This incredible new programme from UKBP offers support systems for QTIPOC

BY DOMINIC BRAMLEY-CARR, IMAGE BY CHRISTINA MORILLO VIA PEXELS

Today (23 February 2022) UK Black Pride (UKBP) launched a life-changing new initiative,
the Community Action Fund. This has been brought in following their We Will Be
Heard Survey
from the summer of 2021 and aims to provide financial aid to organisations
and projects which uplift and support LGBTQI Black people and people of colour in
the UK. They state that they are open to providing funding for “community groups,
organisations, charities with less than a £1m annual turnover, religious groups or
individuals”.

The application process requires a plan for the proposed project as well as a
provisional budget. UKBP has laid out four main sectors which these projects may
fall under, based on the findings uncovered by the survey. These areas are “spaces,
places and visibility, mental and emotional wellbeing, safety in public spaces and the
workplace”, allowing for a wide range of ideas and issues to be tackled.

This is an incredible new programme from UK Black Pride, designed not only to put in place
support systems for QTIPOC across the UK, but also to give marginalised POC
voices a platform and position to act. Co-founded by our February cover star, Lady Phyll, UKBP aims to “foster, present and celebrate Black LGBTQI+ culture through education, the arts, cultural events and advocacy”, as well as putting on a fantastic celebration (the largest in Europe) of and for LGBTQI+ people of colour.

The Community Action Fund is a perfect example of the incredible work they do in raising up QTIPOC to ensure their voices are heard and they are visible within the community. If you have a project that you feel would benefit from the assistance of the Community Action Fund, you can submit your application here.

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