Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme




Applications must be made by Constituted Community/Voluntary Organisation – Please note that, if any of the group’s objectives includes advancement of religion, then the group is not eligible for a grant award and should not apply.


Applicants will be asked to provide details of the programme being proposed, and how it will support families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period. 


Applicants will be asked to provide details as to how the proposal will support families in a way that safeguards their privacy and their dignity.


Applicants will be asked to provide details as to how any grant awarded will be used in a way that supports local businesses in this time of crisis.

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
  • charities
  • social enterprises
  • co-operatives
  • community interest companies
  • organisations with income levels of £250,000 or below


Priorities Include:

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.

If applications are received from a number of groups operating in the same geographical area, the Community Foundation reserves the right to contact these groups asking them to develop a more coordinated approach thus enhancing the  potential of the fund to reach out to as many communities as possible.

Who Can Not Apply?

  • Individuals
  • 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. resources/2017/safe-network-standards/
  • You need a minimum of three unrelated management committee members to be eligible for the grant.

Closing Date: Jul 3, 2020 17:00

Jul 3, 2020 17:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,500

  • Priorities:

  • Community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10.

Ready To Apply?

Apply Now

The fund will be open for applications from 7th April 2020 and will open on a rolling call basis, however, as we expect a high number of applications it may be necessary to close the call for applications at very short notice.

Apply online by clicking here:

Apply Here

Who to speak to

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Head of Building Sustainable Communities

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact Michael Hughes.

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Head of Building Sustainable Communities

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact Michael Hughes.

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