Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Capital Grant Aid 19/20 – Open to voluntary clubs, societies, community and sporting organisations within the council area (max £20,000).

grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit Fermanagh and Omagh.

Application deadline: 22/11/2019 @ 5PM

Belfast City Council

Grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit Belfast.Organisations must have/ be:

  • be a club or organisation affiliated to a governing body recognised by Sport Northern Ireland (National Governing Bodies are not eligible to apply)
  • have in place a current, active club development plan covering a minimum of three years with at least 1 year remaining. It should include the project for which you are applying. Out of date plans will make the application ineligible.

Application deadline: 10/01/2020 @ 12pm


Belfast City Council small grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit Belfast. Include: Policing and Community Safety, Summer Intervention, Park Event, Support for Sport, Community Development Project and more.
Application deadline: 10/01/2020 @ 12pm


Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Community grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Area.

Our Enterprise Fund is open to local businesses within their first two years, to help address barriers to growth via innovative approaches.

You can find information on available funding, get guidance on the application process and complete your application online here:

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

The Causeway Coast and Glens Local Action Group (LAG) has been allocated £9.6 million budget which will be available through the Local Action Group. Funding is available for social infrastructure and social welfare projects in rural areas of The Causeway Coast and Glens. (max £180,000)

More Information & Apply:
Application deadline: rolling

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Community Development and Festivals Grant for the period 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021. Interactive Grant Workshops will take place on:

  • Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm in Antrim Civic Centre
  • Tuesday 5 November 2019 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm in Mossley Mill.


Application deadline: 13/12/2019

Community Relations / Cultural Diversity

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

There are a number of changes to the 2019-20 Scheme which includes a new online application process.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submitting an application please contact a member of the Funding and Development Programme. Phone 028 9022 7500 or email [email protected]

  • All projects in receipt of CR/CD funding must be completed within this financial year
  • Grants are up to £10K maximum and for project costs only
  • Average grant is £2 – £5K


Deadline date: 17 January 2020

Wind Farm Community Fund Northern Ireland

The Wind Farm Community Funds initiative was established by ESB Group with the intention of helping the communities neighbouring our wind farms to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities.
The initiative seeks to address current and emerging issues, needs and opportunities within communities, enriching lives and creating brighter possibilities for local residents. As a part of the initiative, Groundwork NI administers five Northern Ireland community funds which surround wind farms owned by subsidiary companies of ESB.If your project meets the essential criteria outlined in the fund guidelines, please complete and submit the online application form, ensuring that all relevant sections are addressed and that all the required supplementary documentation is uploaded.

Grants are available for community initiatives that will benefit local people living within a maximum 10 kilometre radius of the Crockagarran Wind Farm in County Tyrone. (max £6,000)

Grants are available for community initiatives taking place within a maximum seven kilometre radius of the Carrickatane Wind Farm that address local issues, needs and opportunities. (max £6,000)

The application deadline is Friday 22nd November 2019 at 12 noon.

Application deadline: 22/11/2019

Community Relations Council
The Core Funding Scheme provides support for organisations which are considered of strategic importance in promoting community relations work across Northern Ireland. Grants are available to help voluntary and community groups in Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work. Upcoming info sessions include Belfast (14/10) and Lurgan (15/10) – see more info here.
Application deadline: 15/11/2019 @ 4PM


Small grants are available to charities and non-profit making organisations with a focus on helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the UK to participate in sport. About 40% has been awarded to disability programmes. The trust will only support charities or non-profit making organisations with a focus on sport.

More information:

Enkalon Foundation

Grants up to £6,000 is available for core and project funding from the Enkalon Foundation. Grants are available for projects assisting cross-community groups, self-help, assistance to the unemployed and groups helping disadvantaged members of society in Northern Ireland, especially in Antrim.
Application deadline: 13/11/2019

Cultural multi-annual grants are now open for application.  The submission deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 22 November 2019.                                                                                                               For further details about the grants available, our public information sessions, and to download the guidance notes and apply online, please visit our website or contact the central grants unit on 028 9091 8748 or email: [email protected]k

Irish F.A & Community Foundation

The IFA through the Community Foundation are delighted to open a new Inclusive Clubs Programme.  The Inclusive Clubs Programme is aimed at supporting football clubs who are developing a disability or women’s section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society, particularly those most marginalised, and including the BME community, as well as those with a disability.

Eligibility: Who can apply?Applications are invited from eligible Disability or Women’s Clubs – Mainstream Clubs who are starting or developing an already existing Disability or Women’s section.

Size of Grant: Grants available: Up to £1,000 Find Out More & Apply

Department for Communities

The Department for Communities (DfC) has today launched this years’ Small Capital Grants Programme. The Programme, which has a total fund of £800,000, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.The Programme provides grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 towards the purchase of items such as IT equipment, sporting equipment, catering equipment and material to support arts and cultural activities within the voluntary and community sector. Applications are invited from constituted organisations that have an annual income of no more than £100,000.Co-operation Ireland have been appointed to administer the Programme on behalf of the Department. Further details on how to apply are available on the Co-operation Ireland website at: Find Out More & Apply

The Rowing Foundation

The Rowing Foundation is a registered charity. Its purpose is to promote the participation in rowing of young people (those under 18 or still in full time education) and the disabled of all ages. The Foundation gives grants of £500-£3,000 (up to 50% of the overall cost of the project) to help organisations and clubs involved in on water elements of the sport of Rowing who are individually affiliated to British Rowing (other than via their governing body) and whose requirements may be too small or who may be otherwise ineligible for an approach to the National Lottery or other similar sources of funds.

More Information

BBC Children In Need

Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply and that you meet the minimum standards for grantmaking. More Information

Department For Communities 

T:BUC Uniting Communities: Uniting Opportunities Uniting Opportunities is the small grants element of the Uniting Communities Programme. It aims to promote good relations and reconciliation through sport and creativity by addressing barriers to community participation that some young people face. It is targeted at the most vulnerable groups of young people in our society (aged 11-24), who would not normally avail of opportunities to participate. Stage One of Uniting Opportunities 2019 – 2021 is open for applications until Friday 16 August at 4.00pm. Before completing the short Stage One – Eligibility Form, please carefully read the Uniting Opportunities 2019 to 2021 Information and Guidance Notes. The Uniting Communities Team will also be available for support and guidance at a drop-in session in each the four delivery areas.  If you unable to visit during one of these sessions, please feel free to contact via telephone (02890 823 354) or email ([email protected]).

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Public Health Agency

​SMALL GRANTS SCHEME 2019 – 2020 Making Life Better and ‘Take 5’ Steps to Wellbeing Grants Funding Western, Belfast, Southern & South-Eastern AreasThe Public Health Agency (PHA) have identified funding to address Health and Wellbeing in Northern Ireland.  The Grants will support a range of strategic themes and priorities including:

The PHA are inviting community and voluntary sector organisations, through the CLEAR Project, to apply for non-recurring small grants to address the outlined themes. The PHA has commissioned the CLEAR Project to facilitate this process in the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast Local Commissioning Group areas. Small grants have already been allocated in the Northern area via the four community networks. Two types of awards are available under this scheme.

  1. Award one grants of up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking Community / Voluntary Sector groups can apply for.
  2. Award two grants of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community / Voluntary sector groups.

If you are interested in applying for the small grant, please download the following documents:

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Community Cash in Erne East and Mid Tyrone electoral areas the Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are running Community Cash in the following electoral areas:

  • Enniskillen
  • Erne North
  • Erne West
  • Omagh
  • West Tyrone

What is Community Cash?

  • Community Cash is the name the PCSP and NIHE has given to our Participatory Budgeting initiative.
  • Participatory Budgeting (PB) first developed in Brazil in the 1980’s as part of a larger effort to promote democracy following decades of military dictatorship.
  • PB has grown in popularity across the world with numerous examples in Scotland.
  • PB is an innovative process which enables people to have direct decision-making powers over the allocation of resources in their community in a way that is fair and transparent.
  • The Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP and NIHE decided to run PB as a different way to stimulate ideas to bring people together or make their community safer.

You don’t have to be an existing group with your own constitution to apply.  You just need a minimum of three people who have an idea for a project and a constituted group to sponsor your entry. Groups with a constitution are also welcome to apply. More Information

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council – Everybody Active Fund

Grants Support Scheme The scheme is open on a rolling basis, subject to the availability of budget. The aim of the scheme will be to provide financial support through various grants categories for organisers of events as well as community groups, sports clubs, arts groups in the Borough undertaking projects which are of benefit to all of the citizens of Mid and East Antrim Borough area. More Information 

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council – Leisure Grants

Leisure grants are available for qualifying groups throughout the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area. Includes grants capital and events, as well as coaches and athletes. For a list of available grants and to apply: Antrim & Newtownabbey Funding

Ards and North Down Sports Forum Grant Programme

Sports Forum Grant Programme

The forum exists to encourage active participation in sport and leisure activities by supporting the development and sustainability of sports clubs in Ards and North Down. Ards and North Down Borough Council has allocated £30,000 in 2019-2020 for grants to be awarded by the Sports Forum to affiliated sports clubs, organisations and athletes within the borough. The grant categories are:

  • travel and accommodation
  • events
  • coaching
  • Gold Card
  • equipment
  • seeding
  • sport club anniversary

Applying for a Sports Forum Grant: More Information / Apply

Phoenix Gas

Sports Bursaries

Phoenix have a long history of supporting young people and providing them with as much help as possible in meeting their potential goals in life. Through Phoenix’s sponsorship of the Ulster Rugby Academy, they have helped a number of former graduates reach their career goals, including some of Ireland rugby international stars. In addition, Phoenix offer sports bursaries to high level athletes as part of our commitment to developing local talent. To find out more about sports bursaries click here More Information

Live Here Love Here

The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of pride in our local communities. Launched by Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McDonald’s UK, Coca-Cola and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:

  • Improve the health and well being of communities whilst helping to improve and/or maintain public spaces.
  • Use innovative ways to reduce littering and dog fouling where you live.
  • Improve the way your local environment is looked after, whether urban, rural or coastal.
  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement.

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout Northern Ireland. More Information

Tesco Centenary Fund

The Tesco Centenary Fund offers a unique opportunity to benefit communities in Northern Ireland. Projects must provide a significant benefit to communities across Northern Ireland. Community charity Groundwork is working in partnership with Tesco to deliver the Centenary Fund. How does Tesco Centenary Fund work? The Tesco Centenary Fund is now open for applications from not for profit organisations in Northern Ireland. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote. Three community projects will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Northern Ireland, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes will  receive a grant of up to £50,000, the second place project receives up to £30,000 and  third place project gets up to £20,000. Apply for a grant Use the link below to take the eligibility quiz. This short quiz will check that your project meets the basic requirements to be eligible for a Tesco Centenary Fund grant. If your project meets the criteria you will be given a link to the application form at the end of the quiz. Take the eligibility quiz More Information

The National Lottery Community Fund

Empowering Young People is a grants programme designed to support projects in Northern Ireland that give young people aged 8 to 25 the ability to overcome the challenges they face.

Area: Northern Ireland Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations Funding size: £10,000 to £500,000 Application deadline: 31 March 2021 More Information

Halifax Foundation NI Halifax Foundation NI are currently open for applications to the Community Grants Programme. This programme supports charitable organisations within Northern Ireland to enable people, who are disadvantaged or with special needs, to participate actively in their communities The programme is open to registered charities with an income of less than £1 million operating in Northern Ireland.

  • The average grant is currently between £3,000 – 4,000.
  • Applications that are strategic in nature with a Northern Ireland wide benefit will be considered under the Special Initiative section of the Community Grant Programme.
  • Income must be under £1 Million

Apply Online: Halifax Foundation NI