£50,000 Comic Relief giveaway: How to apply

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It’s easy to apply for a slice of the £50,000 Comic Relief pot being distributed through The News to community groups in the Portsmouth area.

Groups eligible to apply need to:

Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived

area within the specified boundaries

Be small local groups with an income of less that

£100,000 (in the last year) run by local people

Examples of the type of activities that can apply for funds:

Parent and toddler groups

Dads and lads groups

Equipment and material

Community festivals

Cross-generational work

Befriending for older isolated people

Lunch clubs

Running costs for self-help groups Committee and volunteer/staff training

Improving facilities

Grants will not be awarded to:


To statutory organisations, including PCTs and schools

Groups who are not constituted

Grants will not be awarded for the following purposes:

To fund trips abroad

To fund buses, minibuses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project)

To fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings

To register your interest email newsdesk@thenews.co.uk and put ‘Comic Relief’ as the subject. We will get back to you with further details.