Comic Relief – Tackling Violence against Women and Girls – Deadline Midday 2nd July 2018


Proposals are welcome from across the UK. We expect to make up to 40 grants of £60,000-£120,000 for between one and three years. We may award grants larger than £120,000 to those bidding in partnership with others.

We expect this to be a highly competitive funding initiative, so applicants must clearly demonstrate how they will address one or more of the aims listed below.

Aims of the fund

This funding is exclusively focused on women and girls with multiple and complex needs and aims to:

  • Enable organisations to better support women and girls within the target groups.
  • Showcase how women and girls’ lived experience can inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy.
  • Provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches.
  • Enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support.
  • Support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector.
  • Improve access to support for women and girls with complex needs in less well-served communities, such as BAMER, older women, LBTI, disabled women.


We welcome applications for a broad range of work that demonstrates an understanding of the gendered causes of violence against women, and that tackles causes and/or consequences. This may be through preventative/early action measures, crisis intervention, and research and policy work as well as longer-term support.

Applicants should demonstrate a clear and specific understanding of the needs of those they seek to support, and provide evidence for why they are best placed to meet them, either alone or in partnership.

Applicants can apply for core and project funding, as long as they can evidence how they meet the aims and criteria set out above. (Additional information on what we mean by core funding has been added to the Initiative Guidance).

Organisations with an existing grant are eligible to apply.

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