Comic Relief Fund
The Fund aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities, project should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with.
50% of the Funds available will be used on sports projects that increase access to sport and exercise for people who face genuine social exclusion and isolation – individuals who would otherwise find it difficult to join mainstream sports clubs, gyms or exercise programmes, either due to low confidence, lack of role models. accessibility, opportunity
The remaining 50% will be used to fund projects working towards the following outcomes:
- Increasing locally led services - spotting a gap in local provision
- Building the skills of local people
- Increasing community cohesion (projects that bring communities together, allowing people a chance to get to know each other, working together to improve the community, a sense of pride in where they live)
- Responding to local economic needs – tackling local problems with unemployment, low income, housing issues etc
Who can apply?
- Community Groups
- Resident Associations
- Community Centres
- Social Enterprises/Community Interest Companies
- Credit Unions
Examples of the type of activities we will fund
- Community sport activities
- Furniture Projects
- Projects providing access to benefits advice
- Projects combating fuel poverty
- Community consultation exercises
- Community employment projects
- Food Co-ops
- Running costs; including salaries, core costs and project costs
- Committee and volunteer/staff training
The criteria do not include the award of the Grant:
- to individuals;
- to statutory organisations, including schools;
- to fund trips abroad;
- to fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project);
- to fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings;
- to organisations who are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief.
- to any project where this grant would equate to under 30% of the total project cost. I.e for a salaried post of £20,000 you would need to be securing at least £6,000 from this Comic Relief pot
Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.
The fund covers the whole county.
The small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.
This is a two year program, which is due to end March 2017
Making an Application
YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE A SPECIFIC COMIC RELIEF FORM ONLY AVAILABLE BY CONTACTING THE GRANTS TEAM