Groundwork is managing this new fund on behalf of Comic Relief in England. Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is a two-year fund and there will be three grant application rounds. The fund is for charitable organisations with an income of less than £250,000 to deliver projects within four themes:
- A Safe Place To Be – supporting people to rebuild their lives because of
homelessness or forced migration
- Children Survive and Thrive – supporting children up to the age of 11 to grow, play and learn
- Fighting for Gender Justice – championing women and girls, including initiatives tacking domestic violence, abuse or exploitation
- Mental Health Matters – supporting good mental health in communities and tackling stigma and discrimination.
Applications are invited from grass roots, community led organisations that can demonstrate how people with lived experience of the issues being tackled are involved in the organisation and the project.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support project delivery and organisational capacity building. Your application must include both elements and be split as follows: up to £1,000 for capacity building and up to £9,000 for project delivery.
The deadline for applications to the first round is Friday 12 November 2021. Panel meetings are estimated to take place in February 2022.
There will be two further rounds of funding (opening in March and October 2022).
Applications are not eligible from Community Interest Companies (CICs) limited by shares or CICs limited by guarantee that are less than two years old.
Please read the full guidance notes carefully at https://www.groundwork.org.uk/comic-relief/apply/. Taking an eligibility quiz online gives you access to the application form.