Comic Relief

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  • October 21, 2011

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse.

For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through a second phase of the ‘Local Communities’ programme.

Comic Relief is pleased to be working with the Community Foundation Network (CFN) and Community Foundations across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities programme.

Community Foundation for Calderdale is one of the delivery partners.

The Local Communities programme will run for two years and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available.

The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:

  • increase local services
  • build skills of local people
  • increase community cohesion
  • respond to local economic needs
  • increase access to sport and exercise for people who face social exclusion and isolation

Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant. However, organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief, can not apply for a Local Communities Grant.

A Local Communities grant must be at least 50% of the total cost of the project.

Who can apply?

  • Community Groups
  • Resident Associations
  • Community Centres
  • Social Enterprises/Community Interest Companies
  • Credit Unions

Types of activities that might be funded

  • Furniture Projects
  • Projects providing access to benefits advice
  • Projects combating fuel poverty
  • Community consultation exercises
  • Community employment projects
  • Food Co-ops
  • Running costs; including salaries, core costs and project costs
  • Committee and volunteer/staff training
  • Community sport activities


Grants will not be awarded to:

  • individuals
  • statutory organisations, including schools
  • fund trips abroad
  • fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project)
  • fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings
  • organisations which are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief

When can you apply?

We are open for applications from 5th September 2011. The closing date is 28th October 2011.

(For this round only, we aim to spend at least 50% of the money available on projects which ‘increase access to sport and exercise for people who face social exclusion and isolation’).

The next round will open in January 2012 and close in March 2012.





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