Aims/priorities: The Community Fund is provided by Comic Relief and administered for organisations in England by community charity, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.
The Fund aims to deliver long lasting community driven change by awarding Project Delivery grants to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:
- Children Survive and Thrive: Projects that support children under the age of five to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
- Fighting for Gender Justice: Projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
- A Safe Place to Be: Projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
- Mental Health Matters: Projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.
Capacity Building grants will support organisations to become stronger and more robust and to improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
The grants can also support organisations who have been impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis to help begin a process to rebuild and be ready and better able to meet community need within the Comic Relief four strategic themes.
The funding can support a wide range of activities such as developing better organisational governance, reviewing and updating policies and procedures or increasing delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment or staff training.
Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:
- A project to increase the capacity of the organisation through increasing volunteering, including the development of a volunteer strategy, volunteer policy, recruitment and training of volunteers.
- Training for trustees and senior management, to ensure good governance is in place, and organisation has capacity and capability to manage new projects.
- Support to help your organisation rebuild after the C0VID-19 crisis such as exploring how you can raise funds, develop new policies and procedures and train your staff and volunteers to enable new ways of working.
- Developing an organisation website and/or social media channels to enable an organisation to communicate more effectively with its beneficiaries or the purchase of new equipment/ licences to enable you to deliver some of your services online.
- Developing social value processes to better record impact of work.
- Project to increase the diversity of trustees, encouraging more lived in experience members.
- Engaging with service users, clients and the community to develop models of delivery and understand their needs both during and after the crisis.
Grants should be spent within 12 months of their award.
Organisations looking for funding for a specific project, rather than funding to develop their organisation, can apply for the Comic Relief Community Fund - Project Delivery Grant (also administered by Groundwork).
Who can apply? Applications will be considered from grassroots community organisations and charities with an income of less than £250,000. Organisations should be based in and deliver services in a local area and have local people involved in the running of the organisation.
Eligible organisations include:
- Constituted voluntary and community organisations.
- Social Enterprises.
- Community Interest Companies.
Grant amount: Capacity Building grants of up to £1,000 are available.
Application process: The first step in the application process is to complete the online eligibility checklist which can be found on the Groundwork website along with the guidance notes.
Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.