Comic Relief Community Support Programme


Who can apply:

  • Constituted organisations with charitable purposes operating within Northern Ireland
  • Organisations whose income is £500,000 or below. Please note that should the Programme be oversubscribed preference for support will be given to organisations with an income level of £250,000 or below.
  • Priority will be for activities and programmes delivered on the ground which MUST make up at least 50% of the grant being requested.
  • Organisations supported must factor in the NI Executive Pathway to Recovery plan and updated guidance that is given. The Foundation acknowledges that future proofing the project with Covid-19 lens will be challenging but groups are asked to consider this when putting together the application.
  • *Organisations who are in receipt of funding from the New Needs Fund are able to avail of funding from the Comic Relief Support Programme, providing that the application is for a different project, and/or different costs associated.

All organisations applying to the Programme should do so in the understanding that should a grant be awarded they will commit to engaging in a wider Programme of learning, reflection and evaluation which will include the following:

  • Two peer learning/reflection events with other organisations who have been funded under the particular theme (this could be either via zoom or if circumstances permit via face to face meeting)
  • Working with the support organisation to draw out impact and learning from the programme supported that contributes to Practice to Policy documents
  • Host if selected a good practice – Seeing is Believing event for Foundation trustees and/or other Programme grantees
  • Profiling the support from Comic Relief and the Foundation in highlighting the work the group has undertaken with the grant as part of Red Nose Day 2021
  • Participating  in a final Programme learning and celebration event.

Fund objectives:

  • The focus of this programme will be to
    • #No-oneLeftBehind recognising and addressing the issues around social injustice and inequity that have been further unmasked as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions
    • Continue to support the generosity of individuals and communities
    • #BuildBackBetter as we collectively contribute to developing a more caring, equitable and inclusive society that rebuilds, renews and brings hope for the future.

The focus areas of the Comic Relief Community Support Programme are as follows:

Child Food Poverty: As many jobs have been lost and/or household incomes reduced, many families are struggling to feed their children with nutritious meals that are the foundation for good health in their early years of development.  We want to support community based responses to this issue that have the potential to be built upon longer term. One-off responses are unlikely to be supported.

Child Digital Poverty: As school learning will potentially be a mixture of class based and remote learning, the digital divide will further increase educational inequalities, limiting the potential of children to maximise their skills and talents. We are seeking to support community based responses that will reduce these inequalities in a way where resources can be shared both within a home and/or a wider community setting

Gender Based Domestic Violence: It is well documented that increased incidents of domestic violence against women and men has been evident during lockdown. The Programme seeks to support community based responses to domestic violence across genders, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age and which take account of all forms of abuse whether physical, sexual, financial, emotional, coercive, digital or honour based. We want to support women, men and children in their respective recovery journeys in a way that builds confidence, safety, security resilience, self-worth and value.

Taking Care of Returning Back to School: The return to school will be different this year and areas that need to be taken into account include many of the issues detailed in the following linked document:

https://www.seainclusion.co.uk/post/the-many-problems-of-returning-to-school

The Programme seeks to support community based responses that assist in this return to school experience.

The Programme seeks to support community based responses that assist in this return to school experience in a way that supports children, parents/guardians and staff to rebuild relationships which provides the best educational environment and experience for children.

(Please note that schools are not eligible to apply but can be involved as partners in a project led by a local community/voluntary sector organisation)

Responding to Loss and Grief: Common to all communities in Northern Ireland throughout COVID 19 has been the inability to support people to grieve the loss of a loved one. As restrictions ease the Programme would like to support actions that provide opportunities for communities to come together to acknowledge the loss and grief experienced by all within the community which may or may not be directly as a result of  Covid-19

LGBTQ+ Community: The Programme seeks to support community based responses that initially identify the inequalities that have been compounded by the crisis and initiate actions that seek to actively address these issues for the LGBTQ community in NI

Refugees and Asylum Seekers: As one of the most vulnerable and potentially invisible sectors in our community the impact of Covid-19 in terms of being able to avail of face to face support, access to digital technology, food and services has further added to this vulnerability, invisibility and inequality. The Programme seeks to support communities in supporting refugees and asylum seekers tackle these issues so that they can play a part in building a Northern Ireland that is more welcoming, caring and inclusive.

Racism – Community Based Responses Never before has the issue of racism been more globally highlighted and both the Foundation and Comic Relief wish to renew our efforts to support communities to eliminate such prejudice, hatred and bigotry from our society. The Programme seeks to support community based responses that seek to address these issues in a way which develops respect, inclusion, understanding and harnesses the potential of community diversity to build a new society.

Racism – Supporting Structural Change: The Foundation acknowledges our role in leading by example, exploring our role in tackling racism and seeks to work with a number of  organisations who wish to be involved in this work. The aim of this part of the Community Support Programme is to leave a legacy which sees a shift in fundamental structures across the charity sector, where our sector, leaders and decision-makers reflect the communities that we work with. This aspect of the Community Support Programme will be managed by the Foundation.

 

What can be supported?

Grant awards of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available. Applicants should note the following:

  • Two thirds of the grant awarded MUST be spent and verified by 31st March 2021 (applicable only to awards over £10,000)
  • Project MUST be completed within 12 months of the date of issue of the Grant Aid Agreement by the Foundation
  • Operational costs to assist in the delivery costs may include contribution to salaries, small capital items and general running costs

 

We will prioritise:

  • Initiatives that involve and empower those with lived experience #ShiftThePower
  • Initiatives that involve locally based community organisations
  • Initiatives that have a clear social impact
  • Initiatives that will see completion of the project within a 12 month period from date of grant award
  • Organisations who have fewer live grants, ie: less than four live grants (with the Community Foundation), at any one time

 

As part of the Foundation’s commitment to a Grant Plus process, this Comic Relief Programme will offer pre application support via webinars and for grantees wider programmatic support which will focus on impact, shared learning, story-telling and policy influence.

The Fund will not support:

The Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes or those of Comic Relief. 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.

 

Further to this the fund will not support:

 

  • Individuals;
  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away, and one-off residentials;
  • Funding for projects that have already started;
  • Organisations whose purposes or activities include advancement of religion;
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972;
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976 – *Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds; providing they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation;
  • Payment that directly supports lobbying or activity intended to influence or attempt to influence Parliament, Government or political parties, or attempting to influence the awarding or renewal of contracts and grants, or attempting to influence legislative or regulatory action. Notwithstanding this, the with the Foundation recognises the importance of an independent civil society sector and as such civil society organisations are entitled to campaign within the law, in order to advance their aims;
  • We will not support organisations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion;
  • Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. We will not support organisations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion;
  • One-off conferences or workshops.  We can fund conferences, workshops and other gatherings as part of longer-term activities or work;
  • General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or 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 they propose seeks to develop and implement community-based alternatives; or
  • The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state. We recognise this is a grey area, and in some exceptional circumstances may fund the provision of some services internationally. However, this must be discussed with the Foundation contact and agreed with the Foundation before the Sub-Funding is awarded;
  • Using the Funding to petition for additional funding;
  • Input VAT reclaimable from HMRC;
  • Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector funding;
  • Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases);
  • Gifts to individuals other than promotional items with a value of no more than £25 a year to any one individual;
  • Use to purchase buildings or land

Guidance for applicants:

To support potential applicants the Foundation has organised a series of on-line information seminars and groups can book a space on one of these seminars through the following link:

 

The sessions are as follows :

Thursday 30th July 2-3.30

Thursday 30th July 7.30 – 9.00

Wednesday 5th August 11.30 – 1.00pm

Wednesday 5th August 7.30 – 9.00

Tuesday 11th August 2 – 3.30

Tuesday 11th August 7.30 – 9.00

 

  •     Applications must be completed online

 

Applicants are also required to provide the following with their application:

  • A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation
  • A copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts
  • A copy of your safeguarding policies
  • A current account bank statement dated within the last three months
  • A copy of your equality policy

(The above documents must be uploaded online along with the completed application, or emailed to applications@communityfoundationni.org)

 

If you require any help with your application or need any further information on any of the focus areas of the Programme, please contact Michael Hughes Head of Building Sustainable Communities at mhughes@communityfoundationni.org 

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Closing Date: Sep 18, 2020 13:00

Sep 18, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grant awards of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that involve and empower those with lived experience #ShiftThePower; Initiatives that involve locally based community organisations; Initiatives that have a clear social impact; Initiatives that will see completion of the project within a 12 month period from date of grant award As part of the Foundation’s commitment to a Grant Plus process, This Comic Relief Programme will offer pre application support via webinars and for grantees wider programmatic support which will focus on impact, shared learning, story-telling and policy influence.

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Michael Hughes

Head of Building Sustainable Communities

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.

If you require any help with your application or need any further information on any of the focus areas of the Programme, please contact Michael Hughes Head of Building Sustainable Communities at mhughes@communityfoundationni.org or contact 02890245927 

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Michael Hughes

Head of Building Sustainable Communities

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.

If you require any help with your application or need any further information on any of the focus areas of the Programme, please contact Michael Hughes Head of Building Sustainable Communities at mhughes@communityfoundationni.org or contact 02890245927 

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