Comic Relief Fund: Creating safe spaces and platforms for women & girls in Ghana, Kenya or South Africa

This is especially highlighted for W4GF advocates working in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. See this opportunity for women-led organisations that strengthen and build safe spaces and platforms with women and girls

DEADLINE: September 29th 2017


Comic Relief Grant

Comic Relief announce a £750,000 fund (anticipated 15-25 grants) to invest in women-led organisations that strengthen and build safe spaces and platforms with women and girls in Ghana, Kenya or South Africa; enabling them to recover and be safe, protect themselves from violence and create the radical change they want to see in their lives.

Women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa have been fighting for equality and their rights for decades and there have been some huge gains. More girls are going to school than ever before and the continent has the highest rate of female representation in government. But gender inequality persists and high rates of violence and abuse against women and girls continue to harm many. Unequal access to opportunities also prevents women and girls from achieving their full potential.

We know that when women have the chance to come together and organise themselves, they can be powerful agents of change. But to do this they need safe spaces to meet and organise themselves, as well as platforms where they can make their voices heard, challenge exclusion and violence, and champion change.


Comic Relief is seeking innovative proposals which use creative, fresh approaches and:

  • Put women and girls at the centre of their work. Women and girls will drive the change and make the decisions – they will identify their needs and priorities; and then design, develop and take part in activities and opportunities accordingly
  • Demonstrate that they have a good understanding of the needs of women and girls they’re working with
  • Create safe spaces or platforms for women and/or girls to be safe from violence and to create disruptive change (see guidance on safe spaces and platforms click the link below)
  • Show a clear evidence-based plan (theory of change) on how they will make change happen
  • Demonstrate a need for collective action and show that they can deliver the identified change
  • Work with women and/or girls in Ghana, South Africa or Kenya. We are especially keen to receive applications from organisations based in the community in which they are working. Applications to work with national partners will also be considered.

Women and girls should be the primary focus of the proposal and applications will need to meet at least one of these outcomes:

  • Women and girls have voice, influence and agency
  • Women and girls have access to resources, services and opportunities
  • Women and girls have the space to influence formal and informal institutions.

Proposals to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements (see our policies) and the above eligibility criteria. In addition applicants must also:

  • Have previous experience of working with women and girls 
  • Be registered in South Africa, Kenya or Ghana
  • Already be working in South Africa, Kenya or Ghana. 

For additional information click here

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