FAQ'S

I am not a young Person of Colour (POC), can I not apply for this funding? 

 

The Zazi Fund prioritises young POC. It is not that you can’t apply, but in this particular instance, young POC will be a priority. If you are looking for funding for a project that is not specific to this demographic, but looks to address other areas related to inequality and injustice, please visit #IWILL for more information on how they may be able to help you. 

 

My project is not mental health or activism facing, can I not apply for this funding?

 

The Zazi Fund prioritises mental health and activism projects because we are funded to support these kinds of projects. Therefore, it is very likely that young people whose projects are mental health/activism facing will be funded by us. If you are looking for funding for a project that is not this specific in its selection of projects, please visit #IWILL for more information on how they may be able to help you.

 

I am not sure what my project is yet, can I still apply for this funding?

 

This is okay! Provide us with an outline of what it is that you think you want to do and how this may help you and the community. We are not picking people who have the coolest project names or have every single aspect of their vision figured out! We are picking people who have the deepest passion for the work they are doing. 

 

Can't I just have the money and dip? I think I know what I need to do with it! 

 

This project is about providing you with business/creative skills as well as financial support. You will be gaining access to knowledge and experience that cannot be valued in terms of money. So even if you know what you need to do for the next few months, what about the next few years…? The money won’t last that long, but what you have learned with us will! 

What will the "check ins" look like?

 

Don’t worry, we won’t be asking you for concrete proof of your purchases such as receipts, we will just be catching up with you at various points in the year just to see how the money has helped you and what you are planning to do/have done with it. We may ask to see social media pages relating to your project or creations that you put together, but that is more out of genuine interest than “keeping an eye” on you. 

Can I apply on behalf of an organisation if I am within the age range you have specified? 

Whilst we love to support existing community projects, we are looking to fund ideas and projects that are solely yours with this funding project. We want to help you launch something from the ground up that is reflective of your passions and desire for change.

Do I need to be from Bristol or South Gloucestershire to apply? 

Yes. We are currently on supporting young people and their projects who currently have a base in Bristol.

OUR HISTORY INFORMS OUR FUTURE

 

There is a reason we put together this project. The education system as it stands does not do enough to show young black people the history of the city they live in and how this city has been shaped by black people across time and space. We view historical education as a mental health intervention, because when you know yourself, you know your strength. By stripping Black history away from the curriculum, you strip away an opportunity for a young person to form their identity. We want you to know that your history leaves clues, it leaves lessons and it leaves examples of how excellent black truly is. It provides you with an example of how excellent you are. 

 

OTR Bristol is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Project Zazi is a part of OTR. You can find out more about Zazi here.