On Saturday, 12th October we held our first Sharing Forum after a few years without them. It took place in the Quaker Meeting Centre in Glasgow, and was attended by around 30 people from different activist, community, and support groups around Scotland, plus a few Edge Fund members and our allies. It was facilitated by a member of Tripod, a social justice training organisation, and Edge Fund member Rose.
We started the day (after teas and coffees) by introducing ourselves in pairs and to the wider group. The facilitators then outlined the agenda for the day, and asked us how we’d like to work together. We came to some agreed values for the day, which included “take space, make space”: an invitation for those who normally don’t feel confident to contribute to do so, and for those who are more confident to take a small step back to listen. It really did feel like we stuck to that through the day!
(ID: A group of about 15 people sitting in a circle, having a discussion in a bright room)
We then discussed our various campaigns’ successes and challenges, breaking up into small groups to do so. Out of that, we highlighted some topics to discuss after lunch - they varied from broad topics like “accessibility in organising” to group-specific “how to resist evictions.” We had a really delicious lunch provided by Soul Food Sisters, and after having a deserved break, launched into the second part of the day.
After discussing in small groups, we came together to feed back and identify common themes. Then, we discussed how Tripod and Edge could support groups, and what their experience (if any!) of us had been until now. The day ended with participants reflecting on our conversations and what we had learnt. Solomon, from LGBT Unity Scotland, said:
“Saturday’s event was so wonderful and interesting. I felt so comfortable meeting other members and sharing my ideas with them and I learned something new that I can deliver to LGBT Unity Group to make it great.
I am really proud of the organisers and they are so friendly.”
(ID: Five people sit in a small circle around flipchart paper with notes on it. One person is speaking and gesticulating.)
Arianna, from Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, said:
"Attending the Glasgow Sharing Forum was a wonderful experience - extremely encouraging, inspiring and informative.
I met groups active in Scotland that I was not aware of, and was inspired by the amazing work they are doing. I hope I have made friends I will meet again soon, and certainly I have already learned so much from them.
The Forum was encouraging because I realised that the difficulties the groups I am involved with are facing are common amongst activist groups, and there are strategies to resolve tricky situations.
The facilitators from the Edge Fund and Tripod were fantastic, and I cannot thank them enough for the positive energy and learning they shared with us."
On a personal note, I really enjoyed getting to know the Scottish activist scene a bit more, and meeting organisers from different groups. It was also my first Edge Fund event, and I was happy to get stuck in!
We’ll be holding more of these in the future: one in the North of England, and another in the South. If you’d like to get involved, or have any ideas for a Radical Sharing Forum in your city, do get in touch with Andy for the North (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself for the South (email@example.com).
We've received over 150 applications in this funding round from grassroots groups across the UK and Ireland. Our members and previously funded groups will now be reading applications and collectively working out how to share out the funds.
Some key dates for your diaries:
Early December - Shortlisted groups announced
18th January - Funding Day in Bristol with members and shortlisted groups
If you have any questions please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you working to create change in Scotland? Join us for the Glasgow Sharing Forum!
This is a chance for grassroots groups working on social change in Glasgow and Scotland to meet each other, reflect on challenges and opportunities, and explore different ways we might support each other.
We'd love to have people from a range of backgrounds attend, especially people of African and Asian heritage and those from LGBTQI, disabled, working class, migrant, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and a free lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you have specific access needs, please contact email@example.com with these, so we can do our best to accomodate you.
There is no cost to join the event, and we can pay for public transport expenses for those who need it.
This event is hosted in participation with Tripod Training and Lankelly Chase Foundation. We hope that you will join us for a day of sharing, learning, and thinking about the future!
We are now open for our second funding round of the year! We will be giving up to £40,000 to around 30 grass-roots groups, campaigning for effective social change. We will be accepting applications until Monday 16th September.
How to apply
To apply for a grant of up to £3,000 you need to fill in a relatively short application form. You can find all the details here and apply here. Make sure you have read our funding criteria and values, to see if you are eligible. If you need any support or assistance please get in touch!
The funding process is democratic and participatory, and involves people directly affected by the issues you are campaigning on. We hope this makes the process fair and accountable to applicants and out members. Please check out this page for a little more information about our funding process works.
The deadline for applications is midnight on 16th September.
You will find out if you are short-listed toward the end of November, and grants will paid out from the end of January.
This funding round has been made possible by an action inquiry with Lankelly Chase Foundation, who will be learning about Edge Fund's participatory grant making methods during this funding round.
We need your support!
We can only open for applications when we have raised enough money for a funding round. We welcome donations large and small, and particularly small monthly donations of £5 or £10 as they help us plan for the future. Please donate if you can, so we can keep supporting those taking action for a just and equal world.
Help us get the word out! Follow us on twitter or sign up for our email list here. Please help us reach people and groups who don’t normally hear about funding opportunities – share this post or via social media and email but don’t forget to also tell people at meetings, events etc, especially if you know they are not often online. We have leaflets and cards we can send to anyone who can help distribute them to people and groups who might be interested in applying. Get in touch if you can help. Thank you!
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is a grassroots user–led direct action group, although we also carry out other activities like research, lobbying MPs and councillors, peer support and a host of other things. As well as a national group there are many local groups which operate autonomously around the country.
Most recently we have been removing thousands of Metro newspapers around the country every Wednesday as they have been paid over £250,000 of our money by DWP to publish a series of lies about Universal Credit. We also delivered thousands of these back to Amber Rudd at DWP Head office where our activists were locked into the building by security.
Edge Fund is one of the few sources of income we have and without this funding neither national or our local groups would be able to undertake as much as we do now and we wouldn’t be able to support our activists to travel to take part in our actions.
Foil Vedanta is a grassroots solidarity group focused primarily on challenging the systematically injust mining practices of British multinational mining giant, Resources, once called the world’s most hated mining company, and one of the largest contributors of CO2. They have operations in Zambia, South Africa, Australia, India and more with plans to continue expansion.
We use our privilege and access as residents of the UK and act as a conduit to disseminate knowledge as a tool of resistance. We aim to strengthen and support the movements by linking communities, through critical research, gathering testimonies and scientific evidence, meeting with lawyers, politicians, calling for true accountability for human rights abuses, illegal operations and ecocide and the transformation of such systems. The funds we secured will go towards sustaining this work, extending outreach and vital updates to our website to maintain the flow of communication. As a grassroots organisation and due to the nature of our work it is a struggle to secure funding that doesn’t come with invasive conditions.
Edge Fund’s application process is simple and transparent. The questions offer a chance for reflection on where your group is at with the work and the team at Edge Fund is easy to reach. It’s clear they trust the groups as the experts to use the money to enhance the work where needed. The funding day brought together activists and organisations from around the country to share their work, successes and challenges. It is one of the few spaces that accommodates so many causes while giving them all equal platform. In addition to the funding, the connections formed here are invaluable.
The funding day was excellent, and I am really glad I went. I have found that socio-political campaigning is one hell of a personal development program, and the day spent in Liverpool was a great time to reflect on what we are doing and regain some perspective as to why we do it.
Thank you very much for the funding day. It restored my faith to know that there are so many conscientious people acting to prevent evil from succeeding.
HASL, as a part of London Coalition Against Poverty, received a grant of £1500 in October 2018. We recently caught up with them to hear how this grant has helped their organising.
HASL has continued to grow in the past year, with Edge funding that has helped us to have the space and resources for two local meetings a month, with 50 – 100 members there each time.
HASL group meeting.
Our group works on a lot of different housing issues that people face in South London. Having meetings where members can come together regularly to share their problems update on progress is the main way that the whole group supports each other. We mostly organise in Southwark and Lambeth, but sometimes people travel from neighbouring boroughs.
Many of our members have been able to access secure social housing with the support of the group, with several major successes in the past year. These successes have all been the result of many months, sometimes years, of persistent casework with HASL. This depends on regular meetings.
Our group supports each other to understand the complexities of housing lists in different boroughs, to get complaints to local authorities to be acted upon, to stand up for ourselves in homelessness assessments, and to refer our cases to ombudsmen or the courts.
We run various campaigns on the immediate housing issues we face, as well as campaigning for more council housing, especially 3, 4 and 5 bed homes that are desperately needed. In the past year our protests have been:
These protests were picked up in the local press (here and here) and have pressured local authorities is providing a solution to members that had been ignored until then.
HASL protest demanding homeless families be rehomed close to where their children go to school.
When members have successes and experience about how to stand up for their rights, they help others joining the group or in the wider community. Recently we have started to reach out to other local groups by organising workshops about housing rights in a local primary school, with the English for Action group. We also ran a workshop on organising practical solidarity and collective support at the Anarchist Festival in North London.
Edge fund has helped us with the basic running costs which are increasing with our growing group. We really appreciate the supportive and solidarity based nature of the Edge Fund application process.
Edge Fund members have finished the lengthy but satisfying process of scoring and reviewing applications. We are pleased to announce that our shortlist for Round 10 has been finalised.
The following groups will be considered for either £1500 or £3000 at our funding day in Liverpool on Saturday 1st June:
- Focus E15, Friends of Detainees, Fuel Poverty Action, Montreal Square Residents Association, Kingsley Burrell Campaign, Quiet Riot, Abortion Access Campaign West, DPAC Glasgow, Weald Action Group, Foil Vedanta, Unis Resist Border Controls, Misson Springs and Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts.
The following groups will automatically receive the grant they asked for based on their position on the shortlist:
- Positively UK and Highlands Against Nuclear Transport.
The following groups will receive a small grant between £1000 to £500 based on their position in the short list:
- DPAC Norfolk, Glasgow Autonomous Space, African Rainbow Family Leeds, Activist Transport Collective, Black Triangle Campaign, Beyond Bars, Pride in Sheffield, Genesis Residents, Leeds Unity Centre, Shoal Collective, Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group, Housing Association Residents Action, South Asian Sisters Speak, LGBT Unity, Brighton & Hove Black Women's Group, Joint Enterprise:Not Guilty by Association, Unity Sisters, Ffena - Black Women Living with HIV, Kushti Bok
A massive thanks all of our members and previously funded groups for their hard work in scoring applications!The next step in our grant giving process is our Funding Day in Liverpool on Saturday 1st June, Quakers 22 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT, where the shortlisted groups and our members will come together to vote on which groups will get the larger grants. Check out our report on Round 9’s funding day, to see what’s involved!
We've received almost 200 applications in this funding round from grassroots groups across the UK and Ireland. Our members and previously funded groups will now be reading applications and collectively working out how to share out the funds.
Some key dates for your diaries:
Friday 3rd May - Shortlisted groups announced
Saturday 1st June - Funding Day in Liverpool with members and shortlisted groups
If you have any questions please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org