Comic Relief and NET to grant £5.2m to BAME-led organisations

Comic Relief and the National Emergencies Trust (NET) have ring-fenced a total of £5.2m in funding for BAME-led charities and groups, distributed through two separate funds.

The partnership between NET and Comic Relief comes in response to the greater impact the Covid-19 crisis is having on minority groups and communities. A survey from social enterprise the Ubele Initiative, which was answered by 137 BAME-led micro and small organisations, found that 87% of respondents do not have sufficient reserves to last more than three months, and therefore risk closure.

"Since our Coronavirus Appeal launched in mid-March, around 17% of funds distributed have gone to projects primarily benefiting BAME communities and around 12% have gone to BAME-led groups. It’s an encouraging start, but we know these communities have been the hardest hit by this pandemic and that more needs to be done.”

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