Supporting communities to #ShiftThePower

By 29th July 2020 Comic Relief Fund, News

The #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund is now open to community groups and charities working in Scotland. Groups can apply for grants up to £10,000. The purpose of the fund is to support grassroots organisations that are providing help and assistance to vulnerable individuals, families, and communities, including coping with the impacts of Coronavirus.

Participation and lived experience is central to shifting power. Charities and groups applying to the fund will explain how local people and those with lived experience have been involved in project design and delivery, and how the activities align with one of the four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive and Thrive– early years development for children facing disadvantage.
  • Gender Justice – contributing to gender equality by reducing violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality.
  • A Safe Place to Be – supporting people who have experienced homelessness or have been forced from their homes to live safely.
  • Mental Health Matters – improving mental health provision and tackling stigma around mental health.

Corra Deputy CEO Carolyn Sawers said:

Corra is delighted to be working in partnership with Comic Relief to deliver the #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund in Scotland.

The past few months have seen an amazing response from communities. People have acted quickly and creatively to make an immediate and crucial difference, working together to provide food and other essential supplies as well as access to activities, digital resources and social connection. This has demonstrated just how important it is that power lies in the hands of people themselves, and that they shape the support that’s needed. This new fund will play an important role in enabling groups to continue these inspiring efforts, whilst also supporting people to be heard in decisions about what comes next.”

The fund is a rolling programme and is part of #ShiftThePower Comic Relief Scotland programme. Funding has come from money raised by Comic Relief, as well as match funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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 Notes to Editors

Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. It works with others to encourage positive change, opportunity, fairness and growth of aspirations which improve quality of life. Corra wants to see a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.

In 2020 Corra launched a ten-year strategy. It is long term because making a different on the big challenges will take time. At its heart is the strong belief that when people find their voice, they unlock the power to make change happen. You can read the full strategy here:

Corra Foundation has over 35 years’ experience as one of Scotland’s leading grant-makers, distributing more than £159m through nearly 16,000 grants to charities.

For more information on Corra foundation, please visit


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