Further evidence emerges of funding challenges facing black and minority ethnic led charities

Black and minority ethnic led charities are struggling to access long term funding needed to survive as UK society recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, a report has warned

A report commissioned by the Funders for Race Equality Alliance found that grants to black and minority ethnic led charities during the pandemic often ran out at the end of March 2021 putting “organisations at risk of financial insecurity”.

In addition, two thirds of funding went to London, with Yorkshire and the Humber as well as the West Midlands receiving just 5% each.

The report looked at 34 emergency funds awarded to blank and minority ethnic charitable organisations between March and November 2020.

Just nine of the 34 funds allocated supported work on human rights and justice, the report also found.

“This lack of funder focus on tackling racism, discrimination and structural inequalities and injustice needs to be addressed,” said the Alliance, which represents charitable foundations supporting race equality in the UK.

Recommendations for funders include focusing on long term grants and addressing “the historic underinvestment” in Black and minority ethnic charities to “create sustainable funding opportunities to advance greater racial injustice in the UK”.

The Alliance’s report is the second piece of research released this month to call for greater long term funding for charities to tackle racism and inequalities.

A Boabab Foundation report also looked at how funders are backing racial injustice in the UK.

This also found that much of the funding on offer is not extended beyond March 2021 as it is tied to Covid-19 efforts. The foundation’s report found that funding is failing to tackle inequality among recipients.

It called on funders to build partnerships with black-led organisations,

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