Charity sector organisations have struggled with the financial impacts of Covid-19. That said, we have also built more resilient and collaborative communities as a response. However, this week two reports have released information to suggest BAME charities need more funding. This is in part to redress the inequalities of the past. It is also a response to the emergent need as a result of Covid. IT is needed to build back stronger and create better opportunities for the future. This will help to eradicate structural inequalities.
The study, “A quantitative analysis of the emergency funding to the UK black and minority ethnic voluntary sector during Covid-19, was commissioned by The Funders For Race Equality Alliance. Following the Baobab study less than a week ago, this concurred that inequalities have been too prevalent in the allocation of funds.
This comes at a time when the government is being criticised for its release of the Sewell Report, which claimed that Britain is not a structurally racist country. It did acknowledge the existence of racism and racial injustice. But it suggested that geography, family influence, socio-economic background, culture and religion all have a greater impact on life chances.
These two reports have emerged as a response to the Sewell report, to evidence that there has historically been underfunding in the sector. Each of them suggests this can be redressed with new funding opportunities.