Round Two of Comic Relief’s Care Home Challenge Fund has recently been announced. The Fund is open for applications from 3rd July 2017 to 4th August 2017 (midday). It is seeking applications from care home providers across the UK, to deliver activities to improve the wellbeing of residents, and help staff and residents forge stronger relationships. It is expected that 20 grants awarding between £10,000-£20,000 will be made. Grants will last for between 18-24 months including time for planning, partnership building and delivery. Each grant will reach a maximum of 4-5 care homes, focusing on quality of delivery led by residents and care home staff rather than volume of people.

This initiative sits under Comic Relief’s ‘Health and Wellbeing’ programme area, so they are interested in accepting applications which encourage physical or mental activity, movement and increased mobility, social connections and engagement for residents. This may involve sporting activities such as martial arts or dance, but could also include other forms of gentle leisure/recreational activities such as gardening. Mentally stimulating work may include reminiscence and arts based activities, singing, reading groups etc.
More information and details of eligibility and how to apply are available through the Comic Relief website.