About Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty.



To drive positive change through the power of entertainment

The life cycle of a donation

How we make grants step 1


You raise and donate amazing amounts of money for Red Nose Day and Sport Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives.

How we make grants step 2


We add together all the money and use it to give grants to thousands of charities who are working to help people living tough lives, both here in the UK and around the world.

How we make grants step 3


It takes two years for all the money to be allocated. This gives charities ample time to apply for grants and gives us plenty of time to make sure we’re only funding the very best ones.

How we make grants step 4


We give money out in stages, rather than in a lump sum. That way we can make sure we’re kept updated regularly about how the money’s being put to good use.

How we make grants step 5


While the cash is waiting to be paid out, we invest the pennies wisely.

How we make grants step 6


It’s the return from those investments that helps to pay our running costs. This means you can be sure that all the money you give is spent on helping people.

Your impact

What we do

The money you give is put towards incredible projects, in the UK and across the world, that are effectively tackling inequality and making lasting change.

See the difference


Our partners

We work with a range of incredible organisations, without whom Sport Relief and Red Nose Day simply couldn't happen.

Find out more

About Comic Relief links

  • The history

    The history

    Discover the highlights of Comic Relief's history, all the way back to 1985

    See history

  • Strategy


    Find out how our strategy helps us to drive positive change through the power of entertainment

    See strategy

  • Finances


    See how our finance policies ensure we invest and spend money wisely

    See finance policy

  • The team

    The team

    Meet our trustees, boards and directors who steer Comic Relief's day-to-day running

    Meet the team