New Comic Relief Fund for Women and Girls

A new £4 million grant programme designed to protect and empower women and girls in the UK will launch this autumn.

After recent discussions exploring how sport can play a vital role in female empowerment in the UK, which included representatives from Sports for Change and the women and girls sector, the findings are set to inform the grant programme that will be delivered this autumn with the main aim to inspire and empower women and girls to overcome the challenges and barriers they face to fulfilling their potential.

Following on from their new grant strategy launched back in May 2016, Comic Relief’s main aim is to ensure people are at the centre of the grant making process, that strategies focus on enabling people to discover their own solutions to the life challenges they may face, and is in line with their central strategic vision of ‘A Just World Free From Poverty’ – where everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

Commenting on the event, Comic Relief’s Head of UK Grants, Gilly Green said:

“The event created an exciting opportunity to bring together leaders from across the sector to discuss how we can best fund projects to protect, empower and inspire women and girls and to co-create solutions. This event marks a step-change in how Comic Relief will work with partners to develop funding in the future.

“Comic Relief has been committed to funding projects to support women and girls for over 20 years and more recently has pioneered funding programmes that support Sport for Change. Bringing together leaders from both of these fields is a unique opportunity, and learnings and ideas taken from this session will help drive real impact and change and support women’s leadership for the future.”

This new programme has been created with £3 million from HM Treasury and £1 million pledged by Comic Relief as part of Sport Relief 2016.

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