Unlocking change

Global Majority Fund

The Global Majority Fund is a joint initiative led by Comic Relief to support infrastructure and grassroots organisations led by and for communities experiencing racial inequality to address the needs of communities they supported.

Comic Relief established the Global Majority Fund in response to the disproportionate impact the pandemic had on communities experiencing racial inequity by providing targeted support. Working with a range of partners including Barclays, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, National Emergencies Trust and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The Fund works with Intermediary Technical Partners – respected organisations led by and for communities experiencing racial inequity to distribute funding to smaller specialist grassroots organisations leading the way with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts among their communities. During the first phase of the Fund, intermediary partners made 449 investments to projects led by leaders with lived experience of racial inequity. The second phase, currently live, brought the total of the Fund to £6.2m.

Learn more about the second phase of the Global Majority Fund.

The next iteration of the Fund will go towards strengthening the initial cohort of intermediary partners with longer-term organisational development aspirations and to strengthen their grant-making and management practice. A paid external Fund Reference Group comprising of people with lived experience of racial justice were recruited to shape the design of the Fund.

Read a case study on Comic Relief’s experience of embedding direct experience into applications and assessments.

Connection to Esmée's strategy

Priorities
Long-term outcomes
  • Organisations working towards racial justice across our strategy, led by people experiencing racial inequity, are financially resilient and socially transformative.

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