Phoenix Fund – Core Funding for BAME led organisations – next deadline 2 September 2020

Article date
21 August 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

This fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community.

The maximum grant your organisation may apply for is £20,000.

Who can apply?

The fund will support your group or organisation if:

  • It is registered, unregistered, incorporated, unincorporated, and/or unconstituted
  • It works with participants and communities of any age
  • It is led by representatives of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities and work within BAME communities
  • It has annual operating budgets up to £100,000 per year
  • It is located and works in England
  • Your organisation does not need to have its own bank account. Another organisation that can hold funds on your behalf can serve as your fiscal sponsor.
  • It was established less than a year ago
  • It was established more than a year ago (any organisation can apply, regardless of when it was established)
What are the funding priorities?
  • Core funding will be offered to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities
  • Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England
  • Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations within English philanthropy

A collaborative panel of individuals who have understanding and lived experience working with Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities will drive the fund’s grant-making decisions, awarding grants to BAME-centred and -led community organisations.

What can you apply for / use the grant for?

If you win, you will receive flexible, core funding to meet critical needs to continue your organisations’ missions. These grants aim to more effectively support local groups with limited access to resources, which are often restricted to specific interventions. Making a grant flexible allows your organisation to make your own decisions about what is most important for your operations and programmes.

Is there a deadline for applying?

The deadline for round 1 has already passed. However, rounds 2, 3, 4, are still accepting applications.

Note that you do not need to submit more than one application. Eligible, high-scoring applications will automatically be considered during later rounds of grant-making.

Round 2:

Application deadline: 2 September 2020

Panel meeting: 16 September 2020

Awardees notified: 17 September 2020

Round 3:

Application deadline: 16 September 2020

Panel meeting: 30 September 2020

Awardees notified: 01 October 2020

Round 4:

Application deadline: 30 September 2020

Panel meeting: 14 October 2020

Awardees notified: 15 October 2020

Further information and support

For more guidance and FAQs click here

Application form can be found here

Do you need additional support to complete the application process? Email and they will be happy to assist you.

You will need to have specific governance in place such as a constitution, accounts, a safeguarding policy, and a well considered budget breakdown. If you require support with this, please contact Herjeet at