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Round 4 grants: Migrant rights, police violence, anti-racism campaigns…

December 8, 2014

chickpea facebook cover On Saturday 6 December Edge Fund members and applicants got together to decide on the allocation of funds between the final 14 applicants of Round 4. Around 60 people took part in the process, which includes short presentations, opportunities to have discussions with the applicants and then members and applicants voting (with chickpeas) to determine how much each applicant receives. As usual, migrant groups did well in this round, and also there were a number of groups working on issues of racism in the criminal justice system, such as deaths at the hands of the police. Grants agreed at the meeting were:

  1. African Rainbow Family (£5,000)
  2. London Black Revolutionaries (£3,000) – [grant did not proceed – more info]
  3. Manchester Migrant Solidarity (£3,000)
  4. Sex Worker Open University (£3,000)
  5. United Families and Friends Campaign (£3,000)
  6. Unity Centre Glasgow (3,000)
  7. Abortion Rights Campaign (£1,500)
  8. Coal Action Network (£1,500)
  9. Foil Vedanta (£1,500)
  10. Framework Inclusion UK (disability rights) (£1,500)
  11. Generation Revolution (film about young Black activists) (£1,500)
  12. Justice for Mark Duggan (£1,500)
  13. London Campaign Against Police and State Violence (£1,500)
  14. Sisters of Frida (£1,500)

Prior to the meeting, smaller grants were also given to:

  1. Cardiff Homeless Action (£1,000)
  2. Travellers and Roma Against Prejudice (£1,000)
  3. JENGbA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association) (£1,000)
  4. Phillippa Willitts (sexual violence/ victim-blaming) (£1,000)
  5. Stop and Search Legal Project (£1,000)
  6. Homeless Tours United (£1,000)
  7. Re(al)-Productive Health (£800)
  8. Justice4Paps (£750)
  9. Shafted?! (£750)
  10. Anti-Deportation Ireland (£750)
  11. Asylum Seeker Housing Project (£750)
  12. REAL Network (£750)
  13. United Europe Roma (£750)
  14. Hampshire’s Romanys (£750)
  15. Frack Free Five Valleys (£750)
  16. Community Food Growers Network (£500)
  17. Feeding Manchester (£500)
  18. Food Not Bombs London (£500)
  19. Anti Racism Network Ireland (£500)
  20. ACORN Bristol (£500)

The average annual income of these groups is £2,555, with just two that received over £10,000 last year. Thanks to the crowdfund, we were able to give away more than our usual £40,000 this round. We also all made a collective decision to give the full £5,000 to African Rainbow Family because they received such overwhelming support from everyone at the meeting. Total funds distributed this round was £47,300. A more detailed account of the day to come! pale blue line

At the moment we don’t have enough funds to announce another funding round, if you can, please donate and help us spread the word so we can continue supporting grassroots action for radical social change. If you’d like to support any of the groups directly, please get in touch.

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