A charity fund to aid members of the Windrush Generation is now accepting applications for grants of up to £25,000 from community and grassroots organisations.
Run by the charity Voice4Change England (V4CE), its aim is to raise awareness of and support engagement with the government’s Windrush Compensation Scheme and Windrush Scheme.
The fund supports community and grassroots organisations that have projects designed to achieve these goals.
An online information event will run from 2 to 4pm next Wednesday (21 April). Booking is free via Eventbrite.
V4CE said the fund is open to community and grassroots groups and organisations seeking financial assistance to help ensure that community groups can give support to members of the Windrush generation who may have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status or who may have suffered losses because of this.
Charitable, community and grassroot organisations in UK that work with affected communities can bid for an award of between £2,500 and £25,000, to ensure all people affected by Windrush are aware of the support available and are not missing out on the schemes or latest information.
The Home Office fund has been designed with the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group and will be administered by Voice4Change England.
V4CE said it has no role or connection with the Windrush Scheme or Windrush Compensation Scheme but is focused on assisting community groups who apply for the fund.
Final decisions on funding are made by the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group and the Home Office.
The fund has been set up in particular to encourage applications from organisations that led by members of affected communities or that work mainly with affected communities.
These are defined as those facing difficulties in demonstrating their lawful status in the UK, depending on when they arrived, and those who therefore suffered losses in proving their right to work, finding a place to live, accessing healthcare or some other impact.