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  • Who can apply?
    Eligible organisations are those that are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led with 80% of beneficiaries from one or more BAME communities. You must fall into one of the following categories: Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Community benefit society Community Interest Company (CIC) Co-operative Exempt charity Excepted charity Faith organisation Non-constituted organisation Non-registered charity Registered charity Social enterprise Unincorporated community group with charitable aims If other, then please specify on the application form. Please note grants can only be awarded to non-profit organisations, i.e., where a positive balance at year end is not used to make payments to individuals, such as salary bonuses or dividends; companies limited by shares will have to give proof of being a non-profit.
  • What type of grants do you give?
    Voice4Change England works with a number of organisations to provide funding for BAME communities, and we welcome applications from all parts of the UK. Recently we have funded projects in the areas of sport and physical activity, mental health, the Windrush documentation and compensation schemes, as well as other areas. Read our funding pages to find out more.
  • What are general eligibility criteria for grants?
    Eligible organisations are those that are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led with 80% of beneficiaries from one or more BAME communities per project. More than 50% of your senior staff, Trustees, and/or Directors must be from BAME communities. At least 3 Trustees - your organisation does not have to have trustees if it has a clearly defined ethical purpose. Further criteria will vary depending on the fund, so please ensure you read the fund guidance for the relevant programme before you apply.
  • I am a current grantee, am I eligible to apply?
    Yes, in most cases you are eligible to apply but please read the fund guidance for the programme you are interested in prior to applying. Please note, the new application cannot replicate a previously funded project.
  • You have funded our organisation already, when can we apply for another grant?
    In most cases, providing all your grant conditions were met and there are no further queries to be resolved, you will be able to apply for another one of our funds as soon as the opportunity is available. Please ensure you read the fund guidance for the relevant programme before you apply.
  • Do you fund faith groups?
    We can fund any such groups as long as they satisfy the general eligibility criteria, but not for work in connection with the promotion of religion. We can support work that benefits the wider community.
  • Our organisation is newly formed, so we don't have any audited accounts and have no income. Can we apply for a grant?
    You can apply for a grant if you meet the eligibility criteria, but, if successful, you will need to provide a projected breakdown of the income and expenditure for your organisation covering the year.
  • Do you provide funding for capital costs?
    We do not accept bids for capital-only projects. Capital costs can only be applied for if they directly relate to the project. Each grant varies so please check the funding guidance for the relevant programme or contact us at
  • What costs are eligible/ineligible?
    This will vary depending on the fund, so please read the relevant fund guidance for the programme you are interested in applying for. Typically, eligible costs include staff salaries, staff and volunteer expenses, project overheads (e.g., rent), project costs (e.g., printing), and may also include equipment.
  • Can we include contingency in our budget?
    No, your budget may not include cover for something that may not occur. The budget must only cover costs relating directly to the project.
  • How do I apply for a grant?
    Please look at our website and on our funding pages for more information on how to apply for a grant.
  • How do I learn about new funding opportunities?
    You can subscribe to our mailing list and newsletter, and you will receive an email when there is a new fund opening. We’ll also announce funding on our social media pages Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as our website.
  • We want to apply for funding for a project we will be delivering with another organisation. Can we submit a joint application?
    We do encourage organisations and groups to work with each other as much as possible. When you apply, one organisation must be the primary applicant. They will be the organisation named on the funding agreement and the responsibility for fulfilling the grant requirements will ultimately be with them. Therefore, you should agree between you which organisation will be the lead applicant. You can name the other organisation you will be delivering with on your application under the question ‘Will you be working in partnership with another organisation to deliver this project? If yes, please specify’.
  • What is the deadline for applications?
    Please refer to our funding pages to view the specific deadline for each programme, or contact us at and one of our team will be able to help.
  • What support will I get during application process?
    If you have questions about your eligibility or the application form, please contact
  • How will my application be assessed?
    We are committed to careful review and as such run a rigorous assessment process. This includes a review of your organisation’s finances, as well as expert assessment by internal panels and external reviewers.
  • What happens if my application is successful?
    All applicants are advised in writing of the Panel’s decision on their application within a few working days of the relevant Grants Panel meeting. If the application is successful, the letter will be accompanied by a copy of our standard Terms and Conditions, which must be signed by the awardee and returned promptly. This does not constitute a request for payment. Payments are made by bank transfer and take a couple of weeks from receipt of request, providing any or all relevant conditions have been met.
  • Do you do site visits?
    Yes, we do conduct site visits where possible as part of our monitoring process. We also get invited to project events by our grantees which we are more than happy to attend!
  • Is monitoring and evaluation standard for all grants?
    Yes, for every fund there are monitoring and evaluation requirements. If successful, these will be outlined to you and will be a conditional part of your grant. The frequency of monitoring will vary depending on the fund and value of the award.
  • Will I receive feedback on my application?
    We aim to provide feedback to everyone who has applied for funding. In some instances, we might not have the capacity to respond individually.
  • I was unsuccessful – when can I reapply?
    You will be able to apply for another one of our funds as soon as the opportunity is available.
  • How do I get in touch with a specific member of V4CE or about a general enquiry?
    Please send general enquiries to and your query will be forwarded accordingly to the necessary department.
  • Do you have an office I can meet you in?
    Yes, our main physical office is at 2c Falkland Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2PT, however a lot of our staff are currently working hybrid, so please email us first to arrange an in-person meeting.
  • I would like to make a donation to V4CE, how do I go about doing that?
    If you wish to send a cheque, please post it to our office: 2c Falkland Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2PT, addressed to Voice4Change England, and we will send a confirmation once received. You can also donate online. All donations are greatly appreciated.
  • Do I need renew membership every year?
    No, you only need to sign up once.
  • Are only members allowed to apply for grant?
    No, our funding opportunities are available to all organisations. You do not need to be a member to apply.
  • What are the benefits of becoming a member?
    The best way for us to empower our members is through activities. The membership programme will offer this through exclusive access to events, workshops, webinars and annual conferences. Our members will get exclusive opportunities to meet prospective mentors, partners and to gain access to resources that may help their organisations and communities. The membership may also help organisations feel a sense ‘belonging’ where their needs and experiences are addressed, and views appreciated.
  • How do I become a member?
    Please complete our membership form and one of our team will get back to you. Membership is open to any individual or organisation who is a part of or is serving BAME communities, is working in the charity or social enterprise sector, and/or has a general interest in V4CE.
  • What is the cost of the membership?
    Our membership is currently free.


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