Comic Relief – Supporting and Sustaining Specialism Funding Programme

funding update

Aims/priorities: The funding is for established work meeting one or both of this programme’s aims:

  • Improve access to quality services and support for Black and minoritised women and girls who are experiencing, or at risk of, violence and abuse.
  • Improve understanding of the needs of and effective responses to violence and abuse against Black and minoritised women and girls.

There is particular interest in proposals that support women and girls from a range of different communities as well as proposals focussed on supporting a specific community (eg, the East African community, the Bengali community).

Proposals can also address the current gaps in funding:

  • Women seeking asylum
  • Migrant women
  • Women with no recourse to public funds
  • Disabled women
  • Young women
  • Older women

Proposals reaching women facing multiple barriers to social justice will also be considered.

The funding can be used to cover specific project activities and core costs that can be evidenced as directly related to the proposed project.

Who can apply? Comic Relief predominantly funds registered charities.

Applications from other types of organisations will be considered so long as their governing documents clearly outline the organisation's social purpose, demonstrate that any profit or assets are used for this social purpose, and show that an asset lock is in place.

Applications will be accepted from a single organisation and/or in partnership with others.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • An annual income of between £75,000 and £10 million.
  • A relevant and up-to-date safeguarding policy/child protection policy/protection of vulnerable adults policy.
  • An equality/diversity policy in place or plans to develop these in the immediate future.
  • A constitution / memorandum and articles of association.

The funding is intended to support organisations in England led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women and providing frontline services responding to violence against women and girls.

Grant amount: Grants of between £30,000 and £250,000 are available for 12-15 months of service delivery (July 2021 to September 2022).

It is expected that around 15 grants will be made.

Application process: All relevant documents can be found on Comic Relief’s website.

Deadline:  The deadline for applications is 5 March 2021 (12 noon) with notification of decisions by end of June 2021.

Contact Information:  Tel: 02078 202 170 Email:

Website address:


over £25,000
Charitable Company
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Women and Girls
Unpublish Date: 
Friday, 5 March, 2021