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Fund title: Comic Relief Community Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

Grants up to £4,000 to support small community organisations to deliver community projects, build their capacity and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Activities should address one of the Comic Relief strategic themes: supporting children under 5; tackling gender inequality; helping homeless people and migrants; supporting good mental health.

Application deadline:

The COVID-19 fund will close at the end of 2020. Applications for Capacity Building and Project Delivery may be submitted at any time.

Fund description:

Comic Relief and Groundwork are working in partnership to offer grants of up to £4,000 to support community projects across England.

The Comic Relief Community Fund will invest in grassroots community-led organisations to bring about lasting change and legacy for local people. The fund has four main objectives and will support innovative projects that will tackle Comic Relief’s four core themes:

Children Survive & Thrive: supporting children under the age of 5 to grow, play and learn in safe environments with people who love and care for them
Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that champion women and girls, including initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation
A Safe Place to Be: projects that tackle homelessness and support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration
Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities and tackle stigma and discrimination

There are three types of grant:

Capacity Building Grants – up to £1,000 to support small community organisations to become stronger and more robust and to improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis

Project Delivery Grants – up to £4,000 to support grassroots organisations to deliver projects that address Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. Projects need to be completed within 12 months.

Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Fund – grants up to £4,000 to support local grassroots organisations to respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the COVID-19 crisis and recover from the impact that COVID-19 has had on their services.

Grassroots community organisations and charities with an income of less than £250,000 per year can apply.

Further information:

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/