Comic Relief launches “Ahead of the Game: Sport and Mental Health” Funding Call

Comic Relief launches “Ahead of the Game: Sport and Mental Health” Funding Call

Comic Relief has launched a funding call entitled “Ahead Of The Game: Sport And Mental Health” with two aims:

  • Firstly, it aims to support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental wellbeing.
  • Secondly, it aims to contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts.

The fund will support work in the United Kingdom, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.

Funding Information :

Applications are welcome for a minimum of £150,000 and a maximum of £450,000.
Funding is available for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years.

Target Audiences :

  • Comic Relief aims to support projects that work with the most marginalised people, in the most disadvantaged communities.
  • In Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda, they understand that mental health problems may be more difficult to recognise and diagnose often as a result of stigma and discrimination as well as lower availability of and access to mental health services. They will therefore support the following in these countries.
  • Organisations to deliver sports based approaches in communities where they can demonstrate people are at high risk of developing mental health problems.
  • Organisations to deliver sports based approaches who are working with those already experiencing mental health problems.
  • In the UK they will focus on supporting organisations to use sports based approaches to support people who are already experiencing mental health problems, whether these are self-determined or diagnosed.

What will Fund

  • All projects must use sport as a tool for change in the approach. Comic Relief’s Sport for Change strategy aims to bring about positive social change for individuals and communities through the intentional use of sport and physical activity.
  • Projects must be delivered in the UK, Ghana, Rwanda or Uganda. Applications for work in more than one country will be considered, however the capacity of an organisation to manage the work will be assessed.
  • Comic Relief is happy to cover the full cost of delivering a service or project, so please take a full cost recovery approach to applicant’s application budget.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proposals can be made by single applicants, or by organisations working in partnership.
  • Organisations can only submit one proposal as the lead organisation (though they can be named as partners on any number of applications).
  • The applicant must not have an annual income of less than £75,000 or more than £10 million.
  • The requested amount must be proportionate to the annual income of applicant’s organisation, and this will be looked at as part of the assessment process. Comic Relief aims to fund no more than 40% of organisation’s total income in any one year.

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