Comic Relief and Government Join Forces to Offer a Digital Fund for Domestic Abuse Charities.

Comic Relief and the Ministry of Justice have launched a new digital capability fund for not-for-profit organisations with an income of between £75,000 and £10 million who are operating in England and Wales. The programme is part of a £40 million funding initiative announced by the Ministry of Justice in February, for specialist support services to help survivors of rape and domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is a total funding pot of £2 million. It is expected that around 25 grants of between £5,000 and £70,000 will be awarded. Successful applicants will also receive digital and technical coaching and expertise from a support partner.

The funding is for proposals taking place in England and/or Wales that address the programme’s outcomes which are to increase organisations digital capacity through:

  • Building additional capability– this could cover updating digital infrastructure e.g CRM, purchasing hardware and equipment, website design, online chat functions and signposting.
  • Scoping need – working to plan, design and test digital and remote provision, so you are able to pilot new ways of working, supporting more survivors and victims, while gathering evidence and rationale to develop this beyond the funding period, and strengthen the prospect of future funding

The funding is available for a maximum of six months. Grant payments are expected to be made at the end of September 2021. All funds must be spent by 31 March 2022.

Comic Relief will hold Q&A sessions via Zoom to provide support during the application window.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 20 July 2021.


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