Voice4Change England (V4CE) are pleased to announce the Windrush Community Fund. This fund is open to community and grassroots groups and organisations to bid for financial assistance from a £500,000 fund to help ensure that community groups can give support to those of the Windrush generation who may have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status or who may have suffered losses because of this.
The aim of the Windrush Community Fund is to raise awareness and support engagement among those eligible for the government’s Windrush Compensation Scheme and Windrush Scheme.
The fund has been set up in particular to encourage applications from those organisations that are led by affected communities or work mainly with affected communities. Affected communities are those facing difficulties in demonstrating their lawful status in the UK, depending on when they arrived, and those who therefore suffered losses in proving their right to work, finding a place to live, accessing healthcare or some other impact.
This covers people who settled in the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1 January 1973, and people of any nationality who were settled before the end of 1988.
Who can apply?
Charities, community and/or grassroot organisations across the UK that work with affected communities can bid for an award from £2,500 up to £25,000, to ensure people are aware of the support and compensation available.
What are the funding priorities?
The successful organisations will raise awareness of the Windrush schemes, and support engagement of victims of the Windrush scandal in several potential ways including:
- Promotional and outreach events within a community.
- Production and distribution of marketing materials.
- Communication campaigns, both online and in person.
- Accessing and using communication channels such a social media or the local radio.
Is there a deadline?
- The closing date for Phase 1 applications is 12 February 2021.
- Phase 2 will open for applications on 1 April 2021 and will close on 30 June 2021.
Make an application