Comic Relief – Safe, Secure, Settled fund

This initiative will invest in projects that are using sport to improve the lives of young people without a safe or secure place to live, helping them to gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives. Comic Relief will consider work that supports children and young people aged up to and including 25. Comic Relief will also consider family-based interventions where the majority of beneficiaries are under 25.

Sport and physical activity can be a powerful tool for social change, used to address a range of issues facing communities. It can support the development of essential life skills, deliver powerful messages, develop confidence and improve self-esteem. It can also improve mental and physical health. Over the past 10 years Comic Relief has funded hundreds of projects that use sport in this way and we have seen the potential that it has to change lives when used alongside other interventions.

Funding available
Applications are welcome for a minimum of £100,000 and a maximum of £500,000, over a period of between two and four years. Comic Relief will support projects being delivered in the UK, India, South Africa, Brazil or Kenya. Applications for work in India, South Africa, Brazil or Kenya can be made by a locally registered organisation directly delivering the project or in partnership with a UK-based organisation.

Your grant request should be appropriate to the size of your organisation.

Aims and objectives
Comic Relief are interested in supporting a wide variety of projects and welcome bids from a diverse range of organisations.

Comic Relief are looking for creative approaches to support young people without a safe or secure place to live. All proposals must use sport as a tool for social change in their approach.

Comic Relief believes that projects developed and delivered in partnership with the people they aim to support will be more effective in creating positive social change. Projects like this are more likely to respond to the priorities of the people they are trying to reach and be more able to identify appropriate solutions. They may also benefit from greater accountability and legitimacy, and by empowering people to be part of the process, have the potential to build confidence and strengthen community cohesion.

Project design
Comic Relief are looking for work which can make a meaningful change to the lives of young people who are without a secure or safe place to live. Comic Relief wants to hear from organisations who can demonstrate a deep understanding of what makes a positive difference for young people in this situation in their local context. Comic Relief expects that projects will contribute to a minimum of one of the following outcomes:
• Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education
• Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment
• Children and young people increase life skills, e.g. Money management, daily living skills, legal rights, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, assertiveness, empathy, coping with stress, trauma and loss, resilience
• More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice

For more information and to apply, visit: www.comicrelief.com/apply-for-grants/open-grants-initiatives/safe-secure-settled

Deadline: Thursday 14 June 2018, 12:00

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