Try for Change small grants projects announced

England Rugby and Comic Relief have announced the 11 projects that will be awarded the first set of Try for Change small grants. 

Aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups and grassroots rugby clubs in England, the grants offer projects up to £10,000 to support the valuable work they are doing to improve lives through rugby.

Over 40 organisations, including 17 rugby clubs, applied for a small grant, with 11 projects ultimately being awarded funding.

The successful projects are located across England and use rugby and its core values as a tool to greatly improve and support the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Projects include the use of rugby in prisons to reduce reoffending, helping asylum seekers and refugees integrate into communities and improving the health and wellbeing of people in disadvantaged communities. 

3 Pillars CIC is one of the first eleven projects to benefit from Try for Change. The project uses rugby to help young people in prisons. 

"We have already successfully piloted our rugby academy course with young men in HMP Wormwood Scrubs in North West London and the Try for Change grant will enable us to deliver new courses in further prisons," said Mike Crofts, CEO of 3 Pillars. 

"Our project emphasises the value of teamwork and sportsmanship through rugby, helping people achieve their full potential."

Find out more about the project here. 

Positive change through rugby 

“It’s great to see such deserving projects being awarded grants in our first round of funding," said Dominic Proctor, RFU Chair of Try for Change and RFU Board Member. 

 "The projects selected each demonstrate how rugby has the ability to improve the lives of millions of people from all walks of life and I’m excited to see how they each of them utilise their grants to make a real difference over the coming months.”

Sue Wicks, the Strategic Lead for Sport for Change at Comic Relief said she was impressed by the commitment each of the projects had shown to improving lives through rugby. 

"There’s a great spectrum of projects covering numerous disadvantaged and socially isolated groups across England and I can’t wait to see how they continue to grow their fantastic programmes over the coming year to provide positive change within their communities," said Wicks. 

Large Grants applications 

Comic Relief and England Rugby have also launched a large grants round which is now open for submissions. 

Proposals to the Try for Change large grants round will need to demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in rugby. It is open to charities, not-for-profit organisations and rugby clubs across England with organisations able to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 for work delivered over 2-3 years.

For more details, and to apply for funding, please visit the Comic Relief Grants section here.