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In 2020, St George’s, University of London introduced a Black History Month fund which aims to support the delivery of a range of events, activities and projects relating to black history. This fund, and the activities relating to it, will run throughout the year, not only during October which is Black History Month.

The fund is open to both staff and students, including staff-student partnerships. Calls for funding will be communicated at various points throughout the year in January, March, June and August. Applicants should use the Black History Month Funding Proposal Form to request funding. 

The deadlines for 2021/22 are:

  • 17 September 2021
  • 31 January 2022
  • 31 March 2022
  • 30 June 2022
  • 31 August 2022

For any questions relating to this fund, or relating to support for events, activities and projects relating to Black history, please email Liz Grand, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser. 

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How can I apply for funding from the Black History Month fund?
Students and staff will be invited to submit short funding proposals which outline their planned event, activity or project, the funding amount required and how this meets the aims of the fund. The funding proposal form is included at the end of this document. There is a maximum request of £500 per event, activity or project, this may be adjusted in exceptional circumstances. This limit is to enable the fund to support as many activities as possible. 

Requests for funding should be made using the Black History Month Funding Proposal Form

Proposals should be sent to Liz Grand (Diversity and Inclusion Adviser), who will then share these with the review panel. 

How is funding allocated?

A funding review panel will meet shortly after each funding call deadline to review the submissions against the aims of the fund. Approval of funding will be made based on how and whether the proposed event, activity or project meets the aims of the fund.

The aims of the fund are to:

  • To promote the awareness and knowledge of black history
  • To celebrate the achievements and contributions from individuals of African and Caribbean heritage
  • To educate and foster engagement with the lived experiences and cultures of those with African and Caribbean heritage

The rationale for the amount of funding requested will also be reviewed; proposals must outline what the funding will be used for and include costings to enable the panel to accurately review this.  

The panel will review and approve proposals received against the set criteria and will report these to Vanessa Ho (Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion). 

The Panel will communicate outcomes directly to applicants within two weeks of the closing date for each call for funding round. 

What are the conditions of the funding?

Activities, events and projects supported by this fund must align with the aims of the fund:

  • To promote the awareness and knowledge of black history
  • To celebrate the achievements and contributions from individuals of African and Caribbean heritage
  • To educate and foster engagement with the lived experiences and cultures of those with African and Caribbean heritage

In addition, recipients of the funding are required to share a brief outline of and feedback from their event, activity or project after completion. These will be collated and shared to showcase usage of the fund, demonstrate its value and to drive further engagement.

What has the Black History Month Fund beed used for previously?

Henry Gray Anatomy Society Essay Competition

The Henry Gray Anatomy Society were awarded funding to run a student essay competition focusing on the contirbutions of black physicians to the field, an often un-explored area. The competition sought to raise awareness of black history in terms of contirbutions to anatomy. The funding awarded enabled the society to give prizes to the top 3 essays.

Black and Beyond: celebrating Black excellence display

Black and Beyond: Celebrating Black excellence aims to centre the contributions and achievements of our Black staff and students, featuring profiles of individuals from across our St George’s community. Funding was awarded to design and install a large-scale disaply on-site in the University entrance corridor to celebrate and promote this campaign to staff, students and visitors. 

Allyship and Advocacy Training

Fudning was awarded to expand training provision following a successful pilot delivering training to first year medical students. Allyship and Advocacy Training was delivered by Melanin Medics and encouraged learners to understand current barriers to accessing healthcare courses for members of African and Caribbean communities, as well as allowing them to learn about effective allyship from peers with lived experience. Funding enabled expansion of this training, led by Dr Ban Haider (Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care Education and Associate Dean for Culture and Development), to two additional courses at the University and to continue delivering the training to second year medical students. 

Pre-Placement Anti-Racism Training

Funding was awarded to support a staff-student collaboration project, led by Dr Margot Turner (Senior Lecturer in Diversity and Medical Education), creating training resources which explore experiences racism on student placements. The project developed three short videos exploring real-life scenarios to be used in teaching on healthcare courses in preparation for placements. The aim of these resources is to support students to develop communication skills to help manage incidents, and to feel supported by the University in knowing how to seek help if they experience racism or any other forms of discrimination.

Equal Representation in Academia (ERA) development

Funding was awarded to support the continued development of the Equal Representation in Academia scheme, founded and led by Dr Mohani-Preet Dhillon. The Black History Month funding enabled the development of a website for the scheme as well as payment for a St George's Student Ambassador to support the creation of content for this website.

Sharing of poetry to celebrate Black History Month

Led by Michelle Moroney (Co-Chair of St George's Staff Race and Ethnicity Network), the Staff Race and Ethnicity Network at St George's celebrated Black History Month 2021 by sharing a series of poems written by organisations Poetic Unity and Mixed Race Faces. Funding enabled the Network to share video performances of these poems throughout the month to all St George's staff. These poems explored the experiences of Black and mixed race yound people in the UK. They also higlighted that poetry should be accessible and can be used as a mental health tool by everyone.

African and Caribbean Student Society's Black History Month celebrations

Funding was awarded to St George's African and Caribbean Student Society to provide a range of celebratory activities throughout Black History Month 2021. The Society used funding to enable them to host discussions and talks, celebrations and social gatherings throughout the month open to all students.

 

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