Information for charity, community or grassroots organisations on applying for the Windrush Community Fund for projects which raise awareness of the Windrush schemes.
The Windrush Community Fund is up to £500,000 of financial support available to charity, community or grassroots organisations across the UK to fund projects which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.
This support is available to fund activities across the UK. Awards will range from a minimum of £2,500 to a maximum of £25,000.
Voice4Change England will oversee the Windrush Community Fund application process. They will process incoming applications and respond to enquiries about the application process.
The applications will then be referred to the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group and the Home Office, who will make final decisions on funding.
Who can apply
You can apply to the Windrush Community Fund if you are a charity, community or grassroots organisation.
Non-registered charities and community organisations
If you are a non-registered charity or community organisation, you can apply if you:
- were established for charitable and public benefit purposes
- have a governing body with at least 3 members
- can provide a valid governing document
- can provide accounts for the last 2 financial years
- are community-based and/or community-led
If you are a grassroots organisation, you can apply if you can support your application with:
- a governing document that is suitable for your organisation
- a bank account in the organisation’s name
- a detailed income and expenditure statement for the year
- one reference from an established group or organisation
If you cannot provide the above, your application must show that your project will be supported by a registered charity or an organisation that can provide the requirements for a non-registered or community organisation.
Support organisations could include incorporated tenants’ groups, church organisations, or a community interest company.
If you are a registered charity, you can apply if you can provide a valid registration number issued by the Charity Commission.
Multiple organisations applying together
Several organisations can work together on a project and apply as a consortium. There is no limit on the number of organisations who can be involved in a group bid. The maximum award for each application is £25,000.
If you would like to work on a project with other organisations as a consortium, you can apply if you have:
- a lead organisation who can apply as either a charity, community or grassroots organisation on behalf of the group
- details of all the groups involved and how they are structured
- evidence of partners and networks you have worked with successfully in the past or partners you plan to work with during your project
Any funding awarded will be paid directly to the lead organisation.
Who can’t apply
You cannot apply for the Windrush Community Fund if you are:
- a local authority
- an individual
- an organisation based outside the UK
What you can get funding for
You can apply for funding to support activities that focus on promoting and raising awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both, to members of your community who are able to apply for them.
Your application must outline what the funding is for and how predicted costs will contribute to the project’s activities.
Activities could include:
- holding events
- producing and distributing marketing materials
- accessing and using communication channels
- securing support from partners
Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and social distancing, you should provide examples, where relevant, of how you will ensure the safety of staff and attendees.
What you can’t get funding for
The fund will not support:
- projects that provide a political platform
- projects that involve working with an organisation whose objectives conflict with those of the Windrush Community Fund
- organisations providing immigration advice services
- the day to day costs of running your organisation
When to apply
Applications will be considered in 2 phases. If your application is successful in Phase 1, you will not be eligible to bid for funding in Phase 2.
If your application is unsuccessful in Phase 1, you can apply again in Phase 2.
Applications for Phase 1 will open on 14 December 2020 and will close on 12 February 2021 at 11.59pm.
Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Applications for Phase 2 will open on 1 April 2021 and close on 30 June 2021 at 11.59pm.
Applications received after this date will not be considered.
How much you can apply for
You can apply for funding between £2,500 to £25,000. If your proposed budget is more than £25,000, you must show how your organisation will get the additional funding.
Projects awarded the minimum payment of £2,500 must be delivered within 6 months of receiving funding. Funding above £2,500 can be delivered within 12 months of receiving funding.
Successful applicants will be notified by the Home Office. Phase 1 funding will be released by March 2021 and Phase 2 funding will be released by August 2021.
How your application will be assessed
The fund will support projects that reflect the objectives of the Windrush Community Fund. These are:
- to increase awareness and visibility of the support available under the Windrush Scheme (documentation) and Windrush Compensation Scheme
- to reach more communities and those individuals who may have been affected because they could not show that they had a right to live in the UK
- to ensure that individuals and communities have accurate information about the schemes and how to apply
- to build capacity at a community and grassroots level in supporting those affected to access the schemes
What to in include in your application
To show that your project will meet the objectives of the fund, your application must demonstrate:
1. A connection to the local community.
You must demonstrate that you have considered how you will make reasonable adjustments when holding events to ensure they are inclusive and accessible to all.
2. Engagement and partnership with other community groups.
3. Examples of previous successful work or projects. This may include:
- how your organisation has engaged with local people
- how you play a role in supporting the community
- how you have benefited the community
4. How the money will be used. Including:
- a timeline of your proposed project
- a breakdown of the budget for all activities
5. How you will evaluate the project.
6. How you will meet safeguarding standards such as those governing working with vulnerable adults.
Full details of the selection criteria and the scoring categories are in the guidance for applicants.
If your application is successful you will need to provide details of how your organisation will evaluate the project.
Voice4Change England will work with all successful organisations to help you to monitor and evaluate the success of your projects.
Full evaluation reports will be completed by organisations at the end of projects.
To apply for the Windrush Community Fund, download an application form.
You should send your completed application form and copies of any documents relevant to your application by either post or email to Voice4Change England.
2C Falklands Road
London NW5 2PT
Download the full guidance for applicants to help with your application.
Guidance for applicants
The guidance for applicants includes full information about the application and selection criteria.
Find out more
For enquires about the application process contact Voice4Change England directly.
Telephone: 020 7485 4789
Windrush Ambassadors will be provided with information about the fund to allow them to share details with networks and encourage eligible organisations to apply.
Voice4Change England will be holding support events for organisations who are interested in applying to the Windrush Community Fund.
Home Office Windrush engagement events will continue alongside the Windrush Community Fund. To make sure vital outreach and engagement could continue through the pandemic, we moved our events online in May 2020 and have since held 13 online engagement events.