Comic Relief – Ahead of the Game, Sport and Mental Health

Grants are available for new or existing work in the UK, Ghana, Uganda or Rwanda that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental well-being.

Grants of between £150,000 and £450,000 are available for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.

The requested amount must be proportionate to the annual income of the organisation, and this will be looked at as part of the assessment process. Comic Relief aim to fund no more than 40% of the applicant organisation’s total income in any one year. Capital costs must make up less than 25% of the funding amount being requested.

The funding has two aims:

To support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental well-being.

To contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts.

There is a two-stage application process:

The deadline for the first stage applications is 1200 GMT on 31 May 2019.

Shortlisted applications will have a further four weeks to submit a full proposal. The deadline for second stage applications is 1200 GMT on 9 August 2019.

Stage two proposals will then be shortlisted for a full assessment

Once assessments are completed, the funding decisions will be made by the Comic Relief Trustees by the end of January 2020.

The eligibility quiz and GEM, the online application and grant management system can be found on the Comic Relief website (https://www.comicrelief.com/funding/current-opportunities/ahead-game-sport-and-mental-health).

Contact Comic Relief for further information on; tel 020 7820 2000 or email grantsinfo@comicrelief.com.


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