Information about funding for DDPO campaigns through Inclusion London’s Disability and Housing project
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1. About the funding available
We want to fund Deaf and/or Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) to run campaigns about housing for Deaf and/or Disabled people. Each organisation can apply for up to £20,000, for a project that will last 16 to 18 months. The project must start by December 2022 and finish by April 2024. In total, we have £60,000 to give out, so we will fund three organisations. The application deadline is Monday 12th September 2022.
2. Who can apply for the funding?
You must have a bank account in the name of your organisation.
You must be an organisation that is led by Deaf and/or Disabled people and works in London. We particularly want to fund organisations that are formally Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations – this means that at least 75% (three quarters) of their board members are Deaf and/or Disabled people and at least 50% (half) of their staff members are Deaf and/or Disabled people.
If your organisation does not match this description (for example, if you do not have a board), but you have a formal document that describes your structure, you can still apply. The document must show that your leadership and your activities are controlled by Deaf and/or Disabled people. You must send us the document about your leadership with your application. This document could be a constitution, a set of rules agreed by members of the organisation, or another type of ‘governing document.’ If you are not sure if you have the right kind of document, you can contact Julia Modern at email@example.com to ask her.
One grant will be reserved for an organisation run by Deaf and/or Disabled people who are Black or from other communities of colour. This means that we will fund at least one application from an organisation run by Deaf and/or Disabled people who are Black or from other communities of colour. We are doing this because we know that Deaf and/or Disabled people who are Black or from other communities of colour experience more discrimination in housing than others. If your organisation is run by Deaf and/or Disabled people who are Black or from other communities of colour, please contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org, because we can provide additional support for you to apply. Details of this support are in section 4.
3. What kind of work will we fund?
We want to fund work that will tackle a specific problem Deaf and/or Disabled people face when they are trying to get housing in London. You have to tell us clearly what campaigning activities you will do.
Campaigning is about influencing other people. It is any work that aims to make things better for Deaf and/or Disabled people by changing a law, policy, budget, or decision that is controlled by someone else. Campaigning aims to change systems, not just individual cases.
Campaigning is a way of working, which includes:
- Spotting a problem
- Finding out who is responsible for solving the problem
- Working out a possible solution
- Putting pressure on the person or organisation who is responsible, so that they tackle the problem.
Some examples of campaigning activities are:
- Getting stories in the media and on social media
- Holding protests or direct action
- Running petitions
- Meeting decisionmakers (for example councillors or MPs) and asking them to change what they are doing
- Getting other powerful people to support your idea
- Targeting decisionmakers on social media.
There are many other campaigning activities. If the thing you want to do is not on this list, you can still apply, as long as you think it is a campaigning activity.
You cannot use this funding to do casework for individual people. However, we can fund projects that use examples from your organisation’s casework to campaign for changes to policies, laws, systems, or overall budgets.
This funding is for a specific new piece of work. This work can build on your previous activities, but the money cannot be used to fund work that you already have funding to do.
4. What kind of items will we fund?
We will fund the costs for you to run your campaign. Examples of things we can fund are:
- Staff time
- Consultant time
- Travel costs
- Costs to make the campaign accessible
- Meeting costs
- Making or buying props and materials for actions
You can apply for up to 10% of your budget to be a contribution to your core costs (these are the costs of running your organisation).
We will not fund any capital costs, equipment, or rent. (Capital costs are costs for buying you things that you can keep after the end of the project, for example laptops.)
5. Can I get help with my application?
We will run a question and answer session about the application process at 2pm on Thursday 4th August 2022. Anyone can join this session. It will explain the type of projects we want to fund and give you time to ask questions. If you want to come to this session, please email email@example.com to book.
If your organisation is run by Disabled people who are Black or from other communities of colour, or by Deaf people, we can give you extra support. Please contact Julia on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting. We will go through the application form with you and answer your questions, but we will not write your application for you.
6. What is the application process?
You must send us your application before midnight on Monday 12th September 2022. There are two ways to submit the application:
- Complete the online application form.
The BSL version of the form is here: https://form.jotform.com/222016841142343
The English version of the form is here: https://form.jotform.com/221885662839067
- Or download and complete a Word version of the application form here
The Word version of the form is here, Application-form. Inclusion London Disability and Housing Project
Complete it, and email it to email@example.com with the required attachments
A group of people who work for Inclusion London will look at all the applications. We will decide how well the applications match the list of things we are looking for (the list is in the next section, section 7) and then choose the five best applications.
We will ask the five organisations who sent us the best applications to come to an online interview on Wednesday 14th or Thursday 15th September 2022. In the interview, we will ask you to discuss the application with us and answer some questions.
We will decide which three organisations we will give the funding to by Tuesday 20th September 2022. We will send you an email to tell you if we will fund your project.
In September and October 2022, we will work with the organisations who we have decided to give funding to write a more detailed project plan and a ‘theory of change.’ (A ‘theory of change’ is a plan that shows how your project will lead to the changes you are trying to make. We will help you to write it.)
Your project should begin between October and December 2022.
7. How will you choose which applications you will fund?
We will judge the applications by checking that they meet all the things we are looking for. The list of things we are looking for is below. The numbers show how many points you will get for each thing in the list:
- The project is about a housing-related need – 10 points
- The aims and activities match the priorities that have been set by the London DDPO Housing Network (see below) – 10 points
- The application shows that the organisation has experience of campaigning with Deaf and/or Disabled people – 10 points
- The application shows that the aims and activities have been planned carefully and are likely to make the problem the project is about better – 30 points
- Please note, this does not mean we are only looking for low-risk projects. We are also interested in funding trials of new ideas or approaches. What we want to check is whether you have carefully though about how your activities will cause the change you are aiming for.
- The project is designed to meet the needs of Deaf and/or Disabled people who experience intersectional exclusion. For example, Deaf and/or Disabled women, Black Deaf and/or Disabled people, Deaf and/or Disabled people from other communities of colour, and LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans) Deaf and/or Disabled people – 10 points
- The application provides a realistic budget, which shows costs for each activity and other expense. This should include staff time and making the campaign accessible – 15 points
- The application shows that the organisation has enough resources to complete the project with the funding applied for – 15 points
The London DDPO Housing Network priorities are:
- Increasing the supply of accessible housing
- Improving how repairs are prioritised and carried out
- Improving the accessibility of councils and housing associations
- Tackling problems joining up care and housing
- Fighting discrimination by landlords and neighbours.