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Voice4Change England to oversee Windrush Community Fund: open to charity, community or grassroots organisations

The Windrush Community Fund is up to £500,000 of financial support available to charity, community or grassroots organisations across the UK to fund projects which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both. The first round deadline is 12 February 2021.

This support is available to fund activities across the UK. Awards will range from a minimum of £2,500 to a maximum of £25,000.

Voice4Change England will oversee the Windrush Community Fund application process. They will process incoming applications and respond to enquiries about the application process.

The applications will then be referred to the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group and the Home Office, who will make final decisions on funding.

Who can apply
You can apply to the Windrush Community Fund if you are a charity, community or grassroots organisation.

Non-registered charities and community organisations
If you are a non-registered charity or community organisation, you can apply if you:

were established for charitable and public benefit purposes
have a governing body with at least 3 members
can provide a valid governing document
can provide accounts for the last 2 financial years
are community-based and/or community-led
Grassroots organisations
If you are a grassroots organisation, you can apply if you can support your application with:

a governing document that is suitable for your organisation
a bank account in the organisation’s name
a detailed income and expenditure statement for the year
one reference from an established group or organisation
If you cannot provide the above, your application must show that your project will be supported by a registered charity or an organisation that can provide the requirements for a non-registered or community organisation.

Support organisations could include incorporated tenants’ groups, church organisations, or a community interest company.

Charities
If you are a registered charity, you can apply if you can provide a valid registration number issued by the Charity Commission.

Multiple organisations applying together
Several organisations can work together on a project and apply as a consortium. There is no limit on the number of organisations who can be involved in a group bid. The maximum award for each application is £25,000.

If you would like to work on a project with other organisations as a consortium, you can apply if you have:

a lead organisation who can apply as either a charity, community or grassroots organisation on behalf of the group
details of all the groups involved and how they are structured
evidence of partners and networks you have worked with successfully in the past or partners you plan to work with during your project
Any funding awarded will be paid directly to the lead organisation.

Who can’t apply
You cannot apply for the Windrush Community Fund if you are:

a local authority
an individual
an organisation based outside the UK
What you can get funding for
You can apply for funding to support activities that focus on promoting and raising awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both, to members of your community who are able to apply for them.

Your application must outline what the funding is for and how predicted costs will contribute to the project’s activities.

Activities could include:

holding events
producing and distributing marketing materials
accessing and using communication channels
securing support from partners
Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and social distancing, you should provide examples, where relevant, of how you will ensure the safety of staff and attendees.

What you can’t get funding for
The fund will not support:

projects that provide a political platform
projects that involve working with an organisation whose objectives conflict with those of the Windrush Community Fund
organisations providing immigration advice services
the day to day costs of running your organisation
When to apply
Applications will be considered in 2 phases. If your application is successful in Phase 1, you will not be eligible to bid for funding in Phase 2.

If your application is unsuccessful in Phase 1, you can apply again in Phase 2.

Phase 1
Applications for Phase 1 will open on 14 December 2020 and will close on 12 February 2021 at 11.59pm.

Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Phase 2
Applications for Phase 2 will open on 1 April 2021 and close on 30 June 2021 at 11.59pm.

Applications received after this date will not be considered.

How much you can apply for
You can apply for funding between £2,500 to £25,000. If your proposed budget is more than £25,000, you must show how your organisation will get the additional funding.

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