Help us plan the focus of our new strategic fund 

We’re looking for a researcher with expertise in safety; diversity, equity and inclusion; and youth activism  
A young female activist holds up a sign saying 'disabilities lives matters' as part of an advocacy project in Manchester
GMYN – Co op foundation 21st Apr 2022

We are inviting research agencies and consultants to tender for a £10k contract that will help us decide on the grant-giving focus for round two of our Future Communities Fund. This fund will focus on safety in communities, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and youth activism. 

The successful agency will help us build on the success of the first round of our Future Communities Fund grant giving programme by: 

  • Defining more clearly the focus (aim and objectives) of the Future Communities Fund round two, within the intersection of our three strategic priorities of safety DEI and youth activism. 
  • Identifying organisations, networks and examples of good practice related to the focus of the Future Communities Fund round two 
  • Identifying broad parameters to support the development of eligibility criteria for the Future Communities Fund round two 
  • Identifyng other funders and networks that operate in the area of focus of the Future Communities Fund round two. 

Collaborations will be accepted if research agencies or contractors wish to tender for the work together. 

Read our ITT in full. The deadline to apply is 5pm on 9 October. 

We would like to ensure the focus of our fund is linked to an urgent issue where we can make a meaningful impact through our approach to unrestricted long-term funding for smaller-scale organisations (up to £250K annual income).  

The Future Communities Fund round one was the first fund we launched under our new strategy. Funding was targeted at organisations developing diverse young leaders – an intersection of two of our strategic priorities, youth activism and sharing power, and diversity, equity and inclusion.   Our up-to-five-year grants (up to £150K) followed the Foundation’s seven funding principles for co-operative funding, which we will build on for round two. We hope to launch this second round of funding in spring/summer 2024.  

We’re particularly interested in hearing from organisations that share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Our research phase will need to be completed with recommendations by January 2024.

Read our ITT in full.

Questions for interested parties are open until 27 September 2023. Email Ella, our Funding and Partnerships Manager. 

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