People living in deprived areas, or who face a range of social issues, often get vital support from smaller organisations based within their communities. It's these locally based groups that truly understand the needs of the people they serve and make a huge difference to their lives.
We believe that local people know what is needed in their community and are best placed to make any changes. Having lots of activities happening in an area brings vibrancy to a local community which can make it a better place to live.
We are also aware that many people are undertaking great work in their area but often struggle to get the support they need. We therefore want to support community groups rooted in their local communities undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement.
Size of Grants
Minimum of £500
Maximum of £1000
Groups based & active in
Isle of Wight
Arts & Culture
Health & Wellbeing
IT / Technology Training
Community Development & Support - Youth
Education & Training
Poverty & Disadvantage
Sports & Recreation
Employment & Labour
Supporting Family Life
Community Development & Support - Older People
Grants will be used to support work where there is clear evidence of a beneficial impact on people's lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender.
We are looking for a wide range of projects that are able to deliver social outcomes.
Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for projects of 1 year's duration.
To be considered for funding you will need to:
Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area
Be a small local group with an income of less than £100,000 run by local people
Have limited access to other sources of income
Clearly define the need you are addressing
Clearly demonstrate the benefit of your activities to disadvantaged people
Illustrate how you aim to deliver social outcomes
Provide clear evidence that the services provided are inclusive to all
Provide clear evidence that the activities provided will target people who would ordinarily struggle to access those opportunities
We are particularly keen to ensure we reach groups of people who often miss out. As such we accept applications from the voluntary and community sector including:
constituted voluntary and community groups
community interest companies
Groups which have been established for less than 12 months, are eligible to apply.
Priority will be given to small, locally based groups 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. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to:
Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding
Those in areas of high deprivation
Those ingeographically underfunded areas
Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation
Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need
Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful
Acceptable Project Examples
Examples of the type of activities we will fund:
Counselling and advice services
Disability sports clubs/activities
Training, skill building and volunteering projects
Community groups and set up costs for new groups
Groups not based and active in Hampshire including Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight.
Organisations who are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief (excluding the Community Cash programme)
Statutory services/organisations, including schools, cannot bid for the fund.
Activities promoting party political activity.
Activities generating private profit.
Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Projects that only work with one faith are also not eligible.
Organisations that are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants.
National organisations, unless the application is submitted by a local office with a seperate management committee, bank account and governing documents.
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.