Issues of migration and integration have long been hot topics in both public and political debates in the UK. Understanding how public attitudes develop, and the link between public discourse, political decisions and the lives and experiences of those who have migrated is crucial for those seeking to build a fair and thriving society for all.
Migration Exchange is an informal network of independent funders, established in 2010. It aims to improve the lives of migrants and receiving communities in the UK by informing public debate on migration and creating welcoming communities.
The network is independent and non-partisan, it has been a programme of Global Dialogue since 2015. In addition to Migration Exchange, Global Dialogue hosts a range of other funder collaboratives, alliances and networks .
Migration Exchange activities include commissioning research to inform funders and key partners to take effective action on shared concerns; supporting bold ventures where aligning grants enables activity to take place at scale or increases the potential for success; and using the convening power of members to support, connect and strengthen good work.
Our priorities until 2020 are to:
Funders involved in Migration Exchange include the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Migration Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Trust for London, and Unbound Philanthropy. The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was also involved until its closure.
How to get involved with Migration Exchange
Migration Exchange convenes occasional events which are open to all those with an interest in migration and integration in the UK. To register on our list for upcoming events or news please email email@example.com
Trustees and staff from trusts and foundations are able to join Migration Exchange as funder members. Migration Exchange funders meet three times a year to exchange information, and throughout the year they can share information through our Ariadne portal community. Funders are also supported by a management committee. To register your interest in joining please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For grant seekers
Migration Exchange is not a grant making programme. Decisions on funding applications are made by individual foundations. Grant seekers should approach foundations separately and consult the funding criteria and guidelines for each foundation.
For a guide to the type of work foundations are interested in supporting in this area, it is worth looking at some of the grants that have been made by member organisations in order to further one or more of the group’s stated aims. This includes previous grants to the Migration Observatory, British Future, Migrants Rights Network, the University of Manchester and Women for Refugee Women. In 2016, a new communications hub – IMiX – was supported by several funders in the Migration Exchange network.
Migration Exchange holds a small budget to support activities that inform, connect or strengthen work that advances our strategic priorities (for example, events, research to address knowledge gaps or commissions to inform the strategies of civil society organisations). If you have ideas or activities that you would like to discuss, please contact the Programme Director, Sarah Cutler, via email@example.com