Comic Relief Core Strength Local Communities

Comic Relief Core Strength Local Communities

Core Strength – Local Communities – Tees Valley
Grants of £1,000 to £5,000

We are excited to announce the second round of the Core Strength – Local Communities for 2017/18 in partnership with UK Community Foundations and Comic Relief. This round we are focusing on Tees Valley including Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland. This 12 month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. Comic Relief know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities.

Who can apply?
You must be a locally led and based organisation - based within the area you are carrying out activities and have local people involved in the running of the organisation. We accept applications from the voluntary and community sector including:

  • constituted voluntary and community groups
  • charities
  • social enterprises
  • co-operatives
  • community interest companies

Themes and outcomes

To be eligible the majority of your work should contribute to one of the following outcomes:

  • Connected communities: seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities
  • Productive communities: investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources
  • Empowered communities: working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities

How to apply
The fund will open for applications through CDCF on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 and close on Sunday 18th February 2018. Funding will be decided by an expert panel and grant offers made by the end of March 2018.

Steps to apply for this grant