The Brixton Fund is the Brixton Pound's micro-grants fund, financed by revenue from the Brixton Bonus (our community lottery), B£ merchandise sales in the Brixton Pound Shop, 1.5% transaction fees when people spend B£s using their mobile phones, and sponsorship from Brixton businesses.
The Fund supports local individuals and groups that might struggle to access larger funding pots, and work in Brixton to:
- Strengthen and benefit communities
- Take action for social justice
- Increase local employment opportunities
These categories are deliberately broad: we do not want to be prescriptive about what Brixton needs. In the future the Fund also intends to build up access to non-financial resources of benefit to applicants. If you have a service or resource that could be of benefit to local groups taking action - please get in touch via fund[at]brixtonpound.org.
To see which groups we've funded in the past, click here.
How to Apply
Making your application
Brixton Fund will next open for applications in April 2017. The exact date will be announced on our website. Please do not send in applications before the funding round opens as we will not be able to process them.
Please read our criteria and eligibility information before starting your application.
Application forms should be emailed to fund[at]brixtonpound.org (substitute '[at]' for '@').
We will confirm all applications received by a day or two after the deadline has passed, if you’ve not received confirmation of receipt after this, please get in touch.
Support with your application
We welcome applications from everybody, so please let us know if you face any challenges in doing so via [email protected] , 020 3581 2850 or by attending a Meet The Funder event.
Funding available: We are a very young and small fund. The maximum grant available is £2,000, though we are more likely to grant smaller amounts to more than one applicant. There is no minimum grant level.
Timescale: We will accept applications through April. We will quickly aim to shortlist the applications that we will proceed to our public funding event, which takes place at the end of May. All shortlisted applications will receive some, though not all, of the funding that they are requesting.
After the deadline has passed we may contact groups for more information. We aim to have a final decision made in mid-May, though it may take slightly longer.
Questions? Email us at fund[at]brixtonpound.org, or if you do not have access to email, ring 020 3581 2850.
We don't require beneficiaries to formally report on the use of their funds, but we will maintain contact with them to find out how they're doing and how we might be able to support them further. We do encourage voluntary reporting, please see here for more details.
Supporting the Brixton Fund
If you would like to make a donation to the Brixton Fund, please click the button below:
You can also help by using electronic B£s to do your shopping, buy a haircut, get your watch fixed or treat yourself to a tasty lunch - everytime you do, the business pays a 1.5% transaction fee, which we put straight into the Fund. That's right.
If you're a business interested in supporting the Brixton Fund, please get in touch. For food and drink businesses, we have a scheme called 'Pound Up', where you can either add an optional charge to the bill, or create a menu item with a percentage of the sale going to the Brixton Fund.
All information about the Pound Up scheme can be found in our supporter pack here.
Governance & Transparency
The Brixton Fund will be administered by the Board of the Brixton Pound CIC.
Grant allocation decisions are made by the Brixton Fund Panel comprised of representatives from different aspects of the Brixton community. In the longer term the Fund intends to create decision making processes in which Brixtonites can directly participate to produce more democratic and informed outcomes.
Local knowledge and understanding is, it should go without saying, indispensable when working to create positive solutions; and it allows effective local interpretations of the Fund’s aims: employment, social justice and community benefit.
If you would like to be involved, either as an applicant for funding or as someone involved in the decision-making process, please get in touch with us via fund[at]brixtonpound.org (replace '[at]' with '@').
We are grateful to the Edge Fund for offering us advice in establishing the Brixton Fund, and for allowing us to use their application process and supporting information as templates for our own. The Edge Fund supports efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end imbalances in wealth and power – and gives those they aim to help a say in where the money goes.
We're also very grateful to our Fund sponsors: