Comic Relief - Safe, Secure and Settled Fund

Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 14th June, 2018


Grants are available for projects in the UK, India, South Africa, Brazil and Kenya that are using sport to improve the lives of children and young people (up to 25 years) who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation to gain skills to lead safe and positive lives.


Fund Value: £4,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 500,000
Minimum Value: £100,000

Value Notes

This fund has a total budget of £4 million.
Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available to cover a period of between two and four years.
The grant request should be appropriate to the size of the organisation that is applying.

Extended Description

As part of its Sport for Change programme, Comic Relief has launched this new £4 million fund with the aim of improving the lives of young people (up to 25 years) that lack a safe or secure place to live and help them gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives. The funding will support projects in UK, India, South Africa, Brazil and Kenya.
Comic Relief is keen to support a wide variety of projects from a diverse range of organisations.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2018 (midday). Applications that are made earlier in the process may be reviewed before the deadline.

Key Criteria

UK based not-for-profit organisations can apply.
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.
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’.

Eligibile Expenditure

Projects should take a creative approach, use sport as a tool for social change in their approach and contribute to at least 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.
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice.
  • Children and young people increase life skills, for example money management, daily living skills, legal rights, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, assertiveness, empathy, coping with stress, trauma and loss, resilience.
Proposals will need to:
  • Go above and beyond confidence building and be able to demonstrate how sport can be used to achieve positive social change.
  • Demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in sport for the physical health benefits.
Applicants should read the short guide published by Comic Relief to ensure they understand what makes a good Sport for Change project.

Application Procedure

An online application form and guidance information can be found on the Comic Relief website.
Groups with the strongest proposals will be shortlisted to go through for a full assessment.
Contact Comic Relief for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on their website.
Contact details:
Grants Team
Comic Relief 
89 Albert Embankment 
020 7820 2000