Comic Relief and DCMS Covid-19 Fund

Comic Relief, via its Big Night In Appeal, and DCMS has launched a new fund to support local grass root not-for-profit organisations recover services impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and provide emergency relief in their communities.  Specifically, grants of up to £4K will enable organisations to respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities.


Applications are particularly welcome from groups that support BAME and LGBTQ communities who have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.  All applicants must be based in the local area and involve local people in their running, and have:

  • An annual turnover of under £250K
  • A management committee and governing document
  • Up to date audited accounts
  • Appropriate safeguarding policy and procedures.


Proposed activity must provide community benefit across one of Comic Relief’s 4 strategic aims:

  • Children Survive and Thrive: projects that support the under 5s to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.


Administered by Groundwork, this short-term response and recovery fund is open for applications on a rolling basis until the end of 2020.  The Fund may close earlier is all monies are awarded.  Grants must be expended by end February 2021.


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