This programme offers grants to help cover the day to day costs of small locally led and based voluntary and community sector groups that are doing ‘much needed’ work in their local communities.
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 or between £1,000 and £5, 000 are to be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions to address these needs.
The work and main focus of the applicant organisation should fit one of Comic Relief's priorities, which are:
- Connected communities - seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities.
- Productive communities - investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources.
- Empowered communities - working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities.
The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. We know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities.
The closing date for applications is on Monday 9th October at 1pm.
For further information, please visit: http://www.communityfoundationni.org/comic-relief-local-communities