Comic Relief; The Smiles Fund – 15 September 2021

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.

Useful Links:

Eligibility criteria

Application guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

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