Comic Relief: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Comic Relief seeks to alleviate global poverty and many of the factors that contribute to the generational cycle of poverty.

IP TAKE: This outfit supports groups both big and small that attack the root problems of poverty and devise long-term solutions to those challenges.

PROFILE: On December 25, 1985, Comic Relief officially launched live on television from the Safawa refugee camp in Sudan. Over time, the group has included a number of partners, like Oxfam and Sainsbury's. While Comic Relief may be better known for its fundraising prowess, it is a substantial grantmaker in its own right. Comic Relief seeks to "drive positive change through the power of entertainment" in order to create a world in which everyone is "[s]afe, healthy, educated, and empowered." Specifically, the foundation focuses its grantmaking on the following:  Investing in children and youth,  Empowering women and girls, Improving health and well being,  and Building stronger communities.

The foundation's Open Funding Initiative accepts applications by invitation only. Through its Small Grants Fund, Comic Relief supports grassroots organizations dedicated to organizations that use rugby as a tool for social change. 

Comic Relief accepts unsolicited applications from UK registered charities.


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