London Community Foundation and Muslim Charities Forum- Overcoming barriers to funding: a strategic partnership

The London Community Foundation and Muslim Charities Forum will be exploring the soon to be published report on the Muslim charity sector and will discuss its key findings.

The Muslim charity sector were among the first to respond to the Covid-19 crisis by providing vital support for communities. However, the majority of Muslim organisations were faced with stretched resources, lack of income, reliance on voluntary support, and a fall in community fundraising. Muslim groups have encountered unique barriers to accessing institutional funding that requires a proactive equitable response.

In August 2020, the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), an umbrella body for the British Muslim charity sector, and The London Community Foundation (LCF), a grant maker specialising in grassroots organisations helping disadvantaged London, formed a strategic partnership to support London-based Muslim organisations in accessing grant funding.

The MCF x LCF Strategic Partnership delivered an innovative collaborative approach to supporting groups typically stigmatised and under-funded. Through engagement of over 140 London organisations, the partnership has distributed funds to excluded communities and opened the door for future learning and relationships with Muslim groups and communities experiencing racial injustice. 

The partnership report concludes that to overcome systemic barriers Muslim groups face to accessing funding, funders must collaborate with representative organisations trusted by marginalised voices, while committing to transparency and accountability of the decision-making and funding process; creating more training and capacity support opportunities for BAME groups; and simplifying and improving the accessibility of funds. The presentation will be exploring the soon to be published report and discussing the key findings and practical recommendations for the funding community.


Click here to attend Overcoming barriers to funding: a strategic partnership

Fadi Itani
CEO, Muslim Charities Forum
Harriette Tillott (Chair)
Programme Manager, The London Community Foundation

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