New emergency funding for LGBTQ+ organisations and groups

LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

METRO Charity in partnership with NAZ, Equality Network, The Rainbow Project, Umbrella Cymru, Yorkshire MESMAC and Birmingham LGBT, will be cascading funds raised by Comic Relief's Big Night In. The partners will be convening grants panels in each nation - Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England to ensure the maximum reach to grassroots community-led LGBTQ+ organisations across the UK. Organisations and groups with income under £100,000 will be able to apply for over 100 grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.

John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project said:

"We are delighted to be a partner for Comic Relief and METRO in distributing this much-needed emergency funding to grassroots LGBTQ+ groups in Northern Ireland. As an organisation which focuses on the health and wellbeing inequalities experienced by LGBTQ+ people we have seen the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our communities and we look forward to supporting the important work of locally-based organisation’s at this challenging time."

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