A new fund has been set-up with the aim of tackling the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and organisations.
Activists and campaigners of colour have set up the Resourcing Racial Justice Fund to provide financial support to frontline organisations, grassroots and community groups that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and systemic racism on communities of colour.
It has been widely reported that coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities and the government has recently launched a review to investigate the possible causes.
Salina Nwulu, a founding member of Resourcing Racial Justice, said, "It's sadly unsurprising, but very clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted working-class communities of colour in terms of infections and deaths. Through every crisis, be it COVID-19 or the climate emergency, people of colour are disproportionately affected because they already experience the blunt end of social inequality. We're hoping this fund will provide much-needed support to frontline organisations and groups who are working to support those more at risk and vulnerable to COVID-19."
The new fund will open for applications on Monday 18 May and organisations will be able to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £50,000.
The fund is currently made up of financial contributions from foundations, philanthropic organisations and crowdfunding.
A virtual launch event (webinar) will be held on Wednesday 20 May, at 6pm, so that people can find out more information about the fund, the coalition and how to apply. Further details will be announced soon. To keep up to date, you can subscribe to receive the newsletter here. You can also visit the Resourcing Racial Justice website.
The fund will close for applications on Monday 15 June 2020.
Please note, donations are also being taken for the fund and you can donate directly here.