There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse.
For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through the 'Local Communities' programme.
Comic Relief is pleased to be working with UK Community Foundations and Community Foundations across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities programme.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners.
The Local Communities programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 will be available.
The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.
Size of Grants
Minimum of £1000
Maximum of £5000
Groups based & active in
Isle of Wight
Arts & Culture
Health & Wellbeing
Racial & Cultural Integration
Community Development & Support - Youth
Education & Training
Sports & Recreation
Community Development & Support - Older People
Employment & Labour
Poverty & Disadvantage
Supporting Family Life
Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant. However organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief, cannot apply for a Local Communities Grant.
A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.
Work can cover a small geographical area such as a housing estate or village, but we will also consider work covering a slightly larger area such as a town or borough where there is evidence of community involvement.
Social Enterprises/Community Interest Companies/Community Interest Organisations
Acceptable Project Examples
Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:
Improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise,
Maximise people's ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity,
Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage,
Advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.
Types of activities that might be funded:
Community sport activities
Projects providing access to benefits advice
Projects combatting fuel poverty
Community consultation exercises
Community employment projects
Running costs; including salaries, core costs and project costs
Committee and volunteer/staff training
Groups NOT based and active in Hampshire including Southampton, Portsmouth, & IOW
Applications from individuals
Statutory organisations, including schools
Organisations that are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
Any party political activity
Proselytising activities, ie active promotion of a specific religion or belief system
To fund trips abroad
To fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project)
To fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings
To organisations who are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief