Anti-racist commissioning

Anti-racist commissioning

Hackney CVS has recently received MATCH funding to embed anti-racist commissioning principles to address a chosen health inequality faced by communities in City and Hackney. The four principles are:

1. Building trusting relationships​: More open, trusting and frequent communication between commissioners and VCS organisations, including visits to help build relationships and understanding of VCS activity/work​ 2. Trust community groups to identify needs​: Community-led needs assessments are driven by evidence and privileges the voice of service users and gives them better choices​ 3. Design simple flexible, and transparent application and decision-making processes​: Application processes that give more time, are shorter and more accessible with greater flexibility in the method of application. Giving feedback on unsuccessful applications. Capacity building support for bid writing​ 4. Support small organisations with core funding and resources​: Support small organisations to invest in themselves and deliver on their mission. Building a better evidence base and capacity generally


Young Black People’s Mental Wealth Fund 

We are currently developing a new fund called the Young Black People’s Mental Wealth Fund.

Community members, EPIC Health (formerly VCS Enabler) and City and Hackney Population Health Hub have been working together to develop data and evidence for alternate ways of commissioning to meet community need, and to test the co-developed anti-racist commissioning principles.  

Young Black People’s Mental Wealth fund commissioning process has been developed through the anti-racist commissioning MATCH project workshops, which were delivered between September 2023 and March 2024. We are finalising the details and aim to open the fund in June 2024. We will also open applications for host organisations, and the decision-making panel.  

How you can be involved: 

  • Apply for the fund 
  • Be a panel member, (young people and from VCS) 
  • Be a host organisation for an un-constituted group who wants to apply for funding  

For more information, please look at our Google Drive.

If you’re interested in joining this programme of work, please contact Kemar Walford or Jessica Lubin:


Our Anti-racist commissioning work has been highlighted by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). Read here.

We supported UKHSA and London Councils to develop ‘A Strategic Framework to Tackling Ethnic Health Inequalities through an Anti-Racist approach’. Read here