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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!

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