Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities - Small Grants

Applications for this grant round closed on Tuesday 13th October 2020 at noon.

Purpose

Grants for £1000- £3000 to fund small BAME led VCSE organisations to respond to the needs of their communities during the Covid 19 pandemic. Activities must be expected to end by 31st March 2021.

What we can fund

These grants can fund a number of different things:

  • Services and activities that support the health and wellbeing of members of vulnerable BAME communities in GM

  • Foodbanks and projects working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic 

  • Organisations or informal groups that have been specifically established to respond to the crisis 

  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis 

  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community 

  • Support for organisations that provide support for vulnerable groups within BAME communities to counter the loss of income and fundraising which can be directly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic

What we can’t fund

There are a number of costs we cannot fund; the main ones are listed here:

  • Payments for activities of a political or exclusively religious nature

  • Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector grants

  • Costs incurred before the grant award

  • One off events or workshops that aren’t part of a bigger project

Who can apply

Eligibility

  1. For constituted Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations operating in Greater Manchester for the benefit of Greater Manchester residents. 
    Applications from CIC’s will be accepted if they have a minimum of three directors, a membership and an asset lock with a specified organisation named.
    Applications from Companies limited by guarantee will need a minimum of three directors, and within their Articles of Association a statement about their purpose and social impact, a not for profit clause, a director remuneration clause as well as a clause stating that assets will be distributed to another not-for-profit organisation fulfilling similar objects if they dissolve.

  2. VCSE organisations that exist primarily to serve the BAME community, or a section of that community, with decision making led by members of that community.

  3. Must have a bank account requiring two signatures in the name of your organisation.

  4. Your organisation`s income must not be more than £30,000 in your most recent full financial year

  5. Organisations must have appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place before funding is released (please let us know if you need help to develop these) 

Criteria

About your project and application

  1. Applications should be in response to the Covid 19 pandemic and will need to show how they have taken into account government guidance about keeping people safe. 

  2. Activities funded need to be expected to end by 31st March 2021.

  3. Application must be for at least one of the below:

    • Services and activities that support the health and wellbeing of members of vulnerable BAME communities

    • Foodbanks and projects working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic 

    • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis 

    • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community 

    • Support for organisations that provide support for vulnerable groups within BAME communities to counter the loss of income and fundraising which can be directly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic

  4. You will need to tell us:

    • Why you are applying for the funding and why you need it at this particular time

    • How much the project will cost and provide an itemised breakdown that relates to the proposed activity

Key dates 

Launch:                              1st September 
Briefing Session:           1st September
Closing date:                    13th October noon
Decisions announced: 30th October

Decision making 

All applications will be scored against the eligibility and criteria above. Decisions are made by a panel drawn from the GM BAME Network.

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