Ethnic minority charities need a specific funding pot and a new umbrella organisation to increase the amount of funding they receive, according to Voice4Change England, a national membership body for the black and minority ethnic voluntary and community sector.
Voice4Change made the recommendations in a report citing existing evidence of a drop in funding to black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in recent years. The report estimates that BAME charities have an average income of £78,960 compared with an average income of £142,439 for all charities listed in the National Council for Voluntary Organisations' UK Civil Society Almanac for 2015.
Voice4Change also surveyed almost 100 of its members and found that 38 per cent of them reported they had been "mostly unsuccessful" when applying for funds. It claimed there was a perception among members that many funders did not understand the needs of BAME communities.
Voice4Change said that the overriding feedback from the report was that BAME charities wanted to be able to communicate properly with their funders, and for money to be better targeted at their needs.
Its recommendations for change include trusts and foundations reconfiguring their funds to create BAME-specific funding pots and the drawing-up of a contract between funders and the BAME voluntary and community sector to address the most pressing needs of racial disadvantage as evidenced by research.
The report also argues for a framework to underpin efforts to bring about change, suggesting an organisation "should be tasked with both administering the distribution of funds on behalf of funders and monitoring outcomes" and "should coordinate a forum between funders and BAME charities".
Kunle Olulode, director at Voice4Change, said in a statement: "I am confident that the recommendations in the report will lead to practical changes on the part of funders, who are clearly keen to listen. However, we in the charity sector cannot be complacent either; we need to constantly adapt to the world around us and change the way that we operate to fit the needs of the people who we represent."