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. We hope the programme will support organisations to adapt to future challenges and be more financially resilient.

This fund will open on 12 January 2021
You’ll be able to apply by filling in an online application form.

Who can and cannot apply
You can apply if you are currently delivering services in Northern Ireland and are:

  • an unregistered community or voluntary organisation
  • a registered charity (unincorporated)
  • a registered charity and not-for-profit company
  • a not-for-profit company
  • a Community Interest Company
  • a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
What we’ll fund
Here are some examples of what we can support through the programme:
  • support for organisations to help them to develop long-term financial sustainability – for example, help them develop and implement financial planning tools or ideas for income diversification
  • collaborations and/or mergers between organisations
  • activity that supports organisations to communicate and connect with other organisations and communities more effectively
  • activity that increases the diversity and skills of volunteers and trustees/committee members within organisations
  • succession planning (identifying and developing new leaders) to support the long-term sustainability of organisations
  • activity that helps organisations to improve the delivery and impact of their work, by using the full potential of digital infrastructure and data analysis tools.
  • This is not a complete list of what we will fund. If you have an idea, get in touch and talk to us about it.



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. Now, more than ever, the sporting sector is needed to provide the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing benefits of sport for us all, and this £5M National Lottery investment programme has been co-designed with the sports sector; to respond to this challenge. The £5M investment from the National Lottery into this Build Back Better programme is a portion of the money donated by the National Lottery to good causes across the UK. Each week, National Lottery players raise £30 million for good causes across the UK.’

Supporting Sport to Build Back Better will develop a strengthened, more connected sporting and physical recreation sector providing increased capability; and it will develop innovation and confident with new ways of working.


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.

For more information please visit: 

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.

The third call for the Covid-19 Community Support Grant will open on Monday 1 February 2021 and will offer financial assistance to support interventions around:

  • Remote learning resources: February 2021-March 2021
  • Covid response: August 2020-January 2021
  • Connecting those most isolated: February 2021-March 2021

Applications to the grant fund will close at noon on Friday 19 February 2021.

For more information please visit:

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.

For more information please visit:

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.

Scheme details 

The funding scheme is split into two streams:

1. Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Proposals that address the challenges faced because of COVID-19 and are linked to enabling people to return to Arts and Wellbeing activities to support positive mental, reduce isolation and promote connectivity. 

Applicants can apply for a minimum of £1,000 up to a maximum of £5,000.

2. Volunteering Support 

Proposals that support the retention/ increase the current pool of volunteers. This fund is to recognise the crucial role and effort of volunteers during the pandemic. The end beneficiary for this fund will be the volunteers themselves. Volunteers played, and continue to play, a vital role in the fight against the Covid pandemic within the local communities. 

Applicants can apply for a minimum of £500 up to a maximum of £2,000.

For more information please visit:

Mid East Antrim Council

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. Constituted groups are permitted to apply for 100% funding up to a maximum of £1000 towards eligible items. Groups who have received funding under Phase 1 of the Recovery Grant Scheme (October 2020 – December 2020) can apply to this scheme for different items/projects. The scheme will operate on a rolling basis from 9am on Friday 29 January 2021 until the budget has been fully allocated, at which point the scheme will close for applications.

For more information please visit:

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.

The following two Covid-19 Grant Streams will open on Friday 22nd January 2021.

  1. Covid-19 – Community Support Fund (Tranche 3)
  2. Covid-19 – Volunteer Support Fund

Applications are invited from Voluntary Community sector organisations based in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area and the funding must be spent by 31st March 2021. 

  1. Covid-19 – Community Support Fund (Tranche 3)

The Covid-19 Community Support Fund is available to groups wishing to provide community and social support to vulnerable and isolated persons in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area at this time   Funding must focus on one of the following areas:-

Financial need* – Projects must clearly demonstrate how they will identify those at risk due to financial stress and provide details on how they plan to address these needs.*This element will only be open to organisations with experience of assessing financial need.

Food need- Projects must demonstrate how they intend to target those most in need of food and how they plan to meet this need.

Connectivity need – Project must identify target groups such as those living alone, those living in rural / border areas and those with no access to the internet/laptops and can provide cost effective ways of meeting these needs.

Applications for this grant aid stream will open on a rolling basis from Friday 22nd January 2021.

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. Moy Park is pledging £1 million to its Community Support Fund to support on-the-ground projects of voluntary and community groups and charities in those local communities where their sites are based across Europe.

They invite project-based funding applications from not for profit local voluntary and community groups and charities with community-based objectives. Projects and funding applications must be relevant to the particular location and community. This means that funding applications can only be accepted for funding in the country in which both the applicant organisation is based and also where the local community project funding support is required.

Applicants must also provide a brief breakdown of project costs, and an outline of how the funding support will be spent. Any funding awarded must be applied to the project within the timeframes stipulated in the application or as stated in the funding award letter.

For more details and to apply see the website:

Halifax Foundation NI

Halifax Foundation NIHFNI 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. They are inviting applications from charities and constituted groups that focus on supporting the community at this time and moving from quarterly to monthly (or even weekly) grant making to decrease turnaround time.

NB – Due to the COVID19 crisis, HFNI have broadened their criteria temporarily. They will now consider applications from constituted groups not yet registered as a charity with the Charity Commission or HMRC. Maximum grant award £1,000. If your group falls into this category, please complete this grant application form.

For more details and to apply see the website:

National Lottery Awards for All

National Lottery Community FundA 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.

The National Lottery are prioritising applications that are COVID-19 related from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19.

If an organisation want to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, they can. However, may take TNL longer to respond than usual.

For more details and to apply see the website:

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. As a small funder they focus their funding based on their core objectives in the former Antrim Borough Council area.

For more details and to apply see the website: