New Beginnings Fund – CLOSED

Status:  Closed
Closing Date:  30/10/2016

New Beginnings is a fund to help refugees and asylum seekers feel welcome in UK communities and to increase community-based support.

It aims to support projects in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire that bring refugees and asylum seekers together with other people in the local community.



The New Beginnings fund is designed to support small local constituted groups or charities with an income below £500,000 not in receipt of statutory funding.  Groups must meet certain conditions before being awarded a grant for full details see the New Beginnings Fund Criteria below.


Types of projects funded and examples of previous funded projects

  • Projects that bring together people from local communities with newer arrivals
  • Refugee-led organisations
  • Projects that involve people with direct experience of being a refugee / migrant
  • Other small community groups
  • Groups supporting refugee and asylum seeker children
  • Partnership projects that involve refugee and asylum seekers organisations and other local groups delivering initiatives together
  • Groups that are thinking about sustainability / succession strategies

Find out more about some of the groups which received a grant from the last round of the New Beginnings fund.



  • Statutory funded activities
  • Groups with income of more than £500,000
  • Activities promoting party political activity
  • Major capital costs
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit
  • Activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs
  • Projects that only work with one faith.
  • ‘Mythbusting’ activity. Research shows that sharing facts and figures about refugees and asylum seekers isn’t always helpful. Instead we want to fund opportunities for local communities to meet and spend time with refugees and asylum seekers.



We have information and links to various resources which you may find helpful if you are a group which works to welcome refugees.


When can you apply – important dates

  • 10 Oct 2016  –  Expression of Interest forms open
  • 30 Oct 2016  –  Deadline for submitting expression of interest form
  •  7 Nov 2016   –  Groups invited to complete full application/informed of decision
  • 11 Dec 2016  –  Deadline for submitting full application form
  • 17 Feb 2017  –  Groups informed of decision (date subject to change)


Amounts available

Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available for individual groups.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for partnership projects where a lead organisation makes the application but the partnership is between refugee led groups and other community groups. The partnership can be more than two groups – consortium bids are welcome.  We do not expect new partnerships to be formed to receive this grant.

All grants awarded are for the duration of one year.


How to apply

Please click on the appropriate link below to register your expression of interest, read and agree to the eligibility criteria and enter your email address.  You will then be emailed a link to an online Expression of Interest Form.