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.
Scroll to the end to find out how to get involved.
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.
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.
- To increase knowledge of the main areas that affect funding success
- To provide organisations with a toolkit of skills to support them to become more self reliant and sustainable in the current difficult climate
- To build networks and relationships between voluntary organisations in the Camden area
Services to be provided:
- Bespoke and tailored Bitesize advice sessions for Camden Organisations
- Members Portal during and after the programme
- One to one support (where needed)
Description and layout of project:
1. Each organisation that expresses an interest in completing the programme will be sent an Initial Needs Assessment form (INA) to complete. This will provide our team with the information needed to ascertain:
- The level of support required,
- The areas of support that they require help in and also
- Where their strengths currently lie.
2. Once we receive and review the orgs INA form. Our team will book in a time to speak with each charity to briefly review the assessment and provide our decision on the next stage.
3. All organisations will be placed into 3 groups (High; Medium; Low level of support). Each group will be offered both the level of support required and the type of support required at a suitable fit for all in their respective groups. Each group will be provided a timetable of their respective group Bitesize sessions as part of the programme, which will happen on a monthly basis over 3 consecutive months. The topic areas will be confirmed once groups have been formalised, however based on our current bitesize sessions, key areas that impact funding for small not for profits are: Bid application process, charity accounts and management and governance.
4. Each bitesize session will be in small groups. As there will be a bitesize session each month per group. Each session will be facilitated by our team and/or an external consultant or professional that is appropriate for the needs of the topic and group.
5. The final month will be an open forum bitesize session for all organisations, from all groups to meet and come together to share their learning experience and how they have used the skills learnt to put into action areas that were previously a challenge or barrier they had to overcome.
With the support of our AWN facilitators we will be able to encourage peer to peer support and provide further advice and suggestions to next steps beyond the programme, so as to ensure sustainability.
We understand there is flexibility in the timeframe and we will review the project once the 6 months’ passes.
To register you interest in the programme please complete the survey below, providing as much detail as possible about the funding support your organisation requires.
Once complete – your application will be forwarded onto one of our partners, who will assist you in the next steps.
If you have any further questions or would like to enquire about additional support, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org