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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 Ireland Funds
 
The Ireland Funds is delighted to officially announce €1 million in available funding for our 2019 Grant Round. The €1 million will be split evenly across the Flagship Awards and the Small Grants Round.

NOW OPEN:  Applications for the Small Grants Round are being accepted online from 12noon on 21st August – 12noon on 11th September 2019.

The Ireland Funds Small Grants Round supports a wide range of not-for-profit and community organisations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Small Grants Round offers awards up to €10,000 for small community organisations and for organisations that have not previously been supported by The Ireland Funds. Projects seeking larger grant amounts will not be considered for the Small Grants Round.

A total of €500,000 is available for the Small Grants Round 2019 comprised of:

  • 30 x €2,500 awards
  • 55 x €5,000 awards
  • 15 x €10,000 awards

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Cash4Clubs
 

Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500 and £1000 available, Cash 4 Clubs gives away real money that can help your club.

  • Cash4Clubs opens on 22nd July 2019 and will run until 27th September 2019
  • Promotion is open only to registered sports clubs who are based and operate in the UK. Entrants submitting an application on behalf of their clubs must be aged 18 or over and may be required to produce evidence of identity and age.

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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.

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Community Relations Council

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 & Development Programme. Phone 028 9022 7500 or email [email protected]

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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

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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 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.


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.

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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.

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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.
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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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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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 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)

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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