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BAME Healthy Communities Surviving Covid-19 funded by the Global Majority Fund

Resilience and Rebuilding from the Grass Roots

AHPN teamed up with African Advocacy Foundation and House of Rainbow to create the BAME Healthy Communities Surviving Covid-19 Grant funded by Comic Relief – Global Majority Fund (GMF).

We set out to utilise this funding, as intermediaries, to reach BAME Grassroots organisations that were, or could potentially be, offering crucial frontline community services in the eye of the pandemic.

We fully understood that Covid-19 had exposed the depth and breadth of health inequalities across the UK. BAME organisations, communities and individuals had been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and also by the range of intersecting issues that existed prior to and looked set to outlast Covid-19.

Following the impact of the pandemic we aimed to show flexibility with our granting amounts. 

We set three funding amounts:


The micro-grant consisted of a fund worth between £500 to £1000, where organisations could apply quickly for capacity building purposes.

Grants up to £5,000  

Here we aimed to fund projects by small locally rooted BAME organisations that had been providing critical support to people at a community level ensuring that during the pandemic grassroots BAME organisations continued to work for their communities and survived into the post-pandemic period.

Grants up to £10,000  

We provided a slightly larger grant to BAME led organisations that were better at surviving the constraints brought on by the pandemic. Moreover, those who were aiming to develop projects concentrating on approaches in ways to work with their communities to rebuild and reimagine their supportive work in the wake of Covid-19.

After a successful Social Media and Word of Mouth campaign we received over 700 applications and funded 111 programs across all parts of the UK. 

Our BAME Healthy Communities Surviving Covid-19 funding has reached BAME communities nationwide.  We covered regional pockets from Aberdeen to Cardiff, and from Bolsover to Somerset West with a tendency towards concentration on those areas in the south east with greater BAME populations. The groups of focus within this include children and young people, older people, LGBTQ+, disabled groups, parents and caregivers, women and asylum seekers, amongst others.

Please email if you would like to be added to our mailing list for future granting opportunities.

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