Grant Opportunities

Apply Now for the LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund – United Kingdom

Apply Now for the LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund – United Kingdom


Small Grants: 22 September 2020
Medium/Large Grants: 30 September 2020
The LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund is funded by Comic Relief, and METRO is the lead intermediary partner distributing these funds to the sector, with Equality Network as the Scottish delivery partner.

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The Fund will operate in every nation of the UK, and its delivery will be supported by delivery partners in each nation.

The Fund is for LGBTQ+ community-led organizations and groups to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

The fund is intended to support grassroots, local groups and organizations that can support LGBTQ+ communities through the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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The five Panels will be for the following areas:

Northern Ireland
North and Midlands of England
South of England
Funding Information

Awards will be between £500 – £15,000 (Award levels: micro up to £500 or £1,000, small up to £5,000, medium up to £10,000, and large up to £15,000)
Each organization/group can only apply for one grant, not multiple grants adding up to £15,000
How will funding be awarded?

Deadline Free Grants
METRO will do an initial sift of applications to sift out applications which have not been completed or are not eligible. The remaining applications will then be sent to the relevant regional Panel.
Alongside assessing for quality, we are also aiming to ensure that, as far as possible, the whole geography of the UK and the intersections of the LGBTQ+ community are represented in the funding. This will guide the panels’ assessment process.
For small grants (under £5,000

the relevant regional Panel will first assess your application form/video
The Panel will then shortlist applications
Shortlisted applications will be invited to a short, Dragons Den style interview.
The panel will then recommend successful applicants to the Partnership Board, who will award the funding.
All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

Project design is of high quality
Feasible project delivery
Excellent value for money
Clear need for the project in the community
Excellent monitoring and evidence sharing plans
Reasonable governance of the project is in place
For small grants, you will be assessed on the first two criteria with your application form/video, and then the starred criteria at interview stage.

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