GRANTS AVAILABLE Applications for min. of £100,000 and max. of £500,000


Deadline: 14th June 2018

About the initiative

This Sport Relief, we are launching the Safe, Secure, Settled fund. This initiative will invest in projects that are using sport to improve the lives of young people without a safe or secure place to live, helping them to gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives. We will consider work that supports children and young people aged up to and including 25. We will also consider family-based interventions where the majority of beneficiaries are under 25.

Sport and physical activity can be a powerful tool for social change, used to address a range of issues facing communities. It can support the development of essential life skills, deliver powerful messages, develop confidence and improve self-esteem. It can also improve mental and physical health. Over the past 10 years Comic Relief has funded hundreds of projects that use sport in this way and we have seen the potential that it has to change lives when used alongside other interventions.



Across the world children run away or are forced to leave home for many reasons, including violence, abuse, poverty or neglect. Many move to the cities in the hope of finding work and a brighter future, only to end-up vulnerable, living on the street and at risk of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence.

In the UK tens of thousands of young people need support due to homelessness every year. Across the country young people sleep rough every night. But thousands more go unseen, spending the night on buses, on sofas, or in the homes of strangers. They’re escaping abuse, violence, gangs and fear. Many are homeless because they can’t live with their family, or they have no family. They may be leaving care or prison. Youth homelessness is much more complex than not having a safe and secure place to sleep and hence we are looking for holistic approaches that recognise that.

Every young person deserves to have a safe, warm and stable place to live. Tackling physical and mental health issues, providing basic life skills, and getting back into education, training or employment are some of the ways of supporting homeless young people into positive and independent living.


Funding available

Applications are welcome for a minimum of £100,000 and a maximum of £500,000, over a period of between two and four years. We will support projects being delivered in the UK, India, South Africa, Brazil or Kenya. Applications for work in India, South Africa, Brazil or Kenya can be made by a locally registered organisation directly delivering the project or in partnership with a UK-based organisation.

Your grant request should be appropriate to the size of your organisation.


Aims and Objectives

We are interested in supporting a wide variety of projects and welcome bids from a diverse range of organisations.

We are looking for creative approaches to support young people without a safe or secure place to live. All proposals must use sport as a tool for social change in their approach.

We believe that projects developed and delivered in partnership with the people they aim to support will be more effective in creating positive social change. Projects like this are more likely to respond to the priorities of the people they are trying to reach and be more able to identify appropriate solutions. They may also benefit from greater accountability and legitimacy, and by empowering people to be part of the process, have the potential to build confidence and strengthen community cohesion.


Project Design

We are looking for work which can make a meaningful change to the lives of young people who are without a secure or safe place to live. We want to hear from organisations who can demonstrate a deep understanding of what makes a positive difference for young people in this situation in their local context. We expect that projects will contribute to a minimum of one of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education
  • Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment
  • Children and young people increase life skills*
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice

*e.g. Money management, daily living skills, legal rights, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, assertiveness, empathy, coping with stress, trauma and loss, resilience.

We expect organisations to consider who else they need to work with in order to achieve their project outcomes. We encourage organisations to work with partners to ensure a targeted, holistic approach.


Sport for Change

Comic Relief defines Sport for Change as bringing about positive social change for individuals and communities through the intentional use of sport and physical activity.

We know that taking part in sport and physical activity leads to an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence for most people and we are making the assumption that this underpins all programming. For this programme we want proposals go above and beyond confidence building and to demonstrate how sport can be used to achieve positive social change. Proposals to this initiative will need to demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in sport for the physical health benefits. Click here for more information: Sport for Change.

One of the main reasons that applicants are unsuccessful for funding under our Sport for Change initiatives is that organisations find the term Sport for Change confusing. We have developed a short guide to help explain what Sport for Change is, and what makes a good Sport for Change project. We strongly encourage you to read it before starting your application. Find out more about Sport for Change.


Funding process

We require all applicants to submit a number of documents as part of their proposal to support our due diligence and assessment. You can find out more about these on our documents for applying page.

Please note that for this initiative applicants are required in addition to submit a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan.

We will be open for proposals from 22nd March to midday UK-time on the 14th June 2018. We will not accept late proposals and strongly urge that you address any questions you have in order to complete your proposal and submit it in advance of the deadline.

Once we receive proposals, we’ll shortlist the strongest proposals to carry out an assessment of your organisation and the proposal you have submitted. We’ll aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage in July. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we’ll be unable to provide any additional feedback. Assessments on the proposals which pass this stage will take place over August and September, and final decisions will be made by Comic Relief Trustees. We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision by the end of November. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we’ll write to you explaining the reasons why.

Please note that applications can be made at any time once the application window is open. Applications that are made earlier in the process may be reviewed before the deadline. Therefore if you apply earlier in the application window it is likely you will hear the outcome more quickly.



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