Short-term COVID-19 relief funding to support Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community organisations in Scotland.
The Global Majority Fund is intended for organisations who work with communities facing racial inequality within the UK.
Launched in early 2021, the Global Majority Fund is a £2.8 million partnership of Comic Relief, Barclays, the National Emergencies Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Clothworkers’ Foundation.
In February 2021, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) was selected as one of 10 Intermediary Partners to distribute a portion of the funding.
Based in Glasgow, CRER has been working to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and promote racial justice across Scotland for 20 years. Through research and campaigning activities which respond to the needs of communities, CRER’s work aims to tackle deep rooted issues of racial inequality.
CRER will be administering £250,000 in funding and providing support during the application process.
In addition to the CRER, the other intermediary partners include:
- Do It Now Now awarded £360,000 to fund Black-led charity social enterprises that provide services to people that have been adversely affected by Covid-19. [Common Call Fund Two. Application deadline of 25 June 2021]
- Caribbean and African Health Network awarded: £288,000 to fund Greater Manchester projects. [Application deadline of 4 July 2021]
- Africa Advocacy Foundation awarded: £288,000 to fund London based projects [Application deadline of 14 May 2021]
- Race Council Cymru in partnership with BAWSO and Welsh Refugee Council awarded: £318,000 for projects across Wales. [Application deadline of 23 April 2021]
- Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) awarded £288,000. [Application deadline of 30 April 2021]
- Migrant Centre Northern Ireland awarded £179,400. [Round 2 closed on 3 March 2021]
- Women’s Resource Centre in partnership with Black Training & Enterprise Group (BTEG) awarded: £276,000
- BME Health Forum awarded: £288,000
- Lancashire BME Network awarded: £288,000
The funding is intended 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.
For the purposes of this funding, ‘communities facing racial inequality’ refers to communities typically but not exclusively referred to as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME). These are communities who may be facing discrimination, marginalisation, or disadvantages.