#ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Fund
#ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Fund has now closed.
#ShiftThePower supports organisations with passionate people to make meaningful change in their communities. In 2021-2022, the fund was open to grassroots organisations and charities whose work fitted one of four themes:
- A Safe Place to Be – supporting people who have experienced homelessness or have been forced from their homes in order to live safely. This includes enabling people who have faced or are facing homelessness to resolve their situation and get support. It also includes supporting those who have been forced from their homes to build a new life, free from conflict, persecution, or trafficking.
- Children Survive and Thrive – Supporting children to survive and thrive during the first years of life (0-5 years old) through targeted work and opportunities for children and families facing disadvantage.
- Gender Justice – contributing to gender equality by reducing violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality alongside increased opportunity, empowerment, and understanding for women, girls, and LGBTQI+ community.
- Mental Health Matters – Supporting people with mental health issues or challenges to share their stories, live free from stigma and discrimination, and build positive relationships and experiences.
People with lived experience of the strategic themes are central to this programme. We are particularly interested in organisations where projects and services are initiated and led by people with lived experience. Strong applications are likely to reflect this way of working. We realise that this is not always possible but as a minimum all applications should be informed by and involve people who are experiencing the issues.
What can you use the money for?
We understand that every organisation has different needs and ideas. We want to receive aspirational applications that demonstrate how the money will empower people and make positive change. We encourage you to think about what you need the funding for – this can include both/either core running costs and project costs.
#ShiftThePower is delivered by Corra Foundation working as an intermediary partner with Comic Relief in Scotland.
We work alongside geographic communities and communities of shared identity to support local people to design and distribute grant making in ways that are relevant and accessible to their community or the place where they live. We began this work with communities in Dunterlie, Castlehill and Carbrain in 2019 building on the work of our Getting Alongside Communities programme alongside work in the Borders and Aberdeenshire. You can read more about this work here.
We are currently developing ideas for Community Led Grant Making in 2022-2023 and if you’d like to find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat.