Comic Relief deadline extended

Comic Relief has announced an extension on the funding deadline for its Core Strength’s Grant Programme. This will now be 7 May, with a new panel date set for 18 June.

To apply for the funding, organisations must have been running activities for at least 12 months, and have an annual income of less than £100,000. The grants awarded are between £1,000 and £5,000.

To be considered for funding you will need to:

  • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area
  • Have limited access to other sources of income
  • Clearly define the need you are addressing
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefit of your activities to local people
  • Illustrate how you aim to deliver social outcomes
  • Provide clear evidence that your services provided are inclusive to all

Comic Relief’s core themes are:

  1. connected communities
  2. productive communities
  3. empowered communities

Click to download guidance notes.


National Lottery application changes

The National Lottery (Big Lottery Fund) has announced changes to its application process, to make it easier for good projects to get funding.

More staff have been taken on, across England, so a local point of contact will be retained throughout the application process.  Also, they are moving away from standardised application forms, to benefit the best projects, not the people who are best at filling in forms. The option now exists to fill in forms online, and apply by phone or in person.

The three types of grants that are offered are:

National Lottery Awards for All

Our National Lottery Awards for All scheme offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Find out more about National Lottery Awards for All funding


Reaching Communities

Reaching Communities offers grants of over £10,000 to support single organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.

Find out more about Reaching Communities funding



Our Partnerships funding provides grants of over £10,000 for groups or organisations who have great ideas to do amazing things together.

Find out more about Partnerships funding