supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Comic Relief Core Strength
People living in deprived areas, or who face a range of social issues, often get vital support from smaller organisations based within their communities. It's these locally-based groups that truly understand the needs of the people they serve and make a huge difference to their lives.
Sadly though, recent research shows that small and medium sized organisations across the UK are being hit particularly hard by the current economic climate, forcing many to either scale back their work or dissolve completely. These voluntary organisations urgently need core funding to continue their crucial work.
Comic Relief want to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across the UK. That's why, for the first time ever, they've developed this exciting programme to solely fund organisational costs (rather than financing the delivery of a specific project).
In total, £4 million will be invested through this initiative with approximately 100 organisations receiving grants for core funding across the UK.
Please note, this programme is partly funded by HM Treasury’s ‘Tampon Tax’ to help tackle the various issues that many women and girls face. Therefore, out of the £4 million available through this pilot programme, a minimum of £1 million will be awarded to organisations working primarily to support women and girls.
They define ‘core funding’ as a grant that will pay towards the core costs of running an organisation, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs such as rent, heating and lighting. As well as running costs, they will also award grants to support specific work that will strengthening organisations for the future. This could include improving leadership and governance, or planning and development.
You can submit your proposal for core funding until 12 o'clock Wednesday 27 July 2016.
For further information or to see if you are eligible to apply for this funding please click here.