Comic Relief Grants Program for UK, India, South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria

‘We believe everyone should have a safe, secure and decent place to call home’

The Opportunity

We are excited to launch this funding opportunity focussed on preventing homelessness and insecure shelter.

We believe that for people to build happy and productive lives they need access not only to basic housing, but the ability to create a home in which they feel safe and secure.

Homelessness is a global issue and a human-made disaster. We want to work with amazing organisations who are driving programmes which aim to break the cycle of repeated homelessness and insecurity, and to support people to overcome the human cost and trauma of these experiences.

Funding Criteria

Across the world communities are doing excellent work tackling homelessness and shelter insecurity through their own creativity.

We believe that long-term change happens when communities take their place at the table, working alongside government, private sector and civil society.

We want to hear from organisations preventing long-term homelessness and shelter insecurity in the following countries: the UK, India, South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria. These countries have high levels of poverty, inequality and rising numbers of people who are homeless or living in insecure shelter. There is also some track record in each country of government support and infrastructure to tackle these issues.

We’re inviting locally-rooted organisations to tell us what solutions they believe will work, demonstrating their approach is built on working directly with people affected by these issues. There is solid evidence that your work is already making a demonstrable difference. There’s room to expand, learn and influence from this.

We’re interested in solutions which link local organisations into global movements for change. Support is available for organisations to invest in telling compelling stories, drive learning that will shape future practice, and engage in effective advocacy and influencing on the issue.

What we will fund?

  • Funding is available for 3-5 years.
  • Single applicants can apply for between £150k to £300k.
  • Consortiums can apply for up to £750k.
  • Funding can be used to cover the core costs/ overheads of an organisation/partnerships, or specific projects and activities, or a mixture of the two.

We are interested in work that:

  • Uses a rights based approach.
  • Uses a participatory approach; valuing the experience and insights from people directly affected by homelessness and shelter insecurity, at all stages of the project.
  • Recognises the complexity of people’s needs, the effects of trauma, uncertainty, violence and abuse, and works in partnership to meet these needs.
  • Contributes to a movement for change, translating the learning from communities into effective advocacy, collective action and influence.

Digital Approaches

We believe that a tailored digital approach using a range of technologies (low or high tech) can contribute to preventing homelessness, and enable bigger, better and more ambitious services and solutions to be achieved. We will therefore consider supporting Social Tech projects as part of this funding opportunity. However, including a digital approach does not have to form part of your project.

You’ll need to demonstrate that:

  • You understand how to manage a successful digital project.
  • You have sound internal or external technical expertise in your management and delivery team.
  • At a minimum, some research into the need, demand and expected value of this digital project will have already taken place.
  • The proposed solution is appropriate for the context in which you are working.
  • The project focusses on specific user needs in the design, delivery and development, with potential to improve or disrupt existing service models that offers scale or sustainability.

Who can apply?

You can find out more about our funding criteria here.


There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for first stage applications will be 1st October 2018 12pm GMT. Shortlisted applications will be given 5/6 weeks to submit a full proposal and the deadline will be 10th December 2018 12pm GMT. Decisions will be made by the Comic Relief grants committee and Trustees by March 2019.

How To Apply

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