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Mars Milk Fund

Every month through the Mars Milk Fund cash awards will be donated to sports individuals and clubs in need of extra funding. Whether you need new kit, extra pitch time or other costs these can be highlighted on the application form. Your application will then go forward to a public vote so your club members, family and friends will need to get on board and vote for your project!

See website for full details;

Belfast City Council

BCC have reopened their small grants round – closing date 02 July 2014 12pm. If your club is based in Belfast you can apply for a Small or a Large Development Grant to support clubd development, training, partnerships or equipment. Projects must occur between 1 October 2014 and 31 March 2015, any activity outside these timescales will not be eligible for funding.
You must use the correct small grant application form, which can be downloaded from . If you would like an application emailed or posted to you, please contact
the Central Grants Unit at 9027 0513 or email .

Please visit website for full details;

The Co-operative Membership Community Fund - UK Wide

Community Fund grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups to run projects that meet the following criteria. To be successful, a group must:
Carry out positive work in the community and:
•   address a community issue
•   provide a good long-term benefit to the community
•   support co-operative values and principles
•   ideally be innovative in its approach.

Rank Foundation

Leadership and disadvantaged young people
The Rank Foundation supports projects that encourage and develop leadership amongst young people, or support disadvantaged young people. The Small Appeals programme awards grants of less than £7,500.
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Money Mondays

Community Change has a new service called Money Mondays - a new FREE service being piloted where a member can book a 1 hour funding support session with James Laverty at CCNI to help identify funding opportunities for any group and provide guidance on applying to funders.

Membership is free. For further details email or ring (028) 9023 2587.

Comic Relief UK Grants

Comic Relief has launched a new grant strategy, with 5 priority areas;

 - Better Futures

- Healthier Finances 

- Safer Lives

- Stronger Community

- Fairer Society.

Organisations can apply for a grant from the UK Main Fund at any time throughout the year. Please note that Sport for Change no longer exists as a standalone priority, but sport-based projects that support one of the priority areas above are welcome to apply. 

Please visit the Comic Relief website for further information and email if you have further questions. 

Other Comic Relief funding is allocated through Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and whilst these are currently closed we encourage you to check their website for updates and other opportunities.  

Big Lottery Awards for All

Awards for All gives groups a quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £500 and £10,000. You can apply at any time and you can normally expect a decision within three months.

You can apply for funding for a wide range of community based projects that involve people in charitable, health, education and environmental related activities.

The Big Lottery Fund want their money to make a difference by helping people to:

• participate in their communities to bring about positive change

• develop their skills and widen their experiences

• work towards better and safer communities

• improve their physical and mental health and well being.

You can apply if you are a voluntary or community organisation, or a statutory organisation. You do not need to be a registered charity to apply.

You can apply for funding for activities including:

•developing an existing service in your area, such as a playgroup, lunch club or information centre.

•helping more people to play a fuller part in local life, for example, producing a community newsletter, talking newspapers for people who are blind or visually impaired, mobility schemes or respite services.

•helping your neighbourhood organisation to set up a new service in your community.

•small improvements to premises that you own or lease.

•developing skills for volunteers and committee members.

•creating a wildlife garden.

•startup costs for a community composting scheme.

•encouraging activities to promote healthier lives and good mental health such as keep fit classes for older people.

The Big Lottery Fund welcome applications for projects combining a range of community activities and will give priority to applications which increase opportunities for volunteering or build community capacity. They will also give priority to projects with activities that are new or develop what you do now and to those projects which have not previously received funding from Awards for All.

For more information please visit


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