Beyond #BlackoutTuesday: Resources for community groups and individuals working for racial justice


On Tuesday 2nd June 2020 Semble took part in #BlackoutTuesday, standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Following this, the Semble team has begun to discuss how we can do more to help support the fight against racism. This blog is a collection of resources for grassroots organisations working to promote racial justice and support ethnic minority communities. 

This is by no means a comprehensive guide and we will continue to add to this blog. Please share any suggestions you may have by tagging us on social media (@SembleUK) or emailing us here.

Funding for community groups

The Resourcing Racial Justice fund provides grants to UK organisations and individuals working to take forward racial justice. You can find out more information and apply for a grant here.

Rosa’s COVID-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is now open and will provide grants for specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Rosa particularly welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: “marginalised populations, BME women, LGBTQ+ women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women“. Full details can be found on their website.

The National Lottery Community Fund has a range of grants available to organisations across the UK. In response to COVID-19 they will prioritise: organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This includes, for instance, organisations supporting older people, disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions) and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis”. You can search for the funding available here.

Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities is offering grants of up to £10,000 to community groups and local sports clubs across England to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring that the physical activity participation inequality gap does not widen. “These groups are people from Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions“. Application’s can be made through your local Active Partnership organisation, find yours here.

There are a number of new funding pots which have been set up to support the amazing community groups who are responding to COVID-19. To find out more about the funding on offer, visit our blog here.

We are constantly on the look out for new funding opportunities that we think would be of interest to community groups in our network, we post them all here.

More advice on getting funding for your project can be found in our Sustainable Funding blog.

Resources for growing your organisation and telling your story

Creating spaces for community online has never been more important, but for some of us this can be daunting. This is why we asked BUD (Businesses Under Development) to deliver a workshop for the Semble community demystifying Zoom. Find out more here.

My Community provides resources and signposting on a wide range of topics including funding, partnerships, marketing, business and financial, governance and organisational structure, staff and volunteer management, and much more.

NCVO’s resources for Campaigning and Lobbying is a great source of information for any community group.

Ken Burnett’s book ‘Storytelling Can Change the World is a useful guide on telling powerful stories and engaging people in your work.

Chris Rose’s book ‘How to Win Campaigns is a practical guide for creating and running successful campaigns.


#EqualPower is a campaign to get more women in all their diversity into politics. This summer, they’re running a programme of FREE online training for women on community organising and leadership, getting into politics and using your voice online. The programme includes spaces specifically for woman who are Black, Asian or part of a minority ethnicity“. Sign up here.

On Monday 8th June, Hustle Crew gave a fantastic webinar on ‘How to discuss race at work’, sharing “the tools to become an agent of change in your workplace & community“. You can watch a recording here.

What is Semble doing?

We’re taking time to listen, learn and reflect on how Semble can support the change that needs to happen.

We recognise that there is a lack of representation of ethnic minority communities in the Semble network. We’re reviewing the policies that govern our practices as an organisation. And we’ll be working to ensure that we provide adequate resources to support community groups and individuals who work to promote racial justice and support ethnic minority communities.

Further reading on Semble:

Find a celebration of community action here

Find resources for individuals wanting to learn about racism and support the fight for racial justice here

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.