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Comic Relief  
Core Strength - Local Communities


The Core Strength – Local Communities initiative provides funding for essential core running costs for small locally Comic Relief Web2led community organisations.  Grants between £1,000 to £10,000 for up to 12 months are available to local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000. The initiative will sit under the Comic Relief programme of Building Stronger Communities – supporting groups who work to make their communities more connected, empowered and productive.  



  • Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for core costs only 

  • The programme will support core costs only (meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs.) 

  • You can apply for overheads (rent, staff, volunteers, heat/light, stationery/small equipment, internet etc), organisational development (staff/volunteer/trustee training, business planning, marketing and communications, monitoring and evaluation)

  • This list is not an exhaustive list but the main point to remember is that funding cannot be used for direct project delivery. This is about your organisational needs and support.


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:

  • Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding 

  • Those in areas of high deprivation 

  • Those in geographically underfunded areas 

  • Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation

  • Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need

  • Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful



The programme will not consider:

  • Organisations who are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief (you can apply if you have funding from the Comic Relief Community Cash programme) 

  • New groups (established for less than 12 months and don’t have annual accounts)

  • Groups with an income in excess of £100,000

  • Individuals

  • Advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups) 

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts

  • Retrospective funding i.e. costs already incurred/activities already taken place

  • Trips abroad 

  • Purchase of second hand vehicles

  • Payments towards 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 Councils can apply if appropriately constituted but must evidence the project has genuine wider community benefit.

  • Groups who will then distribute the funds as grants or bursaries 

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

  • Applications that are for the sole benefit to flora and fauna. Applicants are invited to demonstrate the direct benefit to the local community and/or service users in cases where the grant application is concerned with flora and fauna. 

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland 



Decisions for this round will be communicated in April.  We have not set a deadline for applications however, we will close the programme, without prior notice, once we reach the required number of applications.  Therefore applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and would encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out on this opportunity.



How to Apply

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the application form.

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