Comic Relief believes that small and diaspora-led NGOs play a crucial role in development, but often struggle to access funding. For that reason, we have a designated Small and Diaspora UK NGO Fund to specifically support work by small and diaspora-led NGOs which aligns with our strategy. In this round of funding we welcome applications from organisations working in three of our programme areas:
Empowering women and girls so they’re safe and free to lead the lives they choose.
Improving health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty.
Applicants must be based in the UK with partners working in sub-Saharan Africa. UK organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £1 million or have a majority African Diaspora Board. Projects must be no longer than three years in duration.
You should also check our grant making policies which explain our eligibility criteria for all organisations applying to Comic Relief for funding.
Key dates and process
The application process will consist of two stages. We’ll be open for concept notes from 17th June 2016 to midday 28th July 2016.
Once we receive your concept note, we’ll initially check whether your organisation and project is eligible for funding under this initiative and then shortlist the strongest concept notes. We’ll aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage by start September 2016. If your concept note is unsuccessful at this stage, we’ll be unable to provide any additional feedback due to our limited resources. If you’re successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to submit a full proposal by midday 5 October 2016.
Assessments on these full proposals will take place over October and November and, subsequently, final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees.
We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision at the start of February 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we will write to you explaining the reasons why. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any additional feedback.