published: 12 November 2020
4WardEverUK are extremely pleased to announce (following Round 1 Grants), the second round of National Memorial Family Fund grants opening on 7 December 2020 (as well as the UFFC Children’s Christmas Gift Fund) which families can apply to immediately.
Important: Affected families and/or campaigns will need to be registered on the NMPMFF website before applying for grants from the fund – various partners are available to assist with applications.
The second Family Fund round officially opens on 7 December 2020 and will close on 7 February 2021.
The main difference in this second round (compared to round one) is that grants will not be awarded/issued on a rolling basis, but rather final decisions will be made after the closing date on 7 February 2021.
The exception to the above will be if it is confirmed by an Assessment Partner that the need is significantly urgent.
Second Round Family Fund Allocation:
The NMPMFF have set aside up to £10,000 to be distributed to applicants that meet the criteria for grants. However, in addition to the current conditions of grant, affected families can request general cash support if they have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be considered even if those families do not have an active campaign which is ongoing!
UFFC Children’s Christmas Gift Fund:
The NMPMFF are also administering the UFFC’s Children’s Christmas Gift Fund. UFFC have set aside up to £2,800 to be distributed to applicants that meet the criteria.
This fund will make a £50 Christmas payment to any affected child whose parent or carer was a victim of state custody death. The funds must be used for the direct benefit or enjoyment of that child over the Christmas & New Year period.
Families can apply to the Children’s Christmas Gift Fund immediately.
The only conditions that apply are that:
- The child must be under 16 years of age
- A parent or carer of the child died in state custody
- Families that received Family Fund or Gift Fund awards in round one (ended in Sept 2020) are not generally eligible for this scheme
- Interested families should complete the expression of interest form (click here)
What Family Fund applicants need to do?
It is very important that applicants follow the advice provided in the Family Fund Quick Guide, to ensure that they are both eligible and ready to complete an application:
Please direct any Family Fund enquiries to Jaki Miller, Jenine Springer or Tippa Naphtali at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: We are volunteers so responses to emails may sometimes be delayed!
About The National Memorial Family Fund
Campaigning news collective, 4WardEverUK, launched the new website in April 2019 to raise both awareness and funds for an initiative inspired by Mikey Powell, who died in police custody on 7th September 2003.
The fund is the first permanent national resource of its kind specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody. We will make small grants available for families and their campaign groups across the UK to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or to assist them in engaging in a range of other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives.
Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali said;
“This fund has the potential to make a real difference for families and their campaign groups that need financial support during the often long and drawn out struggles for justice that can last for decades.
“The needs of affected families and children can often get lost in the equally important work of campaigning and lobbying of state institutions. We want to change that with a permanent national support fund set up specifically for their needs.“