Comic Relief Fund

Comic Relief recognises the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across the UK. That is why they have developed this exciting programme to fund organisational costs only and NOT direct project delivery.

Comic Relief Fund

We are very excited to announce the launch of Core Strength – Local Communities for 2017/18. This 12 month programme will provide funding for groups’ core costs – meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs (e.g. rent/overheads of office, core staff such as administrators, staff/volunteer training, business planning or development).

Grants will support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged this may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs.

To apply, you must:

  • be based within the area you are carrying out activities and have local people involved in the running of the organisation
  • have been running activities for a minimum of 12 months
  • have an annual income of less than £100,000 for your last full financial year

You cannot apply if you are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief.

Before you apply you need to understand the themes and outcomes that Comic Relief are looking for. Please read the full criteria and guidance available HERE.

How much can you apply for?

Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 (please note the average grant size is in the region of £2,500)

How to Apply?

The fund is currently closed for applications. The deadline for the latest round was noon on 11th May 2018.

In order for us to follow our decision-making process, the information given in your application will be shared with our independent panel members and/or donors as appropriate. Panel members are subject to a confidentiality agreement. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information on data sharing and storage.

If you may have any questions please contact the office on 01202 670815 or email

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