Comic Relief is launching a pilot core funding programme this week for smaller organisations delivering work in the UK.
As part of its new grants strategy which was published last month, Comic Relief is launching the Core Strength Funding Programme which will open on 16 June to applications from small organisations delivering work in the UK with an annual income of between £100,000 and £500,000.
The new grants strategy focuses on four areas that will help Comic Relief to best achieve its vision of ‘A Just World Free from Poverty’, in which everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered.
This new fund is aimed at smaller organisations working across the following four programme areas (as outlined in the new grants strategy):
- Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future.
- Empowering women and girls to be free to lead the lives they choose.
- Improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
- Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty.
Grants of up to £20,000 will be made available over two years (maximum grant of £40,000). It is anticipated that about 100 grants will be awarded to a total value of £4 million.
As this programme is partly funded by HM Treasury’s “Tampon Tax” to support women’s and girls’ issues, Comic Relief will be awarding grants to a minimum value of £1 million to organisations that are working primarily with women and girls.
Comic Relief has stated that it will be looking for applications from organisations that play a vital role in their locality in the UK and can demonstrate how this funding will help strengthen their organisation.
Applications will be accepted until 27 July 2016 (12 noon).
Full details are available on the Comic Relief website