Small Grants During Covid-19

Small Grants During Covid-19

 

Since April we have been awarding small grants to local groups that are supporting women, girls and LGBT+ people during these difficult times. We have some amazing grassroots, charities and voluntary groups in our city, and we are so happy to be able to financially support some of the vital community work they have been doing during this time.

This small grant funding is part of the Nottingham City Council Communities of Identity funding stream to Nottingham Women’s Centre and partner organisations.

Read on to find out more about some of the groups that have received small grant funding from us for Covid-19 support, and to learn more about what some of Nottingham’s amazing organisations are doing to support the community in these challenging times.

 

Heya

We are delighted to have supported Heya with a small grant to support their community during the coronavirus crisis. Heya work with Arabic women in Nottingham and will be using the grant to offer online and telephone support and welfare checks with the women in their community, as well as supporting them with some essential supplies.

Balm

Balm provides activities and support for African Caribbean women in Nottingham. We have awarded them a small grant to continue to support the women they work with at this time, including wellbeing checks, essential supplies and activity and wellbeing packs.

Global Widows

We are supporting Global Widows with a small grant for their work with women, in particular widows, of West African descent. They will use this grant to provide essentials and culturally appropriate food and wellbeing checks and telephone contact to their community.

Go Vision

We are supporting Go Vision with a grant to do online cook-alongs and supply and deliver food to women in their area, especially those on low incomes, fleeing domestic abuse and living in homeless hostels.

Nergiz

It’s our pleasure to support Nergiz Kurdish Women’s Group with a small grant to help them with supporting Kurdish Women in Nottingham, including through telephone support, befriending  and welfare checks.

Mojatu

We are happy to support Mojatu UK with a small grant to help their work on providing essential supply deliveries for BME communities, as well as translation / training programmes and mental health support services.

Sisters of Noor

We are really pleased to be using our small grant scheme to support Sisters of Noor in their work with BME single mothers around some of the issues connected to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Open House

We are very happy to be supporting Open House Nottingham provide peer support to those experiencing maternal mental health difficulties. We have awarded them a small grant to cover the costs of Zoom conferencing for their session to take place online during the current social distancing guidelines.

 

Our next round of small grant funding will be opening soon, and we are looking forward to hearing from more local groups who would benefit from financial support. These grants are for Covid-19 related support, and are for small, grassroots community groups / charities with a turnover of less than £10,000 per year. Please email [email protected] if you would like to be notified when applications are open.

 


A statement from NWC on the Black Lives Matter Movement

At Nottingham Women’s Centre we are horrified by the death of George Floyd and wish to send our deepest condolences to his loved ones. This tragedy reaches far further than the state of Minnesota. The incredible outpouring of solidarity across the world shows both that change is desperately needed, and that there are millions of people eager to take a stand for what is right. We stand with them.

Although this has highlighted the unfair treatment Black people face from the police in the USA, we cannot afford to be complacent about racism in our country, in our city, and in our institutions. We acknowledge that structural racism exists at NWC. This is challenging and uncomfortable to admit, but without this ownership we risk seeking solutions to the symptoms rather than addressing the causes of our concerns about the experience of NWC for some Black women. We have a responsibility to be active allies and to be constant in our effort to combat all forms of racism and its impact for women.

We are currently working on an action plan to address the findings of the research we commissioned last year with local Black women, and recent events have reminded us how crucial it is that we both act and support others to act. Women have asked us what they can do to inform themselves and help affect change, and we have started to put together a list of petitions, fundraisers and resources on our website at the link below, which we will continue to add to. Please let us know of any more that we can share.

Click here for a list of resources to inform yourself and help affect change.