NEWS: Respond and Adapt Programme (RAP)

A programme of learning and targeted grants in support of the UK migration and refugee sector.

Migration Exchange, Refugee Action, NACCOM

September 2020

Migration Exchange

Consultancy announcement


Title: Stories of resilience and good practice during the C-19 pandemic 

Term: March – September 2021

Available budget: £10,000 inclusive of all VAT and expenses.

Deadline to submit expression of Interest: 19 February 2021  

For more information please see Tendering Info Pack 



Grants announced to 130 refugee and migration organisations to respond and adapt to Covid-19


We are pleased to announce the list of organisations who have been awarded grants as part of the Respond and Adapt Programme (RAP).

RAP is a programme of learning and targeted grants in support of the UK migration and refugee sector. It is a collaboration between Refugee Action, NACCOM and Migration Exchange, providing targeted support to frontline organisations to help them to respond and adapt to the needs of people in the immigration system during COVID-19, and work together to build a foundation for long-term recovery.

A total of £2,137,000 has been granted to 130 organisations across the UK. Grants are for 12 months and range from £10,000 to £45,000 towards meeting immediate needs and adapting services to Covid-19.

The grants programme was invite-only to ensure a spread of organisations across the UK, working with people in different parts of the immigration system. The allocation of resources was informed by existing research and data on the refugee and migration sector and on the impact of COVID-19, alongside input from sector organisations. Assessments and grant recommendations were made by an independent panel consisting of contributing funders and field experts with lived experience of the UK immigration system.

Funding has been distributed proportionately to all nations and regions in the UK, and supports people and families across the immigration system – from those seeking asylum, to those from the Windrush generation, people in detention, women with no recourse to public funds, and people from the EU applying for secure status. 67% of those we fund told us that they have people with lived experience of immigration control in their senior team or on their trustee board.

New funding via this aligned programme has been used to establish an Information and Data Hub to gather and distribute information on evolving needs and to identify gaps and inform responses and recovery. This Hub also helps charities to connect, feed into advocacy, and access other support on issues such as well-being, anti-racism and safeguarding.

We are inspired by the range and quality of work that is taking place at this difficult time, and are grateful to organisations for taking time to apply for funding and be part of the wider programme. We will be sharing more insights and learning from RAP over the coming months.

To find out more about the grants process please contact Dylan Fotoohi, Migration Exchange
For more information about the programme of grants support and convening, please contact Helen Barley, Refugee Action at

Further information:

  • The programme made 12-month grants, ranging from £10,000 to £45,000, which can be used to meet immediate needs and adapt services to C-19.
  • 91 organisations received small grants of up to £10,000, 32 received medium grants of up to £30,000 and 7 received large grants of up to £45,000. All those who applied received funding.
  • The programme launched in June 2020 as an emergency response and is supported by ten contributing funders: AB Charitable Trust, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Migration Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Rayne Foundation, and The Blue Thread.
  • 85% of the funds were awarded to organisations in England and Wales, 10% to Scotland, and 5% to Northern Ireland.
  • 61% of organisations within the portfolio provide services to people within the wider UK immigration system.
  • More than 50% of grant holders had not received funding in the past 12 months from any of the nine contributing funders.


Full list of RAP grant holders:

Abigail Housing

Action for Refugees in Lewisham

Action Foundation

Advice Northern Ireland

African Rainbow Family

Akwaaba Hackney

Apna Haq

Asha North Staffordshire

ASSIST Sheffield

Asylum Justice

Asylum Link Merseyside

Asylum Support & Immigration Resource Team (ASIRT)

Barnet Refugee Service


Birmingham LGBT

Bradford Ecumenical Asylum Concern (BEACON)

Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service

Bristol Hospitality Network (BHN)

Bristol Refugee Rights



Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre

Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)

Citizens Advice Rotherham

Community InfoSource

Concrete; a trading name of Honeycomb Charitable Service Ltd

Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group

Coventry Migrant Womens Houses

Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre


Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support

East European Resource Centre (EERC)

Entraide (Mutual Aid)


EYST Wales

Father Hudson’s Care – Brushstrokes Community Project

Fatima  House

Fife Migrants Forum

Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers

Govan Community Project

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

Gt Yarmouth Refugee Outreach Support (GYROS)

Hackney Migrant Centre (HMC)

Haringey Migrant Support Centre

Harrow Association of Somali Voluntary Organisations

Home4U Cardiff

Hope Housing (Bradford) Ltd

Hope Projects

Host Nottingham


Imece Women’s Centre

Jesuit Refugee Service UK

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)


Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre

Law Centre NI

Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network

Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Centre

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Healthy Living Centre (known as ‘LGBT Health and Wellbeing’)


Manchester City of Sanctuary


Manchester Refugee Support Network

Maryhill Integration Network

Medical Justice

Micro Rainbow CIC

Migrant Action

Migrants Organise Ltd

North Kensington Law Centre

North West Migrants Forum

Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

Nottingham Arimathea Trust

Oasis Cardiff

OBAC – Organisation of Blind Africans & Caribbean

One Roof Leicester

Open Door North East

Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR)


Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Praxis Community Projects

Project Seventeen (AKA Project 17)

Rainbow Haven (the operating name of the East Manchester Community Association ‘TEMCA’)

Rainbow Home

RAY (Refugee Action York)

Reading Refugee Support Group

Refugee and Migrant Centre

Refugee Support (Devon) Ltd

Refugee Survival Trust

Refugee Women Connect

Refugee Women’s Association


Rethink Rebuild Society

Revive CIO

Roma Support Group

Safety4Sisters North West

Sahir House

Sanctuary Hosting

Scottish Refugee Council

Shpresa Programme

Simon Community Scotland

South Belfast Roundtable

Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers – (Wave 2)

St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax

Staffordshire North and Stoke on Trent Citizens Advice Bureau

step ( South Tyrone Empowerment Programme

Support for Wigan Arrivals Project

Swansea Asylum Seekers Support

Swindon City of Sanctuary


The Boaz Trust

The Gap Wales

The Night Shelter

The Refugee Buddy Project

The Voice of Domestic Workers

The Welcoming Association

Time To Be Out

Tros Gynnal Plant

UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)

Upbeat Communities

Vietnamese Mental Health Services

Voices in Exile

Welsh Refugee Council

West End Refugee Service

Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary

Women for Refugee Women