The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) programme is now closed to new applications.

If you have recently submitted an application to us, we hope to be in touch with you in Spring 2023

The Comic Relief Community Fund is supporting community led organisations with an income of less than £250,000 to deliver projects within four strategic themes.

We are pleased to be managing this new fund on behalf of Comic Relief in England. It will provide grants of up to £10,000, supporting project delivery and organisational capacity building, helping organisations flourish.

The funding is split as follows:

  • Up to £1,000 for capacity building
  • Up to £9,000 for project delivery

We will fund applications from grass roots, community led organisations that can demonstrate how people with lived experience of the issues being tackled are involved in the organisation and the project.

Applications must sit within one of the four key themes:

A Safe Place To Be: Supporting people to rebuild their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.

We want to support projects that help people to recover from homelessness or those who have been forced from their homes to have access to the help they need to start a new life, free from conflict persecution or trafficking.

Children Survive & Thrive: Every child has the right to the best start in life.

We want to support projects aimed for children up to the age of 11 that break the cycle of inequity and inequality. This includes, projects that boost a child’s development, improve access to quality relevant, non-formal education and training, as well as initiatives that protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse and build confidence and belief in their ability to improve their opportunities in life.

Fighting Gender Justice: Supporting safety and equality for women and girls.

We are looking for projects that support people who identify as women and girls to be safe, healthy, educated and independent. This includes initiatives that help women and girls take control over their lives, reduce gender based violence while shifting public attitudes and improving understanding about the influence of gender norms on choices and life outcomes.

Mental Health Matters: Supporting better mental health in your community.

We want to support projects that improve and increase access to mental health support especially for those from marginalised groups. We hope to support alternative, community based approaches. We welcome projects that contribute to change, help shift attitudes and tackle stigma and discrimination.


Become a Panel Member

We are currently recruiting Panel Members to make key decisions on where funding is spent as part of the Comic Relief Community Fund in England.


Working together since 2019

Groundwork has worked with Comic Relief since 2019 as an intermediary funder in England, supporting grassroots community organisations, with a turnover of under £250,000.

£4.4 million

in grant money awarded

1209

projects supported

501

organisations awarded capacity building funding

Story: North East Sight Matters

North East Sight Matters engage with sight-impaired children, young people, and their families who live in the North East. Run by an experienced team of specialists with a significant understanding of the needs of those living with sight loss.