North West RSMP Hong Kong BN(O) Welcome Grants

From January 2021, Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) status holders can apply for a new immigration route, enabling them and their dependents to come to the UK. Applicants and their family members will be able to live, work and study in the UK, but will not have access to public funds. The Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) created 12 “Welcome Hubs” across the UK to support new arrivals, and the North West Regional Strategic Migration Partnership (RSMP) is one of these Hubs.

We know the VCFSE sector plays an important role in delivering local services and they have extensive experience in supporting the integration of migrant groups. We would like to ensure that VCFSE organisations have access to funding to support the local welcome of the Hong Kong BN(O) visa holders. Therefore, the North West RSMP Welcome Hub has created the Hong Kong BN(O)s Welcome Grant Scheme, which will make available grants to organisations that propose suitable projects and activities for Hong Kong BN(O) visa holders across the region.    

Key Information about the Welcome Grant:

Funds available: Up to £5,000 per bid. Please note organisations can only bid once (unless their first bid is unsuccessful). 

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries of the projects must be Hong Kong BN(O) visa holders settled in the North West (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington, Liverpool City Region).

Who can apply: Groups as outlined in the Specification document (please see downloads section below).

Opening dates (for applications): Round 1: 5 January – 31 January; Round 2: 5 March – 31 March.

Decisions made: Decisions will be made in February and April. 

Start date for activity: To commence ASAP once the grant agreement has been signed. 

Monitoring date(s): All projects must end by 30 June and final reports submitted by 15 July.  

The objectives of the Hong Kong BN(O) Welcome Grant Scheme are to:   

  • Enable BN(O) status holders and their dependants to be part of British society, provide a positive contribution to the areas in which they settle, both economically and socially, and be able to mix confidently with people of all backgrounds. 
  • Ensure that any instances of destitution and underemployment in the BN(O) status holder cohort is minimised and addressed through effective support. 
  • Ensure that BN(O) status holders to understand their rights and entitlements and are aware of services available to them. 
  • Ensure that emotional wellbeing needs of the BN(O) visa holders and their families are met and that they feel safe and welcome 

Please find all relevant documentation, including the application form, in the downloads section below.

Your final application must be emailed to RSMP@manchester.gov.uk before the relevant deadline.

Downloads

Specification – Hong Kong BN(O) Welcome Grants

Application Form

Application Guidance