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What your money does

When you donate to Comic Relief or Sport Relief, you’re supporting vulnerable people and communities in the UK and internationally. Our vision is to create a just world free from poverty and we’re doing this by funding amazing organisations doing amazing things.

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22 ways your money has helped in the last two years.

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Tackling the key issues of our time since the start

We have invested over £1 billion since 1985, supporting vulnerable people and communities in the UK and overseas. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. 

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Supporting brilliant solutions to terrible problems

We are working with local organisations in the UK and around the world who’ve proven that their approach to solving peoples’ problems work - and we invest in them as they grow. 

Who you’re helping

Your money helps people all over the world every single day.

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Meet Farhad, a young boy living in a refugee camp in Serbia.

Farhad's story

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Meet Jordan, a 24-year-old man from north Belfast.

Jordan's story

Our Core Issues

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Helping children to survive and thrive

For the last ten years we’ve supported work that meets the needs of children and young people, including, making sure they are protected from violence, exploitation and abuse, have improved access to quality non-formal education and training and more.

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Providing safe places to live

Comic Relief has been funding work around safe and secure shelter for marginalised communities for over 25 years. We have supported essential services to support people who are homeless across the UK. We have also supported psychosocial support for refugees and asylum seekers as well as helping communities in informal settlements across the world improve their own communities.

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Fighting for gender JUSTICE

Comic Relief has been funding work tackling gender-based violence and supporting women and girl’s activism globally since we began. In the UK we’ve supported community organisations delivering vital services like the National Domestic Violence Helpline and supported organisations working together to create big changes, like the Refugee Women’s Charter.

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Promoting Positive Mental Health

Mental Health has been a priority for Comic Relief’s funding in the UK for over ten years we have invested in therapeutic services, services for young people, campaigning and policy change work, anti-stigma and discrimination work and maternal mental health.

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We also support social tech investments and sport for change approaches that cut across our core issues where possible

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Sport for Change

We believe sport and physical activity has the power to bring about positive social change for individuals and communities. Comic Relief has been funding Sport for Change projects since 2002.

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Social Tech

We believe digital technology has the power to accelerate positive social change by helping people, organisations and communities do a better job. Comic Relief is a sector leader in funding Social Tech. We offer one of the only grant funding opportunities for social tech projects at any stage of their digital journey.

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Featured projects

Since Comic Relief began we’ve provided 26,030 grants totalling £1,236,352,903. Here are the organisations and projects we currently fund that featured in films for Red Nose Day 2019. 


Change Please

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Lasting Change IKAPA through VPUU

The Global Fund to Flight AIDS TB and Malaria

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£20 could provide an ambulance to transport a woman in labour to hospital in Uganda

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Looking for funding? 

We invest in organisations across the globe who share our vision for change. Importantly, we believe that organisations closest to the problems are often best placed to deliver the solutions - so that’s where we focus. 

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The image at the top of the page shows a child using a Tippy Tap, an innovative solution that makes it easier for children to wash their hands, improving hygiene in rural communities. You can see a demonstration of the Tippy Tap here.