#ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Fund

#ShiftThePower supports organisations with passionate people to make meaningful change in their communities.  The fund is now open to grassroots organisations and charities with an income of £400,000 or less whose work fits one of two strategic themes:

  • 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.
  • 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 as well as supporting those who have been forced from their homes to build a new life, free from conflict, persecution, or trafficking. Groups to be supported are those affected by homelessness, including refugees and asylum seekers.

We are committed to funding organisations that #ShiftThePower to communities and those with lived experience and recognise that application forms and assessment processes can present barriers in accessibility. If you feel that you would benefit from additional support – for example by completing this form in a different language, or accessing the form in a different format – please get in touch with us to arrange this at shiftthepower@corra.scot or on 0131 444 4020.  Please note that the quickest way to reach us is through email.

Priorities

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, and 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.

How much can you apply for?

Up to a maximum of £30,000 spread across up to two years. Funding must be fully spent by end of October 2023.

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 running and project costs – but we want to know how this money will increase the reach, capacity, or quality of your work or how it will support you to try new ideas, take risks, or new approaches.

Please read the following documents for more information on the criteria, guidelines, and completing an application form.

ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Fund Criteria and Guidelines

Application Guidance Notes

Question and Answer

Advice for Completing Online Application

Link to Application Form

If you have further questions or would like to discuss a specific project idea with us, we have a limited number of individual funding advice sessions which you can sign up for on EventBrite by clicking this link.

The fund closing date is 20 August 2021 at 12pm.

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

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Apply

#ShiftThePower supports organisations with passionate people to make meaningful change in their communities.  The fund is now open to grassroots organisations and charities with an income of £400,000 or less whose work fits one of two strategic themes:

  • 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.
  • 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 as well as supporting those who have been forced from their homes to build a new life, free from conflict, persecution, or trafficking. Groups to be supported are those affected by homelessness, including refugees and asylum seekers.

If you would like to apply, please read through the following documents for more information on the criteria, guidelines, and how to complete an application form.

ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Fund Criteria and Guidelines

Application Guidance Notes

Question and Answer

Advice for Completing Online Application

Link to Application Form

If you have further questions or would like to discuss a specific project idea with us, we have a limited number of individual funding advice sessions which you can sign up for on EventBrite by clicking this link.

We are committed to funding organisations that #ShiftThePower to communities and those with lived experience and recognise that application forms and assessment processes can present barriers in accessibility. If you feel that you would benefit from additional support – for example by completing this form in a different language, or accessing the form in a different format – please get in touch with us to arrange this at shiftthepower@corra.scot or on 0131 444 4020.  Please note that the quickest way to reach us is through email.

The fund closing date is 20 August 2021 at 12pm.

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

Watch

To help you complete your application, we have produced the following short videos on key aspects of the application process.

Safeguarding

Finance and Governance

Community Led Grant Making

As part of our Comic Relief ShiftThePower programme we are working alongside geographic communities and sector groups focussed on the four Comic Relief themes 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 and Carbrain in 2019 building on the work of our Getting Alongside Communities programme alongside work in Fort William, Borders and Aberdeenshire. You can read more about this work here.

Comic Relief

This fund is delivered in partnership with Comic Relief.

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

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

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. Email is the quickest way to reach us at this time.

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