Comic Relief, BBC South and the community foundations for Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire bring Red Nose Day Community Cash to the South.

We are distributing a £65,000 Red Nose Day Community Cash fund to communities in the South. Grants of £500–£1,000 are available to small organisations that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives. If this sounds like you, make sure you apply for a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant now by completing our online application form.

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Who is eligible to apply for a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant?
Groups eligible to apply for Red Nose Day Community Cash grants need to:

  • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area
  • Be small local groups with an income of less than £100,000 run by local people
  • Have limited access to other sources of income
  • Aim to deliver social outcomes

Examples of the type of activities we will fund (this is an example but not a definitive list):

  • Parent and toddler groups
  • Equipment and material for sports groups
  • Cross-generational work eg young people volunteering at older people’s groups
  • Lunch clubs for isolated individuals
  • Running costs for self-help groups
  • Committee and volunteer/staff training
  • Disability sports clubs/activities
  • Training and volunteering projects
  • Day events that help to build strong relationships within the community
  • Community groups and set-up costs for new groups
  • Bereavement support groups
  • Social groups for people with mental health problems
  • Carer support groups
  • Advice services to help people resolve money worries
Grants will not be awarded:

  • To individuals;
  • To statutory organisations, including schools;
  • To fund trips abroad;
  • To fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project);
  • To fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings.
Closing date
The closing date for applications to this fund is Monday 23rd February 2015.




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  • “Diligence is always needed, as great projects, indeed great communities, aren't formed overnight."
    Joe McKenna
    Executive Director of BCF, 1993-1998
  • “Since I first became a trustee in 1991, my enthusiasm for BCF has never waned, as is the case it seems for everyone else who gets to know BCF. Particularly, of course, the recipients, who not only receive a grant but also sound advice on all aspects of developing the work of their organisation."
    Jane Wates OBE
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • "We have been very active in Slough, thanks largely to your very generous funding award."
    David Jannetta
    CEO, Alzheimer's Dementia Support
  • “We are very grateful to Berkshire Community Foundation for their grant. The funding will help Launchpad to continue to provide one to one support to disadvantaged people in Reading – by providing a clean, safe home, the foundation of all our support – and then the services to help people get their lives back on track: education, training and employment.”
    Roz Taylor
    Launchpad Reading
  • “We would not have been able to fund so many of these events without the generous support of Berkshire Community Foundation and we are immensely grateful. The smiling faces of the Young Carers says it all.”
    Alison McIntyre
    Friends of Young Carers
  • “Berkshire Community Foundation does a great job in our local area."
    The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
    Prime Minister
  • "We remain determined to increase grant making year on year because the need in Berkshire is increasing, not diminishing."
    Chris Barrett
    Chair of Trustees, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • "Berkshire Community Foundation has been instrumental in providing funding to kick start and/or maintain sporting activities. Without this help we would not have been able to achieve anywhere near the successes we have had in these sporting areas."
    Tom Conlin
    CEO, Berkshire Vision
  • "The physio, home exercise, remedial massage and acupuncture financed by grants from Berkshire Community Foundation have helped out members' mobility, flexibility, strength and stamina. These grants have been invaluable and we cannot thank you enough."
    Rosalind Milne
    Maidenhead & District Stroke Club
  • "The additional practical support from Berkshire Community Foundation on how to make best use of this online giving site was brilliant as it helped us to raise some much needed funds for core costs as well as supporting some of our learners."
    Seema Kamboj & Bobbi Johal
    Project Coordinators, Apna Virsa
  • "My leg would not move following my stroke 12 week ago. Now it is starting to move. I couldn't have done it without you."
    Stroke survivor
    (whose therapy is based primarily on the use of the equipment paid for by The Herongate Fund through Berkshire Community Foundation)
  • “We really appreciate your support and continue to be touched by the kindness of so many people, which has allowed us to continue our work with the families. Please be assured that your grant really will make a difference in helping us to support more families with young children here in Reading.”
    Grant recipient