Strengthening Voices, Realising Rights is a new initiative to bolster the capacity of Deaf & Disabled People’s organisations (DPPOs) to protect and promote equal rights for Deaf and Disabled Londoners. The programme is funded by Trust for London and City Bridge Trust.
The specific objectives of the fund are to:
- Provide funds to increase the availability of accessible, high quality, user-led services and activities to tackle poverty, challenge discrimination, and enable community inclusion across London
- Invest in the sector’s capacity by supporting DDPOs to become more connected, impactful, resilient and sustainable
- Share learning within the UK funding community to contribute to disability-inclusive funding practices and strategic approaches to supporting the issues championed by DDPOs
- Pilot the involvement of people who identify as Disabled to provide expertise stemming from lived experiences, to inform and shape decision-making
The initiative will provide funding to DDPOs in need of extra capacity to deliver free, independent information, advice, casework, and advocacy services in social welfare to support Deaf and Disabled people.
DDPO’s accredited with a quality mark can apply. Non- accredited DDPO’s can also apply and will be offered support to accreditation if required.
Organisations funded must be controlled by Deaf and/or Disabled people, with Deaf/Disabled people making up at least 75% of the people on their managing body and at least 50% of their paid staff.
Grants of up to £60,000 per year for each of three years (i.e. up to £180,000 over three years) are available. At the current levels of funds available, between 5 and 7 organisations will be supported.
The funding programme is now open and closes on October 17th, 2018 at 5:00pm.