Comic Relief, Children Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine

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Comic Relief has announced grants of up to £150,000 in the UK for community action for early childhood development.

In some cases, the funder may approve investments up to £300,000 in the UK, for organisations that will both deliver strong community-level efforts and also contribute to strategic changes. However, Comic Relief does not expect to fund many grants over £150,000.

The Children Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine programme aims to support "child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school. These child-centred approaches should be based on recognised good practice."

Funding is available for 3 to 5 years. "The investment can be used to cover specific activities, or a combination of activities and the organisation’s core costs or overheads. If an organisation’s main purpose is to advance early childhood development, and it can demonstrate its impact, we may consider funding core costs only."

Changes to eligibility for Comic Relief grants

From 7 January 2019, UK organisations are eligible to apply if their annual income is at least £250,000 and not more than £10 million.

Comic Relief aims to fund no more than 40% of an organisation's future income. The funder will consider budgets that have higher amounts in some years, as long as the average annual funding is within the new 40% limit.

For example, UK organisation with income of £250,000 as shown in its latest annual accounts could apply for average yearly funding of up to £166,666. This is because, if the bid is successful, the organisation’s income would be £416,666. (£166,666 is 40% of £416,666.) In this example, if the proposal is for three years of funding, the total maximum grant would be £499,998 (3 x £166,666).

Comic Relief continues to predominantly fund registered charities.


Please read the guidance and full eligibility criteria before finding out how to apply.

The deadline for the first stage of applications is 22 March 2019 (12 noon).




Published: 30/01/2019
Audience: Head Teachers, Business Managers, Governors etc
Contact: Lee AnneSagar

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