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15 September 2021

How can funders better support UK LGBTQ+ communities?

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This event, which will be facilitated by colleagues from The National Lottery Community Fund, will look at the barriers experienced by different LGBTQ+ organisations when applying for and accessing funding, as well as the knowledge, skills and understanding funders need.

Date: Wednesday, 15th September
Time: 12:00-13:00

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This session, for funders and LGBTQ+ organisations across the UK, will outline findings from research undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and Consortium, commissioned by The National Lottery Community Fund, on how funders can better support diverse UK LGBTQ+ organisations.

Specialist LGBTQ+ organisations are a crucial source of support for UK LGBTQ+ communities. The commissioning and funding landscape, however, is challenging for the LGBTQ+ sector; characterised by disproportionately low levels of funding and increased reliance on competitive grant funding.

It has been long-established that UK lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) communities face significant disadvantage and inequality. Research shows LGBTQ+ people are not only more likely to experience threats to safety and harassment but are also more likely to have poorer mental health outcomes, to more regularly engage in substance abuse, and are disproportionately affected by homelessness and familial rejection. LGBTQ+ communities are also more likely to experience difficulties accessing appropriate services and are subject to discrimination when seeking support in areas such as healthcare and housing.

This event, which will be facilitated by colleagues from The National Lottery Community Fund, will look at the barriers experienced by different LGBTQ+ organisations when applying for and accessing funding, as well as the knowledge, skills and understanding funders need.

Chair:

  • Demi Eades, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager (Funding), The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF)

Speakers:

  • Nathan Hudson, Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research

  • Paul Roberts, Chief Executive at Consortium

  • Rico Chace, Director at TransActual

  • King Navassa, Volunteer Coordinator at Black Beetle Health

  • Tyron Woolfe, Chair at Deaf Rainbow UK

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