Comic Relief – Future Lookin’ Good

Grants up to £200,000 for UK-based not-for-profit organisations for projects that can enable young people build a positive future.

The aim of Comic Relief’s Lookin’ Good Grant programme is to support projects that will deliver targeted services to one or more of the five priority groups listed below. Projects will be expected to clearly evidence how they will help young people build the skills necessary to live with dignity and not only access basic housing but create a home in which they feel safe and secure.

Proposals must be working with one or more of the following priority groups:

1. Young people experiencing homelessness or insecure housing.
2. Young offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending.
3. Care leavers – the broad definition of a care leaver (as described by the Care Leavers Association) is “any adult who spent time in care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18). Such care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes), or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family“.
4. Young carers – The official definition of a young carer is “…a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person (of any age, except where that care is provided for payment, pursuant to a contract or as voluntary work)” according to the 
Children and Families Act 2014 Section 96and
5. Young parents – defined as young women and men who became or will become parents at 21 years old or younger

Not for profit organisations based and working in the UK may apply for a grant of between £100,000 to £200,000 for a period of between 18 months and 3 years.

Please note that Comic Relief prefers to fund UK registered charities. However, other types of not-for-profit organisation may apply providing their governing document clearly outlines the organisation’s social purpose, demonstrates that any profit or assets are used for this social purpose, and show that an asset lock is in place.

Funding is not available for:

o NHS trusts, hospitals, schools/colleges, statutory bodies including local authorities.
o Non-registered organisations without constitutions.
o Sports-based programmes.
o Interventions without any long-term impact or support.
o Social action projects such as youth voice work (e.g. youth parliament).
o Projects focussed on a ‘one-off’ event such as a residential, 
o Generic youth work activities (not tailored to the five priority groups).

The deadline for Expressions of Interest, which should consist of a 2 -3 minute video and 250 words is 12pm noon on 7 February 2020.

There is a two-stage application process for this programme as follows:

o Stage 1 Expression of Interest – this stage consists of a 2-3 minute video and 250 words. Applicants should bear in mind that the video and description they submit will be shortlisted by young people aged 11 to 25 years old.
o Stage 2 Full Application – shortlisted applicants following the Expression of Interest stage will be invited to submit a Full Application with a March 2020 deadline (the precise date is yet to be confirmed). Stage 2 proposals providing the best match against the aims of the programme will then progress to full assessment.

Successful applicants are expected to be announced by the end of July 2020.

For further information about the Lookin’ Good programme, including guidance on the application process, visit the Comic Relief website.

Contact details for Comic Relief are:

The Grants Team
Comic Relief
89 Albert Embankment
Email: gr********@co*********.com

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