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Projects, Programmes and Partnerships

Sport Relief Community Cash Grant Programme



Sport Relief Community Cash Grant Programme 

We believe that local people know what is needed in their community and
are best placed to make any changes. Having lots of activities happening in area brings vibrancy to a local community which can make it a better place to live.

We are also aware that many people are undertaking great work in their area but often struggle to get the support they need. We therefore want to support
community groups undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more
included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of

Who can apply?

The programme is open to groups which have never applied for funding before, as well as groups which have previously received a Comic Relief grant through the Community Foundation.

We are particularly keen to ensure we reach groups of people who often miss out. As such we accept applications from the voluntary and community sector
– constituted voluntary and community groups
– charities
– social enterprises
– co-operatives
– faith organisations
– community interest companies

Applicants must:
– Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area
– Be small local groups with an income of less than £100,000 run by local people
– Have limited access to other sources of income
– Aim to deliver social outcomes

Groups which have been established for less than 12 months, are eligible to apply.

Please note that we cannot consider applications from applicants with outstanding Comic Relief feedback from previous awards. If in doubt, please check with us that this does not apply to your organisation.

What type of projects can be funded?

Awards of between £500 – £1,000 are available for projects of one year’s duration.

Priorities include:
– Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise
– Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
– Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage
– Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety
– Connect people with the arts, culture and heritage
– Transform people’s access to, and engagement with, their environment and public spaces

Applicants from Tyne & Wear and Northumberland may find it helpful to consult the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs reports before applying:

Examples of the type of activities we will fund include:
– Parent and Toddler Groups
– Equipment and material for sports groups
– Cross generational work e.g. young people volunteering at older people’s groups
– Disability sports clubs/activities
– Lunch Clubs for isolated individuals
– Running costs for self help groups
– Committee and volunteer/staff training
– Training and volunteering projects
– Day events that help build strong relationships within the community
– Community groups and set up costs for new groups
– Bereavement support groups
– Social groups for people with mental health problems
– Carer support groups
– Advice services that help people resolve money worries

What we will not fund

Grants will not be made:
– 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.

How to apply

Comic Relief Red Nose Day Community Cash 2015 is open for applications from 26 January 2015. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12noon on 2 March 2015.

You must apply online using the Comic Relief Red Nose Day Community Cash 2015 application form. For more details visit our call for applications page at We are unable to provide paper applications materials for this programme. Your online application must be submitted together with all supporting information by the above deadline. We are unable to consider late or incomplete applications.

Organisations currently in receipt of funding directly from Comic Relief are not able to apply for a Comic Relief Red Nose Day 2015 Community Cash award.

If you have previously received a Comic Relief grant through the Community Foundation you must return any outstanding feedback prior to submitting your application. We will be unable to consider applications where our records indicate that there is outstanding feedback, so if in doubt please check.

Eligible applications will be considered by a grants panel and applicants notified of its decisions the week beginning 18 April 2015


Funded by Sport Relief, an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity no: 326568 (England and Wales), SCO39730 (Scotland).


  • Geographical area: Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Last updated: 26/01/2015 at 1:04 pm


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