Small grants programme launched to empower migrants

Metropolitan Migration Foundation has launched a small grants programme to empower migrants, and the communities in which they live, to create opportunities for positive change.

Small grants of up to £5,000 will be available for projects that support migrants in the areas of highest need, including housing, advocacy, ESOL provision, employment and tackling the issue of human trafficking.

“We want to fund activities that help migrants engage in civil society, to access UK services and jobs, and to take an active role in improving conditions for themselves, their communities and their neighbourhoods,” said Paul Birtill, Director of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation. “Our vision is a society that celebrates the constructive contribution that migrants make to local and national development.”

Mr. Birtill said they were delighted to launch the small grants programme because they “know it will help communities to make this vision a reality.”

The Metropolitan Migration Foundation is an initiative of Metropolitan, a social and community development organisation delivering housing services, care and support, and community regeneration initiatives.

The Foundation will prioritise applications from the areas in which Metropolitan works: London, East of England, East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Applications outside these areas will also be considered where they offer something unique.

Grants will be awarded on a bi-monthly basis and first round applications close on 30th November 2012.

For more information about the small grants programme, or to apply for a grant, please visit

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