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Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

Fri 25 Nov 2016

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. This 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. This can also include “Communities of Interest” which cover a wider geographical area.

We want to support community groups running projects that are working towards the following outcomes; 

  • increase local services,
  • builds skills of local people,
  • increase community cohesion
  • respond to local economic needs.

Work can cover a small geographical area such as a housing estate or village, but we will also consider work covering a slightly larger area such as a town or borough where there is evidence of community involvement.

Grants are available between £1000 and £10,000.  Any grant awarded must make up at least 30% of the total cost of the project.

Comic Relief is proud to have become a founding member of the Living Wage Friendly Funders scheme (please click here for more information). This means they are supporting paying The Living Wage to charitable workers through their direct UK grantmaking. As part of this we would like to encourage applicants to the Local Communities programme to budget any staff costs at The Living Wage (£7.85 per hour).

Applications for this round of funding will be accepted until 5pm on Saturday 14th January 2017.

To find out more visit:  http://staffsfoundation.org.uk/grants/comicrelief/