Next Step Initiative-Comic Relief Grant Programme Now Open
We are delighted to announce that Next Step Initiative (NSI) is partnering with Comic Relief as an intermediary providing financial support as well as improved vital capacity to Black Minority Ethnic (BME) community groups across Scotland. This is in recognition of the disproportionate impact that Covid-19 has had on Black and Asian communities, and to help address these inequalities as part of Comic Relief’s wider Covid-19 crisis response.
This partnership is very strategic considering that NSI is the first BME Charity in Scotland to act in the capacity of an intermediary grant-making organisation, providing micro-grants to BME third sector organisations across Scotland. This is no doubt a giant stride as we are better able to support grass-root organisations that work directly with marginalised communities, facilitating a shared understanding and progress across several frontiers. This ensures that the most vulnerable, socially and financially excluded harder to reach individuals are supported and empowered especially during the “Recovery and Renewal” phase, as well as help to build strength and resilience employing a sustainable, localised model during these changing times.
The coordinated action will ensure that underserved and marginalised communities are provided with the required support, which will not only alleviate the challenges of the current pandemic but will make a lasting difference to people’s lives post Covid-19.
“In the attempt to deliver sustainable local solutions, Next Step Initiative has provided a platform for several Afro-Caribbean organisations across Scotland for the past ten years. With this strategic collaboration with Comic Relief as an Intermediary partner, we look forward to what promises to be a major milestone in our support and partnership with disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in Scotland” Nan Brown Korotoum~ Chair, Next Step Initiative
“The disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on Black and Asian communities has been truly devastating. Smaller projects that work within these communities have also been adversely affected, after many years of neglect, with many at risk of closure. Our ring fenced funding aims to directly address these inequalities and empower BAME-led organisations, like Next Step Initiative, with specialist expertise, to reach and support grass-root local projects that are a lifeline to the people they help. I hope we can make a real difference to hundreds of projects struggling to support people throughout the pandemic and its recovery” Jacqueline Onalo ~ Comic Relief Trustee.
We are giving out grants to African, Caribbean & Ethnic Minority registered Charities, voluntary and community organisations across Scotland. Funding Applications opens on the 20th of July 2020. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis until 12noon on the 17th of October 2020. We anticipate a high volume of applications and recommend applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Guidance notes and Application forms for these grants are available now on our website. Please click links below to access these forms.
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