Comic Relief has announced a new initiative, “Levelling the Field”

A project supported by Comic Relief encouraging girls to box

Today, Comic Relief has announced a new initiative, “Levelling the Field”. Working in partnership with the Scottish Government and the Treasury, the initiative aims to empower women and girls to reach their full potential through the power of sport, both in the UK and internationally.

Comic Relief has a long-standing commitment to supporting women and girls so that they are safe and free to lead the lives they choose. Sport is a proven and powerful tool for social change and can be used to challenge gender roles and propel women and girls toward better lives. The initiative will support projects which aid the development of life skills, deliver powerful messages, foster confidence and improve self-esteem.

The initiative marks the start of our new partnership with the Scottish Government, working together to support projects which use sport to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls. The £2.2 million joint funding from Comic Relief and the Scottish Government will support projects in Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda. The funding from Comic Relief will also support projects in Colombia and India.

Alongside this, Comic Relief and the Treasury are providing £1 million to support projects right here in the UK. This initiative has been developed to tackle issues that disproportionately affect women and girls such as lack of opportunities, gender stereotypes, and social isolation.

The application process for both international and UK programmes opens today, 5th January 2017 and will close at midday on 16th March. For more details and to apply for funding visit our grants page.