We are really pleased to announce that we have been awarded a £1000 Capacity Building Grant from the Comic Relief Community Fund (England).
The Capacity Building Grant will be used to develop the Funny Wonders team, including recruiting associate artists, workshop practitioners, activity volunteers and volunteer Directors, and also to fund current members of the team to undertake further mental health training.
The organisational development is an effort to ‘bounce back’ in a strong position following the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption to our regular and annual activities. By building our team, we will be able to deliver more projects to support the wellbeing of children and young people in our local community and their families, which are needed now more than ever.
The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) invests in grassroots community-led organisations to bring about lasting change and legacy through projects that support Comic Relief’s themes: Children Survive & Thrive; Fighting for Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be; and Mental Health Matters. Grants of up to £4,000 are available to strengthen local organisations to give with skills and advice to drive community projects forward, as well as providing the necessary funding and support that groups need to kick-start new initiatives. The Capacity Building Grant Scheme is funded by Comic Relief from the The Big Night In fundraiser with match funding from the Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as part of the £750m COVID-19 Recovery Funding Programme for charities.
We are really pleased to receive this grant from Groundwork, on behalf of Comic Relief. They understand the need for organisational development, particularly at a time like this, which has created a lot of uncertainty in the arts industry and community: careers have been severely impacted and our volunteer pool are having to stay at home. To deliver all the creative, community-based projects we want to, we need to increase our capacity but we realised that we will need to give much more effort and attention to recruitment of paid workers. This grant will allow us to do just that.
Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork, said:
“Comic Relief Community Fund (England) contributes funds to community projects being delivered by grassroots organisations and we’re delighted to support this project. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area.”
If you are interesting in joining the Funny Wonders team, please take a look at our 'About Us' pages to find out more about us.