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There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse.
For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through the ‘Local Communities’ programme.
Comic Relief is pleased to be working with UK Community Foundations and Community Foundations across the UK to deliver this Local Communities programme. Suffolk Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners.
The Local Communities programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 will be available.
The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.
Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:
Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant. However, organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief cannot apply for a Local Communities Grant.
A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.
Who can apply?
Examples of the type of activities we will fund
The criteria do not include the award of a grant:
 Defined as poverty; lack of access to jobs; denial of social supports or peer networks; and exclusion from services.