We’re doing this by funding and investing in amazing organisations across the UK and around the world. We fund a huge variety of organisations, each one working to tackle the key issues of our time.
We believe that organisations closest to context, are best placed to find solutions to the problems they face. We will invest in unsung heroes, medium-sized organisations who share our vision for change.
We believe sharing people’s own stories and experiences can drive positive change, we want to listen, learn from, and better share this experience through our platforms.
We believe that community-driven change makes a huge contribution, but recognise we’re not best placed to invest direct in highly localized projects. We will support specialist funders with expertise of engaging and working with communities they exist to help.
We believe by sharing evidence and insight, we can drive change, and continuously innovate, adapt and improve what we do.
We believe by championing and convening alongside others, we can contribute to accelerating changes in attitudes, policies and practices on the issues we care about.
We operate in key priority countries around the world, and all four nations in the UK. We aim to split our funding 50/50 between the UK and rest of the world. These are the countries we are currently prioritising:
We are also currently piloting investing along migratory routes from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe and the UK to meet the immediate and long-term needs of people forced to flee their homes. As we learn more about the impact of this approach we will scale to other routes.
Comic Relief has a proud history of supporting organisations led by people in the UK who originate from and maintain links to international communities. Under the Common Ground Initiative, delivered over 10 years in partnership with the UK Government’s Department for International Development, over 60 investments were made in UK-based diaspora-led organisations contributing to social and economic well-being across sub-Saharan Africa.
We recognise the crucial role that the diaspora play in international development and encourage competitive applications from diaspora-led organisations to our relevant calls for funding proposals. This complements our commitment to root our support in those closest to the people we intend to help. We define diaspora-led organisations as those who have a majority diaspora board membership.
We run a number of funding opportunities throughout the year. These focus on our core issues, as well as social tech and Sport for Change approaches.