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Funding available for organisations working with Asylum Seekers or Refugees

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Mon 10 Oct 2016

A number of funders have come together and pooled resources to create the New Beginnings Fund.  This is to support refugees and their communities. The fund is responding to the recent dramatic increase in refugees and asylums seekers moving across Europe which is placing incredible strain on the network of community based support available within the UK.  The fund is managed in Staffordshire by The Community Foundation.  


The New Beginnings Fund will award grants of up to £10,000 to frontline groups working to support refugees and asylum seekers across the UK. In exceptional cases, the fund will consider grants of up to £20,000 for bids including multiple local partners. The fund is UK wide and all grants will be for the duration of one year.


New Beginnings aims to provide funding to increase the capacity of small to medium sized local organisations to meet the support needs of refugees and asylum seekers to mobilise other forms of local support to ease their integration into local communities.


There is a two stage application process for this fund.  An Expression of Interest must first be completed.  If successful at this stage, you will be invited to submit a full application.  Expressions of Interest opened on Monday 10th October and close on Sunday 30th October.  


Full applications will open on 12 December and close on 19 January 2017.  Successful applicants will receive funding by the end of February 2017, and so your project should start no earlier than 1 March 2017, and end no later than 28 February 2018.


For more information please contact The Community Foundation for Staffordshire on 01785 339540 or see the website