Comic Relief – Power Up: resourcing women’s and girls’ movement for change – Deadline 7th December 2018 at 12pm


The aim of this programme is to support a diverse range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives.

We are therefore launching an open programme to find and support women and girl’s movements to seed, sustain and strengthen this change in the geographies we fund. Please be aware we expect this to be a competitive programme and so will be unable to fund in every country.

What we will fund

  • Funding is available for 3 – 5 years
  • Funding can be used to cover the core costs / overheads of an organisation / partnerships, or specific projects and activities or a mixture of the two.
  • We also welcome applications using digital or Sport for Change approaches.

We are interested in the way that movements bring about change, approaches might include (but not be limited to):

  • Strategic litigation
  • Norm changing and behaviour change including with men and boys
  • Grassroots or frontline delivery of services*
  • Policy work
  • Campaigns
  • Advocacy
  • Network/alliance building
  • Research/building shared analytical frameworks

We are also interested in any number of issues as identified by those most affected, for example these may include (but are not limited to):

  • Gender based violence
  • Access to and control over resources, both within families, and over shared community assets (including land rights, water, protecting resources from extraction)
  • Women and girls in detention
  • Labour rights
  • Rights of minoritised or excluded groups, including BME, migrants, internally displaced people, disabled women, older women, rural women, sex workers
  • Work on the rights of LBTQI

Who can apply

This fund is for women and girl led organisations only

We will be offering grants for 3-5 years for the following total amounts:

  1. Single organisations can apply for grants between £150,000 up to £300,000
  2. Those working in partnership (2 or more organisations), up to £500,000**
  3. For women’s funds or others sub-granting we may consider larger grants (up to £750,000).

For sub-granters who aren’t women’s funds, the following criteria MUST be met:

  • Women and girls who are most affected by the issue being addressed must have a significant role in decision making about how the grants are distributed and what issues are centred
  • The money must be regranted to women or girls’ led groups or women or girls if supporting individuals


There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for first stage applications will be 7th December 2018 12pm GMT. Shortlisted applications will be given 7/8 weeks to submit a full proposal and the deadline will be 15th March 2019 12pm GMT. Decisions will be made by the Comic Relief grants committee and Trustees by July 2019.

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