Comic Relief – Children Survive and Thrive Fund – Deadline 12 noon on 22nd March 2019



We will make investments in organisations that directly support families with young children.

Organisations with demonstrable experience in one or more of the key areas – for instance in health, or in education – may be able to extend this and integrate multiple elements of early childhood development.

However, we do not expect organisations to be able to achieve all this on their own.

  • To meet the holistic needs of children it may be important to create strong linkages from communities to different services, and ensure integrated follow-up with families after they return home
  • Some organisations might also consider a specific approach, such as implementing a missing key activity in local communities, e.g. community-based and pre-school activities that address gaps in young children’s holistic needs
  • We also welcome applications from organisations working in partnership


  • Funding is available for 3 to 5 years
  • In the UK we will make investments of £150K and below, and in Kenya and Malawi we will make investments of £300K and below.
  • In some cases, we may approve investments at a higher level – up to £300K in the UK, and up to £750K in Kenya and Malawi – for organisations that will both deliver strong community-level efforts and also contribute to strategic changes. For example, this could be through a combination of supporting families directly, and influencing stakeholders, policy or guidelines at local or national level.  Please note, however, that we do not expect to fund many grants at the higher level.
  • 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.


  • As of 7 January Comic Relief changed these funding criteria, so please read the following carefully.
  • The applicant organisation must have a minimum annual income of £250,000 a year in the UK, or £75,000 in Kenya or Malawi. The applicant must also not have an annual income of more than £10 million. This needs to be shown in your most recent annual accounts submitted to the relevant authority.
  • All organisations must apply within the funding limits for the Rise and Shine programme as outlined above.
  • In addition, Comic Relief aims to fund no more the 40% of an organisation’s future annual income. This limit applies to the overall funding amount for your organisation and includes any funding distributed to partners.
  • The 40% limit will apply to the percentage of the organisation’s total funding per year, after Comic Relief’s investment is added to other income your organisation already receives. The simplest way of calculating the maximum annual funding request to Comic Relief is to multiply last year’s income by two-thirds. This amount will represent 40% of the forecast annual income if your proposal is successful.
  • For example, an organisation in Kenya or Malawi with income of £75,000 as shown in its latest annual accounts can apply for average yearly funding of up to £50,000.  Its forecast income will be £125,000 a year on average. (£50,000 is 40% of £125,000.) In this case, if the proposal is for three years of funding, the total request can be 3 x £50,000 or a maximum request of £150,000.
  • This will apply to the average annual funding – so we will consider budgets that have higher amounts in some years, as long as the average annual funding is within the new 40% limit.

Please click here for the website and all the information you will need to apply.


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