Consortium continues its journey of being a grant funder, running alongside its core work as the umbrella body for LGBT+ voluntary and community organisations. The latest grant funding programme came thanks to the National Emergencies Trust and provided £350,000 of onward grants which were open to LGBT+ organisations across the UK.
Despite active attempts to make the funding more accessible to bi orgs, uptake was still low which suggest there are barriers we’re not aware of that need to be addressed, and that is the purpose of this project. For context, we undertook specific community outreach work, used our comms processes to reach out directly to bi-specific organisations, provided routes for those organisations to discuss ideas and seek support with applications, and ensured there was specific bi expertise on the Grants Panel.
This has highlighted that we need and must do more to ensure bi organisations have access to vital LGBT+ funds when they are available and want to learn from our experiences to date and plan for the future. We are passionate about our grant funding being accessible to all LGBT+ organisations that meet our criteria and are constantly changing our processes to make this happen.
Who we are seeking
We are seeking a consultant to work alongside Consortium to help us better understand:
- What bi organisations exist across the United Kingdom, including their governance structure, size, geographical focus, areas of focus, etc.
- Where key gaps might exist in provision for bi communities, or where there is provision why this isn’t being grant funded.
- What might be preventing bi organisations from applying for LGBT+ specific funding (and also mainstream funding).
- Outlining the key barriers faced by bi people that are contributing to structural inequalities faced by bi organisations
- What funders, particularly Consortium, can put in place to ensure there is fair and equal access to future grant funds.
What are we looking for in an External Facilitator?
We are seeking someone to lead this community research who can demonstrate lived experience, understanding of, and experience of working with, bi communities. Skills which we will be looking for are:
- Experience of community research
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent report writing skills
- Ability to identify common themes and trends
- Interactive and engaging style
- Understanding of the context in which LGBT+ Charities, and in particular bi organisations, operate in.
- Wider understanding of the voluntary sector funding landscape.
The consultant would be expected to:
- Undertake desk research, and community outreach, to identify and map bi voluntary and community organisations across the UK.
- Input into a secure database details of bi organisations for future outreach and engagement by Consortium (this will be linked to Consortium’s existing secure CRM).
- Interview a cross-section of bi community organisations to build a picture of the funding environment from their perspective and collate into a series of (anonymised where required) case studies.
- Produce a community research report:
- Identifying the state of the bi sector.
- Highlighting gaps and needs of those organisations.
- Highlighting where existing provision operates and how this is achieved.
- Articulating what barriers prevent bi organisations from applying for grant funds.
- Summarise the key inequalities bi people face which contribute to under-investment in bi community organisations.
- Producing recommendations for what Consortium and other funders can put in place regarding their funding.
- End of April 2021 – Consultant appointed.
- May-Mid-June – Community Research undertaken.
- By end June 2021 – Community Research Report complete.
Please note that the budget for this piece of work is a maximum of £3,000 inclusive of VAT.
Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org a C.V and covering letter/email which outlines your suitability for this role and how you would approach this work, by 19th April 2021.