Engagement with VCS partners during the pandemic has highlighted specific needs and gaps within the VCS, which contributed to increased inequalities within our communities. VAC dedicated two forums in July to this emerging issue and the council gave preliminary findings from their report (Building Equal Foundations).
Many small organisations working with and run by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups shared that they have been hit harder due to their lack of capacity and overreliance on volunteers to run their services. They have also been less successful than bigger organisations in securing some of the larger COVID-19 funding distributed.
In partnership with VAC, Ubele and The All Ways Network, The BAME Fundraising Support Programme aims to build the fundraising, networking and bid preparation / writing capacity of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic VCS groups and to increase their potential to make successful funding applications.
This programme is also part of our wider Voluntary and Community Sector strategy to tackle the adverse impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and organisations, aiming to address the specific fundraising needs of Camden organisations.
Read on to find out what our partners Ubele and AWN offer.
All Ways Network Offer
All Ways Network aims to empower small not-for-profit organisations working with and for the Muslim community living in the UK.
How to Become More Fundable
- Looking for funding opportunities to support your organisational needs?
- Have had bid applications rejected in the past and unsure why?
- Want a ‘MOT check’ to see if your organisation has potential to be awarded a grant?
If the answer is “YES” to any of the above, then our tailor-made sessions as part of our ‘How to become more fundable’ series is the right fit for your organisation. These mini workshops are built around your organisation’s needs to increase your chances of funding success.
All Ways Network supports and empowers small not-for-profit organisations working with and for the Muslim community living in the UK with an annual income of £1 million or less. Our team consists of Grant Officers and those in the charity sector to help you move forward.
The Ubele Initiative (Ubele) derives its name from the Swahili word meaning ‘The Future’.
The Ubele Initiative’s capacity support programme has been working with BAME led micro and small organisations throughout the start of the pandemic, but especially over the last 6 months with the launch of its pilot programme.
During this pilot the following five pillars of support have been identified.
Are you a BAME led micro / small organisation in Camden grappling with one or more of these pillars or challenges indicated above?
These pillars, as well the questions indicated below are some examples of our most frequently asked questions..
1. Where can we go to get some funding and how can we produce impactful applications?
2. What do we need to do if we want to incorporate and what are the differences between the different organisational types?
3. What goes into a strategic plan and how long does it take to produce?
4. What are the best online platforms to use and how can we better market what we do?
5. How can we get more people engaged in our services and what can we do to capture the voices of stakeholders so as to inform and influence decision-makers?
If you are also seeking support around these areas, then Ubele can help.
To register you interest in either programme please complete the survey below, providing as much detail as possible about the funding support your organisation requires.