Bridging the gap in funding in the BAME voluntary and community sector

Voice4Change is happy to announce the release of a new report: Bridging the gap in funding in the BAME voluntary and community sector. Commissioned by the Baring Foundation, and based on feedback from representatives of almost 100 BME charities from across England, the report looks into the challenges which BAME organisations have faced securing funding, and gives recommended solutions. Most charities are having their funding cut at the moment, but BAME organisations are being hit harder than “mainstream” charities. This is at a time where need for these charities is greater than ever.

The overriding feedback from Voice4Change members is that they want to work on the same page as funders, to communicate openly with them, and to have funds better directed to meet their needs. Recommendations from the report include foundations and trusts re-organising their funds to create BAME specific funding pots, and the creation of an umbrella organisation which facilitates dialogue between funders and charitable organisations. These and other suggestions, are outlined in the report below.

Kunle Olulode, the director at Voice4Change, comments in the Foreword:

“I am confident that the recommendations in the report will lead to practical changes on the part of funders, who have demonstrated that they are keen to listen. However, we in the sector cannot be complacent either. We need to appreciate the changes that are happening in the wider world and how they impact on the services we provide to the communities we represent.”

The report will be officially launched at 14:00 tomorrow at the Resource Centre London, 356 Holloway Road N7 6PA. There will be a chance to discuss the report’s findings at this launch. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to ben@voice4change-england.co.uk

If you have any other enquiries, email ben@voice4change-england.co.uk or phone 020 3405 5210

Here is the report in full