Bawso will be overseeing and delivering funds through a new grants programme on behalf of Comic Relief and the National Emergencies Trust who are committed to making funds available to BAME community organisations in Wales that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are seeking to support their beneficiaries affected by the pandemic.

£292,500k is available to support BAME community organisations in Wales.

Grant Size

You can apply for a small, medium or large grant.

Small grants are up to £2,000.

Medium grants are from £2,001 to £10,000.

Large grants are from £10,001 to £20,000.

Funding Period

Up to 12 months


The purposes for which grant applications will be made are expected to be very diverse as each will meet very particular organisational and support needs arising from the impact of COVID-19. Accordingly, there are no rigid criteria for what you can apply for beyond meeting the requirements made of your organisation and the needs of members of the BAME community you support arising from the impact of COVID-19.

The intention of funding is to quickly deliver support to BAME led organisations and their community members across Wales in a direct and practical way and at the ground level.

Priority will be given to the provision of services to members of BAME communities who are at high risk. For example those experiencing worsening mental and physical health, those faced with disrupted access to advice, those at risk of homelessness, those with increased vulnerability to COVID-19 due to a disability or underlying health issue, victims of all forms of abuse and violence, and those in poverty, with no recourse to public funds, suffering bereavement, or with reduced access to education.

Funded activities will vary greatly and may, but need not, include those designed to;

  • Relieve pressures on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or compliment their response.
  • Support vulnerable people self-isolating.
  • Support food banks and organisations working to combat hardship, including child hunger.
  • Co-ordinate community responses.
  • Support organisations or informal groups that have been specifically established to respond to the crises.
  • Meet volunteer costs associated with the crises.
  • Meet the cost of introducing remote working.
  • Strengthen the provision of emotional and mental health support.
  • Support organisations that work with vulnerable groups to counter the loss of income and fundraising as a result of the pandemic.

Funds are available for revenue or capital costs.  You can apply for a grant to cover what you intend to do or cover costs you have already incurred as a result of COVID-19. You can apply for one grant only and your project must be complete and the grant spent and expenditure accounted for as soon as possible.


Grants to meet retrospective costs will be considered, for example costs incurred for additional IT or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Who can apply?

You must be a BAME led organisation. This is defined as governed and managed by a majority of Trustees and staff from the BAME communities that the organization serves. You do not have to be a registered charity but your purposes and activities must be charitable and legal and you must have a written governing document such as a constitution or set of rules and have an active bank account in the name of the organization.

We will not fund

  • Activities which evangelise (the practice of preaching or spreading religious beliefs) or proselytise (the practice of trying to convert people to one’s own belief or religious views).
  • Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political or advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion.
  • One –off conferences and workshops.
  • General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications.
  • The delivery of services that can be regarded as normally government’s responsibility.


How to apply

To apply you will need to complete a simple application form about your organisation and outlining how you would use the funding. You can print out the application form and complete it by hand, scan it and e-mail it to us. Alternatively you can fill in the application form, which is in Word format, and email it to us as an attachment.


The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 21st August 2020. We are unable to accept late applications.

Current and updated information and guidance on the COVID-19 BAME SUPPORT GRANT -WALES is available on the Bawso web-site

If you need help on how to apply please contact the Bawso Grants Team on or telephone it on 0800 048 5770 at any time during weekdays or week-ends.

Deciding on your application


The Grants Team may contact you to discuss your application and will notify you in advance to arrange a convenient time. Grant applications will be considered as soon as possible and all applicants will be notified by the week beginning Monday 31st August 2020.



Fund opens

Monday the 27th July 2020

Closing date for applications

5pm Friday 21st August 2020

Notification of outcome applicants

Week beginning Monday 31st August 2020


Support from Bawso


During the life of your grant Bawso will provide an ongoing package of support which includes:


  • Discussing any queries regarding your grant during the funding period. We will keep you notified of any additional support we are able to offer including learning webinars and opportunities to connect with other BAME organisations that are in receipt of a grant.
    • Opportunities for grant recipients to share experiences and learning and to utilise information gathered on COVID 19 emergency planning measures.


If you are successful you will be required to sign a contract for the delivery of the agreed project and to provide progress reports together with evidence of expenditure.




All information provided in applying for a grant will be held in the strictest confidence by Bawso and Comic Relief and will not be made available to any other party.


Guidance on completing the application form


Question number

Question topic


1. Your organisation


Basic details

Please complete all questions if appropriate.


Legal details

Please complete all questions if appropriate.


Bank Account details

You must have a bank account to be eligible to apply for a grant. Please ensure that the details given are current and correct and attach a copy of your most recent bank statement showing the name of your organisation.


What does your organisation do?

Try to cover everything that you do but be brief.  Give the number of full/part time staff if appropriate, and the number of volunteers.


Where in Wales does your organisation work?

Be as specific as you can and identify where in Wales you are active.


How many years has your organisation been active in the community?

Give the number of years you have been working with BAME communities.


How is your organisation BAME led? (Evidence your answer with reference to your Board members, staff  and volunteers)

Explain how your organisation is led by and for BAME communities.


Does your governing body have at least 3 members who are not related?

Answer Yes or No.


Does the work for which you are seeking funding promote religious belief?

Answer Yes or No.


Does the work for which you are seeking funding have a party political nature?

Answer Yes or No.

2. Your proposal


What has the impact of COVID-19 been on a) your organisation, and b) the people you help?

Funds will be approved for activities related to COVID-19 so it is important to state clearly what the impact of the virus has been on your organisation and on the people you help


Describe your proposal and state its purpose and what you intend to achieve.

Your grant request must directly relate to challenges emerging from the COVID-19 crises. Please be very specific about how you will use the funding, what you intend to do, and how it will help to improve the situation of your beneficiaries. Detail how long your project is intended to last.

3. Your funding request


What is the full cost of your proposal?

Simply state the full cost of the proposal if it is more than you are applying to us for.


How much are you applying for from us?

Simply state how much you are applying to us for.


How will you fund the difference? (if appropriate)

If your project costs more than you are seeking funding from us then explain where you are getting the difference from


Provide details of what the grant will fund

Be very specific about what the grant will fund. Provide detailed budget lines whether you are seeking revenue or capital funding or a combination of the two. If you are applying for staff provide a breakdown of wages and show how these are worked out [e.g. £9,235 = 1 Support Worker, 2 days a week x 16 weeks inc costs].

Note that you can apply for a small, medium or large grant: Small up to £2,000, Medium £2,001 to £10,000, and Large £10,001 to £20,000. Ensure that the size of the grant you are seeking matches the capacity of your organisation to deliver the project for which funding is being sought.


If you are applying for any funds to cover expenditure already incurred please give the total spent and attach evidence of expenditure.

Be very specific and clear about any expenditure already incurred, how it was in response to COVIS-19, and why you are requesting that it be retrospectively funded. Provide detailed evidence of this expenditure.


How many BAME people will benefit from your proposal?

Provide an estimate. If possible provide estimates of gender, age and ethnicity.

4. Your finances and policies


Organisational finances (if available)

Complete these questions only if you have the information requested.


Does your bank or building society account have at least 2 signatories who are not related?

Answer Yes or No


Organisation policies

Answer Yes or No

5 Declaration



Ensure that the signatory to the application has the authority to sign.






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