Comic Relief: Children Surviving and Thriving
We want all children to survive and to achieve their potential during the first years of life – through good health, nutrition, opportunities for early learning, responsive and supportive caregiving, safety and protection.
We want parents and other family members, communities and services to adopt the principles of children’s rights to survive and thrive, leaving no child behind, and supporting child-centred and family-centred care and nurturing.
As a result of the Comic Relief investment we wish to see a contribution to making change in one or more of the following areas:
- Supporting families with young children, to help them reach their developmental potential up to their successful transition to primary school – through good health, nutrition, opportunities for early learning, responsive and supportive caregiving, safety and protection
- Reducing harm – for example, ensuring a strong focus on children and families who are experiencing or at high risk of neglect or abuse; building resilience among children with adverse childhood experiences; and tackling gender-related barriers that lead to unequal access for girls and boys to services and support
- Building capacity to improve the delivery of early childhood development, based on evidence of what works
- Strengthening organisations driving these changes, to ensure the work has long term benefit
- Supporting parents, carers and communities to be active and knowledgeable champions of effective early child development
- Developing and influencing guidelines, procedures, policies and implementation plans, and acting on opportunities for meaningful collaboration among key stakeholders
- Develop community based initiatives that contribute to sustained reduction in child food poverty
Who Can Apply?
You must be a locally led and based organisation. This means you are based within the area you are carrying out activities and have local people involved in the running of the organisation. As such we accept applications from the voluntary and community sector including:
- constituted voluntary and community groups
- social enterprises
- community interest companies
- organisations with income levels of £250,000 or below
Your organisation will need to have been running activities for a minimum of 12 months.
It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme. Having priorities helps us to make difficult decisions when there are so many applications.
Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run 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. 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 geographically underfunded areas
Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all
Who Can Not Apply?
- Statutory organisations, including schools, universities or hospitals
- Private limited companies
- Unconstituted organisations
- National organisations, unless the application is submitted by a local office with a separate management committee, bank account and governing documents
- Organisations whose purpose is to promote party politics or religion. Your organisation must be inclusive to all at every level of the organisation (from trustees to staff to volunteers and beneficiaries) and this must be reflected in your governance and in practice.
The grant awarded will not be used for the excluded activities set out below:
- Activities which evangelise (the practice or spreading of religious beliefs) or proselytise (the practice of trying to convert people to own belief or religious views);
- Adopting a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. Community Foundation and Comic Relief will not support organisations that advocate violence to campaign or influence public opinion;
- One off conferences or workshops as it is difficult to demonstrate what impact such events are likely to achieve. Community Foundation and Comic Relief can fund conferences and workshops as part of longer-term projects or work;
- General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, market appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or the proposal from individuals for the funding of study or the attainment of qualifications;
- Work where the long-term institutional care of children or young people is a preferred way of working over the longer-term (e.g. setting up or running orphanages). Where short-term temporary institutional care is used as part of an intervention to support children and young people, applicants will need to demonstrate how the work that they propose seeks to develop and implement community-based alternatives;
- The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state. We recognise that this is a grey area, and in some exceptional circumstances may fund the provision of some services internationally. However this will only be a result of proactive approaches.”
In addition we won’t fund:
- Vehicles, land, property, large scale building works
- Salary costs and general core running costs, unless specific to delivery of a particular project
- Capital equipment
- Retrospective costs/debts
- Solicitor fees
- Medical expenses and medicines
- Holidays and overseas trips or shopping trips
The Community Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy. We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.
What You Will Need To Apply?
We will ask for the following supporting documents to uploaded with your application:
- A copy of your governing document (e.g. constitution, memorandum & articles or set of rules).
- A copy of your most recent annual accounts or management accounts if these are unavailable.
- Copies of your safeguarding and equal opportunities policies, if you need support with safeguarding we suggest seeking guidance from the NSPCC. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/research-and- resources/2017/safe-network-standards/
- You need a minimum of three unrelated management committee members to be eligible for the grant.