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We've had over 1,400 applications!

Thank you to everyone who shared, supported, and applied to the fund! It has been awe-inspiring to sift through the applications and witness the number of individuals, communities, and organisations doing vital work and we can't wait to share just some of what we've seen. Due to the volume of applications, successful applicants for wave one will now be contacted at the end of July and publicly announced in August.

We will be investing £1.1million into two waves from the applications we received.
Wave one will find out the end of July, and wave two will find out towards the end of summer. If you didn't get a chance to apply, no worries! We're in the process of securing more funding for wave three and will announce as soon as that's confirmed.
As of June 19th we've crowdfunded for £102,000!
We recognise that the death of George Floyd and anti-black racism has mobilised thousands of people to take action; many have responded by investing in our crowdfunder. As such we are committing all resources raised from the crowdfunder to go directly to our black communities, and black-led organisations in the UK.



Webinar: Applications open info session
Thank you to everyone that joined us for our very first webinar on Wednesday 20th May. It was a pleasure to connect with you all and shed more light on the application process and Resourcing Racial Justice more broadly. If you missed the webinar no worries! You can give it a watch below. If you still have questions, drop us an email on info@resourcingracialjustice.org.

A webinar hosted by Resourcing Racial Justice
Wednesday 20th May 18:00 - 19:30
This webinar was hosted by Imandeep Kaur, Tatiana Garavito, Nonhlanhla Makuyana, and Farzana Khan of Resourcing Racial Justice and they covered the:

  • Application process
  • Eligibility
  • Question and answer session
  • And more

We will be putting up a recording of it soon.

Press Release
PRESS RELEASE: Fund launched to support frontline community groups and organisations in light of COVID-19's disproportionate impact on people of colour.
Embargoed 06.05.2020 | 12:00

For further information and media requests:

Contact: info@resourcingracialjustice.org , kennedy@resourcingracialjustice.org


The Resourcing Racial Justice Coalition motif
The Resourcing Racial Justice Coalition
A fund has been launched by campaigners, organisers and activists of colour in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 that has brought attention to structural racism faced by people of colour in the UK.

Resourcing Racial Justice (RRJ) aims to provide financial support to frontline organisations, grassroots groups and community groups that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and systemic racism on communities of colour.
In late April it was reported that COVID-19 virus was disproportionately infecting and killing people of colour. A Guardian analysis found that of 12,593 patients who died in hospital up to 19 April, 19% were people of colour even though these groups make up only 15% of the general population in England.

An overrepresentation in high-risk occupations, including health workers, transport sector and essential shop work are some of the reasons that have been cited. Additionally, people of colour are more likely to live in deprived, dense, over-crowded urban areas making social distancing difficult(as a result of existing social inequality.

In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the racism that is prevalent in the UK into focus. In response, Resourcing Racial Justice has been launched and encourages organisations, grassroots and community-led groups and individuals working with frontline communities of colour to apply. The fund is currently made up of financial contributions from foundations, philanthropic organisations and crowdfunding.

Find out more about the fund here.

Examples of what the RRJ will support:
  • Becoming a stream of support for historic and newly formed people of colour led organisations who are at risk of closure because of COVID-19 and the impending recession
  • Sustaining community organisations, businesses and enterprises that are built on the social relationships, intergenerational knowledge and lived experience of people of colour in their work and infrastructure
  • Enabling community groups and community-led organisations that are led by people of colour or whose efforts are working towards racial justice and equity to continue their work
  • Organisations, networks and community groups that offer vital services and spaces of refuge to communities colour; especially those who experience multiple forms of marginalisation. These include migrant rights groups, support in detention centres, LGBQI groups, faith groups, advocates and those responding on issues affecting people of colour disproportionately e.g detentions, policing, gentrification, physical and mental health etc.
Salina Nwulu a founding member of Resourcing Racial Justice said:

"It's sadly unsurprising, but very clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted working-class communities of colour in terms of infections and deaths. Through every crisis, be it COVID-19 or the climate emergency, people of colour are disproportionately affected because they already experience the blunt end of social inequality. We're hoping this fund will provide much-needed support to frontline organisations and groups who are working to support those more at risk and vulnerable to COVID-19."

Yvonne Field, CEO/ Founder, The Ubele Initiative said:

"This fund is so timely and actually needed now more than ever. Thank you for stepping forward to support activists and grassroots groups, the majority of whom find it almost impossible to access any financial support. This is particularly true of groups led by people of colour.

Deep systemic inequalities which have pervaded our society for decades have now been laid bare for all to see during this Covid-19 pandemic. Our research into BAME led community-based organisations launched last week shows that 9/10 organisations led by people of colour will close if they do not receive funding by June.

Lack of equity in funding decisions have been so normal that to hear 'Nice idea, but no thanks, became expected by those of us who applied. However, this is being challenged by movements such as #CharitySoWhite and I for one welcome their direct intervention in the system. We need initiatives such as this to support us, not only through this emergency but also for the long haul. Hopefully, they will help us transform society in ways that future generations will be proud of, especially when they look back on this most challenging era."


Derek Bardowell, author of No Win Race and philanthropy adviser responds to the launch:

"We know about the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people of colour. We know from Ubele that 9 out of 10 micro and small organisations led by people of colour could potentially close soon. We know that the pandemic has exposed existing racialised health and economic inequalities.

Yet funders have been woefully slow to respond to this evidence. Resourcing Racial Justice is a much-needed coalition, led and informed by those impacted by racial injustice, funding through a racial justice lens. This fund will provide vital support to those working strategically on the frontline and I hope it will be an example to other funders of how best to reach and invest in communities of colour."

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Notes to Editors:
www.resourcingracialjustice.org

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