Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

The Comic Relief Local Communities Programme 2015-2017 is offfering grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to support projects that are:

(A) Improving people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise OR

(B) Advancing people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety

Priority will be given to projects run by 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 as a means of addressing these needs.

Funded projects

Hereward Heat Wheelchair Basketball Club received £1,560 to continue to provide sporting opportunities for at least 10 people with a lower limb disability through the provision of regular wheelchair basketball fitness and skill training.

The Kite Trust received £1,960 to run a programme of workshops for 25 young LGBT+ people to help develop a range of skills for entering the workplace.

Chinese in Peterborough received £1,000 to provide support and create a sense of community for Chinese people in Peterborough. 

Cambridge Hub received £5,000 to enable University of Cambridge student volunteers to provide extra curricular tutoring to educationally disadvantaged school children in the most deprived areas of Cambridge. 

Criteria Checklist

Are you able to answer YES to the following questions?

  • Does the project aim to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities?
  • Is the project run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with?
  • Is the organisation a small, locally based group?
  • Is the grant you are seeking at least 30% or more of the total project cost?
  • Do you pay all staff at least the Living Wage (which is £8.25 an hour UK wide or £9.40 an hour in London)?

If you can answer YES to ALL the questions above, you can apply for funds to

  • Increase local services
  • Build skills of local people
  • Increase community cohesion
  • Respond to local economic needs
  • Increase access to sport and exercise for people who face social exclusion and isolation

Organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief, cannot apply for a Comic Relief Local Communities Grant.


Grants will not be awarded to:

  • Individuals
  • Statutory organisations, including schools
  • Fund trips abroad
  • Fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project)
  • Fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings
  • Organisations which are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief