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SportNI Activate Programme

Sport NI would like to remind you that there are now only 8 weeks left to apply to Sport NI’s Activate Programme. Does your club/organisation have a participation project that could benefit from £5,000 of funding?

Delivered in partnership with Crowdfunder; Project Re-Boot: Activate has been set up to support the sports sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and can provide up to 50%/60% of total costs in match-funding, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Eligible organisations include:-

  • Sports clubs (affiliated to a recognised governing body),
  • Community/voluntary sector organisations,
  • Charities with a primary purpose of delivering sport and physical activities
  • Parent Teachers Associations’ (PTAs) for the provision of extra-curricular sport and/or outdoor activities.

The programme will close for applications on Monday 20th March 2023, unless the fund is exhausted before this date. Please find a copy of our Guidance Notes attached and further information about the Activate programme are available on the SNI website Project Re-Boot: Activate | Sport NI

We have attached our Guidance Notes but, if you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team at projectreboot@sportni.net.

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Foreign affairs and trade

Shared Island Sports Club EV Charging Scheme Opens

The Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D., along with Minister for Sport Catherine Martin T.D., have announced the launch of the Shared Island Sports Club EV Charging Scheme which opens today, 30 January.

The new €15 million scheme, resourced through the Government’s Shared Island Fund, will support the roll-out of publicly accessible, fast-charging for sports clubs and communities across the island of Ireland, in line with the recently launched National EV Charging Infrastructure Strategy

The Shared Island Sports Club EV Charging Scheme provides funding for the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at sports club facilities across the island of Ireland. This Scheme is funded through the government’s Shared Island Fund and is administered by Pobal on behalf of Zero Emission Vehicle Ireland (ZEVI).

National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs) must submit their Expression of Interest template to Pobal to zevischemes@pobal.ie by 5pm, 28 February 2023.

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Irish FA DCMS

Irish FA/ DCMS Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Investment Fund

Expressions of Interest for 2023-25

The Irish Football Association (Irish FA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Multi-Sports Grassroots Facilities Investment Fund aims to allow local grassroots football clubs in Northern Ireland (NI) to improve and upgrade facilities to create a better grassroots football infrastructure foundation. 

Investment in creating the best possible multi-sports and grassroots football facilities enables young people to have the opportunity to reach their full potential in football, as well as providing the local community with access to facilities where they can participate in other sports and become healthy and active. 

The Irish FA / DCMS Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Investment Fund 2023-25 will be directed towards larger capital projects primarily focusing on the installation and improvement of natural grass or certified artificial grass pitches (AGP).  Funding will support and be directed towards the installation of new or replacement natural grass surfaces, new or replacement artificial grass surfaces or new multi-use games areas (MUGA).

Associated pitch infrastructure will be considered for funding in addition to the pitch installation e.g. changing rooms, floodlighting, fencing etc.

In order to understand the number, type and scale of projects which may come forward over the next two financial years, we are running an Expression of Interest (EOI) process. The EOI will gather crucial information on proposed projects at early stages of their development, identifying future investment possibilities.  It is anticipated that applications for funding will be opened in February / March 2023. 

EOIs will be open for over two weeks from Wednesday 18 January 2023 and will close at 12 noon on Friday 3 February 2023.  

 

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Dormant Accounts

Dormant Accounts Fund

Dormant Accounts Fund NI supports the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability. The programme will support organisations to adapt to future challenges and be more financially resilient.

The funding distributed through Dormant Accounts Fund NI is not generated through National Lottery activity. Dormant accounts are UK bank and building society accounts that have been untouched for 15 or more years, and where banks and building societies are unable to trace the customer who owns the account

We’ll award funding for between one and three years, in order to have the greatest impact for the organisations and the communities they serve.

Up to £100,000 is available for individual organisations.

Area
Northern Ireland
Funding size
Up to £100,000 for individual organisations. If you are working with other organisations to share services or are considering merging with another organisation, talk to us before you apply as we may consider awarding more than £100,000
Total available
Total programme pot will vary, depending on Dormant Accounts funding available
Application deadline
5pm 3 March 2023
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Allianz

Allianz Sports Fund

The fifth round of the Allianz Sports Fund will open on 30 January and this time we will focus on clubs looking to support their members and inspire them to keep playing throughout 2023.

With the cost of living becoming increasingly difficult, we want to help those who may be forced into giving up participating at their current sports clubs. We hope to help people ‘keep playing’.

£50,000 is available and will be granted in awards from between £500 and £3,000.

Applications will only be accepted from clubs who have been nominated by one of our broker partners.

Applications will need to be submitted by Friday 24 February, and winners will be notified by 5pm on Friday 24 March 2023.

Allianz Sports Fund will re-open later in 2023 so there will be more opportunities to apply.

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GLL Sports Foundation

GLL Sports Foundation Athlete Support

Applications for GSF are open! We support athletes of all ages, from a huge range of sports!

Supported athletes must comply with one of the following ‘Links‘:
  1. Live within an area where GLL or partners manage sport and leisure venues
  2. Be educated within an area where GLL or partners manage sport and leisure venues (must be 18 years or under)
  3. Be affiliated to a sports club that has a training base at a GLL or partner-managed sport and leisure venue
  4. Use a GLL stand-alone centre/’BETTER Gym’ as your strength and conditioning venue

DO NOT MISS OUT – be sure to submit your application before the 20th of February 2023!

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Foreign affairs and trade

Shared Island Civic Society Fund

The Shared Island Civic Society Fund is now open for applications.

In 2023, the Fund will award up to a total of €500,000 to a number of cross-border projects, including for sport.

Funding awards of up €25,000 per successful project will generally be made, with scope for awards of a maximum of €50,000 where necessary for bigger projects

Applications for funding under the Shared Island Civic Society Fund will be accepted from Monday, 16 January 2023 until Monday, 27 February 2023.

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King George VI Youth Awards

King George VI Youth Awards

The King George VI Youth Awards funds youth work projects in Northern Ireland for young people aged 14-21. Your group must be based in Northern Ireland and your project must be part of a curriculum based youth work programme, linked to the Youth Work Curriculum.

Applications are also accepted from individual young people who must be resident in Northern Ireland.

The maximum grant available is £500. Other criteria apply – please read the criteria carefully before making your application.

Completed applications should be submitted by 5pm on Monday 30 January 2023.

For more information, email the Youth Awards Administrator, Linda Gordon – admin@kgviyouthawards.org.uk

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National Lottery Community Fund - Awards for All

National Lottery funding can help you to make a difference in your community. We offer funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

We’re open to all applications for community projects that meet our criteria. You can apply for funding to deliver new or existing activity or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges including the cost-of-living crisis.

We’re looking for ideas that:

bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
Contact us if you have an idea on 028 9055 1455 or at enquiries.ni@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.

Area
Northern Ireland
Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
Funding size
£300 to £10,000
Application deadline
Ongoing

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the Body Coach

The Body Coach - Youth Community Sport Groups

They want to help as many children as possible to stay active, which is why we’d like to offer a £1,000 grant to 15 youth community sports groups. If you’d like your group to be considered for a grant, please complete this application and they’ll be in touch soon if your application is successful.

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The Community Foundation - Micro Community Investment Fund

Fund Aims

The fund will provide valuable investment for community initiatives making a difference in towns and villages across Northern Ireland.

The fund will enable those organisations who are making the lives of others in their communities better, by improving their financial, physical, and mental wellbeing.

Criteria

You do not have to have a constitution to apply to this fund.  We will discuss your project with you in advance of application if you do not have certain governance requirements for funding in place.

We want to support smaller, grassroots organisations delivering great work.  For this reason whilst groups with an income of up to £30,000 per annum are eligible to apply preference will be given to groups with an income of up to £10,000.

Community Investments available: Up to £2,000

Applications are sought to support both new and existing activities and projects that  enhance the financial, physical and/or mental well being of people in communities. We will support new or existing community initiatives that have a particular focus on addressing the challenges people are facing around the rising cost of living.

Community projects should focus on improving at least one of the following:

  • Financial wellbeing
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Mental wellbeing

Applications for funding within one or other of these themes could be to support:

  • Projects promoting inclusion and belonging, particularly to enhance the physical and mental well being of the local community
  • Projects that strengthen the capacity of individuals to engage with a range of available digital services in order to help manage their money in a digital age
  • Projects that enhance people’s financial knowledge through financial education programmes
  • Projects promoting physical activity which uses the assets located within the area
  • Projects that improve the ability of individuals to access mental health and wellbeing services either i) directly, through the provision of support or ii) indirectly, through education/awareness raising programmes
  • Projects that encourage the active participation of individuals in their own mental wellbeing. Projects should aim to promote increased independence/resilience in relation to an individual’s mental health
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Executive Office

T:BUC Grants Programme 2023/24

The 2023/24 T:BUC Camps Programme has now opened. The closing date for applications is 4pm on 31 January 2023

The Education Authority will host 6 funding support workshops and any group who would like to deliver a Camp in 2023/24 is encouraged to sign up for one of these workshops. These workshops are a great opportunity for all groups, whether considering delivering a camp for the first time or a returning group, to find out more about the programme and to gain support to make a high-quality application. The workshops are also an opportunity to provide support in programming, resources and developing partnerships.

These events are due to take place on the following dates and locations:

Thursday 1 December 2022, 1-3pm Magherafelt Youth Centre
Monday 5 December 2022, 10-12.30pm Broughshane Youth Centre
Monday 5 December 2022, 4-5.30pm Online (Schools Only)
Tuesday 6 December 2022, 1-3pm Derry Youth Office
Tuesday 6 December 2022, 5-7pm Mountcollyer Youth Centre
Tuesday 17 January 2023, 11-12.30pm Online
Registration to an Education Authority Support Workshop can be made via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/education-authority-funding-workshop-events-18191285824(external link opens in a new window / tab)

Applications to T:BUC Camps 2023/24 Programme can be made via: www.eanifunding.org.uk/tbuc

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Ards and North Down Sports Grants 2022-23

Sports Forum Grants are available annually to affiliated Sports Forum members. The various funding which are available includes the following:

– Anniversary (Open)
– Coaching (Open)
– Equipment (Open)
– Events (Open)
– Goldcard (Open)
– Seeding (Open)
– Club Travel and Accommodation (Open)
– Individual Travel and Accommodation (Open)

Please note: Sports Forum Grants are only available to Sports Forum members who have been affiliated for a minimum of three months prior to application. Click here for information on the forum and how to apply.

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Belfast City Council Support for Sports Grants 2022-23

Belfast City Council has opened Support for Sport grants programme for the following areas:
– Good Relations Grant
– Park Event Grant
-Sports Event Grant
-Large Development Grant
– Small Development Grant
– Hospitality Grant
– Individuals Grant
Application closing date: 13/1/23

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Access and Inclusion Fund 2022-2023

The Access and Inclusion Fund aims to improve accessibility for people with disabilities and increase their participation in arts, culture and recreation activities. We are administering capital grants to cultural organisations in Belfast. To apply, projects must be due to be complete by 31 March 2023. Maximum grant is £30,000.

In particular, we welcome applications for Changing Places facilities, accessible equipment for play parks and projects that will impact positively on sustainability and climate change.

Applying for an Access and Inclusion grant
Applicants must contribute 10 per cent of their total project costs. To ask for an application form and guidance notes, contact us by email culture@belfastcity.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 11 November 2022.

Examples of funded projects

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Sport NI Project Re-Boot: Activate

Hundreds of schoolchildren throughout Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a funding boost with Sport NI now encouraging schools and nurseries to apply to their successful Crowdfunder project.

Sport NI’s Project Re-Boot: Activate launched last year to help sporting organisations engage and re-engage people in sport after the devastating impact of COVID. The scheme involves sporting organisations raising funds for their sporting initiative via their Crowdfunder campaign. Project Re-Boot: Activate has already helped 75 sporting clubs and organisations raise an incredible £815,196 in total with £320,336 being awarded by Sport NI thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

Sport NI has £280,000 funding available and has now widened the eligibility of the scheme to allow schools, nurseries and other organisations with Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) to apply for funds.

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Community Finance Ireland - All Island Sports Fund

reland has celebrated a summer of sporting success at national and international level, but when we look to the grassroots of our sporting heroes, we must see how much more we could achieve with investment in community facilities. That’s according to Community Finance Ireland, who today (23.09.21) launched a new €5 million fund offering social finance solutions to sports clubs across the island of Ireland.

The new fund will make flexible loans of €10,000-€500,000 available to sports organisations seeking to make a change in their local community whether that is to renovate changing or training facilities for their players and participants, or to improve local infrastructure that makes their club grounds more accessible for the local community.

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PowerNI Brighter Communities

Brighter communities is Power NI’s community fund donating groups across Northern Ireland with £1000 of funding.

Our Brighter Communities programme energises innovative and emerging community groups, teams and projects with £1000 of funding awarded each month. Since 2018 we have contributing over £40,000 to our communities and we are still going!

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Ulster GAA - Club Infrastructure Development Grants

Ulster GAA is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 Ulster GAA Club Infrastructure Development Grants.

The Club Infrastructure Development Grants aim to assist clubs in the improvement and development of their physical infrastructure. This is a retrospective grant fund and only works completed between 01/11/2019 and the 30/09/2022 shall be eligible for support.

Both Ulster GAA and Central Council have contributed to this grant funding, and grants can only be awarded to clubs with vested properties in the GAA.

The following areas of Club Expenditure may be considered for support:

  • Purchase of Grounds
  • Pitch Development
  • Spectator Accommodation
  • Pavilion Development
  • Additional Infrastructure Development

Please find below the following documents which will assist clubs when making their application:

Clubs must apply using the following link:

Ulster GAA Club Development Grants Application Form 2022 

N.B – Please ensure to read the Ulster GAA Grant Application Procedures 2022 prior to using the application link (The form must be submitted by an officer (Chair, Secretary or Treasurer) of the club using an official GAA email address)

The closing date for applications is 18th November 2022.

For further information and clarification regarding the grant process, please contact grants.ulster@gaa.ie.

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Sport NI - Schools and Nurseries Get Chance of £5,000 funding

Sport NI’s Project Re-Boot: Activate launched last year to help sporting organisations engage and re-engage people in sport after the devastating impact of COVID. The scheme involves sporting organisations raising funds for their sporting initiative via their Crowdfunder campaign. Project Re-Boot: Activate has already helped 75 sporting clubs and organisations raise an incredible £815,196 in total with £320,336 being awarded by Sport NI thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

Sport NI has £280,000 funding available and has now widened the eligibility of the scheme to allow schools, nurseries and other organisations with Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) to apply for funds.

Click here to apply.

Email projectreboot@sportni.net for more information.

The deadline for applications for Project Re-Boot: Activate is March 20, 2023, if funding isn’t exhausted before. The project is part of Sport NI’s Build, Back, Better campaign that was launched to deliver funding to sporting clubs and organisations in the wake of COVID. It’s thanks to National Lottery players that Project Re-Boot: Activate can deliver its financial, community support.

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Community Relations Council - Good Relations Fund

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund 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.

T:BUC Requirement

Applicants are required to outline the outcome in Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) to which the proposed project will contribute.

Read more about the T:BUC strategy.

Eligibility Requirements

There are certain specific criteria you must adhere to when applying for funding:

Read about the CD/CR scheme criteria.

Apply for the Scheme

Use the button below to apply:

Apply now for CR/CD Scheme

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Sports Development Funding - Derry and Strabane

Rural Micro Capital Grants Scheme 2022 

Micro Capital Grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and/or social isolation. The total project cost must not exceed £3,000. 
Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and/or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding. 

Funding applications close 12 noon Friday 30th Sept 2022. 

All applications this year will be online. Application form and guidelines are available by registering here.

Information Sessions:

Tuesday 13th September 2022
11am via Zoom Meeting 
Click here to join
Meeting ID: 898 9011 4106 
Passcode: 653607

Thursday 15th September 2022  
7pm at Fermanagh House, Broadmeadow Place, Enniskillen, BT74 7HR 

Monday 19th September 2022
7pm at Omagh Community House, 2 Drumragh Avenue, Omagh, BT78 7HR 

Tuesday 20th September 2022
7pm via Zoom Meeting 
Click here to join 
Meeting ID: 881 0549 2374 
Passcode: 809226 

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact grants@omaghforum.org 

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Autumn 2022 Reconciliation Fund

The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between traditions in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain. The Reconciliation Fund operates two main funding rounds each year (in spring and autumn) for 12-month grants. A Strategic Partnerships stream for 3-year funding was also launched in summer 2021.

Autumn 2022 Funding Round (for 12-month funding)

The autumn funding round will open on Tuesday 6 September 2022 at 11am. The round will remain open for 2 weeks, closing on Tuesday 20 September 2022 at 12pm.

Applications may be made only through the online grant application portal: https://onlinefunding.dfa.ie/ 

NOTE: Any application submitted before the opening time of 11am on the opening day of an annual funding round will be regarded as invalid and will not be accepted.

A number of local sports clubs and organisations have received awards in previous allocations.

Full information is available below.

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Elevate - Community Development Capacity Building Programme

Elevate provides a unique opportunity for community organisations to put their collective learning on health inequalities into practice in a supportive and encouraging environment. One of the elements of Elevate is the Community Mentoring & Grants programme.

The programme incorporates:

  • Group networking sessions
  • 1:1 support from a mentor organisation
  • A grant of up to £5,000 to implement a community based project following identification of local needs and solutions

Group mentoring allows local organisations to make connections, build networks, share information and ideas and support each other in their work. We have partnered with six organisations that demonstrate excellent community development practice and a solid commitment to tackling health inequalities. These are Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership, County Down Rural Community Network, Women’sTec, ARC Healthy Living Centre, Clanrye Group and Supporting Communities. These mentors will each support local organisations through a structured Mentorship Programme which offers a range of training, networking and support opportunities as well as a grant so the successful groups can bring their ideas to life, focusing on using community development approaches to reduce health inequalities at a local level.

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Project Re Boot activate

SportNI Project Re-Boot Activate

Get up to £5,000!

Project Re-Boot: Activate is the next phase of funding to help clubs and community groups Build Back Better. This investment programme has been set up to support the sports sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Northern Ireland. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start creating your campaign project at Start crowdfunding | Crowdfunder UK and, if eligible, you’ll be prompted to apply. Have a look at the videos below which will explain the process in more detail. This investment aims to support projects and initiatives that are creative and innovative and will engage or re-engage people back into sport, specifically those who have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. Applications should focus particularly on people from at least one of the following priority groups:

Women & girls;
People with disabilities;
People with long term limiting illness;
Children & young people – especially those aged between 11-18 years;
Older people aged over 50;
Ethnically diverse communities;
People on a low income;
Families;
People living in areas of greatest need.
People living in rural areas
Our match investment, of up to £5,000, aims to help the sports sector on the road to recovery.

All applications/campaigns must be submitted for review by 5pm on Monday 20th March 2023 (unless the funds are exhausted before this date).
All projects must be completed by 30th June 2023.

Full links and guidance can be found on the SportNI page

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Community Fund

National Lottery Awards for All

National Lottery funding can help you to make a difference in your community. We offer funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

We’re open to all applications for community projects that meet our criteria. This includes support responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re looking for ideas that:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage

Contact us if you have an idea on 028 9055 1455 or at enquiries.ni@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.

Area
Northern Ireland
Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
Funding size
£300 to £10,000
Application deadline

Ongoing

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Grants

Capital Grants for Sports Clubs The Capital Grants are available to local Sports Clubs that apply for funding for the development of new facilities or the enhancement of existing facilities that meet evidenced based need. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Sports Events Grant The Events Grant category is open to applications from Governing Bodies and Sports Clubs for events that can both promote and enhance sport and its development within the Borough and also bring real economic benefits and raise the profile of the Borough and/or facilities. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Defibrillator Grant The Defibrillator Grant category is available for local Sports Clubs/Community groups who wish to apply for funding towards the purchase of a defibirillator and associated security casing where applicable. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Fitness Suite Gold Card Successful applications to this scheme will be entitled to 12 months MORE Membership allowing fitness suite, pool and health suite use at council Leisure centres within the Borough. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Grant to Clubs The Grant to Clubs category is available to support Sports Clubs who can clearly demonstrate their potential perform at a high level within their respective sports or who aspire to develop within their sport. There are three strands available: 1. Education and Competition: (up to £1,500) 2. Specialist Equipment with a lifespan exceeding 5 years: (up to £7,500)* 3. Facility improvement: for applicants that wish to improve performance and increase participation levels or capacity through minor improvements to facilities. (up to £10,000)* 4. Applications to strands 2 or 3 will only be accepted from a club every 2 years. 5. Applicants can apply annually under strand 1. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Grants to Coaches and Officials The Grant to Coaches & Officials category is available to support aspiring Coaches who can demonstrate potential to coach or officiate at a higher level in their own sport and develop aspiring elite athletes/ teams. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Grants to Athletes The Grant to Athletes category is available to Elite and aspiring high performers who can demonstrate that they are competing (or have the potential to compete) at the highest level in their sport. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
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LCCC ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ Fund 2022

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched a small grants fund for constituted Sports Clubs and other voluntary groups, as a means to support an area of development within your club.  Projects must take place between October 2022 and March 2023.

Applications for funding, up to a maximum of £3,000, must demonstrate how the proposal responds to the key themes as outlined below in Programme Criteria.

The fund has been developed to help Sporting Organisations meet costs during this difficult time but for this scheme we want evidence of tangible beneficial outcomes such as:

  • Sports Equipment (Not clothing merchandise or kits)
  • Specialist equipment e.g. lawnmower, people counters
  • Small scale improvements to grounds e.g. outside water tap, fertilise pitch, permanent bins
  • Club Development Officer Post which would see a minimum of 100 hours of coaching delivery in a school/club setting
  • Sports Festival e.g. one-off event to help boost the existing membership of your club
  • Up-skilling of coaches/volunteers through Coach Education courses and workshops

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00pm on Friday 26th August 2022

Applications will be assessed late-August to early September with the successful applicants notified in late September.

Please see below a Powerpoint presentation which outlines this fund.

Keep the Ball Rolling PowerPoint

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Ards and North Down Sports Development Capital Grant Scheme (closes 25th July)

Sports Development Capital Grant Scheme

In recognition of the need to invest in clubs and facilities to improve the quality of provision, Ards and North Down Borough Council provides a Capital Grant Scheme.

Grants are available for capital expenditure such as facilities or equipment, defined as “expenditure for technical assistance and/or purchase, improvement, restoration and construction of an asset directly related to the applicant organisation”.

Grants are available to sports clubs which must:

  • operate within the Ards and North Down Borough.
  • provide sporting activities recognised by Sport Northern Ireland, through the UK Sports Council’s recognition policy and be affiliated to a recognised governing body.
  • be engaged at amateur level.
  • be currently affiliated to the Ards and North Down Sports Forum.

Each year Ards and North Down Borough Council provides grants for the forthcoming financial year (April to March) and can award up to 50% of eligible capital costs, with a maximum award of £5000 in respect of any one project.

Application Forms and Guidance Notes are available on their Resources page

 

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Tesco Community Grant

Tesco Community Grants helps to fund thousands of local projects across the country. Since 2016 the scheme has supported over 40,000 community groups with more than £90 million in grants. The scheme aims to make a positive difference – because where our communities thrive, our business and our colleagues thrive too.

How does Tesco Community Grants work?

Tesco Community Grants is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500. Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK.

For more info and to apply click HERE

 

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Mid Ulster District Council

Sports Representative Individual and Team Grant (Threshold £250 / £500)

Remember to read the general Grant Eligibility Conditions as well as the criteria for this specific grant.

This is a Category 3 grant. Sports groups may apply for grants in this category as well as Category 2.

The Sports Representative grants aim to support individuals who have been selected by their governing body to participate in a representative team or individual sport at provincial, national, all Ireland or international level, with eligible costs (accommodation, travel, food), to a maximum of a £250 grant may be available.

To assist recognised Sports NI sports clubs/teams (affiliated to their governing body of sport) who are travelling to compete in a recognised (by Governing body) representative (of District/County) sporting competition.

A grant for eligible costs (travel, accommodation, food) to a maximum of £500 may be available. The team must have qualified in a recognised competition by the governing body of this sport, and must be representing the District / County. The event/competition must take place outside of NI.

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Sports Bursary 16th February 2022 09:00 Friday, 31/03/2023 @ 17:00

The Sports Bursary Grant Aid is to support and provide assistance to Sporting Individuals who have been selected to represent their sport at International level. Individuals can avail of this funding to assist with: Tournament/Competition/Event Entry Fee, Travel Costs, Accommodation costs.

A maximum Sports Bursary amount of £250 per individual is available within any financial year.

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Capital Grants for Sports Clubs The Capital Grants are available to local Sports Clubs that apply for funding for the development of new facilities or the enhancement of existing facilities that meet evidenced based need. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Sports Events Grant The Events Grant category is open to applications from Governing Bodies and Sports Clubs for events that can both promote and enhance sport and its development within the Borough and also bring real economic benefits and raise the profile of the Borough and/or facilities. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Defibrillator Grant The Defibrillator Grant category is available for local Sports Clubs/Community groups who wish to apply for funding towards the purchase of a defibirillator and associated security casing where applicable. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Fitness Suite Gold Card Successful applications to this scheme will be entitled to 12 months MORE Membership allowing fitness suite, pool and health suite use at council Leisure centres within the Borough. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Grant to Clubs The Grant to Clubs category is available to support Sports Clubs who can clearly demonstrate their potential perform at a high level within their respective sports or who aspire to develop within their sport. There are three strands available: 1. Education and Competition: (up to £1,500) 2. Specialist Equipment with a lifespan exceeding 5 years: (up to £7,500)* 3. Facility improvement: for applicants that wish to improve performance and increase participation levels or capacity through minor improvements to facilities. (up to £10,000)* 4. Applications to strands 2 or 3 will only be accepted from a club every 2 years. 5. Applicants can apply annually under strand 1. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Grants to Coaches and Officials The Grant to Coaches & Officials category is available to support aspiring Coaches who can demonstrate potential to coach or officiate at a higher level in their own sport and develop aspiring elite athletes/ teams. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon  
Grants to Athletes The Grant to Athletes category is available to Elite and aspiring high performers who can demonstrate that they are competing (or have the potential to compete) at the highest level in their sport. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Standard Terms and Conditions for all Leisure Grants. 1st June 2022 12:00 Sunday, 31/07/2022 @ 12:00 noon
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UK Government - Levelling Up Fund

In the coming weeks the Department will publish the prospectus for the second round of the Levelling Up Fund (LUF). Announced at the 2020 Spending Review, the Fund will focus on capital investment in local infrastructure. It is designed to have a visible, tangible impact on people and places, and support economic recovery, through prioritising bids that invest in regeneration and growth in places in need and areas of low productivity and connectivity.  

In Northern Ireland, the UK Government will accept bids from a range of local applicants, including but not limited to businesses, voluntary and community sector organisations, district councils, and other public sector bodies.

In round one, there were 11 successful project in Northern Ireland, totalling £49m. These included a £12.2 million project to regenerate the Dundonald International Ice Bowl in, a £3 million Greenways project in Ards and North Down, and town centre regeneration schemes in Antrim and Glengormley. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is eager to see more investment into a wider range of projects and organisations across Northern Ireland through the second round of funding.

Detailed information on how the upcoming round of the Fund will operate will be published shortly.

The prospectus from the first round of the Fund can be found here.

The Department will be hosting an informational webinar to promote the second round of the Levelling Up Fund on 26th April 2022 at 3pm. Please follow this LINK to attend the session.

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Department for Communities - Covid Recovery Programme Employment & Skills Initiative

The Covid Recovery Programme Employment & Skills Initiative will provide funding for the next three years for grants to support individuals and not-for-profit organisations with costs for a variety of new or enhanced roles within the Arts, Heritage, Creative Industries, Sports and Voluntary and Community sectors.

The Initiative will fund the salaries and associated costs of new entry level employment opportunities and host organisations’ support costs in Not for Profit organisations for those of working age (18 years+).

The scheme also aims to provide funding for training and upskilling of existing employees in key roles within the affected sectors, in an effort to incentivise staff to remain in and develop their career in these sectors and assist the sectors to fully recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

The initiative has been designed in close partnership with key partners in the voluntary & community, sports, arts, heritage and creative industries sectors.

The delivery partners who will deliver the scheme are:

Future Screens NI working in partnership with the Arts Council, is inviting applications from arts organisations.

Heritage Fund (support for Heritage Organisations) 

The Rank Foundation (support for Voluntary and Community Sector AND Sport organisations)

The BBC, working in partnership with NI Screen will be working with partners to recruit aspiring new entrants to the creative industries. Further information on an exciting new scheme to help individuals join the Creative Industries will be announced soon by BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.

All organisations across these sectors should consult the delivery partners’ websites and social media platforms for further information on opening dates, closing dates, pre-application information, eligibility and assessment criteria, guidance and application forms.

Sectoral organisations should apply through the channel that best reflects their primary purpose.  Some may fit within more than one primary purpose, but it will be for the applicant organisation to select only one delivery partner. 

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Sport NI- COVID Recovery Programme

The Executive and the Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA, have provided COVID recovery funding for sports organisations and a range of other not-for-profit organisations. Sport NI will deliver the ‘COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations’ with the aim to reduce or remove operating deficits in eligible organisations which have arisen in the 2021/22 financial year because of the COVID pandemic.

The ‘COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations’ will support eligible organisations which have been negatively affected by the pandemic in the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022; and which have a financial operating deficit during that period which is attributable to COVID.

All applications must be made on-line through Sport NI’s online grant application portal through the link at www.sportni.net. The application portal will open for applications on Friday 7th January 2022 and will close for completed applications at 12 noon on Friday 28th January 2022. Further information on where to apply will be available on Friday 7th January 2022.

Programme specific queries can be sent by email to CRP@Sportni.net  – please note that due to Christmas leave responses will be issued post 4th January 2022.

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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council - Community Capital Fund

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have opened the Community Capital Grant to support and maintain the capital infrastructure of a community facility. Funding will cover:

– Repairs & replacements 
– New builds
– Essential Professional Fees associated with capital building works
– Other Professional fees
– Contingency costs

Fund– £10,000 – £75,000
(75% match funded)

DEADLINE– 28th February 2022 (12 Noon)

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Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council – COVID Recovery Fund

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council have published the COVID Recovery Fund that will assist in recovery and help organisations develop flexible activities to become more resilient and financially sustainable in the future.⁠ ⁠

Fund– up to £5,000⁠

DEADLINE– 17th December 2021 (12 Noon)

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Mid Ulster District Council

The Community Development Venues / Facilities Reopening Grant

The Community Development Venues/Facilities Reopening Grant Support Programme is specifically designed to assist local community groups to open up their community development venues and facilities to support a safe recovery and return of normal activities similar to those pre-Covid 19 pandemic.

 

The grant will provide funding across three threshold levels £3,000, £2,000 and £1,000, which will support capital, large equipment and key maintenance spend to groups for venues and facilities to support community development activity across community engagement in arts, culture & heritage and sports

 The application form is in Microsoft Word and can be obtained by emailing communitydevelopment@midulstercouncil.org completed forms are to be emailed back to this address before 3pm Friday 5th November 2021.

 

 

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Derry City and Strabane District Council

SPORTS RECOVERY AND PITCH MAINTENANCE FUNDS

PITCH MAINTENANCE FUND:

Providing financial assistance to ensure that clubs have the opportunity to maintain their playing surface to the highest level, therefore enabling greater usage on a more regular basis. Applicant clubs can apply for up to £2,000.

SPORTS RECOVERY FUND:

Grants of £500 to £4,000 available to help local sports clubs respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way,  covering costs such as additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and safety equipment for clubs in areas of high deprivation.

If submitting your application via email, send to sportsdevelopment@derrystrabane.com only. 

Deadline is 3.00pm on Friday 22nd October 2021

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Leisure Grants Programme 21/22
 
To date Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils have allocated hundreds of grants to local groups.

Grants are available for qualifying groups throughout the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area.

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Ards and North Down Sports Forum

There are a range of different Sports Forum Grants available including:
 
Sports Forum Grants- Club Travel/Accommodation

Sports Forum Grants- Coaching
 
Sports Forum Grants- Equipment
 
Sports Forum Grants- Events
 
Sports Forum Grants- Seeding
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Capital Project Grants Large Capital Project Fund 2021-22

The Large Capital Project Fund 2021-22 opened for applications on Monday 25th January 2021 for large capital projects commencing between 1st April 2021-31st March 2022. The call will remain open until noon on 29th October 2021 or until the budget is committed, whichever comes first. Groups can apply for up to £20,000 at a maximum rate of 50%.

Small Scale Capital Project Fund 2021-22

The Small Scale Capital Project Fund 2021-22 opened for applications 1st-19th February 2021. A second call for applications is due to open 6th-24th September 2021. Groups are able to apply for up to £2,500 at a maximum rate of 50% for small capital projects, technical assistance for a capital project, or the purchase of equipment. Projects must be fully delivered before 31st March 2022 (note: projects should not commence before a Letter of Offer from Council is issued).

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Capital Grants - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

FODC Capital Programme is available to groups and community organisations within the fields of; community development, sports, arts and culture and social economy. The purpose of the Capital Grant, is to enable groups to deliver high quality capital projects, or to enhance, or complement existing facilities that will bring significant benefit to the District.

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Sport NI- Project Re-Boot: Activate

Get up to £5,000

Project Re-Boot: Activate is the next phase of funding to help clubs and community groups Build Back Better. This investment programme has been set up to support the sports sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Northern Ireland.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project at www.crowdfunder.co.uk  and, if eligible, you’ll be prompted to apply. Have a look at the videos below which will explain the process in more detail.

This investment aims to support projects and initiatives that are creative and innovative and will engage or re-engage people back into sport, specifically those who have been most adversely affected by the pandemic

Learn more

Sir George Earle Benevolent Fund & The Older People’s Fund

Project Objectives and Eligibility: To work with local communities and projects which support older people, particularly projects which aim to reduce loneliness or isolation in Northern Ireland.

The intended difference this programme will make is as follows:

  • Improve older people’s access to social activity.
  • Reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation in older people.
  • Increase the availability of local projects or activity which supports older people.
  • Respond to local social or economic needs.

Grants available between £500 to £3,000. Closing Date: Aug 26, 2021 13:00

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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.

Eligible groups can apply for grants from £20,000–£60,000 per project.

The closing date for applications is Monday 23 August 2021 at 4pm

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The Honourable Irish Society Derry/ Londonderry Fund

Community Groups, Clubs, Associations can apply for grants up to £1,000

We welcome applications from individuals and local organisations – from amateur sports and senior citizens clubs; youth groups; community, residents, workers and health associations to schools and other educational bodies – across the entire County or close neighbouring areas (includes any town/village within the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council).

Applications close on Friday 3 September

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ABC Borough Council Large Capital Project Fund

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are running the Large Capital Project Fund for the purpose to enable high quality capital projects that could bring significant benefit to the Borough. Fund- up to £20,000 (50% max rate)

DEADLINE- 29th October 2021 (12 Noon)

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Lisburn & Castlereagh Council Community Facilities Fund

The Community Facilities Fund (CFF) is a grant scheme to support minor capital works, repairs and/or implementation of digital solutions to enable groups and organisations to improve income opportunities, make changes to the facility use and/or make the facility more accessible and inclusive to further engage the local community.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council recognises the vital role that community facilities play in providing local access to a range of important services in communities, hence the inclusion of this Fund as an integral part of the council’s District Electoral Area (DEA) Investment Plan. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1.00pm on Friday 9 July 2021.

Learn more

Lisburn & Castlereagh Council Sports Funding Scheme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has opened a new funding opportunity called ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ for local sports clubs and voluntary groups.  Up to £3,000 is available to eligible organisations that require help to meet sports costs associated with their development.

The ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ Fund will help cover costs with tangible benefits including PPE equipment, sports equipment, small scale improvements to grounds, specialised equipment, club development officer funding, one off sports festival events and coach education training.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 August at 4.00pm

Learn more

Belfast City Council Community Recovery Support Grants

Belfast City Council have released the COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund for community groups who can deliver projects in one of the following priority areas:⁠ ⁠

– Improved health and well being⁠
– Improved attitudes towards different backgrounds and cultures⁠
– Better connections with support networks and communities⁠ ⁠

Fund– up to £5,00                       DEADLINE– 2nd July 2021 (12 Noon)

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Poundland Foundation Kits 4 Kids

The Poundland Foundation supports organisations working to transform communities and change lives across the UK. Our first grant window is Kits 4 Kids.

If you’re a local sports club or organisation looking for support for your team, then we’d love to hear from you. Use this application form to apply for a grant of up to £750 to provide kit or equipment for your team.

Learn more

DfC Small Capital Grants Programme

A £950,000 fund to support the voluntary and community sector has been launched by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey. The Small Capital Grants Programme, which is delivered by Co-operation Ireland, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.

Learn more

Funding Mix

Number of external funding opportunities either currently open or on the horizon which might be suitable for applications from your organisations: Check out the PowerPoint presentation below for full details

Learn more

Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots launches the £1m Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme

The pilot scheme will provide capacity building training and a grant to rural community and voluntary organisations to deliver capital refurbishment works to rural halls, with the intended aim of keeping community facilities viable and to support existing rural organisations to remain sustainable and identify new volunteers.

Learn more

Education Authority Summer Programme Fund

Funding up to £25,000

This stream supports all non-EA registered voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland who work with children and young people aged between 4-25 year olds in an informal setting to re-connect, re-energise and re-engage children and young people throughout the summer months.

Learn more

Community Investment Fund

Funding up to £2,000

New Community Investment Fund launching, with support from Bank of Ireland UK, Community Giving Fund.

We are excited to be launching a new Micro-Community Investment Fund providing valuable funding for smaller, grassroots organisations delivering great work across Northern Ireland.

Applications to the Fund will open on Monday 17th May as a rolling call for applications through our website www.communityfoundationni.org

Learn more

National Lottery Awards for All

Funding between £300 and £10,000

A 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.

For further details on the programme, including the type of projects that might be considered, visit: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Learn more

Dormant Accounts Fund

Dormant Accounts Fund NI will support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability.

Learn more

Project Re-Boot

Sport NI launches £5m National Lottery investment: Supporting Sport to Build Back Better, starting with Project Re-Boot:

7th JANUARY 2021: Sport NI’s ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better’ programme has been launched to strengthen the sports sector as we emerge from COVID19.

Learn more

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Covid-19 Tranche 3 Grant Aid Programme

This is a grants fund to support local communities during the current pandemic under the three themes of Food Distress, Financial Distress and Connectivity. All funding awarded must be spent between 1 February – 31st March 2021. Up to £2,000 is available.

Learn more

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Covid-19 Community Support Grant 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is offering financial assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to support community-led initiatives aimed at providing relief to those affected by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Learn more

Causeway Coast and Glens District Council

Covid-19 Community Support Fund 

Department for Communities funded, the COVID-19 Community Support Fund is to provide small grants to local community and voluntary organisations to deal with emerging issues in local communities as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.  Local community/voluntary sector organisations can apply for grants of up to 100% of costs up to £4,000.

Learn more

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Covid-19 Community Support Grants Scheme 

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council funded through the Department for Communities (DfC) Covid Response Fund, has launched a second grants scheme for constituted community/voluntary and faith-based organisations.

Learn more

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme (Call 2)

This scheme aims to offer Community and Voluntary Organisations funding to aid them in rebuilding, reconnecting or returning to operation during the recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Learn more

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has received further funding from the Department for Communities to target citizens who are most in need of urgent support as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect local communities.

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.

Learn more

Halifax Foundation NI

Small and Medium Grants

HFNI 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. 

Learn more

National Lottery Awards for All

Funding between £300 and £10,000

A 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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more
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Sport NI- Project Re-Boot: Activate

Get up to £5,000

Project Re-Boot: Activate is the next phase of funding to help clubs and community groups Build Back Better. This investment programme has been set up to support the sports sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Northern Ireland.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project at www.crowdfunder.co.uk  and, if eligible, you’ll be prompted to apply. Have a look at the videos below which will explain the process in more detail.

This investment aims to support projects and initiatives that are creative and innovative and will engage or re-engage people back into sport, specifically those who have been most adversely affected by the pandemic

Learn more

Sir George Earle Benevolent Fund & The Older People’s Fund

Project Objectives and Eligibility: To work with local communities and projects which support older people, particularly projects which aim to reduce loneliness or isolation in Northern Ireland.

The intended difference this programme will make is as follows:

  • Improve older people’s access to social activity.
  • Reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation in older people.
  • Increase the availability of local projects or activity which supports older people.
  • Respond to local social or economic needs.

Grants available between £500 to £3,000. Closing Date: Aug 26, 2021 13:00

Learn more

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.

Eligible groups can apply for grants from £20,000–£60,000 per project.

The closing date for applications is Monday 23 August 2021 at 4pm

Learn more

The Honourable Irish Society Derry/ Londonderry Fund

Community Groups, Clubs, Associations can apply for grants up to £1,000

We welcome applications from individuals and local organisations – from amateur sports and senior citizens clubs; youth groups; community, residents, workers and health associations to schools and other educational bodies – across the entire County or close neighbouring areas (includes any town/village within the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council).

Applications close on Friday 3 September

Learn more

ABC Borough Council Large Capital Project Fund

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are running the Large Capital Project Fund for the purpose to enable high quality capital projects that could bring significant benefit to the Borough. Fund- up to £20,000 (50% max rate)

DEADLINE- 29th October 2021 (12 Noon)

Learn more

Lisburn & Castlereagh Council Community Facilities Fund

The Community Facilities Fund (CFF) is a grant scheme to support minor capital works, repairs and/or implementation of digital solutions to enable groups and organisations to improve income opportunities, make changes to the facility use and/or make the facility more accessible and inclusive to further engage the local community.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council recognises the vital role that community facilities play in providing local access to a range of important services in communities, hence the inclusion of this Fund as an integral part of the council’s District Electoral Area (DEA) Investment Plan. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1.00pm on Friday 9 July 2021.

Learn more

Lisburn & Castlereagh Council Sports Funding Scheme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has opened a new funding opportunity called ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ for local sports clubs and voluntary groups.  Up to £3,000 is available to eligible organisations that require help to meet sports costs associated with their development.

The ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ Fund will help cover costs with tangible benefits including PPE equipment, sports equipment, small scale improvements to grounds, specialised equipment, club development officer funding, one off sports festival events and coach education training.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 August at 4.00pm

Learn more

Belfast City Council Community Recovery Support Grants

Belfast City Council have released the COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund for community groups who can deliver projects in one of the following priority areas:⁠ ⁠

– Improved health and well being⁠
– Improved attitudes towards different backgrounds and cultures⁠
– Better connections with support networks and communities⁠ ⁠

Fund– up to £5,00                       DEADLINE– 2nd July 2021 (12 Noon)

Learn more

Poundland Foundation Kits 4 Kids

The Poundland Foundation supports organisations working to transform communities and change lives across the UK. Our first grant window is Kits 4 Kids.

If you’re a local sports club or organisation looking for support for your team, then we’d love to hear from you. Use this application form to apply for a grant of up to £750 to provide kit or equipment for your team.

Learn more

DfC Small Capital Grants Programme

A £950,000 fund to support the voluntary and community sector has been launched by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey. The Small Capital Grants Programme, which is delivered by Co-operation Ireland, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.

Learn more

Funding Mix

Number of external funding opportunities either currently open or on the horizon which might be suitable for applications from your organisations: Check out the PowerPoint presentation below for full details

Learn more

Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots launches the £1m Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme

The pilot scheme will provide capacity building training and a grant to rural community and voluntary organisations to deliver capital refurbishment works to rural halls, with the intended aim of keeping community facilities viable and to support existing rural organisations to remain sustainable and identify new volunteers.

Learn more

Education Authority Summer Programme Fund

Funding up to £25,000

This stream supports all non-EA registered voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland who work with children and young people aged between 4-25 year olds in an informal setting to re-connect, re-energise and re-engage children and young people throughout the summer months.

Learn more

Community Investment Fund

Funding up to £2,000

New Community Investment Fund launching, with support from Bank of Ireland UK, Community Giving Fund.

We are excited to be launching a new Micro-Community Investment Fund providing valuable funding for smaller, grassroots organisations delivering great work across Northern Ireland.

Applications to the Fund will open on Monday 17th May as a rolling call for applications through our website www.communityfoundationni.org

Learn more

National Lottery Awards for All

Funding between £300 and £10,000

A 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.

For further details on the programme, including the type of projects that might be considered, visit: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Learn more

Dormant Accounts Fund

Dormant Accounts Fund NI will support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability.

Learn more

Project Re-Boot

Sport NI launches £5m National Lottery investment: Supporting Sport to Build Back Better, starting with Project Re-Boot:

7th JANUARY 2021: Sport NI’s ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better’ programme has been launched to strengthen the sports sector as we emerge from COVID19.

Learn more

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Covid-19 Tranche 3 Grant Aid Programme

This is a grants fund to support local communities during the current pandemic under the three themes of Food Distress, Financial Distress and Connectivity. All funding awarded must be spent between 1 February – 31st March 2021. Up to £2,000 is available.

Learn more

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Covid-19 Community Support Grant 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is offering financial assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to support community-led initiatives aimed at providing relief to those affected by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Learn more

Causeway Coast and Glens District Council

Covid-19 Community Support Fund 

Department for Communities funded, the COVID-19 Community Support Fund is to provide small grants to local community and voluntary organisations to deal with emerging issues in local communities as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.  Local community/voluntary sector organisations can apply for grants of up to 100% of costs up to £4,000.

Learn more

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Covid-19 Community Support Grants Scheme 

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council funded through the Department for Communities (DfC) Covid Response Fund, has launched a second grants scheme for constituted community/voluntary and faith-based organisations.

Learn more

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme (Call 2)

This scheme aims to offer Community and Voluntary Organisations funding to aid them in rebuilding, reconnecting or returning to operation during the recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Learn more

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has received further funding from the Department for Communities to target citizens who are most in need of urgent support as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect local communities.

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.

Learn more

Halifax Foundation NI

Small and Medium Grants

HFNI 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. 

Learn more

National Lottery Awards for All

Funding between £300 and £10,000

A 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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more
SportNI Logo

Sport NI- Project Re-Boot: Activate

Get up to £5,000

Project Re-Boot: Activate is the next phase of funding to help clubs and community groups Build Back Better. This investment programme has been set up to support the sports sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Northern Ireland.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project at www.crowdfunder.co.uk  and, if eligible, you’ll be prompted to apply. Have a look at the videos below which will explain the process in more detail.

This investment aims to support projects and initiatives that are creative and innovative and will engage or re-engage people back into sport, specifically those who have been most adversely affected by the pandemic

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Sir George Earle Benevolent Fund & The Older People’s Fund

Project Objectives and Eligibility: To work with local communities and projects which support older people, particularly projects which aim to reduce loneliness or isolation in Northern Ireland.

The intended difference this programme will make is as follows:

  • Improve older people’s access to social activity.
  • Reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation in older people.
  • Increase the availability of local projects or activity which supports older people.
  • Respond to local social or economic needs.

Grants available between £500 to £3,000. Closing Date: Aug 26, 2021 13:00

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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.

Eligible groups can apply for grants from £20,000–£60,000 per project.

The closing date for applications is Monday 23 August 2021 at 4pm

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The Honourable Irish Society Derry/ Londonderry Fund

Community Groups, Clubs, Associations can apply for grants up to £1,000

We welcome applications from individuals and local organisations – from amateur sports and senior citizens clubs; youth groups; community, residents, workers and health associations to schools and other educational bodies – across the entire County or close neighbouring areas (includes any town/village within the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council).

Applications close on Friday 3 September

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ABC Borough Council Large Capital Project Fund

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are running the Large Capital Project Fund for the purpose to enable high quality capital projects that could bring significant benefit to the Borough. Fund- up to £20,000 (50% max rate)

DEADLINE- 29th October 2021 (12 Noon)

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Lisburn & Castlereagh Council Community Facilities Fund

The Community Facilities Fund (CFF) is a grant scheme to support minor capital works, repairs and/or implementation of digital solutions to enable groups and organisations to improve income opportunities, make changes to the facility use and/or make the facility more accessible and inclusive to further engage the local community.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council recognises the vital role that community facilities play in providing local access to a range of important services in communities, hence the inclusion of this Fund as an integral part of the council’s District Electoral Area (DEA) Investment Plan. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1.00pm on Friday 9 July 2021.

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Lisburn & Castlereagh Council Sports Funding Scheme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has opened a new funding opportunity called ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ for local sports clubs and voluntary groups.  Up to £3,000 is available to eligible organisations that require help to meet sports costs associated with their development.

The ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ Fund will help cover costs with tangible benefits including PPE equipment, sports equipment, small scale improvements to grounds, specialised equipment, club development officer funding, one off sports festival events and coach education training.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 August at 4.00pm

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Belfast City Council Community Recovery Support Grants

Belfast City Council have released the COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund for community groups who can deliver projects in one of the following priority areas:⁠ ⁠

– Improved health and well being⁠
– Improved attitudes towards different backgrounds and cultures⁠
– Better connections with support networks and communities⁠ ⁠

Fund– up to £5,00                       DEADLINE– 2nd July 2021 (12 Noon)

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Poundland Foundation Kits 4 Kids

The Poundland Foundation supports organisations working to transform communities and change lives across the UK. Our first grant window is Kits 4 Kids.

If you’re a local sports club or organisation looking for support for your team, then we’d love to hear from you. Use this application form to apply for a grant of up to £750 to provide kit or equipment for your team.

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DfC Small Capital Grants Programme

A £950,000 fund to support the voluntary and community sector has been launched by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey. The Small Capital Grants Programme, which is delivered by Co-operation Ireland, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.

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Funding Mix

Number of external funding opportunities either currently open or on the horizon which might be suitable for applications from your organisations: Check out the PowerPoint presentation below for full details

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Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots launches the £1m Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme

The pilot scheme will provide capacity building training and a grant to rural community and voluntary organisations to deliver capital refurbishment works to rural halls, with the intended aim of keeping community facilities viable and to support existing rural organisations to remain sustainable and identify new volunteers.

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Education Authority Summer Programme Fund

Funding up to £25,000

This stream supports all non-EA registered voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland who work with children and young people aged between 4-25 year olds in an informal setting to re-connect, re-energise and re-engage children and young people throughout the summer months.

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Community Investment Fund

Funding up to £2,000

New Community Investment Fund launching, with support from Bank of Ireland UK, Community Giving Fund.

We are excited to be launching a new Micro-Community Investment Fund providing valuable funding for smaller, grassroots organisations delivering great work across Northern Ireland.

Applications to the Fund will open on Monday 17th May as a rolling call for applications through our website www.communityfoundationni.org

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National Lottery Awards for All

Funding between £300 and £10,000

A 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.

For further details on the programme, including the type of projects that might be considered, visit: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

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Dormant Accounts Fund

Dormant Accounts Fund NI will support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability.

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Project Re-Boot

Sport NI launches £5m National Lottery investment: Supporting Sport to Build Back Better, starting with Project Re-Boot:

7th JANUARY 2021: Sport NI’s ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better’ programme has been launched to strengthen the sports sector as we emerge from COVID19.

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Covid-19 Tranche 3 Grant Aid Programme

This is a grants fund to support local communities during the current pandemic under the three themes of Food Distress, Financial Distress and Connectivity. All funding awarded must be spent between 1 February – 31st March 2021. Up to £2,000 is available.

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Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Covid-19 Community Support Grant 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is offering financial assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to support community-led initiatives aimed at providing relief to those affected by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

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Causeway Coast and Glens District Council

Covid-19 Community Support Fund 

Department for Communities funded, the COVID-19 Community Support Fund is to provide small grants to local community and voluntary organisations to deal with emerging issues in local communities as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.  Local community/voluntary sector organisations can apply for grants of up to 100% of costs up to £4,000.

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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Covid-19 Community Support Grants Scheme 

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council funded through the Department for Communities (DfC) Covid Response Fund, has launched a second grants scheme for constituted community/voluntary and faith-based organisations.

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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme (Call 2)

This scheme aims to offer Community and Voluntary Organisations funding to aid them in rebuilding, reconnecting or returning to operation during the recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has received further funding from the Department for Communities to target citizens who are most in need of urgent support as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect local communities.

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.

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Halifax Foundation NI

Small and Medium Grants

HFNI 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. 

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National Lottery Awards for All

Funding between £300 and £10,000

A 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.

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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.

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