Common Call is a grant fund powered by Do it Now Now. Do it Now Now is an open innovation organisation driven by the desire to bring social empowerment to Black communities across the globe.
Do it Now Now bring charities, social entrepreneurs, startup teams, social innovators, investors, and philanthropists together to address social challenges, solve problems and support the development of under-represented groups and Black communities specifically.
The Common Call COVID Fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities so that they are able to survive and even thrive in the COVID period.
They want to help grantees:
- Get better informed about their options (moving to new methods of delivery) post-COVID19.
- Develop new enterprising activities and earned income strategies.
- Test the viability of specific propositions.
- Develop clear implementable action plans for such activity.
The Fund is providing grants between £1K and £3K to UK based organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black. They are specifically looking for organisations that are creating impact in deprived communities and providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financially. Your beneficiaries should primarily be people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.
Who they fund
It is important that the people in charge of your organisation can demonstrate lived experience of the issue you are providing a solution to. They are very interested in people that have a unique point of view on the problem they are solving and are tackling the issue from an innovative an impactful perspective. This funding is best suited to support small organisations that employ no more than five people (or full-time equivalent). All applications must have an individual lead contact who is closely involved in the work.
The Fund is really interested in supporting organisations that have not received funding for their work in the past, however it is important to note that they are not prioritising these organisations over funded organisations. Each application will be measured independently based on an impact measurement framework we have developed. It is all about the impact you’re making not about your social media following or press mentions.
What they fund
This is an unrestricted fund to support your work. There is no time limit on the grant and it does not have to be set towards a particular project. That means you can spend it on anything you think will help you best deliver impact to your beneficiaries. In the second stage of the application process, you will have to provide a detailed breakdown to explain your intentions for the money they grant you.