From the early days of the pandemic in the UK it became clear that charities would be hard hit – both by increased demands for their services and a likely drop in revenue to help meet that demand. BME women’s services were no exception, which is why Imkaan and Rosa launched a collaborative Covid-19 Emergency Fund for BME Women’s Organisations earlier in the year. We are proud to have supported the fund with a £200,000 grant as part of our Covid-19 emergency response work.
The fund aims to support the immediate needs of BME organisations tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) offering grants of up to £35,000 for BME women-led refuge providers, and grants of up to £20,000 for BME women-led organisations providing services that work to end violence against women and girls.
Last month, Rosa and Imkaan announced 27 organisations led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women who would receive funding from the programme. These organisations work across the country from Sheffield to Scotland and Nottingham to Newcastle. They work with women from a wide variety of backgrounds and offer a range of services, including multi-lingual counselling, refuge spaces and advice on housing and family law.
While this funding programme is aimed at addressing the immediate needs of BME VAWG organisations, Rosa and Imkaan are aware of the need to work towards the longer-term sustainability of the sector. They are looking collaboratively at how this issue could be addressed.