Global Majority Fund
CRER is delighted to be able to make a round of grants available to support BME community organisations to continue delivering services to communities facing racial inequality who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns in Scotland. This is possible as we have been chosen as one of 10 BME-led organisations who will fund hundreds of small projects across the UK with the new £2.8m fund from Comic Relief and National Emergencies Trust (NET). The Comic Relief element of this funding is co-financed by The Clothworkers’ Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The fund aims to help vulnerable communities by supporting BME-led organisations struggling to continue their services because of the pandemic.
COVID-19 has changed the charity landscape, forcing many charities to diversify their income streams in a bid for survival. We recognise the need for charities and grassroots organisations serving BME communities and individuals in Scotland to be able to access grant funding to support core costs and vital project work.
CRER is delivering and overseeing funds of £250,000 to BME organisations across Scotland. The focus of this fund is to support grassroots and small-medium charitable organisations working with communities facing racial inequality in Scotland to access funds for ongoing delivery.
Following the deadline for applications on 17th June 2021, we undertook the difficult process of scoring applications and making award decisions. The fund was severely oversubscribed, and we received nearly 100 applications totalling over £1,300,000. Sadly, this meant we could not fund all of the excellent projects proposed by applicants. The scale of applications intending to address critical issues within BME communities in Scotland shows there is a desparate need for more of this type of funding.
Nevertheless, we are pleased to announce that we are able to support vital projects within the following organisations.
Scotland's Global Majority Fund recipients, 2021-22
African Caribbean Women's Association (ACWA)
Training members on mental health and wellbeing for them to offer peer-to-peer support on a long-term basis.
Amina - the Muslim Women's Resource Centre
Appointing a specialist caseworker to provide support to women with complex needs in crisis.
Appointing a specialist caseworker and buddy volunteer coordinator to work with asylum seekers, particularly those in / transitioning out of Glasgow’s temporary hotel accommodation.
Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC)
Provision of mental health services to BME people in the Forth Valley, including mental health counsellors and interpreters.
Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC)
Provision of mental health and culturally-sensitive services to BME communities in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including people with no recourse to public funds.
Volunteering and training opportunities for young people as a pathway to employment; supporting the newly unemployed in employability and digital skills training using broadcast production tools and processes; supporting the digital skills of women going through the asylum and immigration system in Glasgow and Renfrewshire; and supporting trainees and volunteers.
Maryhill Integration Network
Organising activities, volunteer opportunities and training to support those most affected by the pandemic and offering accessible, culturally sensitive and needs-led participation in community activities.
Networking Key Services
Supporting South Asian and other BME older people (especially men living alone) facing social isolation and lack of emotional support and advice; supporting women and children at the risk of domestic abuse and economic hardships (some with no recourse to public funding).
Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (PKAVS)
Researching the range of free and/or low-cost food points across Perth and Kinross, collating the data and working with a graphic facilitator to design an engaging and accessible map of the area, with key contact details and access information and translated into 6 languages.
Pollokshields Development Agency
Establishing a youth forum for young people in Pollokshields/Govanhill, Glasgow, to improve mental health by beginning to re-establish social bonds and a sense of meaning and autonomy within the community they live in.
Appointing language support workers with 9 languages to support intake assessment of marginalised and traumatised BME women referred to Saheliya’s services.
Scottish Ethnic Minority Deaf Club
Developing the provision of a bespoke Welfare Rights service to aid in the recovery of Deaf minority ethnic BSL users who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and who need to be able to re-integrate into daily living and retain ownership of their own individual situation.
Providing culturally sensitive mental health and well-being support though free and accessible services, creating a women’s group to combat isolation and to access educational and training opportunities, and employing mental health professionals.
Sikhs in Scotland
Creating a Community Advocacy Support hub and recruiting new volunteers to support a multilingual helpline service.
The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre
Setting up a Life Skills programme to increase wellbeing and employability with bespoke training for each participant.
Creating employment and training opportunities through mainstream sport for refugees from African and Caribbean communities.
Wing Hong Chinese Elderly Centre
Supporting elderly Chinese service users to combat malnutrition, social isolation, and loneliness as a result of COVID-19.
As the Global Majority Fund is a one-off COVID-19 recovery project, unfortunatly there will be no further rounds.
Enquiries about the Global Majority Fund can be directed to Yasmin Luqman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About CRER: The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) has been working to eliminate racial discrimination and promote racial justice across Scotland for 20 years. Through research and campaigning activities which respond to the needs of communities, our work aims to tackle deep rooted issues of racial inequality.
About Comic Relief: Comic Relief raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives. Through humour and stories of hope, Comic Relief has shown that people can make a massive difference. Comic Relief funds hundreds of amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.
About National Emergencies Trust: The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is a charity set up to raise funds from the general public in the event of a domestic disaster or emergency. When a disaster hits, the Trust collaborates with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims. The funds collected are distributed by local partners on the ground in the areas affected by the emergency event. The National Emergencies Trust is a registered charity no. 1182809. For more information, visit: www.nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk.