Comic Relief ‘Power Up’ funding – stage 1 open until 7 December

Article date
15 October 2018
Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Comic Relief has launched ‘Power Up: Resourcing Women’s and Girls Movements for Change’

This is an open funding programme to support women and girl’s movements in the UK and abroad. The aim is to support a wide range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems that perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives. Grants are available up to £300,000 (up to £500,000 for partnerships) and for 3 to 5 years.

Criteria for funding

This fund is for women and girl led organisations only. Applications will be considered from locally rooted women’s and girls’ movements that are working collectively towards a shared long term goal.

The funding is intended to support the development of specific work (such as campaigns, advocacy, and/ or services) when it is part of long term change.

They are interested in any number of issues as identified by those most affected. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Gender-based violence
  • Access to and control over resources, both within families, and over shared community assets (including land rights, water, protecting resources from extraction)
  • Women and girls in detention
  • Labour rights
  • Rights of minoritised or excluded groups, including BME, migrants, internally displaced people, disabled women, older women, rural women, sex workers
  • Work on the rights of LBTQI
Application process

There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for first stage applications will be 7 December 2018 12pm GMT. Shortlisted applications will be given 7/8 weeks to submit a full proposal and the deadline will be 15 March 2019. Decisions will be made by the Comic Relief grants committee and Trustees by July 2019.

Find out more on the Comic Relief website