All too often those big televised charity fundraisers come and go without anyone hearing of any of the direct action that comes as a result of the funds raised – and with that in mind, here’s news of two fantastic initiatives that have emerged out of the recent Sport Relief extravaganza.

Sport is a powerful tool for social change, and can be used to address a range of issues facing communities. It can support the development of essential life skills, deliver powerful messages, develop confidence and self-esteem. The universal language of sport is one of the greatest ways to bring people from different backgrounds together to strengthen communities.

Safe, Secure, Settled

The first is the Safe, Secure, Settled fund. This superb initiative will invest in projects that use sport to improve the lives of young people without a safe or secure place to live, and in turn help them to gain and develop the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives.

Across the world children run away or are forced to leave home for a whole host of reasons, including violence, abuse, poverty or neglect, while in the UK tens of thousands of young people find themselves in need of support due to exponentially rising homelessness every year. Every young person deserves to have a safe, warm and stable place to live as a basic human right – and the Safe, Secure, Settled initiative is looking for creative projects and organisations that use sport as a tool for positive social change.

Applications are welcome for a minimum of £100,000 and a maximum of £500,000, over a period of between two and four years. It will support projects being delivered in the UK – as well overseas in India, South Africa, Brazil and Kenya. Proposals will be taken from now to midday (UK-time) on the 14th June 2018. You can find out much more about it here.

London Together Fund

Comic Relief and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, have partnered together to launch the London Together Fund. Like the Safe, Secure, Settled initiative, this will invest in projects that use sport to improve social integration across London, bringing people together from different backgrounds and strengthen local communities.

This is the first year of a three-year partnership between Comic Relief and the Mayor of London. In year one applications are welcome for a minimum of £25,000 and a maximum of £150,000, over a period of between 12 and 24 months, and it will support projects being delivered within the London boundary. Find out more about it here and apply now.

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