The Quest is one of 120 social entrepreneurs who have been awarded funding from UnLtd’s Inclusive Recovery Fund, a £4.75 million fund to help social entrepreneurs in England deliver their important services while adapting to challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis.
The fund aims to unleash the potential of social entrepreneurs at a pivotal moment the UK’s economic and social recovery.
The grant is funding 1-2-1 coaching for our BAME gay, bi and queer brothers as well as our monthly Mosaic Zoom gatherings. The initiatives are being delivered by Sonny Thacker and Ade Adeniji and will continue through to the end of March 2021.
Darren Brady, Quest Co-founder, says:
“This grant has enabled us to achieve a long standing ambition to receive backing for our projects and to specifically widen our range of services to BAME gay, bi + queer men. It has finally been recognised that these men face significant challenges and prejudice which requires tailor made and peer to peer led support.”
Mark Norbury, Chief Executive, UnLtd, explains:
“We were astonished at the quality and number of applications for this fund, demonstrating a clear and continuing funding gap for high-potential social entrepreneurs across a breadth of causes, communities, venture-types and sectors. It’s evident that social entrepreneurs have the resilience, impact and potential to be front and centre of the UK’s recovery from COVID-19. Those funded today will be leading lights as we enter the next act of the coronavirus crisis – allowing us a glimpse of hope and optimism as the year draws to a close and we look further ahead to what comes next.”
Ruth Davison, Chief Executive, Comic Relief, added:
“The range of work set to be delivered is outstanding. The 120 talented entrepreneurs are using their skills to engage and empower people who are often overlooked and face a range of inequalities. Their work will be a vital part of helping communities throughout the pandemic and its recovery.”