Today, BBC’s Children in Need have announced that they will be matching Stormzy’s £10m funding pledge which aims to tackle racial inequality.
Earlier in June, Stormzy and his #Merky team announced that they would be donating £10m over the course of the next ten years to “Organisations, charities and movements that are committed to fighting racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment within the UK”.
BBC Children in Need will also be working alongside BBC Radio 1Xtra by developing a brand new funding programme that will support young Black talent to ensure they reach their highest potential.
BBC Children in Need stated; “The charity will work with young people and BBC 1Xtra to develop a plan of action that will support individuals, organisations and groups in all areas of the UK and fund a range of activities that will enhance young Black lives.”
” The programme will be developed in partnership with young people themselves who will be involved throughout the design and delivery process, from naming the new programme to reviewing grant applications and advising on the allocation of funding.”
“Funding will be available to support young social entrepreneurs in making a difference in their local communities, to develop young leaders and youth leadership, to enable access to education and learning, and to develop young people’s skills and confidence for work. Funding applications will be considered by a grant making committee facilitated by BBC Children in Need, which will include young people and volunteers with direct experience of the Black British experience.”
Stormzy commented; “Further to making my pledge last month, I’m happy to hear that the BBC have also taken up my plea for others to pledge. I’m also pleased to know of their commitment to allow young black people to decide where the money will be spent and I believe this decision is an imperative factor in supporting and strengthening the young black community. We continue to urge others to join us in pledging.”
Find out more information via their website here!