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JobStart 50+ Scheme

The Department for Communities’ JobStart Scheme, initially aimed at 16-24-year-olds, offers paid job opportunities to help improve skills and support the move into a permanent job or into further education or training. The Department is now extending the Scheme to a small number of 50-64-year-olds (approx. 180). This will provide invaluable information on how beneficial this type of employability scheme is to this group. The findings will be used to inform future policy in this area.  

This extension builds on the success of the JobStart Scheme to date and will provide job opportunities with a range of employers in all sectors across Northern Ireland. Those aged 50-64, who are currently unemployed are now eligible to apply for the Scheme. This age group provides valuable opportunities for employers to utilise a wealth of skills and experience that would benefit businesses and is an ideal opportunity for anyone aged 50-64 to enter or re-enter the labour market. 

The JobStart Scheme is now open to people aged 50 to 64 who wish to enter or re-enter the workplace for six-month job opportunities with local employers. 

Benefits of the JobStart Scheme

By taking part in the JobStart Scheme you will:

  • develop your employment skills 
  • get a six month paid job opportunity
  • enhance your CV and future job prospects
  • increase your confidence
  • learn important work skills like teamwork and problem solving and communication skills

By the end of your opportunity you may:

  • be offered a permanent job by the employer
  • have the skills and experience to help you find another job
  • go into further education or training opportunities

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Fibrus Plays it Forward with launch of £50k Fund for Sports Clubs

~ Applications for Fibrus Play it Forward Fund are now open ~

Northern Irish Full Fibre broadband provider, Fibrus, has today launched its 2024 Play it Forward Fund, with a £50k pot available to sports clubs across Northern Ireland and Cumbria 

The fund, which is in its second year, is designed to support grassroots sports in regional and rural communities, offering up to £1,000 per club to help with equipment, kits, improving facilities and subsiding training fees.

The Fund is designed to support children under 18 years and encourage them to switch off from devices, get active and have fun.

Linda McMillan, Chief People Officer at Fibrus, said: “Investing in local communities is one of our core missions at Fibrus and our Play it Forward Fund allows us to play a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of children.

“Sports and clubs are intrinsic to the communities in which we operate, and we are committed to supporting these communities wholly, through both digital connectivity, but also by ensuring clubs have access to essential funds to support children’s sports in their area.

“After such a good response to the Fund last year, we are delighted to continue this initiative in 2024 to support grassroots community sports organisations. We are looking forward to the positive impact it will have on local communities in the upcoming year”.

30 clubs in Northern Ireland received funding support in 2023 including Ballinamallard Youth Soccer Development, who used the funds to support their girls’ programmes, and St Brigid’s Camogie club in Armagh, which used the funds received from Fibrus to run a 10-week programme encouraging more local children to get involved in the sport. 

Enniskillen Ladies Hockey club received £1,000 to help with pitch hire costs, allowing them to provide free, accessible and local hockey coaching for individuals aged 7 and upwards. Strangford Coastal Rowing club also benefitted from the funding, using it to purchase life jackets, which help keep membership fees low and reduced barriers which could deter young people from taking part.

Kerry Toner, Chairperson at St Brigid’s camogie club in Armagh said:The funds received from Play it Forward allowed us to reach out to a wider set of children and to provide an overall training top so that all of the children felt included and there was no pressure on the parents.

We hope that all of the children remain within the club after the initial programme and continue to enjoy playing camogie with their friends for years to come.”

The 2024 Play it Forward Fund comes on the back of Fibrus’ announcement earlier this year that it was making an additional £120,000 of funding available across Northern Ireland and Cumbria through the Fibrus Community Fund, to alleviate digital poverty, underlining the broadband provider’s commitment to the local community.

The next round of funding is now open and the application window will close on the 5th of July 2024.

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Sport Systems Investment - New Governing Bodies

Sports Systems Investment – New Governing Bodies is a funding programme specifically targeting Recognised sports organisations who have not been eligible to apply for funding through the Sports System Investment – Governing Bodies element of National Lottery funding this year.

This investment is to help Recognised governing bodies, not currently funded in the sector, to have stronger systems in place.

A total programme budget of £150,000 is currently available for sports governing bodies to apply for, up to a maximum individual award of £20,000.

The programme opens on 24 May 2024 and will close for applications on 29 November 2024.

Note – where the applicant organisation was in receipt of SSI-NGB funding in 2023/24, the maximum available is £30,000

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PHA Making Life Better Through Short Term Funding Programme 2024-25

Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for a short-term funding programme that focuses on improving mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) initiative which aims to address health and wellbeing needs in local communities, is now open, with groups having until 3pm on Friday 21st June to submit applications.

The funding will support a range of strategic themes including:

  • Making Life Better ( Public health framework)
  • Protect Life 2 – Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • Mental Health Strategy

Two types of awards are available under this scheme.

  • Award One: Funding of up to £1,000 for non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking community / voluntary sector groups.
  • Award Two: Funding of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking community / voluntary sector groups.

There are limited resources available therefore a strict Assessment Criteria will be applied (see general guidance notes).

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Social Capital Loan Scheme

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland plays a key role in helping the NI Executive and the Department for Communities achieve the objectives set out in the draft Programme for Government (PfG) Outcomes Framework. DfC has decided to use Financial Transactions Capital (FTC) to establish a Social Capital Loan Scheme to support VCSE investment, via a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) managed by Community Finance Ireland (CFI), to minimise financial risk.

Through the scheme, DfC will make £13,000k FTC available to the VCSE sector in three tranches, via Community Finance Ireland (CFI), over the period 2023/24 – 2025/26.

CFI will apply its existing business model to select projects for investment and manage repayments to DfC.

This intervention is an enabler which will bring a source of capital to the VCSE sector, complementing public and non-statutory funders.

CFI will apply its existing business model to select projects for investment and manage repayments to DfC.

VCSE Organisations will be able to apply for Social Loan Capital to develop assets aligned to PfG delivery, projects must be sustainable to meet a social need. 

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SEUPB - Investment Area 1.3: Building Positive Relations

The €35 million PEACEPLUS investment Area 1.3 Building Positive Relations is now open for applications.

This funding stream invites applications for projects that will promote positive relations characterised by respect, celebrate cultural diversity, and encourage people to live, learn and socialise together.

Supported projects will enable individuals and communities to collaborate across a broad range of areas of mutual interest, such as parenting, arts and culture, sport, education, and social innovation/enterprise.

The Programme places particular emphasis on providing support to those most marginalised within our communities. It aims is to build relationships based on a greater understanding of those from different cultural backgrounds, and to ensure everyone feels part of a wider, more diverse community.

The Building Positive Relations Investment Area is targeted at organisations that will promote positive relations through projects which transcend local boundaries, with cross border dimensions where possible. Projects should have the potential to achieve significant peace and reconciliation across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland.

The aim of the programme is to build and sustain relationships between 116 organisations, engaging 58,000 citizens from all communities, across a wide range of sectors.

Closing Date: 13 June 2024.

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Aughrim Landfill Programme

Aughrim Landfill Programme is a partnership between Aughrim Landfill Ltd and Groundwork NI. Funding for Aughrim Landfill Programme is through the Landfill Communities Fund (LFC) and is derived from Aughrim Landfill Ltd’s operations at Aughrim landfill site.

The Programme aims to support projects working in the conservation and promotion of biodiversity projects and protection of social environment.

Eligibility:

Your project must be within 10 miles of a registered landfill site  (a current list of registered sites can be found via the HMRC or DEARA websites and you can determine if you’re within 10 miles by using this map HERE).

The project must also benefit the community through either:

  1. the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity

or

 2)  the conservation or promotion of biodiversity.

Your application will need to clearly demonstrate how your project meets one of these needs.

Your organisation must be a voluntary or community organisation wh

How much is the funding for?
The grants available are from £5,000 to £10,000

Public parks and amenities. Projects which provide,  maintain or improve a public park or other public amenity which promote positive land management and community involvement e.g. community centres centers, village halls, public sporting facilities, cycle paths and play areas

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Community Fund

Sustainable Community Buildings

We’ll be open for applications from 11 September 2024 to 23 October 2024 for:
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council or Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

We’ll be open for applications from 8 January 2025 to 19 February 2025 for:
Belfast City Council, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

We were open for applications from 7 February until 20 March 2024 for organisations with community buildings in:
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Mid Ulster District Council, Ards and North Down Borough Council or Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

This funding is to help your organisation to:

  • learn how to be more environmentally sustainable – by attending carbon literacy training
  • understand what changes you can make to be more environmentally sustainable – by working with experts in sustainability to create an environment plan for your organisation
  • improve the environmental performance of your building – for example, we could offer funding so that you can add solar panels, improve insulation or install energy-efficient lighting
  • share the benefits of being more environmentally sustainable with your community
  • monitor, measure and report on the impact of your funding – for example, track what difference the improvements have made to carbon emissions, energy savings, community engagement and behaviour change
  • ultimately reduce your carbon footprint and energy bills.

This funding is part of our new strategy. One of our aims is to support communities to be environmentally sustainable.

Funding size:  Up to £50,000  (capital funding only)
Application deadline:  Check the deadline for your council area
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Derry and Strabane Grant Aid Programme

Derry City and Strabane District Council has opened grant applications for the 2024/25 period. Here’s your chance to make areal difference in your local area! 

These include:

  • Community Support Fund for Rural DEAs 2024-2025:** Empower your rural communities with projects that foster unity and growth. 
  • PCSP Small Project Support Programme 2024-2025:** Have a brilliant idea to enhance safety or tackle crime? Apply now and let’s make our communities safer together! 
  • Good Relations Strategic Priority Fund2024-2025:** Strengthen bonds and build bridges between communities. Let’s celebrate diversity and promote understanding!
  • Support for Sport Grant Aid Programme 2024-2025:** Fuel the passion for sports! Whether it’s grassroots development or elite training, we’re here to support your sporting dreams

**Opened:** Monday, 15th April, 2024 at 10:00 AM

– **Closing:** Friday, 3rd May 2024 at 3:00 PM

 

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Dormant Assets Northern Ireland

This programme is supported with money from Dormant Assets NI. Dormant Assets NI is an expansion of the Dormant Accounts Fund NI.

This programme aims to address the gaps in our Dormant Assets investment to date. We want to fund support organisations – sometimes known as network, umbrella, membership or community anchor organisations. We want these organisations to improve access to the help they provide to small, underrepresented community groups in Northern Ireland.

By small community groups, we mean groups with an annual income of around £10,000 up to £100,000.

We want the projects we fund to address existing barriers and achieve meaningful and inclusive participation.

You might be a generalist support organisation that already helps a diverse range of community groups. You might want to improve access to underrepresented community groups who are not currently benefiting from that support.

Or you might be a specialist support organisation that already specialises in helping underrepresented community groups. For example, women, older people or disabled people.
Your aim might be to get more resources to meet the needs of these groups.

Funding size Up to £150,000, for up to 3 years.

Total available £3 million. We aim to make around 25 to 30 grants.

Application deadline 12pm on Thursday 4 July 2024

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Ards and North Down Grants and Funding

Funding is available to clubs through the annual Sports Forum Grant and Capital Grant Scheme.

Both grants are managed by Sports Development. 

ARDS AND NORTH DOWN SPORTS FORUM GRANTS

Sports Forum Grants are now available for 2024/2025 to affiliated Sports Forum members.

The various funding streams available include the following:

  • Anniversary  Grant value up to £750.
  • Club Travel and Accommodation  Grant value up to £500.
  • Coach Education  Grant value up to £500.
  • Equipment  Grant value up to £1000.
  • Event Grant value up to £1000.
  • Goldcard –  Access to Council Leisure facilities at reduced rates.
  • Individual Travel and Accommodation Grant value up to £500.
  • Schools Clubs Pathway Grant value up to £500.
  • Seeding Grant value up to £250.

ARDS AND NORTH DOWN CAPITAL GRANT SCHEME

Capital Grants are now open for 2024/2025. Deadline for submission is July 29th 2024 for assessment.

The Council has set aside £45,000 for 2024/25 financial year and can award up to 50% of eligible capital costs with a maximum award of £5,000 in respect of any one project.

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Nextenergy SW England, Wales, Northern Ireland Solar Impact Fund

NextEnergy is providing grants to the communities that host its solar assets across Southwest England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The NextEnergy Solar Fund wants to support the communities that host its solar assets. We are inviting groups across Southwest England, Wales and Northern Ireland to apply for a grant, by sharing their project ideas with us. These can be any social or environmental projects that focus on education and skills in the local area.

The fund aims to:

  • Support climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Promote a just transition.
  • Promote general skills development.
  • Improve local education.

Deadline 24/10/2024

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ASDA Foundation

ASDA Foundation Grants

The Asda Foundation supports small, grass roots organisations in several ways throughout the year. Working with Asda’s Community Champions in store, we are able to work with a range of organisations and groups on a variety of local community projects. Below are the different ways we support communities.

  • Empowering Local Communities is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities which contribute towards transforming communities and improving lives, as well as funding to strengthen their volunteering.  
  • U18 Better Starts is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities for children under the age of 18 which contribute towards transforming communities and improving children’s lives, as well as funding to strengthen their volunteering.  
  • Cost of Living is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting the increased running costs group are facing as a result of the crisis. We know the rising cost of living is having a big impact on communities and local groups, at the same time demand is rising. This grant aims to support groups with rent, utility and essential costs, as well as funding to strengthen their volunteering.  
  • The Asda Foundation can provide assistance to community groups during times of emergency. This can include community wide disasters such as floods and fires. To enquire about an emergency grant, please contact your local Asda store who will work with the Asda Foundation to provide support.

Various deadlines, with some to close end May 2024.

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Tesco Football for All Fund

Tesco Stronger Starts funds grants for healthy food and activities for children across the UK. We have partnered with The Sun to power their Footie for All campaign with our Tesco Stronger Starts programme to create a Footie for All Fund. We will be providing £150k in grants to grassroots football clubs across the UK as well as raising awareness of the importance of children having opportunities to thrive through opportunities for more physical and mental wellbeing. The Footie for All grants will support grassroots clubs in providing more spaces, better equipment and new kits – anything they need to help support children in their local communities.

Tesco Footie For All is managed by Groundwork who are working with greenspace scotland to support applicants in Scotland.

How does Tesco Footie for All Fund work?

There are 150 x £1,000 grants available and football clubs can apply and find out more information below.

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TBUC Planned Interventions funding

Funding is made available for the delivery of the Planned Interventions Programme by The Executive Office (TEO). All funding awards are made subject to available budgets. The fund is designed specifically to enable organisations to work with young people living in interface areas or locations where there is the potential of heightened social unrest, or in those areas experiencing inter or intra community violence, at key times such as evenings and weekends. The delivery period for funding is 1st June 2024 until 7th November 2024.

All programmes must:

  • Engage young people living in interface areas or locations where there is potential for of heightened social unrest or in areas experiencing intra and inter community conflict.
  • Target young people aged 9-25 years old.
  • Focus delivery to engage and provide outcomes for young people against the three outcomes of the Planned Interventions Programme.
  • Delivery period is 1st June 2024 until 7th November 2024.

Applicant groups must be from the voluntary, statutory and community sector and demonstrate a good track record in delivering projects, completing financial monitoring, and submitting returns by set deadlines.

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Belfast Harbour Community Awards

£100,000 will be available for grass-roots organisations across Northern Ireland in 2024.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be available for charities, volunteering organisations and community groups delivering activity positively impacting the environment, education and skills and bringing the community together. 

The Community Awards are part of Belfast Harbour’s ongoing commitment to being a socially responsible port, and building partnerships with organisations which support communities, the environment and the development of employability and skills.

Hear from previous Community Awards beneficiary, Eastside Greenways about the support they received from Belfast Harbour to deliver an outdoor education programme for local schools, and their experience of applying for the Community Awards.

The first round of the 2024 Awards will close on 29th March.

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Kingspan

Kingspan Kickstart sports Fund

Amateur athletes and sports clubs across the island of Ireland are invited to apply for the Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund, a fund created to help budding athletes get a financial boost to achieve their goals. Already committed to elevating and developing sports across Ireland through various sponsorships, including Ulster Rugby and Cavan GAA, we are also keen to provide a launch pad for grassroots level athletes, sports clubs and community sports facilities.

The fund, which has Shane Lowry as ambassador, will run on a quarterly basis, and offer up to 1,000 euro / 850 sterling, per applicant, per year to help provide financial support for equipment, training, and other necessary resources. 

Applications are currently open, to apply for the Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund, you must be an amateur athlete, amateur sports club or community sports facility open to the whole community and based on the island of Ireland.

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Creative Youth on a Shared Island Funding Scheme

The Shared Island-dimension of the Creative Ireland Programme wants to explore creative opportunities for young people to connect.

The Creative Youth on a Shared Island funding scheme seeks to reach children and young people across the island of Ireland.  Our aim is to harness the experience and expertise of organisations working in the creative, cultural, arts, community and youth sectors to engage young people. Together we can bring children and young people together and nurture a sense of collaboration, understanding and hope for the future, through a creative medium.

We are seeking projects from partnerships that are of significant scale and ambition. Applications should have at least one partner based in each jurisdiction. Grant funding of up to €180,000 will be awarded to at least 3 projects. It is envisaged that at least one grant will be awarded to a partnership that targets seldom heard children and young people. The projects should run between June 2024 to December 2025.

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Allianz

Allianz Sports Fund

The first round of the Allianz Sports Fund 2024 is now open.

As the Worldwide Insurance Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, we understand the power of sport. So far we have pledged £300,000 to the Allianz Sports Fund and have supported over 180 clubs deliver sports programmes in their communities. 

£40,000 is available in this round and will be granted in awards from between £500 and £3,000. In addition, for clubs who select this option and are eligible for a grant, one Allianz Sports FunDay is available to win.

Allianz broker partners have the unique opportunity to nominate a sports club which is important to them for funding. Applications should only come from clubs which have been nominated by one of our broker partners and that take part in an Olympic or Paralympic sport.  NISF Member Clubs meeting the criteria and seeking nomination should contact our Partners at Attis Sports Division

And, as it’s officially an Olympic and Paralympic year, we want to kick of the celebrations by organising an Allianz Sports FunDay for one of the successful clubs in the first round of the Allianz Sports Fund 2024.

The deadline for applications is the Friday 8 of March 2024. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application on Friday 5 April 2024.

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Halifax Collaborate Fund

The COLLABORATE programme is open to 2 or more charities coming together to tackle a social issue at a local level.

All collaborating charities must have individual income levels of £500,000 or less. 

In line with the priorities of The Halifax Foundation, your charity must support people in greatest need. For example, supporting people living in poverty; those who are unemployed; those with disabilities or mental ill health. (This is not an exhaustive list – other areas of need will be considered.)

COLLABORATE is a rolling programme and will close when the budget is reached. This is a pilot programme with the potential to support approximately 5 – 10 collaborating grants.

Applicants must have a pre-application call with a member of the Grants Team prior to submitting an application. To book a call, please contact grants@halifaxfoundationni.org

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Community Relations Council

T:BUC Camps 2024/25 Now Open For Applications

Event date(s): 12 January 2024 – 09 February 2024

The 2024/25 T:BUC Camps Programme is now open for applications.

The Programme is organised by The Executive Office (TEO) in partnership with the Education Authority and aims to deliver good relations camps that contribute to building lasting positive community relations in Northern Ireland. 

The overall aim is to build positive relations and long-lasting friendships between young people across all parts of Northern Ireland. The Camps bring together diverse groups to get to know each other and try new experiences.

Applications are now open.

Deadline: Friday 09 February 2024 at 4 PM.

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King Charles III charitable fund

King Charles III Charitable Fund

the King Charles III Charitable fund supports non-profit organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities. Grants have enabled people with disabilities, those facing life limiting illnesses and people from disadvantaged and marginalised communities to benefit from improved physical and mental health.

Throughout all our work we endeavour to maximise charitable impact, drawing on our funding and convening power to leverage further support from others. And to deliver this well, we ensure our governance and management are fit for purpose and in line with best practice

The Fund awards small grants of up to £5,000 per year to approximately 100 community based organisations each year.

Applications will next open 5th – 22nd February 2024.

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Halifax Foundation Ignite fund

IGNITE provides funding to support a charity to get started.

Open to organisations recently set up (within last 2 years).  Groups must be registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. (if registered with another charity regulator in the UK/Ireland, it must show that you operate in Northern Ireland.)

Priority will be given to charities with limited funds available to them.

In line with the priorities of The Halifax Foundation, your charity must support people in greatest need. For example, supporting people living in poverty; those who are unemployed; those with disabilities or mental ill health. (This is not an exhaustive list – other areas of need will be considered.)

IGNITE is a rolling programme, however it will close when the budget is reached. This is a pilot programme with the potential to support 20 – 40 applications. 

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Cash 4 Kids

Cash for Kids Community Challenge

Cash for Kids is looking for community groups from across Northern Ireland to take part in our unique fundraising competition.

Are you a grassroots Community Group in need of funding that supports children facing illness, poverty, neglect, or who have additional needs? Throughout the month of June, we’ll support up to 20 organisations to fundraise as much as they possibly can!

Community Groups will have from 4th to 29th March to fundraise as much as possible, supported by Cash for Kids so they won’t be going it alone. We’ll be giving everyone the benefit of our fundraising experience to help them raise as much as possible – providing skills to take forward into their own future activities.

ALL groups will keep 100% of the funds they raise PLUS the top fundraising group will receive £2,500* in additional funding and every group raising over £2,000 will receive £500 additional funding!

Entries are open until 5pm on 16th February

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The Telecommunity Fund

  • Priority will be given to applications from small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £200,000, as evidenced in most recent set of accounts
  • Projects must aim to directly support one of the following specific groups:
    • Young people
    • Older people
    • People with disabilities
  • The Fund will not support projects targeting all ages.
  • Priority will be given to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.
  • In the event of oversubscription, priority will be given to lower income organisations
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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 4 March 2024.

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Seed Funding

Our seed funding programme offers grants to help Transition groups build capacity, increase impact in your local community and do something that might otherwise be impossible. Our grants are there to enable groups to work with your community to reimagine and rebuild more socially just and resilient future where everyone can thrive.

This current round is our largest ever, with £270,000 to disperse to support work for community-led change. Please note this round of grants is the last for which we have confirmed funding at this stage.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on 7 January 2024.

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Funding for secondary schools & sixth form colleges

We support high-achieving state-funded secondary schools and sixth form colleges to improve the teaching at GCSE and A-Level of subjects that need specialist spaces and equipment. We award grants towards capital projects that help schools to create and improve these facilities.

Your project must:

  • cost at least £25,000
  • be for new build, refurbishment work or technical equipment
  • be focussed on the teaching of one or more of the following subjects at GCSE and A-Level: science, computer science, design & technology, art, languages, music and performing arts

and have one or more of the following aims:

  • improved quality of teaching and learning spaces for subjects which require specialist facilities and technical equipment
  • increased numbers of students taking these subjects
  • improved learning outcomes for students taking these subjects.

Stage 1 application deadline: 10 January, 23.59
Stage 2 application deadline: 15 February

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Police Property Fund Grant Schemes

Applications are now open for the Police Property Fund Small Grants Scheme third call.

The third call will award a total of £200,000 in small grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to eligible projects.

The Police Property Fund is made up of assets recovered by the PSNI as a result of criminal investigations, and administered by the Board in line with the Police (Property) Regulations NI 1997. The Policing Board agreed to implement the Fund through a Small Grants Scheme (80% of available Funds) and a Large Grants Scheme (20% of available Funds). 

To date the Board has progressed two Small Grants Funding Calls which have seen almost £320,000 awarded to eligible projects across Northern Ireland.

Applications for funding will need to demonstrate that the project:

  • Engages with local police;
  • Contributes to building community safety and/or confidence in the police in your area; and
  • Is aligned to a charitable purpose.

Applications close at 12 noon on 24 January 2024.

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The Anita White Catalyst Grant and the Cath Sweet Award

The Anita White Catalyst Grant is to enable women who have successfully completed leadership programmes to advance the women and sport movement in their countries/regions/organisations. For example, the grant could be used to implement initiatives promoting networking and coalition building or to develop action plans for the advancement of women and sport.
The Cath Sweet Award supports women who wish to deliver programmes that promote social inclusion through
sport, and will prioritise activities with a focus on disability. This fund is supported by UK Sport in memory of Cath
and her work to use sport to deliver positive social impact around the world.

Grant Amount:
Anita White Catalyst Grant: between £500 – £2000
Cath Sweet Award: between £500 – £2000

 Applications must be received by February 1st 2024, midnight GMT.

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Assets Recovery Community Scheme

The ARCS programme budget for this Scheme is estimated to be in the region of £400k- £500k in each of the years 2024/25, 2025/26 and 2026/27.
The maximum total funding available is £25k per year, per application. The maximum total funding, across all three years if applicable, is £75k per application.

The funding is available for projects running between:
1 April 2024 – 31 March 2025
1 April 2025 – 31 March 2026
1 April 2026 – 31 March 2027 or periods in between.

The 2021-2024 Strategy commits the use of ARCS funding to:
− support programmes that tackle crime or reduce the fear of crime;
− support the creation of safe and resilient communities;
− send a message that crime does not pay;
− seek to increase public confidence in the justice system;
− reduce reoffending;
− divert vulnerable individuals away from engagement in criminal behaviour

Closing Date: 31 January

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GLL Sports Foundation

GLL Sports Foundation

The UK’s largest independent athlete support programme opens its annual Award programme for new applications today (20 December 2023).

Talented athletes from 65 areas across the UK are invited to apply for a range of support awards which include financial help, access to sport facilities, physiotherapy, lifestyle mentoring and mental health aid.
 
The innovative scheme is provided by charitable social enterprise GLL and a number of partner sponsors and expects to award £1.2m worth of help in 2024 for successful applicants. Already a popular and essential support programme for athletes, the Foundation is expecting heightened athlete interest as training costs, equipment purchases, strength & conditioning costs and travel costs continue to rise.  

All successful applicants will be given access to the 250 sport and leisure facilities across the UK operated by GLL under its “Better” trading brand.

Applications open from 20 December 2023 until 20th February 2024.
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Executive Office

Central Good Relations Fund

The Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects where there is evidence of identified good relations need.

Applications to the 2024/25 CGRF project funding programme are now open. Any awards of funding are subject to the availability of budget.  The closing date for the submission of applications is Monday 22 January 2024 at 4pm.

Successful projects must deliver within the funding year and contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities. 

The programme is open to properly constituted community groups and voluntary organisations. Examples include Association, Trust, Company limited by Guarantee, Community Interest Company, Charitable Incorporated Organisation or Industrial and Provident Society.

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Rural Action

RURAL ACTION AWARDS 2023/2024

The Awards offer rural community-based organisations in Northern Ireland or the border region of Ireland the opportunity to apply for and secure £1000 or €1000 towards their volunteer led community action project.

The scheme is open to constituted rural community-based organisations including charities, not for profit community groups, sporting and cultural organisations, heritage groups, Parent Teacher Associations, youth groups/clubs and social enterprises.

The scheme seeks to support practical, tangible and timebound projects where the project must complete within 12 weeks.

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS 20TH DECEMBER 2023.

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Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Grants

Funding Roadshows will be held in December to provide those wishing to apply to our Grant Programme with further information and assistance.  These Roadshows will take place via zoom video conferencing where there will be a live presentation on all grants available from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for 2024/25.  The following are the dates and times of our virtual Roadshows.

  • Monday 4th December 2023 @ 7pm

  • Tuesday 5th December 2023 @ 2pm

Currently open Grants on this system are:

  • Sports Grant & Bursary Programme

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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Grants

Grants for Individuals – For projects between 8 November 2023 – 18 February 2023 Only. Maximum funding up to £400 per individual. Each individual participant is required to complete a separate application.

GRANTS FOR GROUPS
Grants in this category are open to Community Groups, Sports Clubs, Arts & Heritage Groups, Single identity Organisations and Church Groups. Including:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Small Events
  • Other Distinctive Projects

Closing date: 18th February 2023.

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Grants

Community Development Grants – Community Facilities & Activities, Community Programmes & Activities and Community Festival Fund 2024-2025 – close at 4pm on Monday 4 December 2023. 

Good Relations 2023-24 – Now open for applications Subject to Funding and closing on Monday 13 November 2023 at 4pm. You are invited to submit an application for Grant Aid for 2023-24. Funding must be spent by 31 March 2024

Leisure Grants Programme 23/24 – 4th Call opens 1st November closes 31st December 23.

 

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Belfast City Council Grants

Belfast City Council Grants are now open with a range of grant support including:

  • Good Relations
  • Park Events
  • Support for Sport: Events, Large Development, Small Development, Hospitality, Individuals
  • Community Summer Schemes

Closing dates for all grants are 12 noon on 12th January 2024. 

 

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Community Relations Council

Community Relations / Cultural Diversity Grants

If you are planning events for the forthcoming year, please feel free to contact a member of our team to discuss your proposals prior to submitting your application. We can give you advice on how to plan your work and to source additional funding, if required.

The scheme will continue to support a wide range of work and offer support and assistance whether you are a first-time applicant or have been supported in the past.

While we will be supporting projects through to 31 March 2024, the closing date for all applications is 15 December 2023 at 4 PM. 

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British Heart Foundation

BHF Defibrilator Funding

 

Apply for a free defibrillator for your community

Find out if your community group is eligible for a free, BHF-funded defibrillator. Having a defibrillator and knowing how to do CPR will give members of your community a better chance at surviving a cardiac arrest.
 
Applications for a free, BHF-funded defibrillator are now open. Applications will close on 15 March 2024

All eligible UK-based community groups can apply. Each organisation can only apply for one award package.  

A limited number of funded defibrillators are available. Applications will be reviewed monthly against a set of criteria so defibrillators can be awarded to communities that need them most. 

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SEUPB Roadshows

If you are interested in making an application to PEACEPLUS join us for a chat to learn more about which funding calls are open. Guidance and support will be available on the day to help explain the application process.
 
15th November – Banbridge, Belmont House Hotel
 
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Belfast Harbour Community Awards

The Belfast Harbour Community Awards help to support the work of grassroots, community organisations and charities.  Belfast Harbour is committed to supporting projects that help to transform our community and help local people thrive.

Award Categories include:

  • Supporting Employability and Skills
  • Supporting our environment
  • Supporting Communities

The project must positively impact the local community. The activity relevant to the application must not have begun yet, the project must be generally accessible – that is, it must benefit a diverse local community base.
Organisations must submit a detailed proposal about the project, including costs, and fill in the Belfast Harbour application form for the request to be
considered. Organisations must also include a list of their current Board members and Committee structure where applicable, as well as their most recent audited accounts. You will also have to confirm the organisation has a bank account and your charitable status.

Grants available: £500- £5,000

Closing date: 23rd October 2023

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Allianz Sports Fund Club Hub

Allianz Sports Fund Club Hub

As the Worldwide Insurance Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, we understand the power of sport – but we know the pandemic and cost of living crisis has impacted heavily on the finances of local clubs. So, this year, we have pledged £100,000 to the Allianz Sports Fund in 2023 so we can offer financial support in the form of grants between £500-£3,000 for community sports clubs who need it most.

The final round of the Allianz Sports Fund 2023 is now open and this time we will focus on clubs looking to support and inspire their members to keep playing. Grants of £500, £1,000, £2,000 and £3,000 are available.

Awards are to help sports clubs continue to provide opportunities within their local community.

Applications will only be accepted from clubs who have been nominated by one of our Broker Partners. To be eligible sports clubs must take part in an Olympic or Paralympic sport.

For more information on the nomination process please contact info@nisf.net 

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SportNI Renewable Energy Fund

Sport Northern Ireland’s (Sport NI) Corporate Plan – ‘The Power of Sport’ (2021-26) sets out Sport NI’s commitment to leading environmental change within the sports sector.   Following on from our Environmental Sustainability Survey for Sports Clubs, Sport NI has used some early findings to develop a capital investment programme to bring about positive environmental change.  Subsequently, we are delighted to introduce our Renewable Energy Fund.  A £1million pound National Lottery investment for 2023/24, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of sports clubs throughout Northern Ireland. 

The Renewable Energy Fund has several objectives: 

  • To reduce the environmental footprint of sports clubs.
  • To reduce carbon emissions at sports clubs.
  • To contribute to a more sustainable sports club network.
  • To create a ‘greener’ sports club sector. 
  • To save on utility bills and reduce costs, enabling sports clubs to redirect resources back into their clubs/sport.

The Renewable Energy Fund is only available to sports clubs in Northern Ireland that are affiliated to a recognised Governing Body for Sport.  The fund will open for applications on Monday 9th October 2023, and will close on Monday 30th October 2023. 

In 2023/24 the Renewable Energy Fund will operate as a ‘pilot programme’.  As such, the ‘pilot programme’ will not apply scoring criteria and applications will not be assessed.   

Information and Guidance material can be found on the Renewable Energy Fund page on Sport NI’s website. 

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PeacePlus Funding Timetable

A timetable of funding calls is now available on the PeacePlus website.

A timetable of calls for applications to the PEACEPLUS Programme for 2021-2027 has been outlined on the website. Please visit: https://www.seupb.eu/funding/current-funding-opportunities

We shall also be hosting two more roadshows and a pre-application workshop. For more information and to book please visit: https://www.seupb.eu/latest/events

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SportNI athlete Awards

SportNI Athlete Awards 23-24

In this investment, where applicable, Sport Northern Ireland will contribute to the essential personal living costs of an athlete.

This programme aims to enable athletes to train in order to maximise potential. Those applying will be required to demonstrate that their circumstances have changed or need to change significantly to allow them to adequately prepare for competition or the national high performance programme.

The Athlete Award is in line with Sport Northern Ireland’s Corporate Plan and Outcome 2; ‘More NI athletes among the best in the World’ by targeting athletes who have the potential to achieve success and excel in Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games.

This will be considered and successful nominations will be dependent on budget available within the programme. These Governing Bodies may submit an ‘Athlete Award Nomination’ template by 5pm on Friday 29th September 2023 to performancesport@sportni.net

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Cash4Clubs

Cash4Clubs

Funding available for grassroots sports clubs in need

Flutter UK & Ireland are delighted to team up with the charity Sported for the 2023/4 edition of Cash4Clubs, offering up to £2,000 in small grants to community sports clubs and organisations across the UK and Ireland.

The fund will be accepting applications between October and December 2023. Winners will be notified early 2024.

In order to be eligible for funding, clubs and organisations must be either registered charities or clubs with a structured governance and constitution. We are also keen to hear from clubs that are targeting communities from deprived areas. ​

Whilst funding is unrestricted, we are particularly interested to hear from clubs that are using sport for other social purposes such as developing skills, reducing crime or addressing anti-social behaviour.​

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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 25 September 2023.

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

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ASDA Foundation

ASDA Foundation Grants

Our mission is to transform communities and improve lives throughout the UK, complementing Asda Stores’ ambition to be at the heart of local communities, through building long-term community resilience and being there in times of crisis. The Foundation supports grassroots organisations in making a real impact, and supports local communities in emergencies, reacting quickly to help people in the immediate hours following a disaster.

The Asda Foundation supports small, grass roots organisations in several ways throughout the year. Working with Asda’s Community Champions in store, we are able to work with a range of organisations and groups on a variety of local community projects. Below are the different ways we support communities.

Grants include:

  • Empowering Local Communities – application window 28th Aug – 3rd Nov 23
  • U18 Better starts – application window  28th Aug – 3rd Nov 23
  • Cost of Living Grant – application window  28th Aug – 3rd Nov 23
  • Investing in spaces and Places (now closed)
  • Colleague Match Funding for local issues
  • Local Community emergency Donations

 

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SportNI Sports Systems Investment – New Governing Bodies

Sports Systems Investment – New Governing Bodies is a funding programme specifically targeting Recognised sports organisations who have not been eligible to apply for funding through the Sports System Investment – Governing Bodies element of National Lottery funding this year.

This investment is to help Recognised governing bodies, not currently funded in the sector, to have stronger systems in place.

A total programme budget of £100,000 is currently available for sports governing bodies to apply for, up to a maximum individual award of £25,000.

Applications are now open and will be assessed on a rolling basis as they are received.  The closing date for applications is 8 December 2023 and all awards must be completed by 31 March 2024.

Please see attached link below to the application form plus the Guidance Document which explains how it should be completed.

Application Form

Guidance Document

There will also be an online information session, via Zoom, on Thursday 14 September at 10am.  If you would like to attend this session, please also email the below address and registration information will be provided.

If you have any further questions you can also send an email to: SSIGBnewgoverningbodies@sportni.net

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Armagh Bandbridge Council

Accessible & Inclusive Grantmaking Programme

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council offers financial assistance to eligible organisations who are delivering projects which align with Council’s priorities. 

Grants Include:

  • Community Development Grants
  •  Small Scale Capital Projects Fund
  • Large Scale Capital Project Fund
  • Community Events Fund
  •  Large Event Fund
  • Arts Project Fund
  • International Tourism Event Fund
  • Good Relations Grants

Various deadlines of 15th September and 27th October 2023

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LFT Charitable Trust

Accessible & Inclusive Grantmaking Programme

The aim of this LFT Grant making Programme is to support charities undertake modifications which make their premises accessible for those with disabilities and better equipped to welcome and serve the whole community.

Applications are welcomed from organisations that have identified shortcomings in the accessibility of their premises and are committed to addressing these and building socially inclusive communities.

Projects should recognise the main aim of this funding is to fund projects that will increase participation by a greater, and more inclusive, number of people in the charities’ activities.

Applications for grants not exceeding £7,000 or 70% of total eligible costs, whichever is the lowest, are invited. Only expenditure incurred for the purposes of the project and that can be directly attributed to the expected outputs/outcomes will be eligible.

As with all funders, it is likely that demand will exceed available funds and so this will be a competitive process.

Priority will be given to initiatives that:

  • can demonstrate evidence that the proposed project will directly result in the participation of people who were previously excluded or marginalised on account of their disability.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Tuesday 12th September 2023.

 

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National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland

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.

Groups can apply for up to £10,000 at a time and up to £20,000 in total in any 12-month period.

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.

We can consider a wide range of projects to support, develop and strengthen communities through this programme. We can also consider projects that are supporting communities to cope during the cost-of-living crisis.

We can fund projects that’ll do at least one of these things:

  • bring people together to 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
  • support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.
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Halifax Foundation Communtiy Grants

The Community Grants Programme can support day to day activities of a charity and new/existing projects. We cover a wide range of costs including, rent and running costs, materials and equipment and salaries.

Our average grant is approximately £4,500. We may not be in a position to offer you all that you have requested, however we will discuss viability with you. Please continue to understand what other charities and the government is doing in your field, and ensure that what you propose fits in.

Grants are only open to charities operating in Northern Ireland. Please do not apply if you are serving another region of the UK or beyond. 

Charitable Status

The following groups may apply:

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
  • Charities registered with other charity regulators such as OSCR in Scotland, Charity Commission for England and Wales or Charity Regulator in the Republic of Ireland, PROVIDING the project you wish to apply for will benefit people from Northern Ireland.
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Central Good Relations Small Grants

The Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects which contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities.

About the programme

There are two streams of funding available: Project Funding and Small Grants.

For both streams, projects can claim salaries and programme costs, but these costs must be proportional to the good relations project being delivered. CGRF does not, and will not, replace mainstream core or project funding for groups.

Project Funding opens once a year for applications. Small Grants are open for applications throughout the funding year and are available for projects up to £1,500.

Successful projects must deliver within the funding year and contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities. Applications are welcomed, in particular, for good relations projects that include a focus on:

  • Developing the capacity within and across communities to build good relations;
  • Involving the hardest to reach participants;
  • Delivering against the T:BUC Key Priority – Our Safe Community;
  • Environmental activities and benefits

 

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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!

Typesof project include sports and fittness

Terms and Conditions: Brighter Communities | Community Funding | Power NI

 

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Cash 4 Kids

Cash for Kids Sports Challenge

Cash for Kids is looking for grassroots community sports groups from across Northern Ireland to take part in our unique fundraising competition.

The challenge is aimed at supporting children and young people who find it difficult to get into sport, either through disadvantage or disability, so entries will be judged on how the group can make a difference to children in their community.

Groups will have from 16th September to 16th October to fundraise as much as possible, supported by Cash for Kids so they won’t be going it alone. We’ll be giving everyone the benefit of our fundraising experience and a full set of materials to help them raise as much as possible – providing skills to take forward into their own future activities.

ALL groups will keep 100% of the funds they raise PLUS we’ve got £10,000 in additional funding to win!

The top three fundraising groups will receive £5,000, £2,500 and £1,500 on top of what they raise*. Plus there’s special awards of £500 each for the best use of social media and most creative fundraising idea!

Entries are open until midnight on Monday 11th September. Please read the challenge terms and conditions before entering.

*Subject to groups having raised at least the equivalent amount

 
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Derry & Strabane - Sports Committee Maintenance Fund

Following the recent completion of the Playing Pitch Strategy, Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Sports Committee has invested in a new Maintenance Fund that will provide financial assistance towards clubs who own and maintain their facilities and in particular playing pitches.

The aim of the fund is to provide 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. Any financial assistance must be associated with maintenance of the playing surface or fixed asset that is integral towards the delivery of the sport.

Applicants will apply using the Council’s online grant portal https://dcsdcgrantaid.com/ and applications should be submitted by 3.00pm on Friday 25th August 2023.

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Cash for Kids

Cash for Kids Grants - General Grants

Our grant rounds support children from birth up to and including 18 years of age who are vulnerable, come from disadvantaged backgrounds or are living with an illness or disability. We also provide a lifeline to many other charities, organisations and community groups, funding much-needed services and life-changing equipment.

The value of a grant is typically from £1,000 to £3,000 but we will happily consider applications for larger amounts.

How to Apply
All applications must be made via our online system. Choose your local station below to access the application form and eligibility criteria (available at the top of the form) – please be sure to read these carefully before applying.

Application Criteria

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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
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Fermanagh Recreational Trust

The Fermanagh Recreational Trust supports the organisation, development and funding of sporting / arts based activities and facilities in Co. Fermanagh with particular emphasis on young people and youth development.
Who can apply?
Constituted Sporting and / or  Arts based Organisations or Individuals based in County Fermanagh.

Potential areas of support include;
–           Provision of equipment
–           Support provision of courses, training and coaching
–           Contribution towards training or training costs
–           Contribution towards the development of facilities
–           Bursaries to assist individuals develop their potential
–           Support activities and events which will benefit children and young people
 
Application Process
Closing dates for receipt of applications (twice yearly) – 5pm on the closing date for applications of 28th February or 31st August. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within a one month period of the closing date.
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JobStart Scheme

Following the previous success of the JobStart Scheme, the Department for Communities is relaunching the Scheme to create further high-quality job opportunities for young people who are at risk of long term unemployment. The Scheme will be open for applications from Wednesday 14 June 2023

You can receive 100% government funding to create 6-month job opportunities for 16-24 year olds who are not in employment (or 9-months for those who meet certain criteria).

  • employers must be based in Northern Ireland
  • employers of all sizes can participate in the Scheme
  • employers in all sectors can participate (including the voluntary and community sector)
  • employers can offer one job or multiple jobs to participate in JobStart (depending on number of staff currently in permanent employment)
  • JobStart opportunities must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.
  • jobs offered must provide a 6-month job opportunity, with a possible extension to 9- months for those who meet certain criteria
  • job opportunities must offer at least 25 hours of employment per week
  • jobs offered must pay at least the National Minimum Wage (for the participant’s age group) through PAYE

Please note: the Department will perform due diligence and financial checks on all employers.

 

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PEACEPLUS

The SEUPB are currently accepting applications to the following PEACEPLUS Investment Areas.  

  • Co-Designed Local Authority PEACEPLUS Action Plans
  • Re-Imaging Communities
  • Shared Learning Together Education Programme
  • PEACEPLUS Youth Programme
  • Quality and Impact Body for the PEACEPLUS Youth Programme
  • Victims and Survivors

Applications for funding can be submitted by a wide range of organisations including local authorities, public sector bodies as well as voluntary and community sector organisations (subject to eligibility checks).  

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Poundland Kits for Kids Grants

Applications for Kits 4 Kids grants are now open until 17:00 on Tuesday 13th June.

We’re excited to announce our third Kits 4 Kids grant window, providing support of up to £750 for community sports clubs across the UK. 
 
Use this application form to apply for a grant of up to £750 to provide new kit for your team.
 

We’ll let you know that your application has been successful by 31st July 2023. Due to the high volume of applications received, I’m afraid we can’t provide feedback on individual applications.

 
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National Express Foundation Community Grants

The Foundation was created following the public order disturbances in July 2011, which highlighted the issues facing young people living in inner-city areas. The disturbances involved a disproportionate number of people in the 15-24 year age group. 

Young people across the UK are also facing new challenges, particularly those associated with daily living. The cost of living has increased, key youth services, such as local community centres, continue to reduce in numbers, and the consequences of the pandemic and reduced social interaction and education are still being felt by young people, particularly from a wellbeing perspective.

To help groups that support young people continue to build back from the pandemic, the trustees of the Foundation have chosen to use its 2023 funding round to support initiatives which fit into one or more of the following funding themes.

  • Diversionary Activities – Initiatives that specifically focus on engaging with young people, providing them support and detering anti-social behaviour 
  • Environmental – Initiatives could include but are not limited to: encouraging young people to engage with the outdoors and support their environment
  • Employability – Initiatives that directly or indirectly equip young people with skills, experience or qualifications that will support them gaining access to employment
  • Wellbeing – Initiatives that positively impact or provide support to young people through physical activity, mental health and social interaction

Our funding programme for 2023 is now open to all community groups delivering services across the UK.

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Fibrus Play it Forward Fund

The Fibrus Play It Forward Fund was established in Spring 2023 and is designed to give back to local communities.

The Fund exists to support non-profit voluntary and community groups, organisations, and charities in Northern Ireland and Cumbria to provide financial support for their children’s sports projects or initiatives. The Fund strives to encourage children to switch off from their devices more often, get active, and get outdoors – improving the health and wellbeing of the children.

Fibrus is pledging £30,000 in 2023 to the Fibrus Play it Forward Fund to support on-the-ground children’s sports projects in those local communities served by Fibrus. Organisations can apply for up to £1000 of funding.

Our focus is on grassroots sports that support children. You can apply for funding for children’s sports projects or initiatives, for example to purchase new kits, playing or training equipment or improving club facilities. When purchasing new material including shirts and equipment, we ask that you add the Fibrus Logo.

The 2023 Play it Forward Fund will go live for Round 1 of funding on 30 May, closing on 27 June. Round 2 will open in October (these dates are subject to change).

For more information, please get in touch with us on sponsorships@fibrus.com.

For the full eligibility criteria please read the Fund T&Cs.

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2023 COCA‑COLA THANK YOU FUND

Operated in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation and supporting partners YouthActionNorthern Ireland, The Coca‑Cola Company and its partner Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland have joined forces to double the size and impact of this year’s Fund.  

Awards of up to €5,000 and €10,000 will be available to support community-based projects that are focused on empowering young people through programmes of learning, inclusion, and sustainable development.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Thursday 15th June 2023.       

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The Cooper Richardson Fund

Jack Cooper and his son-in-law Paul Richardson both died in 2022. This fund was set up by their family to honour Jack and Paul and the generous nature that they shared. They also shared a love of sport.

Fund Criteria:  The first round of funding will initially support constituted organisations with funding for capital equipment that enables sporting activity.

The Fund for this round has four main aims:

  • To improve access to sport and physical activity, with a particular focus on supporting facilities in areas of economic need and for those most isolated in communities
  • To improve the health and well-being of people in Northern Ireland
  • To provide funding for resources, including equipment for small organisations, who may have limited access to funding opportunities
  • To remove barriers for getting things done in communities

*Applicants must outline how their application meets at least one of the above aims, however, in the event of a high level of demand we will prioritise projects that meet more than one of these aims.

Size of Grant:

Applicants can apply for a grant ranging from £1,000 to £2,000.

Closing Date: Jun 19, 2023 13:00

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Cash for Kids

Cash for Kids Community Challenge

Cash for Kids is looking for community groups from across Northern Ireland to take part in our unique fundraising competition.

Are you a grassroots Community Group in need of funding that supports children facing illness, poverty, neglect, or who have additional needs? Throughout the month of June, we’ll support up to 20 organisations to fundraise as much as they possibly can!

Community Groups will have from 5th to 30th June to fundraise as much as possible, supported by Cash for Kids so they won’t be going it alone. We’ll be giving everyone the benefit of our fundraising experience to help them raise as much as possible – providing skills to take forward into their own future activities.

ALL groups will keep 100% of the funds they raise PLUS the top fundraising group will receive £2,500* in additional funding and every group raising over £2,500 will receive £500 additional funding!

Entries are open until 5pm on 28th May. To be eligible to enter you must have a revenue of under £1 million, have a charity number or formal governance document and be able to provide audited accounts.

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Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund

Amateur athletes and sports clubs across the island of Ireland are invited to apply for the Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund, a fund created to help budding athletes get a financial boost to achieve their goals. Already committed to elevating and developing sports across Ireland through various sponsorships, including Ulster Rugby and Cavan GAA, we are also keen to provide a launch pad for grassroots level athletes, sports clubs and community sports facilities. The fund, which has Shane Lowry as ambassador, will run on a quarterly basis, and offer up to 1,000 euro / 850 sterling, per applicant, per year to help provide financial support for equipment, training, and other necessary resources. 

Applications are currently open, to apply for the Kingspan Kickstart Sports Fund, you must be an amateur athlete, amateur sports club or community sports facility open to the whole community and based on the island of Ireland.

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Ards and North Down Leisure

Ards and North Down Sports Forum Grants - various

Sports Forum Grants are available now available for 2023/24 to affiliated Sports Forum members. The various funding which are available includes the following:

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

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Armagh Bandbridge Council

ABC 2b Large Scale Capital Project Fund

For large capital works projects where a maximum of 50% of match funding from Council is required. Project delivery should commence after the date of a Letter of Offer and before 31 March 2024.

Please note this grant programme will close at 12noon on 27th October 2023 or whenever the budget is committed, whichever comes first. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis in the order in which fully completed applications are submitted ie when the application and all essential supporting documentation is provided.

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Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants support thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK.
The scheme is open to all schools, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.

Examples of eligible applications with a focus on food security, children and young people could be:

  • A school providing pupils with food for breakfast clubs or snacks throughout the day.
  • A school wanting to buy equipment for outdoor or indoor activities.
  • A school wanting to develop a food growing area.
  • A school supporting an after school club.
  • A voluntary organisation working with families to run a food bank.
  • An organisation addressing holiday hunger.
  • A healthy eating project that supports families to cook healthy meals on a budget.
  • A Brownie or Scout group needing funding for new play equipment or activities.
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Live Here Love Here - Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme is suitable for applications from a variety of organisations, including:

  • Community and voluntary groups (including non-constituted groups)
  • Youth groups, sports clubs, churches
  • All schools and third level education organisations

Applications are particularly welcome from groups who have not previously received support through the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme. Groups that have received funding from a previous Live Here Love Here grant scheme are welcome to apply to further develop their project. Previous track record of project delivery and uploading expenditure evidence will be part of the judging criteria.

The Scheme is open to projects based across 10 partner council areas in NI. Projects in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area will be considered if they are located within an area managed by Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Please note the following:

  • Non-constituted groups can apply for a maximum of £500
  • Litter picking equipment is not eligible for funding through this grant – please check out the Adopt A Spot project
  • Permission from landowner (if required) must be secured at application stage
  • Projects must be completed by 31st October
  • Funding is for volunteer-led practical action to improve shared spaces in local communities
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National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Awards for All - Cost of living funding

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.

Groups can apply for up to £10,000 at a time and up to £20,000 in total in any 12-month period.

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.

We can consider a wide range of projects to support, develop and strengthen communities through this programme. We can also consider projects that are supporting communities to cope during 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
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GOV.uk

Energy bill support for non-domestic properties

Use this service to apply for support towards energy bills for a non-domestic property which is not connected to the gas grid. You can apply for £150 fixed payment for alternative fuel use or the high users of heating oil (kerosene) support.

The closing date for applications is 28 April 2023.

Non-domestic properties include:

  • farms, warehouses, pubs and hotels run by businesses or individuals
  • those run by voluntary sector organisations, such as charities
  • places of worship and community halls
  • public buildings, such as schools, hospitals and prisons

Individuals, organisations or businesses with non-domestic properties connected to the electricity grid should receive £150 automatically. If you have not received this, you may be eligible to apply for this.

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UK Youth Fund

The UK Youth Fund in partnership with Pears Foundation will provide targeted funding to youth organisations delivering high quality youth work to ensure doors stay open, bills get paid and youth workers receive the salaries they deserve. This will help to ensure young people continue to be supported at this most difficult of times by the youth organisations and youth workers on whom they’ve come to depend.
 
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Shackleton Foundation

The Shackleton Foundation improves the lives of disadvantaged young people across the UK. We do this through our unique leadership investment programme, inspired by legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s incredible courage and resilience in the face of adversity. We support social entrepreneurs who embody the leadership spirit of Shackleton; brave innovators with a creative vision to directly improve the lives of socially and economically marginalised young people.
 
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Cash for Kids

Cash for Kids Cost of Living Grant

Cash for Kids has funds to support 2,800 children across Northern Ireland through the cost-of-living crisis, as part of £1 Million of Help we’re distributing across the UK.

In response to the crisis hitting so many families right now we’ve launched this new fund, to provide emergency essentials that support the physical and mental well-being of children who are struggling.

These could include food, clothing and household energy costs, but we’ll also consider anything that helps meet children’s most basic needs.

Grants are £50 per child per household, and we aim to get the funds to families as soon as possible.

Please note that applications must come on behalf of a family from professionals within
a governing body (e.g. social services, GP, teacher, charity, community group etc.) – families cannot apply directly.

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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

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 - 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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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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Armagh Bandbridge Council

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

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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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Armagh Bandbridge Council

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.

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

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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.

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.

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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 Community Fund

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.

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.

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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 Community Fund

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.

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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
Armagh Bandbridge Council

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 Community Fund

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.

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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 Community Fund

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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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 Community Fund

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.

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
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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.

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
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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. 

Learn more
National Lottery Community Fund

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