Comic Relief Community Fund – Project Delivery Grant

Comic Relief Community Fund – Project Delivery Grant


Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to support projects that deliver against one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes.

Maximum value: £4,000

Objectives of Fund

The Fund aims to deliver long lasting community driven change by awarding Project Delivery grants to organisations in England whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive and Thrive: Projects that support children up to the age of eleven to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: Projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: Projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: Projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Value Notes

Project Delivery grants of up to £4,000 are available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not required.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be considered from grassroots community organisations and charities with an income of less than £250,000. Organisations should be based in and deliver services in a local area and have local people involved in the running of the organisation.

Eligible organisations include:

  • Constituted voluntary and community organisations.
  • Charities.
  • Social Enterprises.
  • Community Interest Companies.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations with an annual income over £250,000.
  • Individuals.
  • Private sector companies/ businesses.
  • Statutory organisations including local authorities, parish councils, schools, universities.
  • Un-constituted organisations.
  • Projects that will be delivered outside England.
  • Organisations that deliver nationally or across more than one UK region.
  • Organisations who have already received a project delivery grant in the previous 12 months.
  • Projects where Comic Relief would not be the majority funder.
  • Activities that evangelise or proselytise.
  • Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political.
  • Activities which collect funds for redistribution to other charities or individuals.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Fundraising.
  • General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications.
  • Projects or activities that the state has a legal obligation to provide.
  • Projects solely for organisational running costs.
  • Projects that charge people to access their services.
  • One-off conferences or workshops as it is difficult to demonstrate what impact such events are likely to achieve. However, conferences, workshops and other gatherings can be funded as part of longer-term projects or work.
  • Retrospective costs.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for community-led organisations to deliver change against one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes, drawing on the “lived experiences” of people who have experienced the issues being tackled.

The funding is to be used for direct work with beneficiaries. Examples of the types of projects that can be funded include (but are not limited to):

  • Training for parents and carers to help support their children’s development before starting school.
  • Activities for girls or women to help them make healthier life choices.
  • Supporting people with mental health issues to improve an outdoor space or create a meeting space.
  • Setting up a peer support network for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Hire of room where homeless people can access support.

Grants can be used to cover a variety of costs, such as:

  • Hiring venues to run activities.
  • Paying co-ordinators to manage volunteer-led services.
  • Paying staff to lead activities or training sessions.
  • Employing outreach support workers.
  • Improving indoor and outdoor facilities to reach new groups.
  • Paying volunteer expenses to deliver activities and services.
  • Purchasing items, materials and equipment needed for the project.

Core organisational costs may be included but the Fund will not fund projects which only contribute to organisational general running costs or solely a continuation of services.

Grants should be spent within 12 months of their award.

Organisations looking for funding to provide emergency relief in their communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis can apply for the (also administered by Groundwork).

Organisations looking for funding to develop their organisation, rather than funding for a specific project, can apply for the (also administered by Groundwork).

How To Apply

Most of the available funding has now been allocated and as a result, the Fund will close for applications at 10am on 7 December 2020.

Funding for the “Mental Health Matters” theme has already been fully allocated and no new applications for this theme will be accepted. Applications for projects addressing any of the other three themes can be submitted until the closing date of the Fund.

The first step in the application process is to complete the online eligibility checklist on the Groundwork website.

Guidance notes are available on the Groundwork website.

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