Apply for an International Grant
Comic Relief aims to treat applications from all organisations fairly and efficiently. Faced with limited resources and significant competition for grants, we are unfortunately unable to fund all of the applications we would like to support.
Furthermore, to keep things fair and equitable:
- organisations can only submit one application at a time, unless they are applying for an Organisational Development grant under the Common Ground Initiative
- if an application is unsuccessful, you will not be able to reapply for the same project until the end of our current grants strategy in 2012.
Please read all the information below in full before applying
What we fund
- We make grants to UK-registered charities (including charities registered in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) whose main aim is development and who work closely with identified local organisations.
- Applications to our Trade programme, and to the Enterprise and Employment programme under the Common Ground Initiative, may be made by any UK-registered organisation as long as they can show that all profits generated from the project will be reinvested in the project.
- We expect all applicants to share and discuss these guidelines with the local organisations they plan to work with. This will mean the application and budget has been jointly agreed and there is a clearly set out way of working together.
It is important that you read the full grant making policies before completing the application process as they contain Comic Relief’s policies relating to:
- funding Institutional Care
- funding Capital Costs and Basic Services
- funding Organisations that Evangelise and Proselytise
- responding to Fund-raising appeals.
Existing Grant Holders
If you want to apply for follow-on funding for an existing project you will need to have undertaken an independent review or evaluation before submitting an application.
Please note: When you submit your Project Grant summary application you will have the option to choose:
1. whether you want to complete the full application within the same cycle (you will have three weeks from notification of success at short-listing to complete the full application); or
2. whether you would like to spend more time compiling your full application and submit it into the following cycle (approximately six months later).
Depending on the route you choose, you should hear whether your application has been successful in either four or ten months from your summary application.
How long and how much?
Most of our grants are for between three and five years. Small grants for project research and development are usually for between three months and a year. Note that Research, Consultation and Planning Grants are only available to organisations with an income of less than £1m per year, or Diaspora-led organisations.
You can apply for up to £1 million for Project Grants and up to £25,000 for Research, Consultation and Planning Grants. Please check the relevant programme strategies for any variations to this.