** PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE RAPID RESPONSE FUND BY TWO WEEKS - ALL APPLICATIONS MUST NOW BE SENT IN BY 5PM ON TUESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2020 **
Following our COVID-19 Emergency Fund, Edge Fund is now launching our first Rapid Response Fund! We will be funding 30 groups with grants of £750 each. Of those, we will be paying special attention to groups doing anti-racist work, and fighting for Black/Afrikan liberation.
This fund is open to all groups that are working towards systemic change, and whose work is in line with Edge Fund's values. We understand that currently, many groups have put their campaigning/systemic change work on hold in order to deal with the effects of the pandemic - this is okay and will not disqualify you for funding.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday, 25th of August, 2020. After this, we aim to get back to groups within 3-4 weeks. The application form is also available to download as a Word document on this page, if this format is more accessible to you.
If you have any difficulties filling this form in, or have any questions you want to ask, please get in touch Melissa on [email protected], or Hannah on [email protected] You can also call us on 07719 755410.
Solidarity Statement with the fight against racist violence and injustice in the UK, the United States of America, and globally
Edge Fund stands in solidarity with Afrikan-led (African and Black) movements, and activists in the global fight against racial violence, for reparatory justice for the legacies of enslavement of Afrikans and colonisation of the Afrikan continent. We stand with the global Afrikan community in the demand for radical structural change and an end to the fallacious notion of white supremacy and the privileges conferred on Europeans, racialised as white.
We recognise this fight as an ongoing project of decolonisation. We acknowledge that the detrimental impact of structural racism and racialisation is intrinsic to, and operates in, every strata of white society: arts and culture, criminal justice, education, employment, health and housing. We acknowledge that real change will only happen when Afrikan people have the power that they have unendingly been denied by white force and brutality, and by insidious global, systemic racism. We recognise that embedded in this project is an end to capitalism, which has long been upheld by the plunder of Afrika, the forced labour and exploitation of Afrikan bodies, to the benefit of white people and uphold white supremacist notions and systems.
We acknowledge the work of all Afrikan groups that have received Edge Fund grants and that have put time and energy into Edge Fund as members. We encourage Afrikan groups who have not been involved with us before to join us as members, to apply for our funds so that wealth can be redistributed to you and you can use it as needed without the pressure of targets or outcomes. Over the coming days we will be reaching out to Afrikan groups who are part of the Edge Fund network, to learn more about how Edge Fund can practically show support and solidarity to you, financially and in other ways.
In solidarity, Edge Fund.
Edge Fund is launching a funding round for small grants, distributed quickly, for previously funded groups working to respond to the Covid 19 crisis. The deadline is 5PM on Wednesday 6th of May. After this, we will be responding to applicants in one week, so you should hear back from us about whether your application has been successful by the 15th of May. You will be contacted even if we cannot offer you funding.
We hope to have more emergency funding rounds in the future, and next time to include groups that are new to Edge. To adapt the process, we will continue receiving feedback from members and applicants, and make sure that we keep responding to the suggestions and needs of those most directly affected. If you do know of any other groups who have not previously been funded by Edge Fund but that you think could benefit from emergency funding at this time, please let us know and we will endeavour to support their application in a future round.
Our eligibility criteria for this is simple. You must be:
- A group previously funded by Edge Fund
- Doing work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis
If you are not eligible for this grant, please click here for a list of other possible funders.
On Saturday, 18th of January, we held our 11th Funding Day in a sunny and very cold Bristol.
We had participants come from across the UK, with a few people coming all the way from Scotland. The day started with a short introduction to Edge Fund, and an explanation of what the funding day was for. We explained the shortlisting process, and highlighted how it wouldn’t be possible without our members… There were definitely still a lot of questions in the room, but we’re hoping that most of those got asked and/or answered throughout the day!
We then continued to introductions, so the room could get to know each other a bit better.
Everyone had two minutes to introduce themselves and their group - with around 40 people attending, this took a while, but it was great to learn about everyone and their work. After the introductions, we had a quick break, and moved on to the “market-place.”
In this, we split the room in two, with some groups sitting in stalls, and other groups wandering around. People got to know each other and their work, and after a delicious lunch cooked by Edge members, the roles were reversed and the people in stalls got a chance to walk around and meet the other groups. On this, Protest Justice said:
“Networking with others was a crucial part of the day, hearing campaign stories and learning from their experiences. Questions, conversations, ideas - all flowed. Connections made and plans formed; a good day. Meeting so many diverse groups was an absolute pleasure and it quickly became apparent that, whilst campaigns focussed on the homeless, LGBTQ+ and immigrant groups, travellers, social care, anti-fracking and the environment - the one thing we all had in common was the prejudice and injustice that we face.”
After one last break, we explained the voting process, gave out the chickpeas, and started voting! The process had to be done twice as in the first round, one group was unrepresented and thus, unable to get votes. We then announced the results, and the day was over!
The Fossett’s for the People Campaign said:
“The Fossett's for the People Campaign Community group is a relatively new endeavour, as we try to mobilise the local community in fighting for the development of council housing and key worker homes on public land sold off to the government housing accelerator, Homes England. We really didn't know what to expect when coming for the funding day in Bristol and were quite nervous.
However, we were warmly welcomed, valued and fed, which was great. We were very humbled by the fantastic work done by some of our colleagues on the day and learned about all of the projects and campaigns, making some valuable contacts and gaining some fantastic information. Thank you to everyone who took part, particularly those who shared their experiences with us, directed us to resources and signed our petition!”
We’d like to end this post with an acknowledgement that the day was not perfect, and that we received a few comments on how to make the agenda and voting process better. Please rest assured that we are working on these, and are very grateful to those that were honest with us and gave suggestions on how to improve the funding day.
A massive thanks to everyone that came, participated, facilitated, and cooked - we couldn’t have done it without you.
Edge Fund 2019
In January 2019, we announced our 10th Funding Round, supporting groups to apply to it with application workshops held in Glasgow and London in February. In March we welcomed long time Edge Fund member Aderonke to the Facilitating Group, the group of volunteers who manage the running of Edge Fund. You can read more about our Facilitating group here and email us at [email protected] if you’d like to take part.
Following the work of our Influencing Funders group, we received a grant from Lankelly Chase, so that they could learn more about participatory grant making, shadow and support us in our model of participatory, member-led funding. This grant allowed us to run a funding round, 3 sharing forums and a workshop on fundraising for grassroots groups.
On Saturday 1st June, we held our Round 10 funding day in Liverpool, giving out grants to 30 grassroots groups in the UK & Ireland. You can read more about the day here and here and the amazing groups we funded here.
Groups at our tenth funding round in Liverpool
In July, 27th, we held our Annual General Meeting in London. You can read our annual report for 18/19 here. Members from across the country heard reports about the work our staff members and Facilitating Group had been doing over the past year, and discussed Edge Fund’s work. The following day Edge Fund staff members and Facilitating Group held a training session with Hum, an organisation which encourages decentralised and non-hierarchical decision making. This training was focused on how we can ensure that our decision-making best reflects the values we hold, and how we can improve members participation in Edge Fund.
In August, with the help of a grant from Lankelly Chase, we opened our 11th funding round with over 150 groups applying for funds. Rakesh, a new member of Edge Fund joined the Facilitating Group. In September Natasha, a long time Edge Fund member and Southern Regional Organiser left Edge for pastures new. After interviewing a number of great applicants, we hired our new Southern Regional Organiser - Melissa Cespedes del Sur. Melissa is based in London and has a background in anti-racist and feminist organising, and is currently busy getting stuck-in with everything Edge Fund related.
This year, we brought back the Radical Sharing Forums, a space for activist and grassroots groups to connect, share, and possibly collaborate. We held one in Glasgow on October 12th, alongside Tripod, a facilitating and training collective based in Scotland. We have plans to host more of these in the North and South of England. You can read more about our Glasgow Sharing Forum here!
Members at Glasgow Sharing Forum
In November we announced our shortlist for Round 11. The groups we’ll be funding can be found here. Our 11th funding round will take place in Bristol, on the 18th January. Please email us on [email protected] if you’d like to attend. One of our facilitating group members, Isis, took part in the Global Engagement Lab run by the Edge Funders Alliance Europe. She attended the first retreat in Montreal in November. GEL is a six-month international learning, organizing and community-building cohort for funders.
To maintain our work, we rely on our members and donors giving their time and money to help us, so thank you. Please do stay in touch and remember to tell friends, family and people in your network about us and follow us on Twitter - @theedgefund.
From all of us at Edge Fund, we're sending good wishes to you for the festive season, the new year and all the very best with your organising for a better world!
Andy, Melissa and Edge Fund’s Facilitating Group
Edge Fund members have finished scoring applications, and groups have been notified of their results. We’re very happy to announce that our shortlist for Round 11 has been finalised!
The following groups will be considered for grants from £1500 to £3000 at our Funding Day in Bristol on Saturday 18th January:
- Friends of Detainees, Lesbian Immigration Support Group, Positively UK, Ealing Reclaim Social Care Action Group (ERSCAG), Queer AF Brighton, Climate Action Scotland, African Rainbow Family London, Mental Health Resistance Network, Climate Action Scotland, Manchester MiSol, Northern Police Monitoring Project, Bradford's Survivors Alliance, African Rainbow Family Birmingham
The following groups will automatically receive the grant they asked for based on their position on the shortlist:
- Glasgow Autonomous Space, Recovery in the Bin
The following groups will receive a small grant between £500 and £1000 based on their position on the shortlist:
- Action for Trans Health Edinburgh, UK Youth Climate Coalition, Kurdish Solidarity Cymru, BASE for Anarchy & Solidarity in Easton, 1500 & Counting, College Bank Support Group, The Fossett’s For The People Campaign Group, Islington Homes for All, Ladies of Rage, Ledbury Action Group, Protest Justice Network, Rent Strike, 4WardEverUK, Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, History of Women’s Liberation, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, Kushti Bok
The next step in our (lengthy, but worthwhile) grant-giving process is our Funding Day, where the shortlisted groups and Edge Fund members will come together to meet each other and decide which groups will get the larger grants. This will take place in Bristol on Saturday, 18th January, at the Quaker Central Meeting House.
Keep an eye out for more information on all the groups we're funding this round.
We’d like to end with a massive thank you to all our members and previously funded groups for their work scoring applications. Participatory grant-making only works if people participate, and we are very grateful for everyone’s work!
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 ([email protected]) or myself for the South ([email protected]).
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 [email protected]
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 protected] 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!