England Rugby & Sport Relief

England Rugby is proud to partner with Sport Relief and together we have launched the Try for Change Fund. This is a fully managed fund by Comic Relief and our ambition is to raise £4million over four years to support projects and programmes that use rugby to for positive change here in England and across the world.

Try for Change is an England Rugby programme which uses the power of rugby union to improve and support the lives of disadvantaged people in England and across the world. We recognise the invaluable work of charities, clubs and individuals who use rugby as a force for good and are raising new revenues to grant out to projects using our sport for social change.

These projects encapsulate rugby's core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to tackle a number of significant social challenges around education, social inclusion, unemployment, mental and physical wellbeing, personal development and community growth.

Try for Change Fund 

England Rugby and Sport Relief together run the Try for Change Fund which is fully managed fund by Comic Relief and together we provide grants to charitable projects and programmes that use rugby or the rugby community to deliver social change.

The Try for Change Fund encourages charities, clubs, and community groups from the grassroots in England to projects overseas to take up rugby for social good and widen the impact of our sport, and its values, to help improve the lives of people who need it most.

The grant making will focus on projects that achieve social impact in:

  • Improving education attainment
  • Increasing employability
  • Reducing involvement in gangs and risk of offending
  • Improving mental health
  • Increasing community cohesion & social integration

The first initiative launched under the Try for Change Fund was a small grants programme aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups, and local community rugby clubs in England. 11 successful projects were announced in September. A large grant round offering grants of up to £100,000 for work over 2 or 3 year closed on 2 October 2018.  Future grant rounds will be announced soon. For more information on Try for Change grants please contact Tim Wainwright at timwainwright@rfu.com 

Sport Relief 

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £335 million. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

Since Sport Relief 2014, Comic Relief funded projects have helped more than 8 million people.

Sport continues to play an important role in improving the lives of millions of people across the world. It brings people together to play, learn, improve health and benefit from shared experiences. It is also a powerful tool for helping bring about social change.

The aim is to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential, as well as deliver long-term benefits to the wider community.

England Rugby is a partner of Sport Relief and will fundraise for the Try for Change Fund which is a fully managed fund by Comic Relief. Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)