Resourcing Racial Justice

The Resourcing Racial Justice fund is a coalition of people of colour (POC) innovators, change makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change. Together, we have established a new UK wide-funding pool to support individuals and communities working towards racial justice.

A commitment to
social justice and solidarity
We aim to provide financial support to organisations, community and grassroots groups that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as POC (which includes other terms such as BAME, racialised people and black, indigenous, people of colour BIPOC). We understand that many POC experience crisis on a daily basis and our commitment is to get money to the people who need it most.
The why, the what, and the how
Why are we doing this?
We've been put in the position of having to apply for funding to be able to deliver strategies that will liberate us, from the very bodies that are maintaining our oppression - Esther Mamadou

Structural and systemic inequality are still deeply embedded within our society and public infrastructure. Exploitative and oppressive structures have historically facilitated the wealth of many philanthropic funds at the expense and detriment of communities of colour, with a lasting legacy to the current day. We are committed to moving resources from a place of excess towards historically marginalised communities. We believe social change exists when we address the needs of those on margins. It is often within marginalised communities that we see the most innovation, expertise and wisdom as is required for survival in the most oppressive and unjust of circumstances. People of colour are practising the solutions, creativity and vision needed to transform. Solutions that move us from extractive cultures to restorative cultures, from competition to cooperation and from the individual to collective responsibility. We have always needed this, and we need it now more than ever.

Through every crisis, be it COVID-19 or the climate emergency, people of colour are disproportionately affected because they are already at the sharp edge of structural and systemic inequality. We know that POC are more likely to live in low-income households on precarious incomes and disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. With existing evidence, 19% of deaths from COVID-19 are people of colour, when they make just 14% of the overall population. Research released by The Ubele Initiative shows that 9 out 10 POC organisations and services are unlikely to survive the impacts of COVID-19. Prioritising people of colour, in all their intersections and identities, is an essential approach to reparative justice.

How we're doing this?
We are living in the imaginaries of those people gone before us, one day people will be living in the imaginaries we create - Angela Davis

The Resourcing Racial Justice fund is a coalition of people of colour (POC) innovators, change makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change. Together, we have established a new UK wide-funding pool to support individuals and communities working towards racial justice.

We seek to do this by upholding a vision for economic democracy that is reparative and progresses visions and practices towards just and sustainable economies. We build upon the legacy and current day work of people of colour working on economic and social justice.
    The Resourcing Racial Justice Fund
    The coalition behind the fund is committed to social and economic justice and solidarity, using community based approaches in line with the people the fund is trying to reach. We fund in solidarity, and support groups and organisations that are historically and currently marginalised.

    Applicants can apply for grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,000.

    We are building a practice that is of both the head and the heart. We have a deep commitment to working with transparency to create structures of accountability. In turn, this will enable radical ideas and investment in inspiring leaders that push for radical alternatives and counter narratives to the current system.

    We work with select foundations and private philanthropists with a track record of commitment to racial justice and working equitably and meaningfully with communities of colour. These funders are not decision-makers, rather learning partners to both the coalition and people we fund. The funder Thirty Percy has made the first contribution to the Fund.

    We will also work with money raised by the public. Individuals that would like to donate to the funding pool can find out more here.

    For our first wave of funding we aim to redistribute £500,000 of funding.
    What we fund
      • Projects that meet the immediate needs and/or impact of crisis – be it Covid-19 or otherwise – for communities of colour.
      • Ideas that present transformational and radical alternatives that will support people of colour creating solutions for change on a systemic level.
      • 'Ecosystem builders' – visionaries that exist between the mainstream and the margins who are working to mobilise connections and resources for the benefit of their communities. This could include: Lived Experience Leaders –POC leaders; activists; community leaders; innovators; change-makers working on racial justice.
      • Those with an international perspective, seeking to amplify and build relationships with communities in the global south in order to achieve global change.
      • We welcome projects connected to faith and spirituality.

      In the spirit of transparency, funds will be distributed via Help Refugees and Prism the Gift Fund platform. Help Refugees are supporting us through their experience of crowdfunding and disseminating funds in a crisis. (Help Refugees is a restricted fund under Prism the Gift Fund, registered charity no. 1099682.)
      How to apply
      Funding timeframes for 2020

      First round

      • Open applications 18th May 2020 and you can apply here.
      • 20th May 2020, 6pm Webinar with Resourcing Racial Justice Coalition
      • Close applications 15th June 2020
      • Committee" meets to make decisions: 29th June 2020

      How to apply: Apply here. On the 20th of May 2020 at 6pm the Resourcing Racial Justice Coalition will be holding a launch event webinar where you can find out more information on the Resourcing Racial Justice Fund, the coalition and how to apply. Save the date and keep an eye out for further details via our website and social media channels. You can sign-up here.

      You can also subscribe to our newsletter and we can send you a reminder and joining instructions!
      FAQs
      Who we are

      What is Resourcing Racial Justice?
      The Resourcing Racial Justice fund is a coalition of people of colour (POC) innovators, change-makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change. Together, we have established a new UK wide-funding pool to support individuals and communities working towards racial justice. You can see the coalition here.

      Who is Thirty Percy?
      Thirty Percy is a new, dynamic and innovative family foundation. Their purpose is to contribute to the future security and wellbeing of our world and they aim to do this in ways that are imaginative, collaborative and unexpected. They are the first funder to donate to our fund and this money will be used for the first wave of funding, where we aim to redistribute around 500,000

      What is a pooled fund?
      Money can come from individual donors, selected institutional funders with a commitment to doing racial justice work, or anyone who would like to give to the Fund through our Just Giving page

      How to apply
      What can we spend the money on?
      The purpose of the fund is to to provide financial support to organisations, community and grassroots groups that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as POC (which includes other terms such as BAME, racialised people, black indigenous, people of colour BIPOC).

      We understand that this work can take a variety of forms and structures, and as such we're open and flexible about where the money can be spent as it should be reflective of the needs of your community. However, these projects should meet the following criteria:

      • Projects that meet the immediate needs and/or impact of crisis - be it COVID-19 or otherwise for communities of colour
      • Projects that meet the immediate needs and/or impact of crisis – be it Covid-19 or otherwise – for communities of colour.
      • Ideas that present transformational and radical alternatives that will support people of colour creating solutions for change on a systemic level.
      • 'Ecosystem builders' – visionaries that exist between the mainstream and the margins who are working to mobilise connections and resources for the benefit of their communities. This could include: Lived Experience Leaders –POC leaders; activists; community leaders; innovators; change-makers working on racial justice.
      • Those with an international perspective, seeking to amplify and build relationships with communities in the global south in order to achieve global change.
      • We welcome projects connected to faith and spirituality.

      You can find out more information about this on our webinar on May 20th 2020. To register to attend, please click here.

      How much can we apply for?
      You can apply for grants between 5K to 50K.

      Can contributions be used to pay for an individual's living expenses (food, rent etc.)?
      Yes, individuals can apply for their living expenses and material needs. We're working on a restorative and reparative model of funding, where people's daily and material needs are just as important as the work they do, and so people are able to apply for their living expenses. For an organisation, we support resourcing core needs to cover the basic running costs of your organisation

      We will have more information on this at our webinar on May 20th. You can sign-up here.

      What is the timescale for applications?
      For the first round of applications:

      • Open applications - 18th May 2020
      • Webinar with Resourcing Racial Justice Coalition - 20th May 2020, 6pm. You can sign-up here.
      • Close applications - 15th June 2020
      • Committee meets to make decisions - 29th June 2020
        Informing participants - 29 June 2020

      What will you do if there is money left over after the crisis point has passed?
      We know communities of colour have been struggling with crises for a long time. This fund was created to resource our communities and movements so that we can achieve racial justice. We are committed to achieving that mission after the COVID19 too, that means that any money left over will be carried over to redistribute a second wave of funding.

      Can white led organisations apply?
      This fund is aimed at individuals, groups and organizations working to achieve racial justice; we know that many white people are also committed to achieving this. Therefore, we welcome applications from organizations who can demonstrate how their leadership is helping them to achieve their aims of racial justice.

      Other Enquiries

      I'm a journalist and would like to talk to you about what you are doing, who should I contact?
      Please contact us info@resourcingracialjusitice.org

      I am a philanthropist, from a trust or foundation, or local authority wanting to support this support, how can I help?
      Contact: supporters@inforesourcingracialjustice.org

      Funders do not have decision making powers over the allocation of the fund.

      Data Storage
      What happens to the data open collective gathers? Is it stored securely and would it ever be supplied to a third party agency (eg. immigration authorities)?
      Resourcing Racial Justice is GDPR compliant and stores data in a secure way. You can find their privacy policies here.
      Get in touch
      For general and press inquiries email: info@resourcingracialjustice.org

      For submitting funding applications email: applications@resourcingracialjustice.org

      For supporting our work through donations and financial support or any other capacity: info@resourcingracialjustice.org

      You can find information on how to contact coalition members directly on our
      team page.

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