Comic Relief, in partnership with Walkers, has launched a new fund to help improve people’s mental wellbeing through arts and comedy.
The Smiles Fund will award funding of between £100,000 and £300,000 to between eight and twelve charities in the UK for proposals which use participation in the arts and comedy to challenge stigma and provide community-based support for people who are experiencing emerging symptoms of poor mental wellbeing.
Funding will support a mixture of project and core costs for proposals that are shaped by people with lived experience, including those facing:
- discrimination and disadvantage
- prolonged uncertainty and unemployment
- emerging mental wellbeing challenges
- loss and isolation
The deadline for applications is 11am on the 15th September 2021.