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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.

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Irish Youth Foundation

Grant application forms and guidelines for funding in 2019 are now available for downloading.  The deadline for submissions is Friday 22 March 2019 

Northern Ireland
Projects based in Northern Ireland should use the Northern Ireland Grant Application form. Applications can be made up to £10,000, however grants awarded are usually in the region of £5,000. Please download the guidelines and the relevant forms using the links below (will download as Word documents).

Northern Ireland Grant Application Guidelines
Northern Ireland Grant Application Form

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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..
Application deadline: 15/03/2019

Application forms can be completed online. Before completing, please read the notes and criteria which can be accessed here.

The dates for meetings in 2019 when grants will be considered and closing date for applications are:

  • Monday 15th April (closing date for applications 15th March)
  • Monday 29th July (closing date for applications 5th July)
  • 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



Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council offers financial assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Their support seeks to help such groups who can provide services that are aligned to Council priorities.

Second call for Revenue Grants will open on Monday 8th April 2019 and will close at 12.00noon on Friday 3rd May 2019.

This call relates to projects taking place 1 August 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Programmes facilitated which will include:

  • Community Grants
  • Arts, Culture and Events Grants
  • Good Relations Grants
  • Sport NI’s Every Body Active 2020 Small Grants

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Mid & East Antrim Council

Grants are available for qualifying groups throughout the Mid and East Antrim Council area.

Grants for Groups – Equipment: 75% funding up to a maximum of £2,000 (This category should be used when applying for funding towards an A.E.D.) Excluded items of equipment are PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Mobile Phones and items of personal or team kit, clothing and uniforms.

Grants for Groups – Coaching Courses & First Aid Training: Maximum funding of up to £250 per person attending, up to a maximum of £1,000 for the group. A group is defined as anything over and above 2 persons attending the same course.

Grants for Groups – Development Projects and Training: 75% funding up to £2,000 for groups. Grants will be considered to help groups undertake appropriate projects or training which will directly further the objectives of the organisation or build towards developing it in terms of capacity building, sustainability and governance.

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