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. 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.
The Heart of England Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners for Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Birmingham and the Black Country. The Local Communities programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £5,000/£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:
- 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
Organisations who 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. A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.
Application closing date is midday 1st October 2015
(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).
Please contact the grants team on 024 76883265 or 024 76883262 if you require any further advice or guidance. To apply for a Local Communities Grant, please click here