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Applications scored: shortlist announced

June 20, 2017

Edge Fund members have finished scoring applications, and we are pleased to announce that our short list has been finalised.

The following groups will be considered for up to £3,000 at our final funding day in Birmingham on Saturday 15th of July:

  • Recovery in the Bin, African Rainbow Family, Frack Free South Yorkshire, Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, Black Lives Matter UK, Friends of Detainees, Leeds Unity Centre, London Campaign Against Police and State Violence, Sex Worker Open University, Living Rent Glasgow, Belfast Solidarity Centre, LGBT Unity, Save Cressingham Gardens, Black Triangle Campaign, Movimiento Jaguar Despierto.

The following groups asked for smaller amounts, and will receive their grant without needing to attend the funding day:

  • Disabled People Against Cuts Glasgow, Positively UK, Reclaim Holloway, Against Borders for Children, Manchester Migrant Solidarity, No Prisons Manchester, Disire, 35 Percent Campaign, Northern Police Monitoring Project, The Unity Centre.

We would like to thank all of our members for their hard work in scoring applications!

The next step in our grant giving process is our funding day on in Birmingham on Saturday 15th of July, where applicants and our members will come together to vote on which groups will get the larger grants – this is an article about our last funding day in December in London. For more information about how we make decisions on who gets funded, see this page.

 

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!