Emergency Response Funding for Work with Migrants and Refugees in England


The Barrow Cadbury Trust, which specialises in migration issues and the migration sector, is distributing £5 million in funding from the National Lottery Communities Fund’s COVID-19 Response Programme for England.

The funding is intended to provide services and support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, or to help organisations overcome acute financial difficulties they are facing because of the pandemic.

This is short-term funding which be must spent within six months and by 19 April 2021 at the latest. The maximum grant available is £50,000- or three-months’ expenditure, whichever is less.

The grants can be used for a range of things, for example:

  • Activities and services: any activity that is related to COVID-19, for example:
    • enabling access or providing the necessities of life (food, accommodation)
    • mental health support or activities to prevent loneliness and isolation
    • help with home schooling for children, building digital skills
    • preventing exploitation or domestic abuse arising from the pandemic situation
    • referral to other services that will help people cope with the pandemic (advice, health, social security etc.)
    • other needs arising from the pandemic
  • Changes to the organisation’s systems that will better enable them to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, or small-scale changes to their premises to enable them to safely provide services.
  • Staff salaries or other investment in staff (such as training or support in relation to the demands of COVID-19).
  • Volunteers’ expenses.
  • Equipment to help respond to the pandemic.
  • General running costs.
  • Interpretation costs or other costs specific to supporting this client group.
  • Contributions to fixed costs/overheads.

Applications will be accepted from charities, companies limited by guarantee or a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee registered in England with an income of between £10,000 and £1 million in their most recent year of operations.

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2020.


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