Comic Relief funding available to local projects

11th September 2015

Cumbria Community Foundation is calling for local community groups, resident associations, community centres, social enterprises, community interest companies and credit unions to apply for a share of £13,000.

What is the money for?

Comic Relief is offering the money, raised through Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, to help community and sports projects through their ‘Local Communities’ programme. The programme aims to empower local people to create a lasting change in their community by increasing access to sport, exercise and local services, building skills of local people, increasing community cohesion and social inclusion.

Annalee Holliday, Grants and Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “Cumbria Community Foundation has been working with Comic Relief since 2009 and we have awarded more than £140,000 in grants to support community groups and charities in our local area. We are very pleased to continue this relationship as there are still many communities in Cumbria that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse.”

A proportion of the money available will be allocated to projects which ‘increase access to sport and exercise for people who face social exclusion and isolation’.

Children playing bowls at Northside Community Centre

Previous funding

Last year Cumbria Community Foundation awarded Northside Community Centre in Workington £10,000 from the Comic Relief Fund towards staff costs to keep the centre open and offer a larger range of fundamental services. The Centre has since been able to open an internet café, run kids arts and crafts classes, exercise classes, and a work club helping residents prepare CVs: all of which meet the community’s current needs.


Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available and applications are now open until Friday 9th October 2015. To find out more about the Comic Relief Fund available at Cumbria Community Foundation please click here, call 01900 82470 or email