Improving outcomes for Gypsy Roma and Traveller Communities


ACERT has been asked to publicise a small funding stream opened by 3 government departments. ACERT is developing its own bid, but would be happy to cooperate with other organisations and individuals who have ideas they would like to develop.

The Department for Communities and Local Government, in collaboration with the Department for Education and the Department of Health, intends to run a pilot programme of work to improve the outcomes of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

We are looking for six pilot projects in the areas of community cohesion, educational attainment and health outcomes, and welcome bids from organisations with the vision and capability to deliver such interventions. To be eligible to receive the grant, an organisation must be a registered charity or have a charitable purpose. The successful bidder will also need to have a demonstrable record in delivering projects and working with Gypsy, Roma or Traveller communities, and have a credible community presence.

The deadline for application is 18 February 2018. To apply, please complete the attached application form, and return it by the deadline to Please ensure you quote ref. “GRT fund” in your subject heading.

We strongly encourage all applicants to familiarise themselves with the programme specifications and the weighting of the selection criteria before submitting a formal bid.

All bidders will have the opportunity to receive impartial feedback on one draft application from officials in one of the three Departments; if this is of interest, please email by 4 February 2018.

To support bidders with their applications, we are also organising a workshop on 19 January, 2:30-5pm. To reserve a place, please email

We recommend you publish the above message, along with the attached supporting documents, on your organisations’ websites, and maintain it for a period of at least two weeks.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
Julia Minulescu

Integration and Faith Division
Department for Communities and Local Government

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Searching for the Travelling People

Monday 26th February 5.30pm
Borderlines Film Festival @ The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR

Please join us for a screening of ‘Searching for the Travelling People’

In 1964, The Ballad of The Travelling People was first broadcast on BBC Radio. Created by pioneering radio producer Charles Parker with folk musicians Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl, the ground-breaking ballad explored the lives of Gypsies and Travellers through their own words, giving a voice to a historically outcast people. In this short documentary, the renowned author and poet Damian Le Bas takes us on a journey across Britain to re-visit the people and places Charles Parker connected with more than 50 years ago. As the film reveals what has (and, importantly, hasn’t) changed in the five decades since Gypsies and Travellers spoke about their lives, Le Bas sets himself the challenge of creating a new modern ballad for the travelling people of today.

A Q&A session with Damian will follow the screening and please stay after the event for drinks and nibbles to celebrate the launch of the new Travellers’ Times website.

Tickets cost £5.00 each and are available via The Courtyard Box Office 01432 340555 or online

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