Comic Relief and England Rugby launch new Try for Change funding initiative

20th January 2017

In partnership with England Rugby, Comic Relief is launching its first funding initiative through the Try for Change fund on 6th February 2017.

In 2016, Comic Relief and England Rugby joined forces to launch the Try for Change Fund. The fund will use rugby union and the rugby union community to deliver social change in England and across the world. Bringing together rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship it will work to tackle a number of social challenges around education attainment, social inclusion, unemployment, mental and physical wellbeing, personal development and community cohesion.

Sport can play an important role in improving the lives of millions of people across the world, bringing people together to play, learn, improve their health and benefit from shared experiences. Try for Change works to promote, support and grow rugby as a tool for social good. It aims to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential, as well as deliver long-term benefits to the wider community.

The first initiative launched under the Try for Change Fund is a small grants programme aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups, and local community rugby clubs in England. Organisations can apply for between £2,500 and £10,000, for up to 12 months. We will be prioritising applications which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, for example young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), local refugees, or young offenders.

If you are interested in learning more about the Try for Change Fund, England Rugby – in partnership with Comic Relief – are hosting a Seminar at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 17th February from 12pm until 2.30pm. For more information please contact Tim Wainwright at timwainwright@rfu.com.

For more details and to apply for funding from the Try for Change Fund, please check back on our grants page from 6th February 2017.

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