Funding Physical Activity
Comic Relief has provided 524 Sport for Change projects with over £81.5 million in grant funding since 2002, in the UK and internationally.
Our Sport for Change work is focused on three areas:
Using sport to bring about positive social change across Comic Relief’s four key issue areas,
Growing the sport for change space by advocating for the power of sport, supporting funded organisations to demonstrate their impact, and working with organisations who are new to using sport in their approach.
Working with strategic partners to develop and deliver Sport for Change programmes.
A guide to applying for Sport for Change funding
We have a useful guide(opens in new window) to applying for Sport for Change funding. It includes information about what makes a good project and a handy checklist for things you need to think about before applying for a grant – recommended reading!
Donate now and help people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and across the world. This includes supporting people fleeing the war in Ukraine and other ongoing conflicts.
What else do we support?
Comic Relief is a sector leader in funding Social Tech. We offer one of the only funding opportunities for social tech activities at any stage of their digital journey because we believe digital technology has the power to accelerate positive social change.
What are our main focus areas?
Genuine impact requires focus so we target four key issues categories in set geographic locations. They are:
What are our main focus areas - FUNDING STRATEGY
BETTER MENTAL HEALTH
Every year, close to 1 billion people worldwide experience mental health problems. We help people get access to mental health services. We work to tackle the stigma people with mental health conditions so often face. And we push for governments to do more.
CHILDREN SURVIVE & THRIVE
Every year, millions of children die before their fifth birthday. We help children survive – tackling hunger, disease and abuse. And we help them thrive, working to give them the best possible start in life so they can play, learn and grow up healthy and strong.
SAFETY AND EQUALITY FOR WOMEN & GIRLS
Violence and abuse against women and girls is a global epidemic: it affects 1 in 3 women worldwide. We’re working towards a world where women and girls can fulfil their potential, and live free from violence, discrimination and fear.
SAFE PLACE TO BE
1 in 5 people around the world don’t have a safe place to be. We make sure people find a safe place to call home. We also challenge negative attitudes to homelessness and migration.
How can we help your cause?
We fund organisations when we think we'll achieve the maximum possible impact together. We rigorously screen them to make sure the money is well spent.