Comic Relief has launched the new Change Makers grant programme to support ambitious, game changing proposals from not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with those who are most excluded in society. Grants of between £150,000 and £600,000 are available for three to five years.
The funding is intended for organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector, by finding new ways of working in the wake of coronavirus/COVID-19, developing new partnerships, advocacy and campaigning work. Activities should be relevant to Comic Relief’s social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.
Organisations with an annual income of up to £10 million can apply in one of two categories:
- Small and medium-sized organisations that focus on equalities and are user-led. The organisation must have an annual income of at least £75,000. 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.
- Other medium-sized organisations based in the UK. In this case the organisation needs to have a minimum annual income of £250,000.
20% of the available funding is ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities.
Applications can be made by single applicants. Organisations can also apply in partnership, with a lead partner holding the funding.
Proposals are welcome from organisations whether they are big or small, national or local.
Comic Relief also wants to hear from and support organisations led by, working with and for those who are hardest hit and systematically excluded in society: BAME communities, the LGBTQ+ community, women, those living with disabilities.