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Covid-19 Resilience Grant for BAME-led Organisations

BTEG Covid 19 BAME Resilience Grants

Grants of £5k to support BAME-led organisations across England affected by Covid-19

Open for applications NOW – deadline midnight Sunday 6th September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our country and especially in BAME communities. We remember all the individuals that have been taken from us by this terrible disease. BAME civil society organisations are a vital part of the fabric of our local communities and do tremendous work often with minimal resources. During lockdown BAME community groups have done their best to support children, young people and their families. Research conducted earlier this year showed that many small BAME groups would face closure within three months without urgent funding (UBELE, 2020).’

In addition, BTEG’s consultation with member organisations correlates with the Ubele report with small BAME groups reporting a 60-80% increase in demand in services which ultimately diverts focus and capacity of management/trustees to the emergency needs. The additional factor of the disproportionate BAME mortality and infection rates has meant that a significant number of staff/volunteers/trustees have either self-isolated or been affected by illness and/or deaths related to Covid-19 – resulting in a further loss of capacity.

Grants of £5k available

In response to this, BTEG has been awarded £150,000 of funding by Comic Relief and the National Emergency Trust to distribute amongst smaller charities who are specifically working with BAME young people aged 10-24.

In total, we have grants of £5000 each to be awarded to 30 organisations across England.  Grants can be used to cover core costs including staffing, overheads AND/OR used for direct service delivery. Grants must be spent by the 31st March 2021.

Although many BAME groups have begun to develop new ways of working, they are facing new challenges in terms of deficits, diminishing core reserves, managing lease requirements, new/additional HR pressures, shifts in delivery methods, increase in demands, emerging inequalities, new media narratives, responding to quick funding opportunities, new policy initiatives, lower capacity, crisis management and offering an intersectional approach to service delivery which challenges the traditional form of project based funding offered.

Free consultancy worth £1500

In addition to this, each organisation will be given up to three days of free consultancy support which will be in the form of online video calls.  This support allows us to work with organisations to build capacity and strengthen their organisations to develop and grow.

Free support to wider BAME-led VCS

BTEG will also be delivering nine workshops to a wider audience on a range of topics base on needs identified by organisations. We know that there will be many who need support but may not have been awarded one of the grants.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a grant, you must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  1. Be BAME-Led, that is at least 51% of your senior team and/or trustees are from BAME backgrounds

  2. Have a total annual turnover of less than £100,000.

  3. Directly deliver services to BAME young people aged 10-24 impacted by Covid-19

  4. Be an organisation impacted by Covid-19

  5. Have an organisational bank account with two independent signatories.

  6. Be delivering services within England.

  7. Be a charitable organisation with a written constitution

How to apply

We are hosting a webinar for potential applicants on the 26 August. To book a place, sign up here

You must read this guidance before completing the application form.

Once you have done this, download and complete the application form

The deadline for submission is midnight Sunday 6th September 2020.  Applications must be submitted to

All applications will be assessed by an assessment panel whose decision will be final.  BTEG will contact all applicants via email within 3 weeks of the final deadline, to let you know the outcome/

Unsuccessful applicants will be given feedback. 


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