Grants are available for small grassroots groups and charities in England either to help them develop their organisation or to deliver projects that fit with Comic Relief’s four strategic themes.
Current Status: Open for Applications
Maximum value: £ 4,000
The programme 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:
The funding will strengthen local organisations helping them with skills and advice to drive community projects forward, as well as providing the necessary funding and support that groups need to kick-start new initiatives.
Two types of grants are available:
Match funding is not required.
Applications will be considered from grassroots community organisations and charities with an income of less than £250,000 that are based and working in England.
Applications can be made for either capacity building grants or project delivery grants.
Capacity building grants – will support organisations to become more robust and better able to deliver projects that have a legacy beyond the funding. Funding will support activities such as developing organisational governance, policies and procedures as well as increasing overall capacity in groups.
Examples of capacity building grants are as follows:
Capacity building grants do not require match funding and are available as a rolling programme with decisions made within six weeks of the application. Funding should be spent within 12 months of their award.
Project delivery grants – will support projects, including purchasing items, materials and equipment to benefit the local community, improvements to a community building, developing an outdoor space or running a community project or activity. Projects can also fund coordinators to manage volunteers, staff to lead activities or training sessions, workshops and community activities.
Examples of project delivery grants, include but are not limited to the following:
This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of projects that can be funded. The fund will support, capital or revenue projects, which can be completed with 12 months. Core organisational costs, may be included but the fund will not fund projects which only contribute to organisational general running costs or solely a continuation of services. It’s not a requirement of the fund that applicants have match funding, however if they do the intermediary fund should be the main funding source
There are no deadlines as this is a rolling programme.
The first step in the application process is to complete the online eligibility checklist on the Groundwork website.
Guidance notes are available on the Groundwork website.