RTÉ Comic Relief Fund Opens for Applications

Posted on 4 Aug 2020

In response to the significant need of community and voluntary groups across Ireland, many of whom are working to support people affected by COVID-19, RTÉ and Kite Entertainment came together to host RTÉ does Comic Relief. The night of entertainment raised over €5.5million for the Community and Voluntary sector which will be distributed through a process of application and assessment.

The funds raised through RTÉ does Comic Relief will focus on the recovery and rebuilding of Ireland. The fund will focus on supporting non-profit organisations that provide key services and supports to vulnerable individuals who have been affected by COVID-19 across the whole of the Republic of Ireland.

Organisations can apply to one or both of the following strands:

Demand for Digital

In a sector where the face to face or a ‘direct delivery’ model has historically been key to providing impactful support, organisations are now faced with a significant challenge - how to support vulnerable and at risk individuals in a time where 1-1 contact is increasingly difficult.

The RTÉ Does Comic Relief: ‘Demand for Digital’ strand seeks to address this challenge, providing support to organisations across Ireland to adapt their existing programmes, or develop new ones, by using digital tools or online technology.

Adapt and Respond

Due to the changing nature of COVID-19 there is a significant need for organisations to adapt and respond to a variety of challenges, both internal and external.

By investing in organisations and improving their capacity to deliver key services we aim to create the best possible impact, helping non-profit organisations to continue to support thousands of vulnerable people throughout Ireland who have been and continue to be affected by COVID-19.

RTÉ Does Comic Relief: Adapt and Respond aims to support organisations to increase their internal capacity to deliver existing or new services in response to COVID-19.


  • Opening Date for applications: Tuesday 4 August 2020
  • Closing Date for applications: Wednesday 30 September 2020
  • Grants will be made by: December 2020
  • Work should begin: January 2021
  • Interim Report due for Adapt and Respond: June 2021
  • Final Outcome Report due: December 2021 


Use the links below to apply:

RTÉ Does Comic Relief: Demand for Digital

RTÉ Does Comic Relief: Adapt and Respond

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