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.
The funding is to be used for direct work with beneficiaries. Examples of the types of projects that can be funded include (but are not limited to):
- Training for parents and carers to help support their children’s development before starting school.
- Activities for girls or women to help them make healthier life choices.
- Supporting people with mental health issues to improve an outdoor space or create a meeting space.
- Setting up a peer support network for people experiencing homelessness.
- Hire of room where homeless people can access support.
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: Project Delivery grants of up to £4,000 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.