Comic Relief

Funding priority

They have themed funding rounds that change about once a year, so check the website for latest details.

Their current opportunities are centred around supporting refugees and women and girls.


Each programme has its own deadlines

Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation

Who can apply

Predominantly registered charities. They will fund other types of organisation as long as your work is charitable and not profit-making. They will ask to see your governing document.

They support medium-larger size organisations. Applications are welcome from organisations with a maximum annual income of £10m, and a minimum annual income of £250,000 in the UK, as shown in the last annual accounts submitted to the relevant authority.


Activities which evangelise or proselytise.

Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political.

One-off conferences or workshops, as it is difficult to demonstrate what impact such events are likely to achieve.

General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications.

Work where the long-term institutional care of children or young people is a preferred way of working over the longer-term.

The delivery of services that are normally government’s responsibility.

Funding Type

  1. Capital expenditure
  2. One-off
  3. Project
  4. Regular
  5. Running costs

Grant details

Grants range from around £20,000 – £150,000. Multi-year grants are made.

They aim to fund no more than 40% of your organisation’s total income in any one year.  If working in partnership, no organisation can receive more than 40% of their income.

They are happy to fund up to 100% of costs for a proposal, but equally you can apply to them as a match or co-funder.


Size of grant

  1. Large (£50,000 and up)
  2. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)

Application details

Two stage application process: submit a concept note via their online system. If successful you'll be asked to submit a full proposal.

Contact Details


1st Floor, 89 Albert Embankment


Telephone Number

020 7820 2000


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