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Covid-19 Response Capacity Building Project

This project has now closed

There has been an unprecedented change in the landscape for the charitable and voluntary sector, in particular, the impact that Covid-19 has had on BAME communities and the organisations that serve them.  In response BTEG has taken immediate action to develop a range of sustainability and capacity building support for BAME organisations, projects and programmes that have been directly impacted by the virus so that they can ‘think differently and act strategically’.

Funded by The London Community Foundation and the National Lottery Communities Fund, this support will target small BAME-led civil society groups across England working directly to support people at high risk of the virus, have faced a significant increase in demand and/or have limited capacity to focus on internal developments and planning. It will enable them to build their structures, systems, people and skills in order to deliver projects and services in line with the current context and needs.

Groups will have up to 3.5 hours of free expert consultancy support and/or coaching specific to their organisational needs, as well as access to up to 20 organisational and leadership development workshops.

This project will be delivered virtually through Zoom and similar technology.

The project can support your organisations in the following ways:

  1. Managing planning and infrastructure as a result of the dramatic changes made to services and delivery at short notice.

  2. Strategically managing the diverting of resources, personnel and focus during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  3. Confidently negotiating with landlords and other service contracts.

  4. Ensuring relevant financial planning is in place with relevant documents (budgets, management accounts etc.).

  5. Understanding how to realistically apportion overheads/core and project costs.

  6. Identifying new sources and resources to cover shortfalls in core funding.

  7. Strategically repositioning the role of the organisation over the next 12 months.

  8. Articulating the achievements and promoting the work of the organisation.

  9. Sourcing and pursuing strategic and achievable collaborations.

  10. Engaging with relevant policy platforms.

  11.  Incorporating HR practices to ensure staff/volunteers are supported through working from home policies and practices.


  1. You are a BAME-led voluntary/charitable organisation, programme or project (i.e. 51%of leaders and or trustees are BAME)

  2. You are delivering to communities, and located, in England

  3. Your services have been impacted by Covid-19

  4. You are delivering services to those communities impacted by Covid-19

  5. Your annual turnover is less than £150,000


If all the criteria have been met, the selection process will be on a first come, first served basis. Once selected you will be allocated a consultant who will work with you to identify your needs and schedule dates to work with you over the coming months.

For further information, or to send the completed application form, please email

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