Sport plays an important role in improving the lives of millions of people across the world, bringing people together to play, learn, improve their health and benefit from shared experiences. By bringing together rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, Comic Relief and England Rugby will tackle a number of significant social challenges including educational attainment, social inclusion, unemployment, mental and physical wellbeing, personal development and community cohesion. Try for Change works to promote, support and grow rugby as a tool for social good, working with charities, clubs and individuals who use rugby and these core values to drive change. Try for Change aims to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential, as well as deliver long-term benefits to the wider community.
The first initiative launched under the Try for Change Fund is a small grants programme and this initiative is predominantly aimed at smaller charities, community groups and local community rugby clubs.
Examples of work this could fund are:
- Where rugby is being used to help the rehabilitation of young offenders
- Where rugby is helping achieve community integration for local refugees
- Where rugby is provided to young people who are not in education, employment or training as part of a personal development programme
We know that taking part in sport leads to an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence for most people and for this initiative we are making the assumption that this underpins all programming. However for this programme we want proposals go above and beyond confidence building and to demonstrate how sport can be used to achieve positive social change. Proposals to this initiative will need to demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in sport.
Proposals are welcome for grants between £2,500 and £10,000 for one year of activity. The work must take place in England. The focus of the applicant organisation must be in the local community and we are keen to receive applications from organisations based within the community in which they are working.
We will be prioritising applications which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, and we are looking for projects that use or want to use rugby union as a tool for social change, not simply where the aim is to increase participation in sport.
Applicants should be based in the UK and have a maximum turnover of £500,000.
For more information and to apply click here for the funders website.