Comic Relief Core Strength – Local Communities Fund

£1,000 to £5,000 for projects based in Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull

This is a 12-month programme that 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.


The Grant is to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged this may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs.

Please note:

  • Your organisation will need to have been running activities for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Your annual income must be £100,000 or under for your last full financial year.

For the full information about this fund read our fund factsheet.

The fund is now open for projects based in Birmingham and the Black Country (BBC), Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW)

Closing dates:

  • For CSW applications is 9am on Wednesday 21st March 2018
  • For BBC applications is 9am on Wedensday 4th April 2018