Emergency grants are available for micro- and small-sized organisations in England that are led by representatives of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities to support core costs.

Funding body: National Lottery Community Fund
Maximum value: Discretionary
Application deadline: 21/08/2020

The Fund will provide £1 million in emergency grants to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across England. The £400,000 is to be used to further develop the fund.

Objectives of Fund
The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of coronavirus/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 aims of the programme are to:

  • Offer core funding 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 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.

Value Notes
The funding level has not been provided.

Who Can Apply
Applications will be considered from groups that:

  • Are registered, unregistered, incorporated, unincorporated, and/or unconstituted.
  • Work with participants and communities of any age.
  • Are led by representatives of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities and work within BAME communities.
  • Have annual operating budgets up to £100,000 per year.
  • Are located and work in England.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Local offices, affiliates, or projects of large NGOs, governments, or intergovernmental organisations
  • Efforts to support or oppose candidates for public office
  • Evangelism or proselytizing, or programmes that require adherence to or conversion to religious doctrine
  • Organisations that, in policy or in practice, discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Groups that conduct or support violent activities or violate criminal law.

Eligible Expenditure
The flexible, core funding can be used in whatever way is needed, for example, staff costs, running costs, activities, equipment, and other resources needed to support organisations during this crisis.

How To Apply
The decision-making committee will meet every two weeks to assess applications, and there will be four rounds of grant-making decisions.

Funding will be available until the final deadline as decisions are NOT made on a first come, first served basis.

It is recommended that groups time their application based on the urgency of their need and their capacity to complete the form.

There will be four rounds:

Round 1: Application deadline: 21 August 2020
Panel meeting: 2 September 2020
Awardees notified: 3 September 2020
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: 12 October 2020
Awardees notified: 13 October 2020
The online application process is available via the Global Fund for Children website.

Any queries about the Phoenix Fund should be directed to the Global Fund for Children.

Useful Links
Global Fund for Children – Phoenix Fund

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