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Comic Relief Local Communities Programme
There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through a third phase of the ‘Local Communities’ programme. Comic Relief is pleased to be working with the UK Community Foundations (UKCF) and Community Foundations across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities Programme.

The London Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners and will be delivering the programme across 29 London boroughs. We cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs: City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
The Local Communities Programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available.

The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups and organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:
1. Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise
2. Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
3. Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to services
4. Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety

There will be a different theme under which you can apply in each round.
Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant. However, organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief cannotapply for a Local Communities grant.
A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.
Please ensure that your project activity begins no earlier than the 10 weeks after the grant deadline; you will then have 12 months to spend your grant, if you are awarded.
Living Wage

Comic Relief became a Living Wage Friendly Funder back in June 2015 and we are working with them to run a special pilot through this round of the Local Communities initiative. Comic Relief has signed up to the scheme in recognition and support of the commitment and hard work that workers in our sector undertake. The hope is that eventually all funders will sign up to the scheme and together we can work towards ending low pay in the community and voluntary sector in the UK.

As you know The London Community Foundations and UK Community Foundations manage the Local Communities initiative on behalf of Comic Relief and for this round we will be piloting the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme. See the Fund Guidelines for more details.

Please note: We cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs:
• City of London
• Hackney
• Newham and
• Tower Hamlets

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