4 September 2019 12:00 ~ Tackling Violence against Women & Girls 2019 – Comic Relief – Closing date for Applications

  • Applications Open: Closes at 12 noon BST Wednesday 4th September 2019
  • Country Focus: United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
  • Funding Available : Funding is available for a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 15 months. We will fund investments from £50k up to £250k
  • Apply now

Our Eligibility Criteria

Before beginning an application, please take the eligibility quiz, check our main eligibility criteria and consult the guidance thoroughly.

Comic Relief believes women and girls should have equal power and agency in decision-making at all levels.  One of the ways in which we have been working towards this vision since we began is through funding organisations working to end gender-based violence.

Find out more about gender justice here.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations.

In England, around 1 in every 20 women has experienced extensive physical and sexual violence and abuse across their life course.  These women are more likely to face other adverse circumstances in their lives: more than half have a common mental health condition; 52% have a disability that means they need help with everyday activities; 1 in 5 have experienced homelessness; 1 in 3 have an alcohol problem and are 8 times more likely to be drug dependent than women with little experience of violence and abuse1.

In Northern Ireland, increasing levels of domestic violence are experienced by women. There is a need for effective strategies to tackle the nature and specific impact of gender-based violence on women, including women with multiple identities2.

In Wales each year, it is estimated that there are 140 victims of FGM and 100 victims of forced marriage3.

In Scotland in 2017/18 there were 2,255 cases of rape and attempted rape reported to Police Scotland, this number has increased by 99% in the last ten years4.

Evidence tells us that gender responsive, trauma-informed services best meet the needs of those surviving these multiple disadvantages.

To this end, we are pleased to be continuing our partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s devolved administrations5 to open a fund of £1.2 million to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG). The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

Comic Relief’s contribution of £275,000 will be invested in an invite-only fund to organisations already working to tackle violence against older women.


We want to make targeted investments in UK women’s organisations6 which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage7 across one or more strands of VAWG8.

Proposals should respond to one or more of this programme’s aims:

  • Maintain / improve support for women and girls who are experiencing or at risk of violence and abuse;
  • Expand reach and support for women and girls who face additional barriers in accessing services such as BAMER (Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee), older, LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex), and disabled communities;
  • Capture the lived experiences of women and girls to inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy;
  • Coordinate cross sector partnerships to build more trauma-informed, joined-up care pathways that meet the holistic needs of women and girls.

Funding available

  • We expect to make up to 15 investments of £50,000 – £250,000.
  • Funded projects will need to start-up in January 2020 and run for no more than 12 to 15 months.
  • Funding can be used to cover specific project activities and core costs that can be evidenced as directly related to the proposed project.


  • This is a single stage application process. You can read our application guidance for this funding opportunity here.
  • The deadline for proposals is 12 noon BST on Wednesday 4th September 2019.
  • We will not accept late proposals and strongly urge that any questions are addressed early on, to make sure that proposals are completed and submitted in time. Applications can be made at any time once the application window is open.
  • Proposals will be shortlisted for assessment (details will be provided to relevant organisations).
  • Assessments on the proposals which pass this stage will take place in October/early November 2019.
  • Final funding decisions will then be made by Comic Relief Trustees and we aim to inform all applicants of these by the end of January 2020.

For full details and to check for any updates go to https://www.comicrelief.com/funding/funding-opportunities/tackling-violence-against-women-and-girls


August 18, 2019

2 October 2019 23:59 ~ Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Government Equalities Office – Closes


This consultation aims to gather evidence about whether the current laws on protecting people from sexual harassment in the workplace are effective.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that makes you feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended.

Current Law

The Equality Act 2010 says that employers are legally responsible if an employee is sexually harassed at work by another employee, and the employer had not taken all steps they could to prevent it from happening.

Why we are consulting

We want everybody to feel safe at work so they can succeed and thrive. We are therefore looking at whether the current laws on this issue provide the protections they’re supposed to; considering whether there are any gaps and thinking about what more can be done at a practical level to ensure people are properly protected at work

To help us with this we want to understand people’s experiences, focussing on some particular issues we might be able to tackle through changes to the law:

  • How best to make sure employers take all the steps they can to prevent harassment from happening
  • Strengthening and clarifying the law so it’s clear employers should protect their staff from being harassed by clients, customers, or other people from outside their organisation
  • Whether interns and volunteers are adequately protected by current laws and
  • Whether people should be given longer to take a harassment, discrimination or victimisation claim to an Employment Tribunal

Who should respond

Our consultation is split into two parts:

  • a set of online questions that are quick and easy for anyone to respond to, and
  • a more technical document that invites views on the details of the law.

Both look at the same issues with a different level of detail.


Please fill in our online questionnaire

We would particularly like to hear from:

  • anyone who has experience of sexual harassment or other types of discrimination at work
  • anyone who is or has been a volunteer or an intern and who has experience of sexual harassment or any other type of discrimination
  • anyone who has managed or supported someone who has experienced sexual harassment or other types of discrimination at work
  • anyone who has thought about taking a case of any type of discrimination or harassment to an employment tribunal, whether or not you decided to in the end.


If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, or you have a view on the detailed legal elements of this issue we would encourage you to read and respond to the document below, titled Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Legal protections under the Equality Act 2010. This sets out the more technical part of this consultation exercise, that invites views on details of the law.

Other formats

If you cannot fill in the online form and need paper copies, large print, or a Welsh language version of the consultation, please email workplaceharassment@geo.gov.uk

For all documents are other links go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 2 October 2019


August 18, 2019