Monday, 27 March 2017


Comic Relief Community Cash Grants of £500-£1,000 are available to small organisations working with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in local areas, helping them feel more included in their community, build their skills and increase their sense of achievement.
The following types of organisation may apply for a grant:
o Constituted voluntary and community groups;
o Charities;
o Social enterprises;
o Co-operatives; and
o Community Interest Companies.
Groups which have been established for less than 12 months, are eligible to apply. Applicants need to:
o Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area;
o Be a small local group with an income of less than £100,000 run by local people;
o Have limited access to other sources of income;
o Clearly define the need being addressed;
o Clearly demonstrate the benefit of activities to disadvantaged people;
o Illustrate how social outcomes will be delivered;
o Provide clear evidence that the services provided are inclusive to all; and
o Provide clear evidence that the activities provided will target people who would ordinarily struggle to access those opportunities.
Examples of the type of activities or services Comic Relief Community Cash Grants will fund are:
o Food banks;
o Counselling and advice services;
o Disability sports clubs/activities;
o Training, skill building and volunteering projects; and
o Set up costs for new groups.
Grants cannot be used to:
o Fund trips abroad;
o Fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (this doesn’t include transport costs that form part of a project);
o Fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings.
Grants will not be awarded to:
o Organisations who are already in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief (excluding the Community Cash programme);
o Individuals;
o Statutory organisations, including schools; or
o National organisations, unless the application is submitted by a local office with a separate management committee, bank account and governing document.
The majority of UK Community Foundations are opening the Comic Relief Community Cash Grants to application, with a common deadline of Friday 5 May.
Full details about a specific area, including the application deadline, can be found on the website of each individual Community Foundation.
A list of the Community Foundations across the UK can be found on the UK Community Foundations website. 

(Source: GRIN) 

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