Comic Relief to Launch ‘Try for Change’ Large Grants Programme

In partnership with Comic Relief, England Rugby has announced a launch date of 4 September 2017 for the ‘Try for Change’ Large Grants programme, which follows a successful first round of Small Grants. Over four years, £4 million will be raised by England Rugby and then distributed as Large Grants in partnership with Comic Relief.

Proposals will need to demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in rugby.

Priority will be given to proposals which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups and they must work towards at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Increase community cohesion/social integration.
  • Improve educational attainment.
  • Increase employability.
  • Reduce involvement in gangs and reduce the risk of re-offending.
  • Improve mental and physical health.

Grants of up to £100,000 will be available for work delivered over two to three years, and will be accessible to charities, not-for-profit organisations and rugby clubs across England only.

Contrary to the Small Grants programme, the Large Grants programme will be managed through a one-stage application process.

Applications will be accepted from 4 September to 2 October 2017 (midday).