This initiative will help to facilitate engagement with Black and Minoritised community-led charities and grassroots groups to enable them to access funding and support that have previously failed to reach them and have been difficult for them to access.
In 2021, The National Lottery Community Fund and The Ubele Initiative, on behalf of The Phoenix Way Partners, have jointly announced a new £50 million partnership aimed to boost funding and support to Black and Minoritised Community charities and grassroots groups over the next five years.
The Phoenix Way National Steering Group will work with The National Lottery Community Fund to identify national and regional priorities and award funding to Black and Minoritised community-led charities and grassroots groups that are best placed to support their communities to thrive.
The Phoenix Way builds on The Phoenix Fund, a £2.4 million community-led fund co-designed and co-led by community leaders from across Black and Minoritised groups in England in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, The Ubele Initiative, and Global Fund for Children.
Designed to target groups that The National Lottery Community Fund had not previously engaged, the reach of The Phoenix Fund was striking: more than 65 per cent of the organisations that applied to the scheme had no previous history with The National Lottery Community Fund.
Chaired and led by The Ubele Initiative, The Phoenix Way National Steering Group is made up of leaders from Black and Minoritised communities from across England. Partners on the co-designed programme include:
The National Lottery Community Fund
The Ubele Initiative
Black South West Network
Centre for Knowledge Equity
Global Fund for Children
Impact Hub Bradford
Kanlungan Filipino Consortium
Lancashire BME Network
South Asian Health Network
Ten Years’ Time
Voluntary Action Leeds
Lives of Colour