The Phoenix Way, led by The Ubele Initiative and supported by Global Fund for Children, is a grant-making initiative aimed at transforming Black and racially minoritised communities. Established in partnership with six Regional Leads and with the support of several new UK funders, including The Youth Endowment Fund and the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales.
This round is being funded by the Youth Endowment Fund, Fondation CHANEL and supported by Global Fund for Children.
The Phoenix Way (TPW) is a national collaborative partnership created during the Covid-19 pandemic as a response to the structural inequalities which Black and racially minoritised communities and community-led organisations face in relation to influencing and accessing grant funding in the UK. Its principal aims are to:
- Transform the relationships between funders and Black and racially minoritised organisations
- Tackle systemic race inequalities, and
- Develop shared leadership, which actively invests in these communities and empowers them to make decisions about funding processes, priorities and allocations.
- There is £1,000,000 available in this round of funding for one-off emergency grants. Future Phoenix Way rounds of funding will also offer multi-year grants.
- The Phoenix Way 2023 Round 1: Emergency Grants for Groups Working with Black and Racially Minoritised Children and Young People
- The first round is open to applications now. It is a £1m emergency grant funding round for Black and racially minoritised community organisations who may already have or will suffer disruption to their programmes due to current inflation and the Cost-of-Living Crisis.
- Successful organisations will be working with young people or women and girls who are at risk.
- TPW will also award Regional Infrastructure Grants to the following 6 English regions: North West, North-East and Cumbria, South West, The Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and London and South East.
- The Phoenix Way’s future funding rounds, including multi-year funding, will open in the summer of 2023 and will also include organisations and groups located in Wales. To register your interest in future funding rounds, please click here.
- The Phoenix Way 2023 – Round 1 Emergency Grants will support non-profit groups, organisations or charities that:
- Are led by representatives of Black and racially minoritised communities and work within Black and racially minoritised communities.
- Work with participants and communities that are primarily 18 or under and are at high risk of becoming involved in violence.
- Have annual operating budgets of up to £150,000 per year.
- Are located and work in England. AND
- Need additional financial support due to the Cost of Living Crisis.
- Applicants can be registered, unregistered, incorporated, unincorporated, and/or unconstituted or newly formed groups.
- Who they are looking to fund in this round:
- Organisations and groups that are Black and racially minoritised-led. In this round, they are only looking to fund groups where at least 70% of their leadership, volunteers and beneficiaries are from Black or racially minoritised communities.
- Organisations and groups whose primary focus is working with Black and racially minoritised children and young people to prevent or reduce violence in their communities and lives.
- Organisations and groups that take an asset-based approach to their work with children and young people. This might include:
- meeting young people where they are
- using trust-based, relationship-driven ways of working
- amplifying and partnering with children and young people to shape your organisation and the work you do
- recognising and valuing the strengths and possibilities of the children and young people you work with
- Organisations and groups that prioritise children and young people that are most impacted by systemic issues such as poverty, racism, gender-based violence and wider structural disadvantage. This might include children, young women/girls and young people who have experience of:
- the care or youth justice systems
- abusing or misusing substances
- abuse, maltreatment or neglect
- negative educational experiences such as exclusion
- Organisations or groups that have been impacted by the cost-of-living crisis, including:
- organisations/groups that are struggling to pay for increased core costs including rent, utilities, cost of living increases in salaries;
- organisations/groups that are struggling with increased costs of direct activities with children and young people at high risk of becoming involved in violence; OR
- organisations/groups that have had to adapt or increase existing activities with children and young people, or create new activities to meet the needs of children and young people at high risk of becoming involved in violence due to the impact of the Cost of Living Crisis on their lives.
- Grants given through this round can be used flexibly to cover core and/or project costs that the cost-of-living crisis has impacted. Grants made in this Phoenix Way round will be one-off payments of £20,000.
- The Phoenix Way is not able to support:
- Local offices, affiliates, or projects of large NGOs, governments, or intergovernmental organisations
- Efforts to support or oppose candidates for public office
- Programmes that try to convert participants to a particular region or require adherence to or conversion to religious doctrine
- Organisations that, in policy or in practice, discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation
- Groups that conduct or support violent activities or violate criminal law
- Groups that have more than 12 months of reserves .
For more information, visit Phoenix Fund.