published: 7 December 2020
4WardEverUK are extremely pleased to announce (following Round 1 Grants), the second round of National Memorial Family Fund grants opened on 7 December 2020 (We are also administering the UFFC Children’s Christmas Gift Fund) which families can also apply to.
Important: Affected families and/or campaign groups 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 opened 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:
We are also administering the United Families & Friends Campaigns Children’s Christmas Gift Fund. UFFC have set aside up to £2,800 to be distributed to applicants that meet the criteria.
Families can apply to the Children’s Christmas Gift Fund immediately.
The future for the National Memorial Family Fund
As well as the core purpose of providing small grants to affected families/campaigns, the National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund will also:
- Stage a range of national events (e.g. live music, theatre & drama, films & Q&A’s etc) to raise both awareness of the issues of deaths in custody in the UK, and revenue for the fund
- Develop regional helplines (in partnership with Red Alert HELP!) for families concerned about a loved one detained in police, immigration, prison institutions or detained under the Mental Health Act
- Develop a range of counselling & therapy hubs across the UK to help children, young people and families deal with the devastation following a custody death
- Provide respite, group outings and short UK-based holidays for families affected
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.“