Comic Relief Children Survive and Thrive – opens January 2019

Article date
14 December 2018
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Comic Relief has announced the launch of a new funding initiative to develop child-centred approaches that address the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school.

Who should apply

Organisations that directly support families with young children. Organisations that have demonstrable experience in one of more of the key areas, such as health or education, may be able to extend this and integrate multiple elements of early childhood development.

Proposals can be made by individual organisations or partnerships of two or three organisations (only one organisation can act as the grant holder).

Grant size

Grants of up to £150,000, for projects lasting between 3 and 5 years.

What they will fund

The investment can be used to cover specific activities, or a combination of activities and the organisation’s core costs or overheads.  If an organisation’s main purpose is to advance early childhood development, and it can demonstrate its impact, we may consider funding core costs only.

Key dates

This is a two-stage application process:

  • The deadline for first stage applications will be 12 noon on Friday 22 March 2019.
  • If your application is shortlisted you will be given a further 7 weeks to submit a full proposal, and the Stage 2 deadline will be 12 noon on Friday 31 May.
  • Stage 2 proposals will then be shortlisted for a full assessment.
  • Once assessments are completed, the funding decisions will be made by the Comic Relief Trustees by the end of September 2019.
What should your application include at Stage 1

At Stage 1, the following are some of the things you will need to explain:

  • The people who will benefit, and the problems they face in their lives.
  • The changes you expect to see as a result of your proposed work.
  • The types and numbers of people benefiting directly, including core target groups, frontline workers and other direct beneficiaries.
  • What you will do to help people to address their problems.
  • Why you think this approach will be effective.
  • Who will be involved in delivering the activities, and what they will do.
  • The location and duration of this work.
  • The total amount of funding requested per year, and for each of the funded partners.
  • For your organisation and any funded partner: the organisation’s purpose, what it is most proud of, and why it is well placed to carry out this work.
More information

Find all the information you need to make an application on the Comic Relief website.