The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has partnered with The Ubele Initiative to invest £50 million in Black and ethnic minority charities over the next five years. The new scheme, called The Phoenix Way, is expected to open for funding applications in the autumn (2021).
The scheme will create a series of national and regional panels, made up of leaders and decision makers from Black and Minoritised Community-led charities and grassroots groups from across England to form The Phoenix Way National Steering Group. The group will work with The National Lottery Community Fund to identify national and regional priorities and award funding to Black and Minoritised community-led charities and grassroots groups that are best placed to support their communities to thrive.
The scheme will build on the work of the existing initiative The Phoenix Fund, which is co-led by Black and ethnic minority community leaders and run through a partnership between NLCF, The Ubele Initiative and the Global Fund for Children.
Abdou Sidibe, Deputy Director of Partnerships at The National Lottery Community Fund, said, “I’m delighted to announce this new and innovative fund – £50 million for Black and Minoritised communities, awarded by leaders and decision-makers at the very heart of those communities, thanks to National Lottery players. This is a truly collaborative effort – combining National Lottery funding with the reach, lived experience, and expertise of The Ubele Initiative and our Phoenix Way partners – so that vital money and support reaches some of those communities that need it most, but can often struggle to access it."
More information about The Phoenix Way can be found on The Ubele Initative website.
Register your interest
Black and Minoritised community-led charities and grassroots groups that wish to register their interest in this innovative new programme should email email@example.com