Inside Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Andre Gray’s charity The Black Fund – including who can apply for grants

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Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock has been praised for bravely opening up about her experiences as a black woman in the entertainment industry following the release of her brand new documentary, Race, Pop And Power.

The documentary aired on BBC One on Thursday evening, and fans were quick to congratulate the 29 year old singer on her honesty.

In the BBC Three film, Leigh-Anne discusses the past decade being part of Little Mix and what it was like when the band was formed on The X Factor, saying that things “felt a bit off” and claiming she often felt she was “treated differently” from her bandmates due to her skin colour.

Leigh-Anne closed the documentary with a vow to change her own industry and she has started a charity with her fiancé Andre Gray, due to their “desire to do more,” and here’s what you need to know…

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What is Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s The Black Fund?

Leigh-Anne and Andre’s new organisation, The Black Fund, will help black people get into the creative industries and will channel finances and other support to charities doing important work to empower black communities.

Leigh-Anne says on The Black Fund website that she was inspired to begin the organisation at the time of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I’ve spoken about the racism I’ve experienced in my own life. I knew it was an opportunity to go beyond talk,” the star says.

How does it work?

As the website explains: “The Black Fund is based on the traditional Paadna, a traditional Jamaican savings scheme.

“The way it works is simple – everyone contributes to each collecting round, and the proceeds are paid out to a member of the group. Ultimately, over time, everyone benefits.”

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Leigh-Anne says on the website that they are starting the fund with a donation from their own resources.

You can apply for funding with their Give Back programme, which hopes to create grants of up to £5,000 to fund programmes which empower black people to stand up against racism.

“The Give back fund is made up of donations from like-minded contributors who are passionate about the elevation of the black community. All donations are collected and then distributed among successful applications,” the website explains.

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Leigh-Anne and Andre continue to say on their site: “With the privilege and the position we have been blessed with, we’re going to do everything we can to see an end to racism in our time.”

Trustees also include Leigh-Anne’s sister Sarah and face of The Repair Shop and Money For Nothing, Jay Blades.

Who can apply?

Registered UK-based charities and community groups which support and empower black people, and that have an annual income of less than £200,000 can apply.

The website reads: “You should have at least one active social media account, an up-to-date safeguarding policy and be able to submit your previous year’s accounts for the trustees to have a look at as part of the application process.”

You can find the application here, where there are various questions to answer as part of the process, and the application deadline is June 30.

Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power aired on Thursday and is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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