Comic Relief – supporting and sustaining specialism – deadline 5 March 2021

Article date
22 February 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Comic Relief are inviting proposals from organisations in England led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women and providing frontline services responding to violence against women and girls. They want to make targeted investments in women’s organisations in England led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women, providing frontline services to respond to violence against women and girls.

The available funding will be between £30,000 to £250,000 for 12-15 months of service delivery from July 2021 to September 2022.

Who can apply?

Organisations with an income of between £75,000 and £10 million. To be eligible for this fund, your organisation must demonstrate alignment with all four of the following elements:

  • Mission: You promote the rights of Black and minoritised women and girls as your primary mission.
  • Approach: Your approach reflects an understanding of the ways in which sexism and racism (and possibly also class discrimination, heterosexism, ableism) interact to minoritise women and girls. Your activities are likely to call on shared theoretical frameworks, such as Black Feminism.
  • Leadership: Your organisation is led and managed by Black and minoritised women: they must represent at least 75% of the senior management team and trustees. You recognise the value of lived experience of VAWG in the staff team and it is included across the organisation.
  • Change: You are committed to structural change to achieve social justice.  Your work to affect structural change will be visible both within your own organisation and your external influencing.
What is the aim of the funding?

Proposals should respond to one or both of this programme’s aims:

  • Improve access to quality services and support for Black and minoritised women and girls who are experiencing, or at risk of, violence and abuse.
  • Improve understanding of the needs of and effective responses to violence and abuse against Black and minoritised women and girls.

They largely expect to fund established work meeting these aims: knowing that securing funding to continue existing, vital work is a priority for the sector and the short lifespan of the available funding means that new projects would be unlikely to have sufficient time to start-up and take effect.

They are interested in proposals that support women and girls from a range of different communities as well as proposals focused on supporting a specific community (e.g. the East African community, the Bengali community).

There is an awareness that there are gaps in funding to support:

  • Women seeking asylum
  • Migrant women
  • Women with no recourse to public funds
  • Disabled women
  • Young women
  • Older women

Please be aware that as long as you can meet the other criteria this funding can be used to meet any area of need, including these, and proposals are encouraged in reaching women facing multiple barriers to social justice.

Funding can be used to cover specific project activities and core costs that can be evidenced as directly related to the proposed project.

Is there a deadline?

12 noon on Friday 5 March 2021.

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