Local Communities Grants

This grant programme is open for applications.

Closing Date: 26th September 2016 , 5:00 pm

Maximum grant awarded: £5000

What is the Comic Relief Local Communities Grants Programme?
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.

What can you apply for?
The grant programme will support work where there is clear evidence of a sustained beneficial impact on the lives of people who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender.

Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:

  • Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise
  • Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage

A Local Communities grant must make up at least 30% of the total cost of the project.

Who can apply?

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

Applicant organisations must be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. 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.

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, cannot apply for a Local Communities Grant.