Grants of between £1,000 to £10,000 to contribute to core costs for local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000

This programme is now closed

We are delighted to be working with Comic Relief on the Core Strength - Local Communities initiative.

The aim of this is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs.

Grants will be between £1,000 to £10,000, for up to 12 months, and are available to local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000.

The grants will be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on the lives of people who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage.


You must be a locally led and based organisation. This means you are based within the area in which you are carrying out activities and have local people involved in the running of the organisation.

This includes:

  • Constituted voluntary and community groups

  • Charities

  • Social enterprises

  • Co-operatives

  • Community interest companies



  • Rental costs

  • Heating, lighting, water rates

  • Core staff costs

  • Stationery, small capital items, internet

  • Volunteer costs

Organisational development:

  • Staff training

  • Trustee training

  • Volunteer training

  • Fundraising

  • Business planning and development

  • Developing monitoring and learning


If you are interested in making an application to this programme, please download and read the full criteria (available below) before you start.

The Comic Relief Core Strength - Local Communities application form is available here.

Catch up with our latest news

Eight Hertfordshire women and girls projects share in £3.4 million of national funding
Hertfordshire projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls have received a much-needed funding boost.
Announcement of the Building Effectiveness participants for 2019
We are delighted to announce the 10 high potential organisations who will be participating in this tailored, supported development programme.
Surplus food bringing communities together
A £5,000 grant is helping Gratitude to combine surplus food, volunteers and the community to create weekly cooking clubs. Feeding not only people but encouraging healthy eating habits and social interaction.
Chair based exercise boosts independence and well-being
A £5,000 grant is helping an established and well attended chair based exercise group to provide a weekly class for a further 12 months.