Comic Relief and Groundwork have joined forces to offer grants of up £4,000 to support community projects across England.
The new programme aims to help strengthen grassroots community-led organisations 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.
Grassroots community organisations and charities with an income of less than £250,000 can apply now for funding to 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 two types of grants:
- Capacity building grants of up to £500 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.
- Project delivery grants of up to £4,000 will be available for 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.
Administration of the local funding is being managed by community charity, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.
Commenting on the new fund, Graham Duxbury, national CEO at Groundwork, said:
“This is a great opportunity for grassroots organisations to not only apply for funding for a project idea, but to get advice on how to successfully take projects forward and create projects that have a long-lasting legacy for local people. We encourage groups to apply for funding that will go a long way in helping to shape and support local projects and improve local communities across the UK.”
When to apply
There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time.
How to apply
Full details can be found on Groundwork website.