In this uncertain time our aim is to give funds to those clubs who need it most. As such our highest grants levels (£/€2,500 and £/€5,000) will go to clubs experiencing hardship due to the impact of COVID-19.

To be considered for these grants, in your application, please give details on the effect the pandemic has had on your club, why the funding is needed and what the funding will go towards. The more detail the better.

APPLY NOW- Closes 8th September

Road Safety Grant Scheme

The Road Safety (Safe Travel) Grant Scheme, administered by the Department for Infrastructure, aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads while also encouraging active travel.

The grant scheme previously ran from 2010 to 2017 awarding more than £760,000 to 98 projects.  The scheme is being relaunched 2020/21 and is now open for applications.

Individuals and groups from the voluntary and community sector can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to develop and run projects which are aimed at improving road safety or the take up of active travel in local communities.  Individuals can only apply for funding if they are working in partnership with a community group, which must be involved in the application process.

To qualify, groups must be properly constituted, have a bank account and be able to complete the project by 5 March 2021.


Comic Relief Community Support Programme 

Who can apply:

  • Constituted organisations with charitable purposes operating within NI
  • Organisations whose income is £500,000 or below. Please note that should the Programme be oversubscribed preference for support will be given to organisations with an income level of £250,000 or below.
  • Priority will be for activities and programmes delivered on the ground which MUST make up at least 50% of the grant being requested.
  • Organisations  supported must factor in the NI Executive Pathway to Recovery plan taking into account current and potential easing of restrictions on movement and meetings.

The focus areas of the Comic Relief Community Support Programme are as follows:

  • Child Food Poverty
  • Child Digital Poverty
  • Gender Based Domestic Violence
  • Taking Care of Returning Back to School
  • Responding to Loss and Grief
  • LGBTQ+ Community
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Racism – Community Based Responses
  • Racism – Supporting Structural

What can be supported? 

Grant awards of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available. Applicants should note the following:

  • Two thirds of the grant awarded MUST be spent and verified by 31st March 2021 (applicable only to awards over £10,000)
  • Project MUST be completed within 12 months of the date of issue of the Grant Aid Agreement by the Foundation
  • Operational costs to assist in the delivery costs may include contribution to salaries, small capital items and general running costs

We will prioritise:

  • Initiatives that involve and empower those with lived experience #ShiftThePower
  • Initiatives that involve locally based community organisations
  • Initiatives that have a clear social impact
  • Initiatives that will see completion of the project within a 12 month period from date of grant award

For more details and to apply see the website:

NIHE: Rural Community Awards

Aims to improve community spirit within rural neighbourhoods and encourage rural communities to protect the physical asset of the rural landscape and to celebrate their communities. On offer are 4 prizes of £1,000 being awarded to help and support those communities working to improve their respective area.  This year, there’s also a focus on how they have helped support residents throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Two awards are open for application:

Rural Community Spirit Award 

The Rural Community Spirit Award will acknowledge community groups working to improve the quality of life and wellbeing in their local area.

Community Champion Award 

Also, the Community Champion Award will recognise those individuals whose vision and sacrifices makes a difference in their neighbourhood.

Winning groups will receive a prize fund of up to £1,000, which should be used to support and extend activities or projects which benefit the community.

The Housing Executive Rural Community Spirit Award is open to all community groups, residents’ groups, voluntary groups or other groups having a constitution and acting in the interest of a rural settlement (as defined by NISRA) providing that they meet the following criteria:

  • They must be properly constituted and provide evidence of a constitution/articles of association;
  • They must operate on a not-for-profit basis;
  • They must demonstrate appropriate financial management e.g. manage finance through a bank account specifically in the name of the group.

The competition is all about recognising your village as a whole and so consideration will only be given to one application per village. If there is more than one group operating within the village then they suggest that a collective application is made.

Further details are available at:

Belfast City Council Summer Funding Programme


Belfast City Council have opened up their summer funding programme that will support groups involved in various activities helping community recovery.

Activities must take place by 30 September.  Funding will be granted to groups focusing on:

• Children and young people
• Civic pride
• Preventing isolation
• Emotional wellbeing
• Preventing anti-social behaviour

Funding up to £1,000 is available to groups. To receive an application form, contact Belfast City Council directly by email [email protected] or call them on 028 9032 0202.

Moy Park Community Support Fund

Moy Park Community Support Fund opened for applications from 1st July 2020 for a period of 24 months.

Moy Park is mindful of the constant financial pressures on voluntary and community groups and charities, particularly on their voluntary and total income, their capacity to start or continue with important projects and on their sustainability generally. Moy Park is pledging £1 million to its Community Support Fund to support on-the-ground projects of voluntary and community groups and charities in those local communities where their sites are based across Europe.

They invite project-based funding applications from not for profit local voluntary and community groups and charities with community-based objectives. Projects and funding applications must be relevant to the particular location and community. This means that funding applications can only be accepted for funding in the country in which both the applicant organisation is based and also where the local community project funding support is required.

Applicants must also provide a brief breakdown of project costs, and an outline of how the funding support will be spent. Any funding awarded must be applied to the project within the timeframes stipulated in the application or as stated in the funding award letter.

For more details and to apply see the website:

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Grant Aid – Recovery Programme

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council invites applications from voluntary clubs, societies, community and sporting organisations for the Grant Aid – Recovery Programme.

The group must be based in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area. Projects/activities must take place during the 2020-2021 financial year.

The “Recover” Grant Aid programme will provide local organisations with the opportunity to seek financial assistance to support their recovery and reanimation of activities in line with the NI Executive’s five stage Coronavirus recovery plan.

The funding call is open on a rolling basis from Tuesday 30 June 2020 and there are three closing dates for receipt of applications:

  • Monday 20 July 2020 at 5pm*,
  • Monday 21 September 2020 at 5pm* and
  • Friday 20 November 2020 at 5pm*

*Funding is subject to availability

For more details and to apply see the website:

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: COVID Response and Recovery Fund

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has introduced a COVID Response and Recovery fund to support local communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are four grant themes currently open, these are:

  • COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery
  • PCSP Community Safety and Support
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Good Relations

Closing date: 30 September 2020 (or when the budget has been allocated)

For more details and to apply see the website:

Community Foundation for NI: The New Needs Fund

Community Foundation NICommunity Foundation NI have launched a £600,000 New Needs Fund helping communities and community organisations to address new needs appearing as a result of coronavirus.

With grant sizes of between £3,000 to £15,000, it is the expectation that this funding will support organisations to continue to provide services over the next 6 to 7 months

Fund Objectives:

  • To help organisations and communities to respond better, addressing new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus and where restrictions mean finding new ways of meeting existing needs.
  • To help organisations and communities to #build back better, helping to ensure organisations can thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities

It will focus on community led responses that will:

  • Enhance existing community services and activities around health and wellbeing and help people cope with adversity.
  • Provide ongoing emergency support initiatives that directly support those most at risk as a result of the threat of coronavirus, and that clearly evidence the need for support.
  • Support innovation and creativity for those community organisations disrupted as a result of covid-19 but that are continuing to provide a valuable service at this time.
  • Encourage collaboration and strengthen collaborative activity and responses to issues affecting those most marginalised, in particular the LGBTQ+ community, black, asian and ethnic minorities, and those most at risk, including those suffering from domestic violence, and those living in poverty.
  • Invest in social cohesion and resilience, and empower and connect community-based organisations.
  • Encourage adaptation, innovation and agility of the sector, and ensure preparedness for the future.

NB – Safeguarding guidelines for this fund also changed on 27/03 to reflect the fact that groups want to respond to immediate COVID-19 issues and may not yet have full adult safeguarding policies and procedures in place.

For more details and to apply see the website:

Halifax Foundation NI

Halifax Foundation NIHFNI are focusing on their SMALL and MEDIUM grants over the coming months, with Large and Special Initiatives grants on hold for now due to the activity-based nature of these programmes. They are inviting applications from charities and constituted groups that focus on supporting the community at this time and moving from quarterly to monthly (or even weekly) grant making to decrease turnaround time.

NB – Due to the COVID19 crisis, HFNI have broadened their criteria temporarily. They will now consider applications from constituted groups not yet registered as a charity with the Charity Commission or HMRC. Maximum grant award £1,000. If your group falls into this category, please complete this grant application form.

For more details and to apply see the website:

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council COVID-19 Community Funding

The funding is available for constituted groups wishing to provide community and social support to vulnerable and isolated persons in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area at this time.

Funding is open and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The streamlined funding process will ensure a quick turnaround of applications and advance payments to ensure prompt delivery of support in local communities.

Groups must clearly evidence that their project will be delivered within the council area and to its residents. Applicants are encouraged to work together to maximise funding to address key priorities across geographical areas.

For more details and to apply see the website:

Mid Ulster District Council Emergency Community Support Fund

Mid-Ulster Council
As part of their on-going support package for the voluntary and community sector, MUDC have opened an emergency grant programme for those organisations which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their local communities.

The programme offers financial support to assist constituted groups which are working in their local communities to:

  • Deliver food and essential items
  • Link to pharmacies to deliver prescriptions
  • Other emergency crisis community support

For more details and to apply see the website:

National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland (New COVID-19 restriction)

National Lottery Community FundA quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. Suitable for voluntary or community organisations. All the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. This is restricted to:

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by Covid-19.

For more details and to apply see the website:

Enkalon Foundation Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Enkalon Foundation will move the focus of their modest funding pot to charities and community organisations helping people who are isolated and vulnerable in their local communities at this difficult time. As a small funder they focus their funding based on their core objectives in the former Antrim Borough Council area.


For more details and to apply see the website:

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities. In order respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application and payment process to make it easier to get funds out quickly.

The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

For more details and to apply see the website: