Comic Relief-Better Futures

Status:  Open for applications.



Grants are available to UK-registered organisations for work under the following themes: better futures; healthier finances; safer lives; and fairer society.


Minimum Value:£ 10,000

Value Notes

Grants of over £10,000 are available. There is no set upper limit but most grants are expected to be for between £20,000 and £40,000 per annum. A small number of larger grants may be made but only where the work has either regional or national significance, is delivered by a number of partners or is clearly breaking new ground. Grants are made for a maximum of three years

Comic Relief will only consider one proposal from an organisation at a time.

Extended Description

Comic Relief was set up in 1985 to tackle poverty and promote social justice. This is achieved by raising funds and awareness, and allocating money donated by the public to charitable projects across the UK and in some of the poorest countries in the world, especially in Africa.

Comic Relief is committed to bringing about a just world, free from poverty. Comic Relief’s grant making strategy is based on the following themes:

  • Better futures.
  • Healthier finances.
  • Safer lives.
  • Fairer society.

Key Criteria

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply. The Better Futures strand supports young people (11-24) who have limited opportunities and face significant challenges. They will also fund work young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) where it can be demonstrated that they are facing severe personal, family or social adversity. 
The funder is looking to address at least one of the following outcomes:
  • Young people recover, cope and thrive in the face of severe personal, family and social adversity
  • Young people lead less chaotic lives and harmful lifestyles
  • Young people facing severe personal, family and social adversity, progress to employment, enterprise, training and education opportunities

Comic Relief are especially interested in approaches that tackle problems holistically, as well as initiatives developed and run by young people.  

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for revenue costs such as salaries, and small capital items, such as office furniture and computers.

Applications should meet at least one outcome from the organisation's chosen theme:


Matching Funding Restrictions

Comic Relief will fund up to 100% of the cost of the proposal; however, applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding as well. Comic Relief would usually expect to fund a minimum of 25% of the total costs of the proposed activities, to ensure that it’s involved in the work in a meaningful way.


Funding is not normally available for building costs, the purchase of vehicles and land or heavy equipment unless it can be clearly shown that such expenditure is proportionately small, in relation to the overall budget, and adequately justified as essential to the proposed activity.

Comic Relief will not consider proposals that it has previously considered and decided not to fund, unless an organisation has been invited to resubmit their proposal.

Funding is not available for projects providing individual advocacy.


Application Process

Initial applications must be made via the online 'Grant Management System'.

Full applications are by invitation only.


Address & Contacts :

For application forms please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
UK Grants Team Comic Relief
1st Floor
89 Albert Embankment
Telephone:020 7820 2000