published: 28 April 2021
We are pleased to announce the third round of National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund grants will open early in May 2021. We are also administering the Crisis Family Fund, launched in March 2021, which families can also apply to provided they meet the criteria.
Important: Affected families and/or campaigns will need to be registered on the NMPMFF website before applying for grants from the fund – various assessment partners are available to assist with applications.
This Family Fund grants round will officially open on 7 May 2021 and it will close on 7 June 2021.
The main difference in this third round (compared to previous ones) is that grants will not generally be awarded/issued on a rolling basis, but rather final decisions will be made after the closing date on 7 June 2021.
The exception to the above will be if it is confirmed by an Assessment Partner that the need is significantly urgent.
Third Round Family Fund Allocation:
The NMPMFF have set aside £5,000 to be distributed to applicants that meet the criteria for grants in this round. However, in addition to the current conditions of grant, affected families can also apply for general cash support (via the Crisis Family Fund) if they have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or other emergency needs. This will be considered even if those families do not have an active campaign which is ongoing! See full application details and guidance 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.“