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Comic Relief - Tackling Violence against Women and Girls

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline: 02 July 2018


Grants are available to organisations that are working to end violence and abuse experienced by women and girls across the UK.

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Fund Value: £4,000,000

Maximum Value: £120,000

Minimum Value: £60,000

Value Notes

There is a total funding pot of £4 million.

Grants of between £60,000 and £120,000 for between one and years are available.

It is anticipated that up to 40 grants will be awarded.

Grants exceeding £120,000 may be awarded to organisations bidding in partnership with others.

It is expected that this will be a ‘highly competitive funding initiative’.

Extended Description

The new £4 million Tackling Violence against Women and Girls funding programme is provided by Comic Relief, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s Devolved Administrations. The Government funds have been raised through the Tampon Tax.

The funding aims to support organisations that are working to end violence and abuse experienced by women and girls across the UK.

The focus for the funding is on meeting the needs of women who are at risk or experiencing violence and who have multiple and complex needs. This could include women and girls experiencing poor mental health, substance misuse, are homeless, or are from less well-served communities or groups such as BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) and LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) communities, or women who are older and/or disabled.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 2 July 2018 (midday).

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit women's organisations based and operating within the UK can apply.

Comic Relief and its partners understand that change happens at many different levels and is therefore interested in supporting organisations that work with individuals, other organisations, communities and society at large.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding can be used for core and/or project costs.

To be eligible, proposals must be exclusively focused on women with multiple and complex needs and aims to:

  • Enable organisations to better support women within the target groups.
  • Showcase how women’s lived experience can inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy.
  • Provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches.
  • Enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support.
  • Support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector.
  • Improve access to support for women with complex needs in less well-served communities, such as BAMER, older women, LBTI, disabled women.

Applications will be considered for a broad range of work that demonstrates an understanding of the gendered causes of violence against women, and that tackles causes and/or consequences. This may be through preventative/early action measures, crisis intervention, and research and policy work as well as longer-term support.

Applicants should demonstrate a clear and specific understanding of the needs of those they seek to support, and provide evidence for why they are best placed to meet them, either alone or in partnership.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Fundraising appeals
  • Individual study
  • Religious activities.
  • Political campaigning
  • One-off events
  • Institutional care.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Applicants should contact Comic Relief to see if further exclusions apply to their proposal.

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 this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details: Grants Team

Comic Relief
89 Albert Embankment

Telephone:020 7820 2000

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