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Timeline for Round 7

April 11, 2017

We usually have quite a few questions about our funding process, and when applicants will hear when they are successful. So, the following is the time-line for Round 7, with important dates for applicants and members:

Tuesday 7th March – Open for Applications

Monday 17th April – Closed for Applications at 11.30pm

Tuesday 18th April to 1st of May – Application administration

During this period, applications will be sorted and checked over. We may get in touch asking for extra information about your application, so keep an eye on email address you put in the application.

Tuesday 2nd May –  Scoring

Initially our community committees and advisory groups will score applications, (from 2nd May – 15th May). Then our general membership will score applications (from 23rd to 5th June).

Tuesday 6th June-19th June – Short-listing

In this period, scores will be collated and the short-list drawn up, for our Community Committees and Advisory Groups to look over, to ensure it is a balanced and fair short list. For more information on how we make the decision about who gets funded, see this article.

Tuesday 20th June – Short list Announced, and small grants awarded.

Early in this week is when you can expect to hear from us if you are successful, and our short list will be announced. Any groups which applied for a small amount, or were awarded a small amount will be send their grant. Applicants who will be awarded a large grant will be invited to the Funding Day. We will be booking transport for the funding day this week, so keep an eye out for us getting in touch with you about it.

Saturday 15th July – Funding Day for large grants

In Birmingham, applicants and members will come together to democratically decide how much money the applicants short-listed for larger grants will receive. It sounds intimidating, but its actually a fund day with the opportunity to learn about other struggles, and meet other committed campaigners like yourself.  You can read more about how the funding day works here.

We are open for applications!

March 7, 2017

We are now open for our first funding round of the year!  We will be giving £40,000 to about 30 grass-roots groups, campaigning against the systems that cause injustice. We are accepting applications from the 7th of March until the 17th April.

What we fund

We support work run by and for communities facing discrimination and injustice. We fund work carried out by individuals and grass-roots groups in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England that find it difficult to get funding elsewhere. We do not fund traditional charity work, instead we we support activity that challenges abuses of power and aims to change society by bringing an end to the systems that cause injustice. While applicants may be working on short term reforms, we are looking for applicants that ultimately aim to end or replace unjust systems with a just alternative.

We have not yet funded a group with an annual income over £25,000. The average income of groups we fund is around £2,500.

Check out out our funding criteria and our values statement for more information. To give you a good idea of the kinds of groups we fund, you can also take a look at the ones we have previously funded.

How to apply

To apply for a grant of up to £3,000 you need to answer some questions about your group, and its activities – more details can be found here.

The funding process is democratic and participatory, and involves people directly affected by the issues you are campaigning on. We hope this makes the process fair and accountable. Check out this page for more information about our funding process works.

The deadline for applications is 11.30pm on the 17th April. You will find out if you are short-listed toward the end of June, and grants will be made in mid-July.

We need your support!

We can only open for applications when we have raised enough money. We welcome donations large and small, and particularly monthly donations as they help us plan for the future. Please donate if you can, so we can keep supporting those taking action for a just and equal world.

Help us get the word out! Please help us reach people and groups who don’t normally hear about funding opportunities – share this post via social media and email but don’t forget to also tell people at meetings, events etc, especially if you know they are not often online. We have leaflets and cards we can send to anyone who can help distribute them to people and groups who might be interested in applying. Get in touch if you can help. Thank you!

Round 6 grants announced

December 7, 2016

Thanks to Jim from Belfast Solidarity Centre for this great blog about our last funding day. You can read about the groups that received funding here: Round 6 grants

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Thinking about it, the space for the last Edge Fund funding day, all bare brick walls and weathered wooden floors, did look a bit like the ‘lair’ in Dragon’s Den – but where were the grovelling entrepreneurs, sweatily selling themselves to the highest bidder? Where were the business moguls, enthroned in wads of cash, toying with their pitiful prey, prodding them to jump through hoops? The good news is that Edgefund is nothing like Dragon’s Den. In fact, it’s probably Duncan Bannatyne’s worst nightmare – money being given away to people who need it, no strings attached, and most of these groups are trying to dismantle capitalist society and its many oppressions. Well, you know where you can go if you don’t like it Duncan, but I’m in.

Read more…

We are open for applications!

May 20, 2016

IMG_0471-480x360Summer is nearly upon us, and we have just opened a new funding round! In Round 5 we awarded about £40,000 to 30 groups, and this summer we are looking forward to helping support even more groups fighting for social change.

Find out how to apply, here.

But, we could do with your help. There are loads of great groups and projects out there, but we don’t always hear about them, please help us spread the word by letting people know in your networks.

What we fund

We support work run by and for communities facing discrimination and injustice. We fund work carried out by individuals and grass-roots groups in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England that find it difficult to get funding elsewhere. Specifically, we fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to change society by bringing an end to the systems that cause injustice. While applicants may be working on short term reforms, we are looking for applicants that ultimately aim to end or replace these systems with a just alternative, rather than trying to improve or reform them. Check out out our funding criteria and our values statement for more information. To give you a good idea of the kinds of groups we fund, you can also take a look at the ones we have previously funded.

How to apply

To apply for a grant of up to £3,000 you need to answer some questions about your group, and its activities – more details can be found here.  For this funding round, we have a new PDF application form that we hope will make the process a bit easier for applicants, but if you are having any difficulty at all, or if you have any questions about applying for funding, please get in touch.

The funding process is democratic and participatory, and involves people directly affected by the issues you are campaigning on. We hope this makes the process fair and accountable. Check out this page for more information about our funding process works.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 3rd of July, and decisions about who gets funded will take place in the Autumn.

We need donations

We can only open for applications when we have raised enough money. We welcome donations large and small, and particularly monthly donations as they help us plan for the future. Please donate if you can, so we can keep supporting those taking action for a just and equal world. Read more.

Help us get the word out! Please help us reach people and groups who don’t normally hear about funding opportunities – share this post via social media and email but don’t forget to also tell people at meetings, events etc, especially if you know they are not often online. We have leaflets and cards we can send to anyone who can help distribute them to people and groups who might be interested in applying. Get in touch if you can help. Thank you!

Funding Round 5 comes to a successful end.

February 3, 2016

On Saturday 23rd January, almost twenty community groups came together at the Queen Mother Moore School in Clapham, a venue with a 30+ year history of activism;  from Maya Angelou to Desmond Tutu, and Michael Manley has personally visited this humble place.

Although it was an early Saturday morning, the atmosphere was bright. As someone commented on later in the day, this was a room of people who represented the many corners of society and the people who are at the forefront of working against systems of oppression. Groups included the Focus E15 , Manchester Migrant Solidarity, Sex Workers Breakfast and Belfast Solidarity Federation.

The purpose of the day revolves around shortlisted applicants and Edge Fund members learning more about the work being done by this gathering of experienced community organisations. There was an opportunity for each group to give a two minute presentation, and then we set up stalls around the room to have further in-depth discussion about the nature of the projects and the plans for the Edge funding they would be receiving. We hope that these interactions allow for a cross-fertilisation of ideas, and for the amazing people in the room feel empowered and celebrate one another’s work.

It was great to hear from all the other organisations and the great work that they are doing – The process was really interesting and I think we can learn a lot about the distribution of resources

When not engaging around work, we enjoyed performances from dynamic young performers Maverick and Malachi, two brothers, whose activism takes the form of beatboxing and rapping about their life in Southwest London. As their chorus goes “I’m just trying to keep true to myself, I hate living in a world, we’re unequal we’re confused and abused by material wealth “, which rang so true for the reason why we were all gathered in the room together.

A later performance came from Xana, a member of the Care Collective , a disabled and able-bodied queer trans intersex people led group, created to provide a safe and reliable network for those who need assistance. Creating layers of sound on her looper, the song “Speak proper English” was a powerful hit in a week when David Cameron stated that migrants must learnt to speak English, forgetting his government have dramatically slashed funding for free ESOL classes.

IMG_20160123_151204The day ended in the serious business of voting for how much money each shortlisted community group would receive. Everyone in the room was given 30 chickpeas which they dropped into the pots of the projects they thought should get different levels of funding, based on the interactions and sharing during the day.

Prior to the voting, a crucial discussion was started up by one of the applicants as to why we do not share the money out equally amongst groups, a discussion that has been explored by Edge Fund members through the last five founding rounds. It was a significant moment to remind everyone that Edge Fund is membership based organisation, and we welcome input from new members particularly from groups we have funded or may do so in the future. Joining us will enable you to shape how Funding Round 6 will look like.

You can also read more on the this great blog from Michael Hamilton on his experience of the day: http://michaelehamilton.com/a-day-with-the-edge-fund/

We’re open for applications!

August 27, 2015

Summer may nearly be over this year, but don’t worry… we’ve just opened a new funding round! Please help us spread the word. All the information you need is below.

We would also like to announce that three new regional organisers have joined our team!

  • Kwesi is based in London, and will be covering South England and Wales: kwesi@edgefund.org.uk.
  • Natasha is based in Manchester and London and will be covering North England and Midlands: natasha@edgefund.org.uk.
  • Jon is based in Edinburgh, and will be covering Scotland and Ireland: jon@edgefund.org.uk.

If you have any questions about Edge Fund membership or applying for our funding, please get in touch with your regional organiser today!

What we fund

We support work run by and for communities facing discrimination and injustice. We fund work carried out by individuals and grassroots groups in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England that find it difficult to get funding elsewhere. Specifically, we fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to change society by bringing an end to the systems that cause injustice. While applicants may be working on short term reforms, ​we are looking for applicants that ultimately aim to end or replace these systems with a just alternative, rather than trying to improve or reform them.

What we’ve funded in the past

Have a look at our previous grants to get a better idea of the kind of work we support.

How to apply

To apply for a grant of up to £3,000 you need to answer 5 questions in no more than 2 pages. The deadline for applications is 5pm Sunday 25 October. Read more.

Additional support

Please get in touch if you need support due to this being your first time of applying for funding, if you’re unsure of what is required, or if you face other challenges. We have members who can assist you. For example, if English is not your mother tongue, or if you are not confident using a computer, ​you can call 0300 123 1965 or 07767 126 915 and answer the application questions over the phone, or you can email us to arrange a call back. We would also like to hear from past applicants who applied for funding and were not successful. If you intend on applying again for this round, please contact us first to discuss your application.

How it works

Our members decide collectively which applications we fund. We also have Community Committees and Advisory Groups who look at all applications first. The Community Committee members look at applications that are relevant to their own community or identity, for example, disabled people in our membership look at applications relating to disability issues. The Advisory Group members look at applications that are relevant to issues like the environment or economic and political systems, rather than identities and oppressions; for example, environmentalists in our membership look at applications relating to environmental issues. All feedback from the Community Committees and Advisory Groups is shared with the rest of the members to guide their scoring.

Round4At the end of December we will let you know whether your application is being considered for a small or larger grant. Grants of up to £1,000 are given out at this stage. If you are being considered for a grant of over £1,000 we’ll ask you a few more questions and invite you, along with other applicants and members, to come to a meeting where we will all take part in deciding how the funding is shared out. The meeting is planned for Saturday 26 January but we’ll confirm nearer the time. We will talk with you about covering costs of coming to the meeting, if needed. ​

We need donations

We can only open for applications when we have raised enough money. We welcome donations large and small, and particularly monthly donations as they help us plan for the future. Please donate if you can, so we can keep supporting those taking action for a just and equal world. Read more.

Please help us reach people and groups who don’t normally hear about funding opportunities – share this post via social media and email but don’t forget to also tell people at meetings, events etc, especially if you know they are not often online. We have leaflets and cards we can send to anyone who can help distribute them to people and groups who might be interested in applying. Get in touch if you can help. Thank you!

We’re hiring!

May 18, 2015

*** THESE POSITIONS HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED ***

Edge Fund was formed in 2012 to raise money to support groups taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. We fund small, grassroots groups and individuals whose work challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be our economic system, our political system, or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background. We are run by our members, who decide how we operate and what we fund. Many of our members come from the groups we fund and we aim to have a membership representative of the range groups and communities we support. More information can be found on the pages below:

Regional organiser x 3

As a member-run organisation we aim to ensure all our members are actively involved in our work and decisions. We’re looking for 3 organisers working 2 days per week in 3 different regions to support members to do this. Whilst the organisers have responsibility for outreach, administration, fundraising and communications, the idea is that they will support members to take on many of these tasks. Some of this will be through the member Working Groups. Whether a member has a particular skill (eg fundraising, organising events) or perhaps a perspective or experience that needs to be heard, it will be the role of the organisers to encourage and support them to take part. What we’re aiming for is an active membership, rather than 3 staff trying to do everything. The posts are for a one year contract.

Location: Edge Fund operates in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, applications are accepted from all regions. We want to further expand our membership outside of London and South England and are therefore keen to receive applications from people based in north England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland. Applications from people based in London are still eligible.

Pay and employment status: We are happy for applicants to apply as a staff member (PAYE) or to carry out the role as an Associate of Edge Fund, taking on responsibility for their own tax and national insurance etc. The salary for a staff member would be £25,000 full-time equivalent (£10,000 actual pay) for outside London, and £27,000 full-time equivalent for those living in London (£10,800 actual pay). This includes 11.2 days holiday entitlement. As an Associate you could invoice up to a maximum of 728 hours (104 days at 7 hours per day) over 12 months, at an hourly rate of £13.74 outside London, or £14.84 if living in London. Which form of employment you prefer to work will not affect the outcome of your application.

Member support and outreach

  • Providing support to members in your region to enable them to participate in Edge activities (eg scoring applications, outreach, taking part in Working Groups). This could include organising local meet-ups so members can get together to discuss issues, share information etc. This would also include working with the Welcome Group to ensure new members are supported.
  • Working with members to research, contact and meet up with local groups, including previously funded groups, to recruit new members and applicants. This could be done by organising events and drop-ins.
  • Keeping members up to date through the Edge members list and a regular newsletter. This may need printing and posting to some members.
  • Working with the Facilitating Group to organise member meetings, including booking venues, ensuring an agenda is put together and we have members who can facilitate and make lunch, booking members’ travel, organising reimbursement of travel expenses, taking and typing up minutes and uploading them on the website.
  • Generally keeping an eye on what was agreed at meetings and ensuring action is taken to make it happen, via the staff, Facilitating Group or Working Groups.
  • Working closely with other staff, the Facilitating Group, (who are the accountable body for the staff) and the Working Groups within Edge; Communications, Fundraising, Welcome, Sharing, Influencing Funders Groups.
  • Along with all members, working to ensure Edge values are upheld throughout the organisation.

The following tasks would be divided up amongst the staff team:

Administration

  • Ensuring enquiries that come into the info@edgefund.org.uk email account and via phone are dealt with.
  • Dealing with donors, including giving bank details where requested, sending thank you notes to new donors.
  • Overseeing and administering the funding application process; including logging and categorising applications, working with members to check for eligibility and clarity, sending out scoring sheets, collating all the scores and comments and drawing up the short-list.
  • Compiling and sending feedback to applicant groups.
  • Overseeing and administering the membership application process; collating membership requests and sending out to the members list, collating comments and sharing that with Facilitating Group before making final decisions.

Communications and fundraising

  • Working with the Communications Group and staff to:
    • gather stories from the ground (eg articles, podcasts, interviews, film, photos) from funded groups and sharing them on our website.
    • manage the social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook), ensuring voices of members are represented.
    • manage the design and printing of leaflets and other communications materials.
    • work with the media, including sending press releases. This would mostly be independent and grassroots media channels.
    • send out the monthly Edge News email to our list of supporters with input from other staff and members from their regions.
    • maintain website, ensuring the domain name is renewed when needed etc.
  • Working with the Fundraising Group and staff to:
    • prepare funding applications
    • organise fundraising events
    • organise appeals and other aspects of fundraising.

Who we’re looking for

Edge Fund stands for social justice, as such, we believe in being led by those with lived experience of the injustices we seek to address. We have faced some challenges in making this happen to the extent we’d like and hope that employing the right staff will help us to make the changes we need to get us there. We particularly welcome applications from people of migrant backgrounds; people of African and Asian heritage; from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex people; those from working class and low income backgrounds, disabled people and women. Whilst we will accept applications from people with experience of working in the charity and non-profit sector, this is not the kind of experience we are particularly looking for. We value life experience, real connections to communities and shared values over professional qualifications and experience. Long-term unemployed people are welcome to apply.

As we have over 100 members with different backgrounds, perspectives and skills, we’re not expecting applicants to be able to cover everything in the job description. You will need to be well organised and enjoy working with a range of people and groups, including being happy to meet and pick up the phone to people you don’t know.

How to apply

Please complete the Personal Details and Application forms (below) and email this to info@edgefund.org.uk by the deadline of 15 June 2015 at 5pm. Please make sure you have read our values statement to help you answer question 3 of the application form.

We aim to short-list applications within 2 – 4 weeks of the deadline for the posts to begin mid-August, or earlier if possible. If you would like to apply over the phone or to talk to someone about your application please call 07767 126 915 or 0300 123 1965. If you would prefer to post your application please get in touch for an address. Whenever possible, we try to include people directly affected by our decisions in the actual decision-making process. For example, the process we use to decide which groups we fund was developed by potential applicants, and applicants of each funding round also take part in deciding who receives funding. Therefore, if you have any ideas about the way that we recruit staff for these positions we’d be very happy to hear them. There is space in the application form for you to add your thoughts if you want to.