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Comic Relief

UK Community Foundations funds small grants as part of Comic Relief’s Building Stronger Communities programme area 


Comic Relief funds projects under four programme areas:

1. Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future

2. Empowering women and girls to be free to lead the lives they choose

3. Improving health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged people

4. Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty

UK Community Foundations awards grants through Comic Relief’s Building Stronger Communities programme area to locally-based groups or organisations which have a clear understanding of local need.


Comic Relief aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in the UK. They do this by supporting organisations with the knowledge, ideas and ability to tackle complex problems in a way which is both effective and sustainable.

Key achievements and impact

Since 2011 UK Community Foundations have managed £35 million in grants for Comic Relief and given out over 11,000 grants across the UK.

Community foundations involvement

As the managing agent for Comic Relief’s Stronger Communities theme we run two programmes that invest in community projects:

  • Local Communities (grants of £1,000 to £10,000) is currently open for applications. Please check with your local community foundation to find out when their deadline is - there will be periods when the grant round temporarily closes.
  •  Community Cash (grants of £500-£1,000) is currently closed for applications. Community Cash runs alongside Comic Relief’s annual Campaign and local media partners across the UK.

Priority is 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 action to address these needs.

Projects funded by Comic Relief through us

Kandu Arts Sustainable Development is an organisation which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour by using free FA standard football coaching to engage people aged 13-19 around work, living a healthy lifestyle, avoiding drink and drugs, eating well and developing personal skills and aspirations.

Saltburn Bowls Club runs a luncheon club, cookery classes and other activities for older people in the local area, to improve the facilities for members of the local branch of MIND that attend the club.

 Nithsdale Furniture Project provides previously homeless people with household packs of essential items and white goods to help families retain tenancy and create a new home.

To apply for a Comic Relief grant please approach your local community foundation directly. A list can be found here.

To find out more about our relationship with Comic Relief click here

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