Try for Change – Large Grants Fund – Deadline 2nd October 2017


About the Initiative

Sport can have a significant and measurable impact on people’s lives. Recognising the positive impact rugby union and its values can have on individuals and communities, Comic Relief and England Rugby are working in partnership to deliver the Try for Change Fund.

In 2016, England Rugby partnered with Sport Relief to launch the Try for Change Fund which is a fully managed fund by Comic Relief. Try for Change uses the power of rugby union to improve and support the lives of disadvantaged people in England and around the world. Over four years, £4 million will be raised by England Rugby and distributed in partnership with Comic Relief through the Try for Change Fund to projects using rugby for social change.

Through the large grants programme, we are looking to fund projects which will have a significant and lasting impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in England. Organisations which use rugby union, its values or the rugby community to tackle some of the biggest issues facing society are invited to apply for a grant of up to £100,000.

What we will fund

Try for Change aims to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential, whilst delivering long-term benefits to the wider community. Proposals to the large grants programme must demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in rugby. Proposals must , therefore, ork towards at least one of the following Try for Change outcomes:

  • 1. Increase community cohesion or social integration
  • 2. Improve educational attainment
  • 3. Increase employability
  • 4. Reduce involvement in gangs and/or reduce the risk of re-offending
  • 5. Improve mental and physical health

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, we want proposals go above and beyond confidence building and to demonstrate how rugby can be used to achieve positive social change. Click here for more information: Sport for Change.

Projects working with the most vulnerable and marginalised groups will be prioritised. As well as existing rugby for change programmes, we are looking to fund new and innovative approaches from organisations who demonstrate the ability and capacity to add rugby to their programmes.

Examples of the types of projects we will fund include:

  • Projects that use a mixture of rugby, mentoring and personal development sessions to provide opportunities for unemployed young people to develop work-relevant skills; whilst also improving their health and well-being.
  • Intergenerational projects that use rugby to connect people of different ages and tackle the effects of dementia, depression and loneliness.
  • Projects that provide opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers to develop key life skills, and use the game of rugby to bridge social, economic and cultural divides within communities.
  • Where rugby is used as a diversionary activity for those at risk of becoming involved in gangs or crime.

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