Comic Relief will target communities experiencing racial inequalities across the UK as the charity attempts to address the disproportionate impacts of Covid-19.
The new fund is encouraging applications from organisations taking an intersectional approach, working with communities experiencing racial inequality and other inequities, including those with other protected characteristics or lived experiences.
It will be distributed as part of The Global Majority Fund, an initiative run in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Barclays and The Clothworkers’ Foundation.
A total of almost £2.2m will be available to make new investments, while the remaining £800,000 will be distributed to between 10 and 15 intermediary partners that applied for funding in July, to distribute to community groups.
Comic Relief said it expected to make between 10 and 15 grants of between £150,000 and £250,000 each over an 18-month period.
It follows an initial £3.4m awarded in July to 10 BAME-led voluntary sector organisations.
The previous funding round supported a range of projects, including food banks, assistance for women experiencing gender-based violence, and projects using sport to support the mental and physical health of vulnerable adults.
Ruth Davison, interim chief executive of Comic Relief, said: “Across the UK, communities experiencing racial inequality have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which right now is showing no end in sight.
“It’s a distressing time for many, and local projects closest to the communities they support need us to step up.”
Mutale Merrill, chief executive of Bawso, a Comic Relief partner that provides specialist services to members of BME communities, said: “Given the fact that even in normal times, communities experiencing racial inequality are disproportionately represented in all indicators of poverty, funding from Comic Relief specifically for these groups is a lifeline during these very challenging times.”
Mhairi Sharp, director of the National Emergencies Trust, said there was still a lot of work to be done to rectify systemic issues with racial inequality.
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