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Projects, Programmes and Partnerships

Comic Relief Local Communities programme



Information for applicants

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation[1] 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 the ‘Local Communities’ programme

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

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is one of the delivery partners.

The Local Communities programme will run for two years and during this time, grants of between £1000 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

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 30% of the total cost of the project.

Who can apply?

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

Types of activities that might be funded

  • Community sport activities
  • 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


Grants will not be awarded to:

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

Please note that we are unable to consider applications from groups with outstanding feedback from previous rounds. If in doubt, please check.

When can you apply?

We are open for applications from 4 July 2013. The closing date is 16 August 2013

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 on 10 January 2014 and close on 21 February 2014

If you want to apply for a Local Communities Grant, click here.



[1]  Defined as poverty; lack of access to jobs; denial of social supports or peer networks; and exclusion from services.



  • Geographical area: Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Last updated: 08/07/2013 at 8:15 am

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