BME Health Forum Launches London Fund for Racialised Communities

BME Health Forum launches London Fund for Racialised Communities. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to help London communities experiencing racial inequality to meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19.

This funding round is for charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £100,000 but less than £600,000.

The deadline is 12 noon (BST), Monday 26th July 2021

A second funding round for organisations with incomes less than £100,000 will be run no later than 1st September 2021.

Across the UK, communities experiencing racial inequality have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic more than most. The crisis has added to the effects of structural racism across issues such as health, work and living standards.

The BME Health Forum has been selected as an intermediary partner for Comic Relief, in partnership with the National Emergencies TrustBarclays and The Clothworkers Foundation to distribute funds from the Global Majority Fund to organisations that can help.

  1. This fund is being advertised across Greater London.
  2. The funding pot for this round is £120,000 and we expect it to be very heavily oversubscribed.
  3. We need to achieve the best impact we can from this funding.
  4. We will award funding to applicants that best demonstrate and evidence the importance of the needs they are addressing, the effectiveness of their methods and the expected impact on beneficiaries.

Please download your APPLICATION FORM here

If you are unable to download the form please email

The deadline is 12 noon (BST), Monday 26th July 2021

They will not accept any applications received after this time and date.

Applicants will be contacted in the week beginning Mon 23rd August 2021.

Who they can fund:

  1. Your organisation must be legally constituted and be either a registered charity or social enterprise.
  2. More than half of your board of directors/trustees must have lived experience of the issues you seek to address.
  3. Your organisation must target racial inequalities as part of it its core work. This includes the inequalities faced by Roma, Gypsy and Traveller groups, and all undocumented migrants, asylum
  4. seekers and refugees.
  5. Your organisation must have an average annual income over the last 2 years of at least £100,000 but less than £600,000.

What they can fund:

  1. The project must target the Covid-19 related needs of individuals and communities experiencing racial inequality in one or more of the boroughs in Greater London.
  2. They will prioritise projects for people with physical or learning disabilities, long term conditions (e.g. mental health, diabetes) and/or people who provide care for them but we also expect to fund projects for other people.
  3. They are aware of intersectionality and will prioritise projects for people who experience multiple inequalities (such as people who are south Asian and LGBTQ+).
  4. They will prioritise projects addressing one or more of the following: Access to food, Access to Health & Social Care Services, Digital Inclusion; Benefits and Housing Advice, Reducing Isolation, Emotional Wellbeing, Covid-19 and Vaccination Awareness, Domestic Abuse, Community-led Participatory Research, Advocacy and Understanding Rights.
  5. They don’t expect projects to meet all (or even most) of the above priorities simultaneously, and we look forward to reading in your applications about why your particular project needs to be funded.

What we can’t fund:

 We cannot fund the following:

  1. Activities which evangelise (preaching or spreading religious beliefs) or proselytise (trying to convert people to one’s own belief or religious views).
  2. Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. We cannot support organisations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion
  3. One-off conferences or workshops, as it is difficult to demonstrate what impact such events are likely to achieve. We can fund conferences, workshops, and other gatherings as part of longer- term activities or work.
  4. General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications.
  5. Work where the long-term institutional care of children or young people is a preferred way of working over the longer term (e.g. setting up or running orphanages).
  6. The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please email with your questions, and/or to register at one of there Zoom Q&A sessions:

Tue 29th June 2021 at 4pm (BST)

Thu 8th July 2021 at 5pm (BST)

Tue 13th July 2021 at 6pm (BST)