Comic Relief brings together leading voices to help kick future funding for women and girls into touch

19th July 2016

Yesterday, Comic Relief hosted an innovative round-table discussion exploring how sport can play a role in helping women and girls in the UK tackle the challenges they face and the barriers to fulfilling their potential.

The event at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, was an exciting opportunity to bring together key organisations from the Sport for Change and Women and Girls sectors. Findings will inform a grant programme to be delivered in the autumn to protect, inspire and empower women and girls, which is a key strategic priority for Comic Relief.

Following the launch of the new Comic Relief grants strategy in May 2016, representatives from across the Women and Girls and Sport for Change funding areas attended the pioneering session. This approach reflects a central priority under the new strategy to ensure people are at the heart of the grant-making process. Specifically, the strategy aims to work in stronger partnerships with funded organisations to co-create initiatives, helping people find their own solutions to the challenges they face.

Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants, Comic Relief said, “Today has been an exciting opportunity to bring together leaders from across the sector to discuss how we can best fund projects to protect, empower and inspire women and girls and to co-create solutions. This event marks a step-change in how Comic Relief will work with partners to develop funding in the future.

“Comic Relief has been committed to funding projects to support women and girls for over twenty years and more recently has pioneered funding programmes that support Sport for Change. Bringing together leaders from both of these fields is a unique opportunity, and learnings and ideas taken from this session will help drive real impact and change and support women’s leadership for the future.”

The £4 million fund was created with £3 million from HM Treasury and £1 million pledged by Comic Relief as part of Sport Relief 2016. 

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