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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

April 24th, 2023

News and information from our partners, collaborators and more on their exciting opportunities and events for each week. Be sure to check in to keep up to date with industry news.


Last chance to see the A Mile in My Shoes exhibition!

A Mile in My Shoes closes on the 27th of Apri. It has been running since the 13th and has been a resounding success with such positive feedback across the board.

Take an imaginative leap into stories of childhood, love, art-making, coming-of-age, sexuality, family, activism, conflict, community, music, dancing, and much more – each told by someone who lived through the momentous uprisings of 1981.

You have the opportunity to be a part of something fantastic happening in Windrush Square. 

It is an important project and we are proud to be connected to it, through the work of Reclaiming Community Heritage. This is a project, pioneered by 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance, to enable our community, though creative interventions, to reclaim the history and heritage of 1981. 

This is a free family event produced by empathy museum and runs from 10am until 6pm daily until 27th April.

If you'd like to listen to some of the stories from the exhibit, please find the podcast here!

UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose Launch Groundbreaking New Report

This month with the Global Commission on the Economics of Water the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose launched their groundbreaking new report – “Turning the Tide: A Call to Collective Action” – at the UN 2023 Water Conference. The Stern Review rewrote the Economics of Climate Change, the Dasgupta Review rewrote the Economics of Biodiversity, and their report rewrites the economics of water, laying the bedrock for how to value, govern, and finance water in a fundamentally new way.
With their exceptional fellow Co-Chairs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Director General of the World Trade Organization WTO)Johan Rockström (Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK), and Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Senior Minister of Singapore), and their many excellent commissioners, they brought the report’s key messages to world leaders. In short, we will fail on climate change if we fail on water – and we will fail on virtually all of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To put the world back on a sustainable and just economic trajectory requires a new economics of water, one that values water as a global common good.

Events and Opportunities

Momentum World 'International Opportunities in Education'

Momentum World invites you to their event "International Opportunities in Education: the Future" on Thursday 4th May. This is the next step forward in their mission to promote the importance of international thinking, values and skills, and to build coalitions of people who care about these things.

They hope you will be able to join them. 

You can register on Eventbrite (free) at

Round 2 of the Mayor's Civil Society Roots Fund is Open!

The Greater London Authority in partnership with City Bridge Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund is launching Round 2 of the Mayor’s Civil Society Roots Fund on 24th April 2023.   Ahead of the launch, we are inviting interested groups to book for information sessions happening on Tuesday 2nd May 2023. 

Round 2 of the Mayor’s Civil Society Roots Fund will continue to support equity led organisations in the 10 London boroughs - Bromley, Enfield, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Newham, Redbridge, Sutton, Wandsworth to strengthen their networks, capacity, and voice.  

They are looking for organisations that want to develop new sectoral and/or cross sectoral partnerships, invest in organisational capacity building, research, training or enable space and time to think about what our communities need most. The fund is specifically aimed at supporting groups to be in a stronger place to respond to and serve the increasing and ever-changing needs of our communities.  It is not for delivery of front-line activity.     

Grants of up to £30,000 over 12 months (plus up to £2500 for additional access costs) will be awarded for projects starting September 2023. 

In the first instance, interested groups will be requested to submit an Expression of Interest form by 19th May 2023, and successful applicants will be subsequently invited to submit a full application by 30th June 2023. The grants prospectus and EOI form will be available on our website from 24th April 2023. 

To support applicants through the two-stage application process, Community Regen, the programme support partner, are running in person and online information sessions on May 2nd, at Resource For London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA (fully accessible venue) which can be booked via here for in person sessions and here for online sessions.  

Interested attendees with access needs, are requested to register by Wednesday 26th April, so we can make arrangements to support their participation.  

Please share information about the information sessions with other equity-led organisations in your borough/ network.   

If you have questions about this fund, please email them at  

Youth Investment Fund Refurbishment Grant

The Youth Investment Fund has been developed to create, expand, and improve local youth facilities and their services in the out of school youth sector, to drive positive outcomes for young people, including improved mental and physical wellbeing, and skills for life and workIt aims to transform and level up the out-of-school youth sector in selected underserved and deprived areas of England. You can check the eligible areas on the map here

To meet the need, the Youth Investment Team launched the Refurbishment Grant application stream alongside our larger capital grants for organisations seeking funding for any refurbishment work costing £150,000 or below, to help youth services sustain and/or expand their services.

 A Youth Investment Fund Refurbishment Grant could cover a wide range of improvements and refurbishments, including, work to improve accessibility, insultation, plastering, improvements to kitchen or bathroom facilities, roof repairs, replacing doors or windows, asbestos removal, moving an internal wall, damp proofing, fitting a new boiler, rewiring or electrical works. Alongside capital grants, eligible applicants can also apply for revenue funding (of up to 20% of the value of their capital request).

It is important to note that, this fund operates in rounds and applications will only be accepted during the application window. If applicants miss this window, they would have to wait until the window opens again. However, applicants can still work on their application offline using our application guidance materials which can be found here  

This application window closes on 12 May. Followed by another window on 29th May to 9th June 2023.

If you would like to discuss the fund or want more information, please get in touch with myself or our customer services team at You will also find more information covered in the FAQs on our website.

A recording of the last information webinar about the fund can be accessed here:

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