A consortium of Funders have come together and pooled resources to create the New Beginnings Pilot Fund to support refugees and their communities. This includes a number of leading charities, which includes Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Pears Foundation, The Rayne Foundation, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and Comic Relief. The fund is responding to the recent dramatic increase in refugees and asylums seekers moving across Europe which is placing incredible strain on the network of community based support available within the UK. On the ground we have seen an increase in the number of new arrivals and asylum claimants, a rise in the numbers of children separated from their families and more people requesting support to tackle destitution.
WHAT THE FUND WILL SUPPORT
Groups and organisations working to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into their local communities. This can be through existing or new services and we are interested in groups who are working to get their local communities involved in volunteering and supporting their work and welcoming new arrivals. Funding available to increase the capacity of small to medium sized local organisations to meet the support needs of refugees and asylum seekers to mobilise other forms of local support to ease their integration into local communities.
- Grants of up to £10,000 are available for individual groups
- Grants of up to £20,000 for partnerships (a lead organisation will need to make the application); non-constituted groups or collectives may apply if they work in partnership with an eligible organisation. The eligible organisation must be an active partner in the delivery of the work and take responsibility for the management of the grant
Please read the full criteria before applying to make sure you are eligable.
You can download the criteria at the bottom of this page.
This programme is now CLOSED.