It's the end of another year and we want to say thank you so much for the support you've given Edge Fund, either as a donor, member or supporter, and to give you a brief update on the work you’ve allowed us to get on with.
We’ve run two successful funding rounds this year. We've just come to the end of our ninth funding round which saw us give out grants totalling over £40,000 to thirty three grassroots groups. Their work includes setting up the first migrant led women’s shelter in Glasgow, struggling for land justice and supporting a number of social centres across the UK. You can read more about these groups and others we've funded here.
Funding Round 9, Manchester, October 2018.
Since 2012, we’ve given out nearly £500,000 in grants to grassroots groups fighting for systemic change. In February this year, we gave £40,000 to feminist groups in Ireland, housing groups in Scotland, Manchester and London, and environmental groups in West Midlands during our eighth funding round.
“More than just the money, the Edge Fund gave us an amazing opportunity to meet and make contact with loads of other activist groups, some working on similar issues to us but also others working on totally different things we can take insight and inspiration from. The funding day we went to in February was a real source of solidarity and inspiration - thank you Edge Fund! Please give them your support!” Ross, Greater Manchester Housing Action.
Details of the tenth funding round will be announced in January on our website and across social media.
The Influencing Funders group has been lobbying and campaigning for other funders to change their practices to mirror our unique model of participatory grant giving. You can read about their work here:
"Edge Fund’s work inspired a group of activists and funders from across Europe to consider creating a similar initiative. They asked us to present Edge Fund’s approach, and we then supported them to design and launch FundAction, a participatory fund and platform for activism in Europe. Since it’s launch in November 2017, FundAction’s processes, many of which are modelled on Edge Fund’s processes, have funded groups such as Mwasi Afrofeminist Collectif in France, the Magacin social space in Serbia, and a Polish Climate Camp. FundAction was also one of the first supporters of FemFund, Poland’s first feminist fund - Members of Edge Fund, FemFund and FundAction continue to work together to build transnational connections."
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 our Twitter - @theedgefund.
Andy & Natasha and The Edge Fund team