Applications open for new BME Engagement Fund grants

We’re launching a new Engagement Fund today for BME communities in the city. 

The Engagement Fund aims to support projects that improve the wellbeing of BME residents and promote fairness.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help cover group activities and running costs to May 2022.

Councillor Steph Powell, co-chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said:

“This fund is aimed at improving well-being and promoting fairness for BME communities in the city as part of our work to tackle inequality and towards becoming an anti-racist city.

“We’ve set up the fund to make it as accessible as possible so that smaller grassroots groups can benefit.

“The first round of these grants supported a wide variety of community projects doing some very valuable work. I’m very pleased we’re able to offer this funding again.”

Application details

The fund is open to organisations that: 

  • Are BME led and/or have a predominantly BME membership
  • Have an annual income of £20,000 or less 
  • Aim to improve well-being, build cohesion or promote fairness

Groups must have a governing document and are expected to have a bank account or be in the process of opening one.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £2,000 out of a total fund of £15,000. All grants will need to be spent by 31 May 2022.

We’re holding a webinar at 5.30pm on Monday 8 November for anyone who would like to find out more. If you’d like to take part, please email for further details.

The deadline for application is 10 December 2021.

For details of how to apply, visit our Communities Fund webpage.  

Engagement Fund

The Engagement Fund is part of the council’s Communities Fund, which supports local community groups, voluntary organisations and not-for-profit social enterprise.

The council recognises that there has been a historic lack of ring-fenced investment for BME groups, that this Engagement Fund sum is limited and is working to identify additional resources.

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