Migrant Centre NI

The Global Majority Fund


The Global Majority Fund aims to help diverse communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 in the UK.

Migrant Centre NI is delighted to be able to make third round of grants available to support communities experiencing racial inequality across Northern Ireland.

When we talk about communities experiencing racial inequality, we refer to individuals and communities which are usually defined as ‘Black, Asian and minority ethnic’ (BAME), a term widely used by government departments, public bodies, the media and others when referring to ethnic minority groups. The acronym ‘BAME’ may be seen as problematic as it strips away individual identities and assumes we all share the same experiences, challenges and barriers to representation.

The grant funding is possible as we have been chosen as one of the intermediary technical partners with the fund from Comic Relief co-financed by The National Emergencies Trust, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, Barclays and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 10 specialist charities have been awarded a share of a new £2.8million fund which is set to help hundreds of smaller grass roots projects across the UK that provide vital services to diverse communities at the greatest risk of Covid-19.

Deadline was Wednesday, 15th September 2021 at 5pm (GMT)


Who is this grant for? 

Groups and organisations led by communities experiencing racial inequality or, in other words, BAME-led community groups working in Northern Ireland.

Full guidance notes can be found here: Guidance Notes


What are we going to fund?

We will fund projects and organisations delivering services that mainly focus on:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Hate Crime and community safety
  • Poor or worsening mental or physical health
  • Interrupted or limited access to advice and services
  • Homelessness and insecure shelter
  • The increasingly hostile environment faced by migrants, undocumented groups, people seeking asylum and refugees
  • Communities with no recourse to public funds

This list is not exhaustive, and we encourage applicants to share with us the context and issues specific communities are facing as a result of Covid-19 in their application.

Some examples of what your funding might support (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Support the ongoing needs of communities who have elevated risk factors which increase their vulnerability to Covid-19;
  • Support activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or compliment their response;
  • Groups and activities that support people who are self-isolating (older people, people with pre-existing medical conditions…etc.);
  • Immediate response interventions such as foodbanks or other hardship funds caused by Covid-19;
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis;
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community;
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support.

Please note we limit the number of mobile devices, computers, laptops and tablets to 2 per application. We cannot fund equipment to give out to service users.


How much can I apply for? 

You can apply for a minimum grant of £5,000 up to a maximum amount of £15,000 for a project continuation or £20,000 for a new project.


How to apply? 

You should submit a grant expression of interest form online.

The deadline has now passed. 


Please read the Application Guidance Notes carefully before you apply.

Prepare the questions before filling in the online form: Global Majority Fund (Expression of interest form questions)
There are two online info sessions scheduled on ZOOM for those wishing to apply to the fund on Thursday, 2nd of September at 1pm and Tuesday, 7th September at 6:30pm.


Link to join the meetings:

Join the meeting on ZOOM

Meeting ID: 526 173 3110

Passcode: GMF2021


Applications open: Friday, 20th August 2021

Applications window closed on: Wednesday, 15th September 2021 at 5pm (GMT)


The expression of interest should give us an idea of what project you would like to deliver or continue. We will also need to know how much you would like to apply for and what that money will be spent on.

Successful groups will be invited to an interview via ZOOM (or face-to-face depending on COVID restrictions in place) starting week bg. 20th September 2021.


The interview (ZOOM meeting) is a conversation about your project. Instead of filling in a traditional application form we will give you a chance to talk about your project and then ask you a few additional questions about the community, organisation and management.


Please note you will not be able to save & return to the form so you might want to take note of the questions and fill it in once you are ready.


Some background


Migrant Centre NI is a registered Charity and a limited company. The organisation was initially established as The Belfast Migrant Centre in 2010 and officially recognised as a charity in March 2012. In 2014, to reflect the work of the organisation the name was changed to the current Migrant Centre NI (MCNI). Our overall aim is to tackle racism and eliminate barriers against new and settled migrant communities across Northern Ireland (NI).

MCNI was established to protect the rights of migrant workers in NI, tackle racism, eliminate barriers against BAME communities, advance education and raise public awareness about their rights. MCNI has 3 offices across NI, in Belfast, Lurgan and Derry~Londonderry.


Comic Relief raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives. Through humour and stories of hope, CR shown that people can make a massive difference. CR funds hundreds of amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.




Choose language