published: 27 February 2021
The National Memorial Family Fund launches its new funding stream called the Crisis Family Fund on 1 March 2021 in partnership with the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC).
The Crisis Family Fund will be generally open for applications (subject to available resources) for urgent needs of affected families in-between the standard grant rounds programme which is only open periodically.
This will be a fast-track process for urgent requests only. Family Fund Assessment Partners will largely drive the application process, with quick decisions made by the Family Fund volunteer team.
The first stage of the current process (registration) and grant limits will still apply, but from that point forward there is a simple endorsement form that Assessment Partners will submit to the Memorial Family Fund – and that’s it!
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The future for the National Memorial Family Fund
As well as the core purpose of providing small grants to affected families/campaigns, the National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund will also:
- Stage a range of national events (e.g. live music, theatre & drama, films & Q&A’s etc) to raise both awareness of the issues of deaths in custody in the UK, and revenue for the fund
- Develop regional helplines (in partnership with Red Alert HELP!) for families concerned about a loved one detained in police, immigration, prison institutions or detained under the Mental Health Act
- Develop a range of counselling & therapy hubs across the UK to help children, young people and families deal with the devastation following a custody death
- Provide respite, group outings and short UK-based holidays for families affected
Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali said;
“This fund has the potential to make a real difference for families and their campaign groups that need financial support during the often long and drawn out struggles for justice that can last for decades.
“The needs of affected families and children can often get lost in the equally important work of campaigning and lobbying of state institutions. We want to change that with a permanent national support fund set up specifically for their needs.“