Comic Relief is funding LGBTQ+ community-led organisations and groups to boost their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The new LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund is now open for applications and will distribute £585,000 that was raised during Comic Relief’s “Big Night In”. The equality and diversity charity METRO will distribute the funds in partnership with NAZ, Equality Network, The Rainbow Project, Umbrella Cymru, Yorkshire MESMAC and Birmingham LGBT.
Organisations from across the UK that are led by LGBTQ+ staff or volunteers and have an annual turnover of less than £100,000 are invited to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The grants can be used for projects that address a range of issues and contribute to supporting LGBTQ+ communities during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commenting on the launch of the Fund, Jacqueline Onalo, Comic Relief Trustee, said:
“The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on many grassroot projects, especially those supporting diverse LGBTQ+ communities, has been truly devastating. Our ring-fenced funding aims to directly address these inequalities and empower LGBTQ+ led organisations, with specialist expertise, to support grassroot local projects that are a lifeline to the people they help.”
There are two applications deadlines. Applications for micro/small grants of under £5,000 must be submitted by 5pm on 22 September 2020. Organisations requesting medium or large grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 have until 5pm on 30 September 2020 to submit their application.
Further information can be found on METRO’s website.
Source: METRO, 07/09/2020