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Funding Opportunities

Public Health Agency
Making Life Better and ‘Take 5’ Steps to Wellbeing Grants Funding
Western, Belfast, Southern & South-Eastern Areas

The 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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The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, now in its ninth year, is our way of supporting and giving back to some of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s most amazing youth-centric causes.

Any Irish non-profit organisation aimed towards promoting healthy, active lifestyles and environmental leadership in young people can enter, with monetary prizes from a €100,000 total fund up for grabs.

This year, the Thank You Fund’s lifetime contributions will exceed €1,000,000, with another €100,000 being dished out to worthy causes that fit our 2019 theme of ‘Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.’

Any organisation – big or small – aimed at transforming the lives of people aged 16-25 can enter, with a judging panel and people’s vote helping to determine who’ll be the lucky recipient of individual prize funds worth €5,000, €10,000 or €20,000.

Apply for the Thank You Fund: Thank You Fund Application

Applications are open until 12th July 2019, after which point our expert panel of judges will choose a shortlist of 20 organisations who’ll make it through to the next stage.

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council – Everybody Active Fund

Everybody Active

From Monday 18 March 2019, the Sport NI Every Body Active 2020 Small Grants Programme 2019-20 for projects taking place before 29 January 2020 launches.  The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, community groups and governing bodies of sport, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver increased sports participation.

Priority will be given to projects which aim to increase participation among traditionally underrepresented groups which include:

  • Women and girls
  • People with a disability;
  • Those living in areas of greatest social need (specifically people living within the top 25% of wards designated by NI Multiple Deprivation Measure Index 2010)

Council will consider up to 100% funding of total eligible costs up to a maximum of £2,500.  Projects must be completed by 29 January 2020.

  • Applications will be assessed in the order they are submitted, therefore it is advised to apply early as this is a competitive process.
  • Council will have the right to close the scheme before the stated closing date should the budget be fully allocated.
  • If an application is submitted, assessed and deemed unsuccessful, the applicant may reapply to the scheme it time permits.
  • Previous recipients of the Everybody Active Scheme 17/18 cannot apply for a continuation of the previously funded project.

View guidance notes here.

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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.
Application deadline: none specified

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

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Comic Relief: Ahead Of The Game

What they will Fund:

  • In the UK we will focus on supporting organisations to use sports based approaches to support people who are already experiencing mental health problems, whether these are self-determined or diagnosed.
  • In Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda, we will support the following:
    • Organisations to deliver sports based approaches in communities where they can demonstrate people are at high risk of developing mental health problems.
    • Organisations to deliver sports based approaches who are working with those already experiencing mental health problems. 
  • All projects must use sport as a tool for change in the approach. Comic Relief’s Sport for Change strategy aims to bring about positive social change for individuals and communities through the intentional use of sport and physical activity. Please read our guide to developing a sport for change programme before you apply.
  • Funding is available for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years
  • Applications are welcome for £150,000 to £450,000
  • Projects must be delivered in the UK, Ghana, Rwanda or Uganda. Applications for work in more than one country will be considered, however the capacity of an organisation to manage the work will be assessed.
  • We are happy to cover the full cost of delivering a service or project, so please take a full cost recovery approach to your application budget.

Please note that there is a two-stage application process.

  • The deadline for the first stage applications will be 1200 GMT on Friday 31STMay 2019.
  • If your application is shortlisted you will be given a further 4 weeks to submit a full proposal, and the deadline for second stage applications will be 1200 GMT on Friday 9th August 2019.
  • Stage two proposals will then be shortlisted for a full assessment
  • Once assessments are completed, the funding decisions will be made by the Comic Relief Trustees by the end of January 2020.

CLOSES 12 noon on 31 May 2019
COUNTRY FOCUS: Inviting applications from United Kingdom, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda
FUNDING AVAILABLE: Funding is available for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years

Applications are welcome for a minimum of £150,000 and a maximum of £450,000

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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.

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British Council – Active Citizens Northern Ireland

Grant funding is available for Northern Ireland organisations to become Delivery Partners in Active Citizens, the British Council’s social leadership training programme which promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development, working with participants aged 18 and over.

Active Citizens is open to a range of organisations, including grassroots and religious groups, sports teams, businesses, education providers, charities, youth organisations, arts organisations and social entrepreneurs.

The next deadline for applications is at 23:00 on Monday 3 June 2019. 

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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

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DM Thomas Foundation For Young People

Central Grants – Structure and approval process

The Foundation has a rigorous grant process which aims to identify the most effective projects helping disadvantaged young people in the UK and Ireland.

Applications are received for quarterly deadlines from registered charities are first assessed by the Foundation office, with a shortlist of approximately 20 of the strongest and regionally representative applications put forward for consideration by our Grants Committee. The Grants Committee comprises independent members and members nominated by the Foundation’s business partners and meets quarterly to discuss the applications. There is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter.

2019 application deadlines are:

  • Tuesday 23rd July 2019
  • Tuesday 8th October 2019

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Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Grants are available to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.

The dates for meetings in 2019 when grants will be considered and closing date for application is:

  • Thursday 31st October (closing date for applications 4th October)

View application form

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

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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