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Comic Relief Launches Across Borders Funding to Support Refugees

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As part of Comic Relief's A Safe Place to Be pillar of work, they have launched this funding programme for organisations supporting refugees on the move along the key migration routes, from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to Europe, including the UK.

The overall aim of the Across Borders: Routes to Safety for Refugees programme is to support refugees and people seeking asylum to safe, legal and dignified routes to fulfilling and happy settlement, whether that be in the country of destination, transition country or country of origin.

Comic Relief is looking to fund a mixed portfolio which aims to achieve holistic social change through a combination of:

  • Direct service delivery at grassroots level

  • Shifting public attitudes and countering negative narrative through campaigns, the arts, media, popular culture both in the UK, Europe and further afield 

  • Changes to policy, practice and legislation.

Funding is split between the UK and International work:

  • For organisations applying for UK based work, it should be clear from the proposal that applicants are committed to working with and informed by people who have made that journey 

  • For organisations working along a route into Europe, Comic Relief are not identifying one specific route, but proposals should outline the context of the specific route (or routes) applicants are referencing and why it’s important.

Organisations working along the key migration routes from Middle East and North Africa into Europe, including the UK are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants will demonstrate that they are committed to working in partnership, either through informal collaborations or through a more formal funded partnership.  

Funding is available for a minimum of three to a maximum of five years.

The following funding options are available:

UK based work

There are two options for funding in the UK:

  • One investment of up to £800,000 for a funded partnership.

  • Investments of £150,000 - £250,000 for a smaller funded partnership or for a single organisation, but evidence of embedding a collaborative approach is essential 

International work along the route into Europe

There are two options for investing along the route:

  • Limited number of investments of up to £700,000 for intermediary funders.

  • Investments of £80,000 - £400,000 for small funded partnership or for a single organisation, but evidence of embedding a collaborative approach is essential.

The deadline for first stage applications is 16 September 2019.

How To Apply

Before beginning an application, applicants should take the eligibility quiz, check the main eligibility criteria and consult the guidance thoroughly.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • The deadline for first stage applications will be 16 September 2019 (12 noon).  

  • Shortlisted applications will be given a further three weeks to submit a full proposal, and the Stage 2 deadline will be 18 November 2019 (12 noon).

Stage 2 proposals will then be shortlisted for a full assessment.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Grants Team
    Comic Relief
    89 Albert Embankment
    SE1 7TP
    Tel: 020 7820 2000
    Email: [email protected]


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