Funding Inequalities Research Report

Understanding perspectives on funding challenges and inequalities experienced by small Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) led voluntary sector groups in the London Borough of Ealing.

In June 2021 Ealing Community Network became aware that Ealing Race Equality Commission had received feedback from small BAME led grassroots organisation that they felt there were inequalities in being able to access funding at a local level. As a result of this, ECN commissioned Clear Thinking Consultancy to undertake some research on this topic.

20 small grassroots BAME led voluntary sector organisations took part in the research with others from the local authority and larger groups also contributing.

2 focus groups and individual discussions took place and provided the following key findings:

On engaging with the Council

  • Funding application processes take too long and are too complicated.
  • Participants would like to feel more trusted and valued by the Council
  • Participants would prefer a more relational approach

On their barriers to delivering services

  • Most groups are struggling financially
  • Groups need more support to be independent and bring in funding from outside of the borough
  • Apart from money, space is a critical barrier to delivering services

On the groups and their service users

  • Discrimination and microaggressions are making it harder for groups and their service users to thrive
  • There are concerns for those not accessing services, especially older, more isolated people and those experiencing violence in their home

What ECN is planning to do next:

  • Share our findings with participants, council and other funders
  • Work with funders and partners to raise awareness and address the issues
  • Forward to the Race Equality Commission for their response
  • Support the BAME community to make its voice heard by funders and partners

The report is now available to download via the links below

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