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The Changing Ideas Mutual Aid Fund 
Changing Ideas is partnering with the Social Change Nest to support the next iteration of the mutual aid movement in the UK post-pandemic.

Are you part of a mutual aid group* facing a transition as we emerge from COVID? Are you looking to make changes to adapt to new roles and challenges? Do you have an idea that could help your group move into the next stage? We want to support you! 

*See the section below on “What do you need to apply?” for our eligibility criteria.

What would you get?
We’re offering grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 GBP. Successful grantees will be able to manage their funds through Open Collective, a platform designed to enable transparent money management for community groups. See here to find out how else we support community groups through this platform. 

In addition to funding, you’ll also become part of a community of grantees who are sharing and learning from each other and supporting the wider mutual aid movement. 

What will we fund?
We want to support groups who are in the process of transitioning and are facing distinct challenges in adapting post-COVID. This means funding specific projects/activities aimed to strengthen your group in a way that better responds to your reality post-COVID (e.g. evolving community needs or your group’s capacity). 

Examples of what we can fund:
  • Upskilling group members e.g. in their technological capacity
  • Piloting a programme that would help secure more sustainable sources of funding
  • Creating the capacity to design and implement a strategy/programme that would contribute to the sustainability of the group - this might involve paying an existing group member or hiring a consultant
  • Buying equipment necessary for the sustainability of the group - e.g. fridges for a food bank





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