The investments may be higher for organisations that will both deliver strong community-level efforts and also contribute to strategic changes. The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school. These child-centred approaches should be based on recognised good practice.
Comic Relief is interested in work that:
- Adopts the principles of children’s rights to survive and thrive, leaving no child behind, and supporting child-centred and family-centred care and nurturing.
- Uses a participatory approach at all project stages and values the experience and insights of people who are directly affected by factors that impede early childhood development, including parents, family members and other carers, and communities. Depending on the age group, this can also include children’s views, eg. through child-to-child approaches.
The investment can be used to cover specific activities, or a combination of activities and the organisation’s core costs or overheads. If an organisation’s main purpose is to advance early childhood development, and it can demonstrate its impact, Comic Relief may consider funding core costs only.
There is a two-stage application process.
The deadline for first stage applications is 22 March 2019 (12 noon).
Full details can be found on the Comic Relief website.