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Edge Fund’s 5th Anniversary Publicity

July 26, 2017

If you are able to help us publicise the event, please share this poster in your networks!

See you on the 5th :)

Edge Fund’s 5th Anniversary Fundraiser

July 24, 2017

Its been five years, seven funding rounds, and a few hundred radical grassroots groups supported and funded through the Edge Fund. This feels like something we should be celebrating with all the members, applicants, supporters, and groups and individuals that sustain, empower and inspire Edge Fund’s existence.

We’ll be sharing delicious food, enjoying live music, listening to spoken word, and taking inspiration from the radical organisers who have sustained the struggles against systemic oppression. We’re also hoping to fundraise a little extra money to go into the pot.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 5 at 5 PM – 11 PM at the Hackney Showroom

Suggested donations are: £3 unwaged, £5 waged, £10 solidarity ticket.

Speakers and performers include: Sharmilla Beezmohun, XANA, Stef Fi, Bridget Minamore, Mwen, Liv Wynter Melz Yaa, Alexander D, Jembe Explosion, Resis’Dance, with more excellent performances to be announced! We’ll have cheap tasty food from: Bliss St. and Interstellar Eats

This is a family friendly event, in a fully wheelchair accessible venue. Contact us if you have further accessibility needs.

Check our our Facebook event page for more details, and please let us know if you are attending via our Eventbright page. See you there!

Report from our Round 7 Funding Day

July 20, 2017

Many thanks to Ama from Black Lives Matter UK for this blog about our last funding day. You can read about the groups that were funded, and how much they were awarded here.

I attended the seventh Edge Fund funding day, in Birmingham on July 15th 2017, on behalf of Black Lives Matter UK. Aside from being held underneath a church – it was honestly one of the most radical modes of fund distributions I’ve ever experienced with activists and community organisers deciding where the money goes – pooling together our diverse expertise, experience and passion to share a little between a lot.

I was really shocked when BLM UK was one of the groups awarded with the full amount of £3000 because every group is doing such incredible and inspiring work. I was particularly moved by meeting David from Frack Free South Yorkshire as I have a particular interest in climate change and didn’t even know they were trying to start hydraulic fracturing in England. Also African Rainbow family – an amazing collective of African’s living in the diaspora and on the continent – connecting for the rights of LGBTQIA+ folks seeking refuge/asylum/rights. But all of the groups were just phenomenal and it was so invigorating to know how much grassroots work is being done all over the country across a range of issues like: sex worker rights, housing, climate change, LGBTQIA+ rights, mental health, addiction recovery, and racial justice.

I was really concerned about how I was going to vote for just one of the revolutionary groups gathered and spent a good hour going around, asking questions, and getting increasingly anxious about it. Then I found out that I didn’t have to pick at all – I would have thirty chickpeas to distribute amongst the fifteen organisations gathered – and I could put as many or as few in each “tub” as I wanted to. I put something into every tub and more into others and was relieved in the knowledge that we would all be going home with something – everyone would take home £1500, with which a lot can be achieved in and of itself.

BLMUK is the UK chapter of Black Lives Matter, an activist collective fighting for black people to live in safety and dignity without their bodies being policed, for the unrecognised murders of black people by the police and other government representatives across the UK to be brought to justice, for the ended prosecution of black trans people on the streets and in prisons, to stop the deportation of migrants from this country, to stop the disregard of the human rights of black and brown people who are seeking asylum in this country, to open the borders to black and brown migrants, many of whom have been displaced due to wars, the effects of climate change and the legacies of colonialism – in all of which UK is culpable and in all of which the UK refuses responsibility. There were over 3000 deaths in the Mediterranean in 2016, all of which were avoidable.

The £3000 we were awarded from Edge Fund creates an incredible opportunity for us to invest in young people by funding a BLM UK summer school and supports us to connect with other black activists organising across Europe to skill-share and collectivise. And that is just the beginning.

A HUGE THANK YOU to 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 and Movimiento Jaguar Despierto. I learnt so much from you in such a short space of time and I am overwhelmingly grateful that you all exist. Thank you also to Edge Fund who not only give funding to amazing people working on the ground, but set a precedent for how money can be distributed in activist communities, one that I hope will be taken up world-wide.

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.

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