#ShiftthePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme

Are you a constituted voluntary or community organisation? Or a grassroots charity with an income of less than £250,000? If the answer is yes, you may be interested in the #ShiftthePower Comic Relief Scotland Programme.

This exciting new programme will support organisations with passionate people to make meaningful change in their communities.

It is open to community-led grassroots organisations and charities with an income of £250,000 or less whose work fits one of the four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & 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 in order to live safely.
  • Mental Health Matters – improving mental health provision and tackling stigma around mental health.


You can read more information on these themes in the criteria document.


The fund is delivered by Corra Foundation working as an intermediary partner with Comic Relief in Scotland.


#ShiftthePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme aims to support groups with an income of £250,000 or less to make meaningful changes in one of the four areas. Eligible groups can apply for grants in between £1,000 and £8,000.

Community will be at the heart of the programme, and groups should show how their approach is involving their community in the design, development and delivery of the work.

Before beginning your application make sure you take a look over these documents:

The team at Corra are always happy to help so if you have any questions please get in touch with Jane Rosegrant and Julie Aitken at shiftthepower@corra.scot for a chat about the programme.

Ready to start your application? Click here to complete the online application form

The closing date is 2pm 30th September 2019.

Meet Us

We are excited to be heading out to meet with people and hear about their potential ideas.

There will be four sessions across Scotland in August and September, as well as listening to community groups we will also offer a advice and bit more detail on the process.

Take a look at the dates and locations of the different sessions below and sign up here.

There will be tea, coffee, and cake at all events too.

This is  your chance to find out more about the programme, application process, and to ask any questions. In addition to the information session – you will also be able to attend a capacity building session.



Tuesday 13th August 2019 – Pearce Institute, Glasgow

  • Times: 14.00-16.00 or 17.00-19.00

Thursday 22nd August 2019 – Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Falkirk

  • Times: 14.00-16.00 or 17.00-19.00

Thursday 29th August 2019 – Elgin Town Hall, Elgin

  • Times: 14.00-16.00

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Edinburgh Methodist Church, Edinburgh

  • Times: 13.30-15.30 or 16.00-17.45

Please sign up to attend here.


To help you complete your application, we will be sharing short videos throughout August and September focussing on key aspects of the application.

Community Led Grantmaking

As part of the Comic Relief Programme, we will be working alongside communities across Scotland to facilitate Community Led Grant Making.

This work will #ShiftthePower in designing and deciding how grant money is spent to communities themselves. Our approach will be to support communities to discuss and design a grant making process that will work for their community and support them to implement this.

If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with us at shiftthepower@corra.scot.

Get in touch

If you’d like any further information or have any questions, please get in touch with us at shiftthepower@corra.scot or call us on 0131 444 4020.

You can also email Grant Advisers Jane Rosegrant jane@corra.scot or Julie Aitken julie@corra.scot for a chat about the programme.

Comic Relief

This fund is delivered in partnership with Comic Relief. 

CR spends money raised by its fundraising campaigns, Red Nose Day & Sport Relief

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England and Wales), SC039730 (Scotland).