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Comic Relief  
Local Communities Programme


There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic Comicreliefweb3climate may make this situation worse.

For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through the 'Local Communities' programme

Comic Relief is pleased to be working with UK Community Foundations and Community Foundations across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities programme.

Foundation Scotland is one of the delivery partners.

The Local Communities programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1000 and £10,000 will be available.

Comic Relief is proud to have become a founding member of the Living Wage Friendly Funders scheme. This means we are supporting paying The Living Wage to charitable workers through our direct UK grantmaking. As part of this we would like to encourage applicants to the Local Communities programme to budget any staff costs at The Living Wage (£8.25 per hour outside London and £9.40 in London).



The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant. However organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief, can not apply for a Local Communities Grant.

A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.  However, the total project cost should not exceed £33,334. 


1. Improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise
2. Maximise people's ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
3. Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage
4. Advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety



The programme will not consider:

  • individuals

  • organisations with an income greater than £250k in the previous financial year (please note that, while the programme will consider larger organisations, the decision making committee will prioritise organisations with an income of £150k or less, especially when there is high competition for funds).

  • requests that are less than 30% of the total project cost 

  • areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities including schools. i.e. projects that take place in school, during school hours and/or only for the benefit of the pupils will not be considered. PTAs/Parent Council’s can apply if appropriately constituted but must evidence the project has genuine wider community benefit

  • trips abroad

  • purchase of any vehicles

  • building costs, including access adaptations to buildings

  • organisations who are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief

  • national organisations (unless the application is submitted by a local office with a separate management committee, bank account and governing document)



We must receive your complete online application AND supporting documents by 4pm on the 31st October.

Final decisions will be made on the 6th December, therefore, if your project is due to commence before this date then you cannot apply.


How to Apply

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the online application form

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