APR 22 | VOL 5.
                    Covid Recovery Project supporting Black, Asian and       
                                           Minority Ethnic Communities
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           CONTENTS OF       

  • CRB Success Stories
  • CRB's Year in Summary
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • General Information
  • Diversity Calendar
We are celebrating a year of our CRB project! 

To celebrate, we wanted to share with you some of the success stories from the communities that were helped by our project through practical support and sharing information. 

Dacorum Bangladesh Welfare Association
The CRB Team informed the Dacorum Bangladesh Welfare Association (DBWA) about some core Herts County Council funding which was to be spent on a community-related engagement that included the dissemination of covid information and support. 
DBWA were able to use this funding to host a very successful family fun day in their community centre which brought the community together, provided information and support around covid and the vaccine and allowed some normality back after the lockdown period.
DBWA continue to support and provide for the residents of Hemel Hempstead and Hertfordshire in their community centre which hosts a variety of clubs and classes, and a safe space for the younger generation to meet up in. 
Hertsmere Chatter Tables 
The CRB Team connected Hertsmere Borough Council's Community Engagement Officer David Golding with Herts CCG Head of Community Resilience Tim Anfilogoff who was able to provide David with funding from the Sir Captain Tom Moore's PCN pot. 
This funding along, with other core funding enabled David to work with Hertsmere PCN GP Link Workers and other community groups to set up a new initiative called Chatter Tables. 

This is a new social group for anyone to attend every Monday for some company and support. It was devised to support one of the more deprived areas within Hertsmere where a gap for community support was identified. 
Hertfordshire Asian Women's Association (HAWA)
The CRB Team introduced Hertfordshire Asian Women's Association to Herts Sports Partnership (HSP). HAWA were able to secure funding by Herts Sports Partnership to continue their very popular Thai Kick Boxing classes. Herts Sports Partnership are keen to engage and fund any excercise or sport related session/club/group within Hertfordshire.

Over the course of the pandemic, HAWA have been supporting Hertfordshire residents and wanted to create a new group encouraging healthy habits as well as boosting women's confidence after the Sarah Everard case. 
By providing self defence classes, HAWA has seen a significant increase within the groups, for both women and men, as well as a real community cohesion within the groups - so much so they have their own whatsapp groups and have been out for meals and other outings together. 

The CRB Team have also linked HSP with DBWA who will be supported to fund some of their sports related classes, once April's funding has been released. 
Bosnian and Herzegovnian Community Association in Hertfordshire (BiHCAH)
The Bosnian and Herzegovnian Community Association (BiHCAH) managed to secure some funding for their upcoming AGM Event through CRB Team connecting them with Herts County Council for the COVID funding. 
They held a successful AGM at the end of last year, where COVID information was provided to the communities in their language that was translated by Dr Emina Gunic-Elkazevic. They also had a question and answer session with Dr Gunic-Elkzevic about COVID as well as offering 1-2-1 support sessions. 
From this, they saw an increase in uptake of the vaccines and general anxiety around vaccine hesitancy decrease. 
Information sessions were also held in a school in both Bosnian and English language by Mr Sabit Jakupovic. 

BiHCAH pledged to support members of the Bosnian & Herzegovnian community in
advising about the importance of having the vaccine and on health wellbeing.
They also planned to organise more social events and promote the vaccine program and a mental health monitor. 
CRB's Year in a Summary

The Covid Recovery BAME Project commenced on the 12th April 2021. Right in the middle of what felt like a never ending pandemic.
The CRB Project was funded as a recognition to address the significant health inequalities that covid brought into the spotlight.

As a response, the CRB Team have been working relentlessly over the past year to:
- Facilitate social prescribing pathways
- Connect the ethnically diverse communities with organisations across Hertfordshire
- Address the needs and concerns of the ethnically diverse communities with commissioners, Herts County Council and Public Health as well as organisations

- Help community groups with capacity building by providing information, funding and support as well as link them to other services
- Support the ethnically diverse communities to access advocacy services.
The CRB Team have met with over 100 organisations that ranged from statutory services, non statutory services, voluntary sectors, grass roots organisations and charities. 

We have also met with over 50 Ethnically Diverse Groups and Communities across Hertfordshire.

The CRB Team managed to attend, present at and engage with over 190 events, webinars and meetings in the past year. We used each opportunity to promote our project aswell as raise the needs and concerns of the communities, and discuss the barriers faced as well as come up with some solutions that have since been implemented by various organisations and indviduals. 

More importantly, the CRB Team have supported 74 ethnically diverse community groups, including weekly support for the Afghan Arrivals Programme. 

We have also supported 20 individuals who were either signposted to our project by another organisation, or have contacted us directly for support and information.

In the coming final year of our project, we aim to continue with our community engagement work, as well as working collaboratively with organisations to ensure that health inequalities is reduced and prevented, as well as improve the health and wellbeing of the ethnically diverse community.

We hope to facilitate more meaningful connections between the communities and organisations so once our project ends, the communities are able to continue getting the support and information they need in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Along side this, we aim to break down the barriers and follow up with organisations to see their actions plans on reducing and preventing health inequalities, as well as steps taken so far to acheive this. 

West Herts
Watford Mayor’s Fund Launches 1st April 2022

The Watford Mayor's Small Grants Fund will open for applications on 1 April 2022 at 9am.  

This fund aims to provide informal groups, ‘not for profit’ Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) constituted organisations, registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CIC) and sports clubs the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £3000 to help towards:
  • A community initiative or project including centenary events that bring communities together
  • Items of equipment including sports equipment
  • A community initiative, project/event that supports health & wellbeing
  • Green/sustainable projects – that support our commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the borough

Three Rivers Sustainability Fund 
This fund is available to voluntary organisations whose projects/activities support the communities in Three Rivers area, and help with the climate change crisis. 
This is a rolling application process

Watford and Three Rivers 2 Community Wealth Building and Renewal Fund
Watford Borough Council & Three Rivers District Council have both secured £30,000 each  to fund three local voluntary organisations or microbusinesses with projects that support economically inactive or unemployed people into work and training.

Deadline: Friday 6th May.

You can find out more on our W3RT Community Funds webpages here and get in touch if you have any questions at or

Dacorum Community Grant

Our Community Grant Scheme is now open for applications. It will close at 5pm on Tuesday 31 May 2022. You can apply below and prepare in the following ways:

  • Contact us for an initial discussion about your project
  • Make sure that your project is eligible for funding through the Community Grant Scheme
  • Read through the example application form
  • Prepare your supporting documentation.
Click here to apply
Applicants can apply for up to £3,000.
If you require funding of £500 or less, the small grants fund is quick and easy to apply for. Find out more on our small grants fund page.
For more information go to:
East Herts
Covid Additional Relief Fund (CARF) –deadline 30 April

Business growth grants – deadline 30 June (or sooner if all the money is allocated)
Up to £10,000 for businesses based in North Herts, for specific and general business advice provided by Hertfordshire Growth Hub, the county’s flagship business support provider powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
More information and to apply: Business support schemes

North Herts Council -

Grants of up to £1,000 for grassroots organisations helping to maintain or strengthen our communities

The HCF Small grants invite applications from grassroots organisations with an annual income of under £100,000 that are helping to maintain and/or strengthen our communities. Successful applications from this programme are funded by a range of the individual, family and corporate funds managed by HCF. Priority will be given to those who are volunteer led and managed. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more.

Hertfordshire Household Support Fund for Groups - grants to address food and energy poverty

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to groups working in areas of deprivation in Hertfordshire that support vulnerable adults by providing access to food and/or support with bills such as fuel and water. It can also be used to provide support with essentials linked to energy and water.

Larger grants (up to £10,000) may be considered where a group can demonstrate an ability to work across a larger geography or support significant numbers of local residents. If you would like to apply for a grant in excess of £5,000 please contact before making an online application.

Deadline: 7 May 2022
For more information and to details on how to apply, visit Hertfordshire Community Foundation's website

Hertfordshire Community Foundation's website
Sport England has launched a new £5 million fund to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that aims to use sport and physical activity to bring communities together and tackle inequalities.

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to community organisations; including schools in support of new projects that encourage inactive people to get active, or less active people to become more active.
The funds could be used for things such as facility hire and coaching costs, or even small capital improvements.  Priority will be given to projects working with people living in areas of disadvantage, as defined by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation areas 1-3.

Grants available: Between £300 and £10,000.

Herts Sports Partnership Together Fund

In April 2022, Herts Sports Partnership will be opening their Together Fund. The funding will be available to support community organisations to reach and engage their audience in movement/physical activity. There is also a focus on supporting organisations to recover and grow from the pandemic.

In Hertfordshire, grants of up to £10k will be available for community organisations, charities, and not-for-profit groups from ethnically diverse communities. For more information, please contact
Funding to Improve the Lives of Vulnerable People in Disadvantaged Communities
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is inviting applications from frontline charities, voluntary organisations, CICs, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations working to address local issues in communities of extreme urban deprivation and deprived rural districts across the UK. 
The Foundation will award small grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 for one-year projects focusing on community support, and major grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 for a single year or up to three years for projects focusing on family support, including early intervention; families coping with addiction; and prisoners' families. 
Applications can be made at any time. Read more.
Grants to Help BAME Communities Overcome Complex Social Issues
The Lloyds Bank Foundation is inviting applications to its Racial Equity Fund from charities led by and for Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in England and Wales. Two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support are available to enable organisations with a yearly income of £25,000 to £1 million to support BAME communities to overcome complex social issues such as homelessness, domestic abuse, mental ill health, sexual abuse and exploitation, and the criminal justice system. Jewish communities, Gypsy & Traveller communities and some migrant communities will also be supported. 
Applications can be made at any timeRead more.

GATE Herts are currently recruiting a Community Support Worker.
For more information and how to apply, click on the link below
North Herts Healthy Hub
Sessions take place every fortnight and offer different activities for both adults and children and are completely free. Numbers are limited so please book your place – email or call 01462 474111.

Letchworth, Mrs Howard Memorial Hall

Hitchin, Westmill Community Centre

Royston, Markethill Rooms

York Graduate Research School is offering six fully funded PhD scholarships for UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants. 

Any PhD programme - and we are running a couple of workshops to support potential applicants (and supervisors) through the application process.

Please send any queries to

PHD Application deadline is 29th April 2022.

Furniture Available from Watford Borough Council

With the growth of flexible working, Watford Borough Council have a fairly large amount of redundant furniture and equipment (desks, chairs, lockers, stationery) and are looking to donate this to local voluntary organisations. 

If your organisation could benefit from any of these items, please email

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