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We are pleased to announce a fund, raised from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to support Black-led charities and social enterprises making a difference in their local communities across the UK.
Common Call is poised to redress the lack of resources, skills and tools that inequality of resource allocation metes upon the Black community in the UK. Through the provision of funding and wrap-around support, we will empower Black people building organisations that have been negatively affected by the COVID crisis to engage actively and beneficially in the communities in which they live.
To understand the impact of COVID-19 on our community, we carried out a few in-depth interviews with founders. Based on those interviews, we understand that the key challenges they are currently facing in the COVID-19 crisis are:
Black-led organisations are often unable to access the amount of funding that is needed to carry out great pieces of work that will create a transformative impact on underserved communities around the country because they have limited track record of finance or funds management. We have the opportunity with this Common Call COVID Fund, to provide a package of funding and support into highly promising yet underserved organisations. Through this fund, we can support them and give them a better chance to continue their services and navigate this crisis.
We expect our beneficiaries will be primarily working in:
Our goal is to make it easier for Black people with lived experience of key issues to build and sustain social enterprises and charitable organisations that solve the problems they had to fight to overcome.
Black-led charities and social enterprises can apply for unrestricted grant support ranging from £1K-£3K which will come with 1 year of support to help them bridge the gap that the COVID crisis created in their organisation’s trajectory while also providing them with access to key experts and peer that can help them grow their work sustainably and effectively in the future.
We will help grantees:
The first round of applications is open throughout August 2020 and funds will be disbursed in Black History Month, October 2020.
Applications should be made on the Common Call website - www.commoncall.fund
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