This week Comic Relief is excited to launch three new funding initiatives. The funding initiatives now open for applications are:
Safety From: Spaces To:
Women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa have been fighting for equality and their rights for decades and although there has been some huge gains, gender inequality is still a big challenge. Safety From; Spaces To will fund women-led organisations that strengthen and build safe spaces and platforms for women and girls in Ghana, Kenya and/or South Africa. The proposals will have to use creative, fresh approaches and put women and girls at the centre of their work. Women and girls will drive the change and make the decisions – they will identify their needs and priorities; and then design, develop and take part in activities and opportunities accordingly.
Try for Change
Comic Relief and England Rugby recognise that sport can have a significant impact on people’s lives and so together they have created the Try for Change Fund. This initiative seeks to fund projects which use rugby union and the rugby union community to tackle a number of social challenges. Over four years, £4 million will be raised by England Rugby and distributed in partnership with Comic Relief through the Try for Change Fund. Proposals to the large grants initiative must have a significant and lasting impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in England.
Thriving not just surviving: Young Men and Mental Health
Stigma and gender stereotypes mean that young men with mental health problems can find it more difficult to access the support they need. Comic Relief wants to invest in services that take a ‘male positive’ approach to ensure the needs of young men are met. This initiative will seek to support proposals that deliver specialised mental health provision that put the needs of young men at the heart of their work.
For more information on these initiatives and other initiatives that are already open, visit the open initiatives page.
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