Grants for BME community groups 

Nine community groups have been awarded grants in the latest round of funding from our BME Engagement Fund. 

The fund was launched in 2020 to support projects that improve the wellbeing of BME residents in the city and promote fairness.   

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

A total of £15,000 was awarded in the latest round of funds. A theatre group, cycling club, over 50s group, and projects helping to highlight black history are among community groups receiving grants.   

Community groups 

The groups awarded grants are: 

  • The Open Minds Project will use their grants to run local Black history guided walking tours and towards group running costs.  

  • Euro-Mediterranean Resources Network will use the grant to provide skills training to BME volunteers to develop content for community radio and television, highlighting BME cultural heritage.  

  • Banyan Tree Theatre Group, a group led by BME women, will use funding to deliver a series of workshops including family friendly singing sessions as part of a ‘Songs and Sounds of Healing’ project.  

  • The Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership 50+ Group will use the grant for running costs and group activities.  

  • Brighton Black Anti-Racism Community Organisation (BARCO) will use the grant to support an intergenerational dominoes and vinyl club.  

  • Women of Colour Brighton group will use the grant for a one-day wellbeing festival.  

  • Brighton Multicultural Women's Cycle Club encourage more women to start cycling through supported sessions and organise group rides. They will use the grant to help with group running costs.  

  • Ohisama Ahaha provide a Japanese speaking environment for children and families who share a Japanese background. They offer city communities access to Japanese language lessons and cultural workshops and the grant will help with running costs.  

  • A Seat At The Table provide support for BME families and children with disabilities. The grant will be used for a community connection session focussing on special educational needs and disability (SEND), and also support wellbeing sessions and workshops. 

BME 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.  

Any voluntary or community group with an income of up to £20,000 per year can apply for a grant from the Engagement Fund between April and October.  

A further round of funding specifically for BME communities groups will be held later this year.  

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