Comic Relief Core Strength-Local Communities Programme

Status: Open to applications


Grants are available for the essential core running costs for small, locally led community organisations that are working to make their communities more connected, empowered and productive.


Maximum Turnover:£ 100,000

Maximum Value:£ 5,000

Minimum Value:£ 1,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for up to 12 months.

Extended Description

The Comic Relief Local Communities Programme is provided by Comic Relief and administered locally in Berkshire by the Berkshire Community Foundation.

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. This programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 27 October 2017.

Key Criteria

The following organisations in Berkshire are eligible to apply:

  • Community groups.
  • Residents associations.
  • Community centres.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Credit Unions.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an annual income of £100,000 or under for the last full financial year.
  • Have been running activities for at least 12 months.
  • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area.
  • Have limited access to other sources of income.
  • Clearly define the need they are addressing.
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to local people.
  • Illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes.
  • Provide clear evidence that the services they provide are inclusive to all.

Eligible Expenditure

This funding is to support core running costs or organisational development costs. (Funding cannot be used for direct project delivery.)

The work and main focus of the applicant organisation should fit one of the Comic Relief priorities.

The funding is for work that addresses at least one of the following priorities:

  • 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.

Priority will be given to:

  • Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding.
  • Those in areas of high deprivation.
  • Those in geographically underfunded areas.
  • Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation.
  • Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need.
  • Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful.



Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Statutory organisations, including schools.
  • Trips abroad.
  • Buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project).
  • Building costs, including access adaptations to buildings.
  • Organisations which are in receipt of an award directly from Comic Relief.
  • Applications that support the furtherance of any one religion or political party.
  • Applications where those benefiting do not live in Berkshire.
  • Organisations that have not fully completed all sections of the Grant application form, provided all other requested information and documents or who have not answered any subsequent questions put to them.
  • Organisations that do not have a building society or bank account. Cheques will not be made payable to individuals.
  • Projects that have already been completed (retrospective funding).

Application Procedure

An application form and guidelines can be found on the Community Foundation website.

Contact the Berkshire Community Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Contact details:

Grants Team, Berkshire Community Foundation, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GP

Tele: 0118 930 3021