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 the ‘Local Communities’ programme

Comic Relief is pleased to be working with UK Community Foundations and Community Foundations across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities programme.

The Heart of England Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners for Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Birmingham and the Black Country.

The Local Communities programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 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 or 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:

    Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise
    Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
    Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to     reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage
    Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety


For FULL details please visit the Heart of England Web Site HERE

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