How we are funded

Our work is funded through various sources which include Trusts and Foundations, individual donations, support from churches and fundraising initiatives. 

We are currently funded by Diocese of Southwell and Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council (Nottingham Together), Communities of Identity, The Big Lottery (Awards for all) , National Emergencies Trust and Hilden Charitable Fund.

Allen Lane Foundation most recently funded our women's project for one year between 2018 and 2019. When we were Rainbow Project Allen Lane funded us on three occasions. Gill their grant manager said:

We have found the Project to be very professional, offering vital support, befriending and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees which is one the areas the Foundation focuses on.  We remain very supportive of its work. Gill Aconley, Grants Manager. Allen Lane Foundation

What others say

We are privileged to have received funding from trusts and foundations who been supportive and encouraging. Their funding has enabled us to deliver projects and activities that have changed many lives. 

Through Communities of Identity/Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum we recieve funding as partners. This funding supports our English classes, educational and confidence building activities, and meeting basic needs such as food and clothing. 

Matt Atkins (Director of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum said "Refugee Roots is at the heart of the services in Nottingham that support and work with refugees and asylum seekers. They work closely with other organisations and groups. Matt went on to say:

They are welcoming and supportive to all that use their services, helping them through the toughest times to settle into Nottingham.  



366 times

individual people were supported through our projects, volunteers and staff

we met basic needs for food, clothing or financial hardship

Asylum seekers are not allowed to work so for me it’s very important to go out and meet friends as I get depressed if I’m home alone. It helped my English, confidence and being sociable with other people. Shiraz

We took a snapshot of our work by conducting feedback with 25 participants.



reported their English had improved as a result of attending our classes

said they made new friendships through our projects

Annual Report

You will be able to download our annual report right here when it is available. 

Communities Inc funded our work with women and the Access project during an 18 month period. They said "Refugee Roots provides a crucial space for vulnerable people to find out about services they can access as well as providing opportunities to meet other people in similar situations". We share similar values and concerns as they have expressed that our work is:

supported by a small but dedicated team and committed volunteers in a positive and non-judgemental manner.

Major Projects

The main areas of need for us are for funding our Befriending and Women's group. We are appealing for some funds for these projects while we secure funding that will cover a longer period of time. Please see the appeals for more information about the projects.