Edge Fund passes £250,000 landmark
We’ve raised our first £250,000! Our press release with more information is below.
Over a hundred people made donations to support us to get this far, with donations ranging from a few thousand pounds to a few pounds per month. A huge thank you to every one of you! Our long-term aim is to be funded by the grassroots – lots of people giving small monthly amounts. If you’d like us to continue to support grassroots groups on the front lines of injustice and those seeking to bring about radical social change, please set up a direct debit for £10 per month or another amount.
We have recently opened our fourth round, with an application deadline of 8 September.
Radical funding body passes quarter million landmark
Edge Fund, which supports grassroots groups aiming at radical social change, has raised its first £250,000.
Following the motto ‘radical funding for radical change’, funding decisions are put in the hands of those most affected by inequality and oppression. The fund supports groups that are considered ‘too radical’ by most other funders.
Launched 18 months ago, Edge has funded an eclectic range of organisations, from lesbian migrant support groups and Roma community organisers to those opposing police repression, immigration raids and the arms trade, from anti-capitalists and anarchist groups to people working on disability rights, local community organising and climate change.
The fund’s approach has been making waves across the funding world and has struck a chord with those losing faith in the traditional charitable sector’s ability to achieve meaningful change.
Linda Burnip, from grantees Disabled People Against Cuts, said:
“By working in partnership with the grassroots, Edge is leading the way in directing funds to where they are most effective. Edge is simply the most radical and socially responsible funding group, we salute them and all involved”
Edge Fund’s fourth funding round has now opened with grants of up to £5,000 available to support work run by – and for – communities most affected by discrimination, inequality and injustice, and work that aims to create systemic change. The application consists of 5 questions, which can be answered over the phone or by email. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 8 September.
Stephen Pittam, former trust secretary of Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and current trustee of Global Greengrants Fund said:
“Edge Fund is a breath of fresh air in the philanthropy sector. Engaging funders and activists together in deciding how to allocate funds offers a new and radical approach. It shows a way for how philanthropy can move beyond paternalism and doing good to become a real force for social change.”
Edge Fund is now looking for donations to make a fifth funding round possible. For more information about making a donation, applying for funds or becoming a member, go to www.edgefund.org.uk or call 0300 123 1965 or 07767 126 915.