Covid-19 support fund for the specialist migration sector
Barrow Cadbury Trust has partnered with The National Lottery Community Fund to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. They have £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services.
The fund originally closed on 2 August, but they had slightly fewer applications than expected so have reopened it for a second round of applications and extended the eligibility criteria.
Who can apply?
- Charities or companies limited by guarantee or a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee registered in England with:
- an income of between £10,000 and £3 million in their most recent year of operations;
- at least three unrelated Trustees or, if you are a company, a Board with a majority of Directors (at least three unrelated) with no financial interest in the company.
- The organisation’s main purpose and activities involve supporting refugees or migrants. This includes organisations that only work with these groups and those that have more general objects but are seeking to maintain or expand existing services targeted at refugees and migrants.
- For the purposes of this fund, “migrants” means people born overseas who are experiencing barriers to accessing services and whose difficulties are compounded by the pandemic. They may for example have restricted or unclear rights to live in the UK, have no recourse to public funds or be destitute as a result of their immigration status.
- Please note that certain organisations cannot apply, such as organisations who work exclusively with a specific nationality. See the guidance linked below for full details.
How much can you apply for?
The maximum you can apply for is £50,000 or three months’ expenditure, whichever is the smaller. Decisions will be made by mid-October and grants must be spent within six months.
What will they fund?
- activities and services related to Covid-19
- changes to the way you work, e.g. equipment for remote working
- staff salaries or training
- volunteer expenses
- equipment to help you respond to the pandemic
- general running costs
- interpretation costs
- contribution to fixed costs or overheads
Is there a deadline for applying?
- There is no deadline for applications but they will close the programme once they have enough applications to ensure the funds are spent, while keeping success rates high.
- Organisations that met the original criteria for the programme and applied by 2 August will have priority and be assessed first.
- As they have not set a closing date they recommend that if your organisation is eligible you should submit your application without delay.