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    13 October 2016

    New Beginnings Fund Round 2

    The New Beginnings Fund will support local groups working to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into their local communities, through existing activities or services. The aim of the fund is to increase community-based support for refugees and asylum seekers.

    Round two is open to projects taking place in specified areas of Yorkshire, the East Midlands, the North East, the South West, the South East, the East of England, Cumbria, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

    The fund is designed to support small local constituted groups with an income of less than £500,000. Applications will be accepted from registered UK charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Companies limited by guarantee, not for profit registered Community Interest Companies, constituted community and voluntary sector organisations that are working in the UK.

    There is a total fund of £440,000 for Round 2. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for individual groups. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for partnerships. Bids for lower amounts are also welcome.

    The Fund is looking for the following sorts of projects:

    *             Projects led by refugees and asylum seekers.

    *             Projects that involve people with direct experience of being a refugee / migrant.

    *             Projects led by community groups that want to support new arrivals.

    *             Groups that involve refugees and asylum seekers and other local people in planning which activities are needed and in delivering the project.

    *             Activities for the wider community and refugees and asylum-seekers to do together.

    *             Activities run by refugee-led groups in partnership with other local groups.

    *             Refugees leading activities in their community.

    *             Projects that get people volunteering and sharing their skills. For example asylum seekers teaching languages, refugees leading activities in the community, local residents demonstrating how to mend cars, mentoring young people.

    *             Projects that link refugees and asylum seekers to good opportunities, advice and counselling.

    *             Projects that include refugee and asylum seeker children and young people (18 years old and younger).


    All projects should support human rights and equality.

    There is a two-stage application process.

    Step one is to submit an expression of interest which is due by 30 October 2016.