Comic Relief’s Change Makers programme awards grants of between £150,000 to £600,000 over three to five years to two types of organisation:
- Small and medium-sized organisations: annual income of between £75,000 and £249,999 who focus on equalities and are user-led. User-led organisations are considered to be those where the majority of the leadership (i.e. at least half of senior team and trustees) are from the community(ies) the organisation serves; or
- Medium-sized and larger organisations: annual income of between £250,000 and £10 million.
Comic Relief have a particular interest in working with and for those who are hardest hit and systematically excluded in society: BAME communities, the LGBTQ+ community, women, those living with disabilities. They have also ensured that 20% of the available funding is ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities.
The fund seeks to support organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector – for example, whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, or advocacy and campaigning work.
Applications must be relevant to Comic Relief’s social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development and proposed work must contribute to change for more than your organisation or your direct beneficiaries. This could be:
- working with others directly in partnership
- creating shared learning, evidence, research
- producing and sharing evidence of effective models of working
- working with others to model new ways of working
The contribution can be to any forum or area that feels appropriate, for example:
- enhance commissioning in your local area
- provide a cross-sectoral response to issues in your local area
- shift the understanding within your sector or allied sectors on an issue, model, approach
- influencing communities, charities or the public sector to be more responsive and effective
- shift policy or legislation
- shift public attitudes
Funding can be used for either core or project delivery costs.
Deadline: Friday 28 August 2020, 12 noon (Expressions of Interest)
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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