Brighter Futures Fund opens first call to support individual women
The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland Brighter: Futures Giving Circle was set up in 2012 by the steering committee of the Women’s Fund NI in order to fill a gap in funding opportunities for individual women who require a small amount of financial aid to support them towards fulfilling their potential.
The Brighter Futures Giving Circle and Brighter Futures Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
In 2013/2014 the Circle will offer small grants (normally up to a maximum of £500) for individual women aged 18 or over, living in Northern Ireland who are striving to get into, or back into, employment.
Applicants must be affiliated to a constituted community / women’s group and have the support of that organization.
While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications that address the following:
• Personal development & confidence building
• Overcoming barriers to employment or training
• Making the first steps towards re-entering the workplace
• Priority will be given to applicants living in deprived / disadvantaged areas
Examples of the types of activities that may be supported:
• Basic training support materials – books for example
• Interview training
• Interview clothes (where need can be clearly demonstrated)
• Travel costs to access relevant training (public transport for up to six months)
• Childcare during employability training (up to six months)
• Access course
How to Apply
As this is their first/pilot round, they ask applicants to make a short call to discuss their idea and circumstances before they send out the application forms.
Bryony Livesey, Fund Development Assistant, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, Citylink Business Park, Albert Street, Belfast, BT12 4HQ
Bryony Livesey email@example.com
Big Lottery Fund - Space and Place now open
The Big Lottery Fund has opened the Space & Place Programme, a £15million, 5 year capital grants project that will support local communities to connect people by developing under-used, contested and/or difficult spaces.
The Big Lottery Fund has opened the Space and Place scheme, a £15 million programme to bring communities in Northern Ireland together by making better use of local spaces and places and to be delivered by a consortium.
The Space and Place Consortium is led by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and includes: Groundwork NI, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland Environmental Link and Rural Community Network
The Space & Place Consortium want the programme to improve the health and well-being of local people, supporting them to participate and engage more fully in their communities. They want this to take place in the most disadvantaged urban and rural communities of Northern Ireland.
This programme will support local communities to connect people by developing under-used and difficult spaces, improve the health and well being of local people and increase their opportunities to take part in activities in their area.
By reclaiming and transforming derelict and neglected spaces and places local people can improve their local environment and provide a range of activities that will encourage more people to play a part in their communities. The Space & Place Consortium want local people to be involved in identifying projects in their communities which will ensure a sense of ownership and lead to the development of new skills, ideas and connections.
Who Can Apply?
• Locally-based Neighbourhood and Community Associations that are constituted and either have, or are in the process of, obtaining charitable status.
• Voluntary NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) and not-for-profit bodies that are properly constituted.
• Local Authorities in partnership with communities
• Other Statutory bodies in partnership with communities
• Partnerships/Consortia that include a range of the organisations listed above.
Of the total grant funding available under the Space and Place Programme at least 80% will be for projects delivered or led by constituted organisations in the voluntary and community sectors.
Three levels of project grant will be available under the Space and Place Programme
• Medium Grants of £50,000 (minimum) up to £100,000 (It is estimated that there will be some 76 grant awards in this category)
• Large Grants of £100,001 up to £350,000 (It is estimated that there will be some 20 grant awards in this category)
• Flagship Grants of £350,001 up to £1 million (It is estimated that there will be 4 grant awards in this category)
In addition to the above, a small amount of programme funding is being held to be awarded towards technical development costs for selected project proposals after Stage 1 of the application process.
What can you use the funding for?
The Space and Place Programme is a capital programme which means that funding can be used for purposes that include one or more of the following –
• Buying or long-term leasing of land and buildings with or without alteration, refurbishment or improvement.
• Buying or long-term leasing of land for the development of the space as a community amenity or on which a permanent building will be constructed.
• Buying equipment and fittings and fixtures linked to the land or building.
• The improvement of land, for example for the purposes of play areas, community allotments, walking/cycle trails etc.
• Altering, refurbishing or extending a building that the community already owns or leases but wants to make it more accessible to the broader community/ communities.
• Constructing a new building, particularly when linked to the development of adjacent space.
A small proportion of the Programme funds can be allocated to assist projects with marketing, sustainability and ensuring the increased use of the project facilities, but will amount to no more than 10% of a grant award between £50,000 - £350,000 and 5% of a Flagship project award.
Examples of Fundable Projects
The programme could fund a project to create a community garden and allotments in the grounds of a community venue, or a project to turn a derelict area into a mini park with cycle paths and walkways where people can meet and enjoy their local spaces and places.
How to Apply
The Space and Place Programme has a two-stage application process:
• Stage 1 - involves completing an application form with information about your group, your area and your idea for a project. They will also want to know about any evidence that you have gathered to support the need for the project (including the views of your community) and see an estimation of the overall financial costs. They want to hear directly from you and your community not from intermediary agencies or private consultants.
• Stage 2 – you will only be invited to complete the more detailed Stage 2 application when your project idea has been accepted under Stage 1. At Stage 2 they will want to be satisfied that you can deliver a capital project and that you have undertaken effective and inclusive community consultation and be looking for details about your project and when and how you are going to deliver it. They will also require financial and technical information from you and evidence that you have taken into account project sustainability considerations.
They are currently finalising our online application process, but groups who would like to apply can do so by obtaining a hard copy of the 1st Stage Application form from Betty McNally
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel : 028 90245927
For more information on the Space and Place programme and how to apply for funding please visit:
Funding Programme - NOW OPEN
Summer funding opportunity for local voluntary organisations.
Volunteer Now is currently inviting applications for the Small Grants Programme which is funded by the Department for Social Development. The funding will be available to small, local volunteer-involving organisations to support community activity during the summer period that involves volunteers (based in the 15 Council areas of Antrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Down, Dungannon & South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Larne, Lisburn, Newry & Mourne, Newtownabbey and North Down).
Who can apply?
Applicants for small grants must meet the following eligibility criteria before their application can be considered:
• Organisations must be independent, established for charitable purposes and properly constituted.
• Organisations must be able to demonstrate that the project will:
* Tackle need or disadvantage and benefit the local community or community of interest
* Be made up of at least 40% volunteers not in paid work
* Promote diversity and make volunteering more inclusive
• Grants can only be used for the purposes of costs associated with summer schemes – defined as ‘community activity during the summer period that involves volunteers’.
• Grants cannot be made to individuals or to statutory or commercial organisations.
• Grants cannot be made to groups with an annual income in the previous financial year of more than £100,000.
• Organisations cannot receive more than one grant from the small grants programme per year.
If there are insufficient resources to fund all eligible applications, the following criteria will be used to decide which projects to fund. Applications will be assessed primarily on the basis of their potential to achieve the following objectives:
• Overall increase in the number of volunteers
• Increase in number of volunteers from under-represented groups
• Promote diversity and make volunteering more inclusive
• Tackle need or disadvantage, benefit the local community or community of interest.
How much we can fund?
Grants of up to £1,000 are available, however it is anticipated that the typical grant will be in the region of £500. 40% of total programme funding will be allocated to those organisations based/providing services in disadvantaged areas i.e. Neighbourhood Renewal Areas.
What can you apply for?
The grant can be used for the following:
• Volunteer expenses and running costs incurred particular to the Summer Scheme (‘community activity during the summer period that involves volunteers’).
• Equipment that is directly related to the volunteering activities within the Summer Scheme.
For more information, please visit http://www.volunteernow.co.uk/news/item/408/summer-funding-programme-now-open
If you are unable to complete an online application please contact the Finance Team on 028 9081 8324 or 028 9081 8312.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 20 May 2013.
Active Belfast Grants open
Working through the Belfast Strategic Partnership, Active Belfast has launched the second year of its ‘Grant Scheme’, which aims to support more people to be active in the key areas of workplaces, play, travel and schools.
The Active Belfast Partnership is committed to supporting a wide range of organisations that can effectively make a contribution to delivering on the key priorities of reducing health inequalities and promoting the long term health and social well-being of the population.
In order to be eligible for this funding, your organisation must clearly demonstrate that the organisation is able to meet the criteria set out above and have been evaluated as a priority to fund.
All organisations evaluated as a priority to fund must be able to provide the following;
• A constitution or set of rules which are signed and dated as adopted;
• The organisations most recent annual accounts (or, for new groups, a statement of income and expenditure). These must be signed as approved by an office holder or auditor; and
• Have approved financial controls in place
In total there will be £50,000 of support available to each of the 4 key areas of workplace, play, travel and schools, with £25,000 towards a large scale citywide programme in each key area (priority 1) and £25,000 to support local community programmes in each of the key areas (priority 2). The minimum award for a local community grant will be £1,000 and the maximum £5,000.
Indicative Activities that could be covered with the funding:
• Lunch time activity classes
• Courses to train staff as leaders
• Health fair
Active play: (for young people and older people)
• ‘Start to play’ training
• ‘Inclusive play’ training
• Community activity programmes
• Walk leader programmes
• Cycle proficiency training
• Community events that support cycling / walking
Active Schools: (School or education authorities only can apply)
• Courses to train teaching staff as physical activity leaders including multi skills and dance
• Activity classes which support and enhance educational learning
• Small scale equipment (this does not include playground equipment)
Please note these are indicative activities and the list is not exhaustive.
How to Apply
For more information on how to apply please contact:
Belfast Health Development Unit
9 Lanyon Place
Belfast BT1 3LP
Tel: 028 9050 2073
Please note the closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 17 May at 10.00am.
Castlereagh Borough Council Good Relations Grant Aid
The Good Relations grant fund is to support the development of local community relations and cultural diversity projects.
The maximum grant available is £1,000.
The closing date for applications is Friday 17 May at 12 noon.
For more information, please visit www.castlereagh.gov.uk/GoodRelations.asp or call 028 9049 4522
£10million capital funding for voluntary youth sector
Education Minister, John O’Dowd has announced the opening of a new capital funding scheme for voluntary youth organisations.
The Education Minister at the Department of Education has made available a youth budget of £10million for capital funding projects across 2013/14 and 2014/15 to be divided between voluntary and controlled youth sectors.
To be eligible to apply for funding your organisation must be:
• registered with the local education and library board; or receive funding from the Youth Council for Northern Ireland; and
• be able to demonstrate the operation of Youth Service Programmes for at least 9 hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks per annum.
Grant aid can assist with the costs of refurbishing premises, improving facilities or access for people with disabilities, bringing the property up to current health, safety and fire authority standards, towards child protection measures or meeting needs of young people within Section 75 / those at greater risk of social exclusion / marginalisation.
Grant aid is available in two categories
• Minor Works - Scheme costing up to a maximum of £150,000 incl VAT & fees.
• Major Works - Scheme costing over £150,000
How to apply
For more information please visit :
Completed applications must be returned to the Department, at the address below, no later than 28 June 2013.
If you require further information about the Scheme please contact:
Estate Operations Team
Department of Education
43 Balloo Road
Tel : 028 9127 9452
Community Relations/Cultural Diversity Grant Scheme Guidelines
Aim of the Scheme
The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 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.
Objectives of the Scheme
This grant scheme seeks to achieve the aims listed below by providing advice and financial support for projects. Questions 16 and 17 of this application form will ask you to identify which of these aims best matches the objectives of your project.
1. To develop opportunities for groups to explore their own cultures, beliefs and traditions, thus increasing their capacity to develop relationships of trust with those of different traditions and values.
2. To develop opportunities for groups to extend their knowledge and understanding of others' cultures, beliefs, traditions; increasing their acceptance of and respect for diversity.
3. To enable groups to challenge stereotypes of their own and other communities in order to acknowledge and address difference.
4. To increase the ability and confidence of groups and organisations to identify and address those issues that divide them.
5. To develop networks of communication, trust and co-operation between divided communities.
6. To promote models of good practice for community relations work in Northern Ireland.
Types of Groups Eligible
• The scheme is aimed at locally based groups such as community development groups, cultural organisations, women's groups, church groups, tenants associations and other organisations and groups involved in community relations, reconciliation projects and cultural engagement.
• The scheme is aimed primarily at projects involving adults. Groups whose main work is with children or youth may be eligible for funding by the Department of Education, Education and Library Boards or the Youth Council. People working with 0 - 5 year olds should contact local health and social services.
Grants may be awarded towards the cost of the following:
• Bursaries for community relations practitioners to attend conferences. (These are limited to one bursary per year for an individual from an applicant group).
• Organisation of events.
• Seminars or discussion groups.
• Fees for trainers, speakers, artists or facilitators.
• Basic travelling costs within Ireland and Britain.
• Cost of accommodation for speakers.
• Renting appropriate facilities.
• Creche provision.
• Resource materials.
• Action research and small publication costs.
Please note: The maximum award payable is £10,000 but in the main most grants are much smaller than this. It may be useful to refer to Community Relations Council annual reports for details of previous grant allocations.
As grants are aimed at specific projects or schemes they will NOT cover on-going costs e.g. salaries. Nor will they pay for major capital expenditure, competitions, religious services, purchase/lease of musical instruments/uniforms and sporting equipment, cash generative schemes, retrospective events or party political activities. Grants will NOT cover travel outside Ireland and Britain, except in the case of bursaries.
Monitoring and Evaluation
It is a condition of any grants awarded that the Council receives monitoring and evaluation information after the project has taken place. As the grant recipients are expected to do some of this themselves, monitoring and evaluation forms to assist the process will be sent to all groups who are offered a grant.
Information on Application
Additional application forms are available from the Community Relations Council. The Council will try to process applications as quickly as possible, but this will depend upon current resources and demand. Applications usually take 8 - 12 weeks to process.
It is always best to apply during the early development stages of the project as this allows time for Council staff and the group to adequately discuss the project.
Applications that have been registered before the project takes place but have not been processed by CRC until after the event are still eligible.
There is no restriction on the number of applications any one group can make to the scheme. However, if a group has received funding in the past, it may need to demonstrate that new proposals will build upon earlier achievements.
Please feel free to attach further notes for any of the questions if there is insufficient space.
Applicants should understand that while careful consideration is given to each application, it may not be possible to assist applicants to the extent requested, even if applications come within the criteria set out above. Due to the large volume of applications received, it is unlikely we will be able to extend grant aid to each applicant.
Deadline: December 2013 (TBC)
For more information please visit http://www.community-relations.org.uk/funding/small-grants-criteria/
NI Arts Council - Project Funding available
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has opened up their Project Funding scheme which is designed to encourage organisations to develop and deliver their ideas, linked to artistic needs and to future plans.
The aim of this programme is to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.
This programme has its own aims and criteria. However, all applications should fit within the objectives stated in the Council’s five year plan and within its artform policies. Both the five year plan and the artform policies are available on their website and you should read these before completing the application form.
Under this programme the Council wishes to support programmes which:
• Encourage the involvement of children and young people, older people, or people with disabilities with organisations and artists of the very highest professional standards across the disciplines
• Promote innovative, original work by Northern Ireland artists, especially in drama and dance, which tours outside the company’s administrative base
• Advance collaborative audience development projects
• Promote inter-cultural dialogue
• Aim to grow audiences and increase participation in the most socially disadvantaged areas
The programme is open to:
• Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits may apply for funds.
• Local Authorities are eligible to apply but they are a low priority
• Commercial organisations can only apply for support if the project is primarily for the benefit of the public rather than their own commercial interests.
• You do not have to be primarily an arts organisation, although the focus of the project must be on arts activities.
• If your organisation has a limited membership, or is a school, college or university, you must show that the project will benefit the wider public.
• Public sector agencies can apply for projects which are outside their statutory remit.
• Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific projects.
• In most cases we expect the activity to take place in Northern Ireland. However, organisations based outside Northern Ireland can apply where they can demonstrate significant benefit to the people of Northern Ireland.
• Organisations currently in receipt of a 2013/14 Arts Council Annual Funding programme award may apply to this programme for projects of an exceptional nature and which were not anticipated at the time of the 2013/14 application.
The minimum grant available is £10,001 and grants are not likely to exceed £100,000.
Within any grant a maximum of £25,000 may be used to support the gross costs of any salary, ie including recruitment costs, ENIC, pension and expenses.
• Organisations can claim full cost recovery of overheads attributable to the funded project – see introductory notes on application form
• Organisations currently in receipt of any other Arts Council revenue or Lottery grant must demonstrate that the costs are additional to any programme already funded.
What you can apply for
You can apply for arts activities which last up to one year. These can include:-
• Projects, events and programmes of activity together with related overhead costs associated with the delivery of the project/event or programme.
• Continuation of salaries of existing administrative posts.
• Commissions and Productions
• Research and development
• Audience Development – to meet the needs of audiences and to help arts organisations develop ongoing relationships with audiences
• Touring (in more than one local authority area)
• One-off, large-scale national arts events, such as conferences, which take place in Northern Ireland and benefit people and artists from across Northern Ireland and beyond
• Presentations or exhibitions (in more than one local authority area) of work by international artists and arts organisations
Note: It is the case that the Council’s programmes, priorities and criteria can change. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are using the most up to date guidance notes and application forms. If you are thinking of making an application please check the Council’s website to make sure that you are using the current guidance notes.
How to Apply
For more details and information on the application process, please visit
The closing date for completed applications is Friday 2 May 2013 at 4pm.
Support for Sport
Belfast City Council’s Support for Sport Small Development grants of up to £1,000 and Hospitality Grants of up to £3,000 are now open.
Applications are taken monthly closing on 24th of each month.
Eligible costs can include: coach education; club development; sports development events; and competitions.
New clubs or sections can also qualify for an equipment grant of £250.
Application forms and the new guidance notes can be found on www.belfastcity.gov.uk/supportforsport alternatively contact Claire Moraghan or Paddy McGrattan on 02890 320202.
ACNI’s Intercultural Arts programme
The next grant round of ACNI’s Intercultural Arts programme which will include both applications for Minority Ethnic Individual Artists Awards (Maximum award £1,500) and Intercultural Arts Grants (Grants between £500 to £10,000 are available) will open Tuesday 19 March closing on Thursday 4 April.
ACNI in partnership with the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) are running information sessions on both these grant programmes on Thursday 28 March at Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre in Dungannon.
Please note the morning session (between 10am-1pm ) is aimed at Individual Minority Ethnic Artists and the afternoon session (2-4.30pm) is aimed at constituted community and voluntary groups working at local level with minority ethnic communities. (Please see attached)
For further information see http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/subpages/funding.htm
Both programmes are framed within ACNI’s Intercultural Arts Strategy see http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/departs/strategy/reports/intercultural/acni_intercultural_arts_strategy.pdf
To book a place at one of the information sessions please RSVP directly to Lucy Cochrane at CAP on 028 90923493 and email@example.com
Belfast City Council Good Relations Grant Aid
The aim of the Good Relations Fund is to support community engagement in the context of good relations work.
Applications will be scored on the following areas:
Respecting and valuing diversity and difference – enabling participants to engage in a process of challenging stereotypes and respecting difference. For example an activity that increases awareness of the groups’ own identity and builds knowledge of the ‘other’ preparing participants to engage in future good relations projects.
Challenging and progressive – demonstrating a significant level of challenge and new learning, while maintaining the safety and well being of all involved. We will also support projects which challenge people within communities to widen their perspectives. For example a project that has a strong partnership approach and brings diverse groups together to discuss controversial issues, in order to promote understanding, in an atmosphere of trust and respect.
Inclusion, safety and purpose – having clear and agreed purposes, commitment to deliver between partners and agreed measures to ensure safety, engagement and quality in the programme.
Community engagement – involving communities who have experienced social exclusion, segregation or conflict. For example, if the majority of the participants are drawn from an area of high deprivation and have submitted an application that meets the criteria of the fund or an area that has been significantly impacted by conflict or community tensions this will be reflected in the scoring.
Supporting safe, shared & welcoming local neighbourhoods – supporting local communities to transform their neighbourhood into safe, shared and welcoming spaces by working in partnership with their closest neighbours, applicants that demonstrate this will score higher points. For example a project that promotes improved community engagement, includes neighbouring communities where relationships have been fractured and builds good, sustainable relationships and trust.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 28 March 2013.
For more details, please visit http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/goodrelations/funding.asp
Sported. small grants programme
Sported. a national charity that provides support to community sport organisations that work with young people in disadvantaged areas has some small grants available to its members.
Sported, is the UK’s leading sport for development charity and is a free membership organisation created to help deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympics,
Sported helps to transform the lives of disadvantaged youth by supporting community and voluntary groups delivering sport for development; helping them grow and run their organisations to the best of their ability. It supports groups with business support through our volunteer mentor programme and funding, allowing them to not only become sustainable, but allowing them to focus on what they do best – inspiring young people through sport. To find out more about becoming a sported. volunteer mentor visit www.sported.org.uk
Only groups who have been accepted as sported. members can apply for a grant.
Who can apply for a small grant?
• Sported. member groups that have a turnover of under £50,000 a year
• Individuals cannot apply for a sported. grant
How can I become a Sported member?
• Groups interested in becoming members should be working with young people aged 11-25 and be using sport for development to deliver a stated outcome. These outcomes include:
o Developing the confidence, workplace and life skills in young people
o Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
o Promoting inclusion
o Building strong communities
o Education in health and wellbeing
A sported. small grant is only open to members of sported. It must be used to deliver sport for development with young people aged 11-25 years old.
• sported. small grants are for up to £2,000.
• They will usually be spent in one year from being awarded
There is no deadline
Funding success and how to get it
Practical skills for completing funding application forms is the perfect course for those who are new to fundraising or, indeed, those who want to pick up a few extra tips and tricks for success. Training is provided by NICVA's experienced fundraising advisers who have developed extensive knowledge of not just what funders are looking for but also the common mistakes made by funding applicants. This introductory level session will be useful for fundraisers, fundraising committee members, or anyone involved in the application process.
The training takes place on 10 April 2013 from 10.00am to 1.00pm and costs £50 for members or £70 for non-members.
5 Fundraising advice clinics head to Lisburn
NICVA’s fundraising advice sessions are rolling into Lisburn on 15 April 2013 to provide one-to-one support and advice to organisations in the voluntary and community sector in association with TADA Rural Network. These sessions are ideal for those who would like help with and advice on making funding applications and fundraising or income generation in their not-for-profit organisation. Fundraising sessions will be taken by Neil Irwin and James Laverty of NICVA so why not come along and find out why your funding applications fail, get help completing an application form or find funders who match your project.
Sessions are available as follows and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Two sessions are available in each time slot.
(1) 2.00pm; (2) 3.00pm; (3) 4.00pm; (4) 6.00pm; (5) 7.00pm (6) 8.00pm
The clinic will take place at the Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway St, Lisburn BT28 1XP. To book a session contact Diane at TADA by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 3839 8888.
Down Council Tourism & Festival Funding available
Down District Council seeks applications from local groups/organisations for funding under the Tourism Events Fund and Community Festival Fund
Applications for grant assistance are invited from organisers of Tourism Events and Community Festivals taking place in Down district from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. Maximum grant available is £3000.
Down District Council are currently developing three tourism destinations within the District in partnership with neighbouring local authorities. These destinations are; Destination Strangford Lough, St Patrick’s Country (Downpatrick) and Destination Mourne. Financial support for Tourism related events taking place in the District will be allocated on the basis of how the event contributes to the development of these destinations
The primary purpose of the Community Festival Fund is to improve the capacity of community festivals and make them less reliant on public funding by providing support and training in addition to funding towards the cost of events. The Fund enables community organisations to celebrate their cultural identity and to strengthen community relations.
How to Apply
For application form and support information, please visit :
Alternatively please contact :
Tourism Development Department
Down District Council
Downshire Civic Centre
T: 028 4461 0800 – ex 2507
The closing date for receipt of applications is: Friday 12 April 2013 at 4pm
Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants
National charity Heart Research UK and sandwich franchise SUBWAY® are offering Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 to projects that will promote heart health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Communities in Northern Ireland are being encouraged to apply for funding for innovative projects that will help people to improve their heart health.
Projects can address a variety of issues like healthy eating, physical activity and smoking cessation but the key focus must be on heart health.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to groups in Northern Ireland for projects that promote and encourage Healthy Heart lifestyles within the community.
The SUBWAY®/Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grant is for heart health projects ONLY and not for general healthy lifestyle projects. Projects must focus on and actively promote heart health for the duration of the project. Projects that are not specifically for heart health will not be considered.
The last Northern Ireland Healthy Heart Grant was awarded to the Saints Youth Centre, in the heart of Twinbrook, West Belfast, an area with high levels of deprivation and health issues. The project has been successfully promoting heart-healthy lifestyles among young people who produced a large mural to encourage local people to stop smoking. Young people also learnt how to cook heart-healthy meals on a budget. The final part will be the skipping workshops in primary schools in May that will get many hearts beating.
Money for the grants is raised through in-store fundraising across SUBWAY® stores in Northern Ireland.
The closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 30 April 2013
How to apply
Full details of how to apply, and application materials, can be downloaded from their website
Contact the Lifestyle Team if you have any questions regarding the application process
T: 0113 297 6205
Coastal Communities Fund open until 26 April
The Coastal Communities Fund, delivered by the Big Lottery Fund aims to fund projects in coastal communities in order to promote economic development and create jobs.
The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) will encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving them funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.
The government has committed £27.8 million to support the CCF in 2013/14 with money generated by the Crown Estate's marine assets. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of Government, operating under the name Big Fund.
CCF is a UK-wide programme but there are some country specific requirements and priorities. Information about these is contained in the help notes to accompany the application form – available on the website.
They will be accepting applications from voluntary groups, public and private sector organisations, charities, social enterprises, development agencies and local authorities with funding awards of over £50,000 available for projects lasting up to two years.
Some examples of activities that might be supported by this Coastal Communities Fund include:
• supporting skills and training initiatives to improve job prospects of local residents and
• encourage additional new businesses;
• maintaining and developing specialised tourist infrastructure,
• including support for new green tourism opportunities;
• supporting small-scale and sustainable transport improvements; and
• other activities which promote sustainable economic growth and jobs.
How to Apply
Application materials, help notes and questions and answers are on their website
If you would like any further information, please contact email@example.com or call us on 0845 410 2030
The deadline for applications for projects in Northern Ireland is of 26 April 2013.
The Turkington Fund was established in recognition and celebration of the contribution of older people to our society. It offers funding (normally in the range of £200 - £3,000) for locally based community projects that are planned and run by and for older people.
While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications that address the following:
• The promotion of interaction between older people and other sections of the community • Activities to address shared concerns amongst groups of older people
• Activities that focus on the positive contribution of older people within the community • Projects that enhance the active participation of older people in decision-making and policy influence
• Encouragement of older people to engage with a range of social, educational, health and cultural activities
• Priority will be given to those applications that show a clear involvement of older people in the design and delivery of a project
• An emphasis will be placed on locally-based self-help groups that are working in disadvantaged areas.
Turkington will not fund:
• Salaried posts
• Holidays & trips abroad
• Major capital building programmes
• Running costs of large organisations
• Holiday schemes
• Parties & shopping trips
• Promotion of religion
• Applications from statutory organizations
Small Grant Application Deadlines for 2013
Tuesday 9th April
Tuesday 28th May 2013
How to Apply
Please apply online at www.communityfoundationni.org/grants
For more information, please contact Sharon Barry or Elizabeth Boyd by email or by telephone on 02890245927.
The Reconciliation Fund is operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to assist individuals and organisations involved in reconciliation work.
The Reconciliation Fund was established under the Department’s North-South and Anglo-Irish budget in 1982. The Fund’s objectives are to assist individuals and organisations involved in reconciliation work and to encourage and facilitate better relations within and between the traditions in the North, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain.
The Good Friday Agreement endorsed the need for reconciliation between the traditions on this island and the promotion of a culture of tolerance at every level of society. The participants recognised and valued the work being done in this area by community based organisations, which they see as having a critical role in consolidating peace and political stability. The participants in the Good Friday Agreement also undertook to “positively examine the case for enhanced financial assistance for the work of reconciliation.”
Applications for assistance are considered under the following criteria:
• Reconciliation through education; dialogue and culture;
• Development and maintenance of meaningful cross-border links;
• Promotion of improved Anglo-Irish relations;
• Promotion of cross-community and inter-denominational activities;
• Promotion of tolerance and acceptance of cultural diversity;
• Academic research aimed at promoting reconciliation;
• Contribution to political reconciliation.
The next deadline is by close of business on Friday 27th September 2013.
For more information please visit - http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=345
The Anti-Sectarianism Fund is operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help communities in Northern Ireland tackle sectarianism and promote tolerance. This initiative stems from the programme for Government commitment to “establish a new Anti-Sectarianism Fund to assist projects in interface areas designed specifically to address the root cause of sectarianism and to diffuse tensions”.
The purpose of the Anti-Sectarianism Fund is to assist local efforts aimed at tackling sectarianism, supporting projects in communities seeking new and more effective ways of addressing sectarianism and division in society. Grants will be given to individuals or organisations looking to develop new projects that will challenge intolerance and sectarianism and will break down barriers between people caused by religious and cultural differences. Assistance may be used for a specific project or as a contribution towards extending an existing programme.
Applications will be judged on potential concrete outcomes, and will be considered under the following criteria:
• Promotion of anti-sectarianism through education; dialogue and culture;
• Promotion of tolerance and acceptance of cultural diversity;
• Extending knowledge and understanding of others’ cultures, beliefs, traditions;
• Reduction of religious, social and cultural barriers;
• Challenging of stereotypes of one’s own and other communities/identities;
• Raising awareness of how language and actions contribute towards sectarianism and intolerance;
• Bringing people from different backgrounds together to work towards a common goal.
The next deadline is by close of business on Friday 27th September 2013.
For more information, please visit - http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=42929
Minority Ethnic Development Fund
Applications are now being accepted for funding under the above programme to assist minority ethnic organisations to promote good relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds. Applications are also welcome from local community organisations that are working to promote integration.
In line with the recommendations made by the evaluation of the Fund, a new three tier funding approach has been introduced and applicants will be able to apply for varying amounts of money dependent on the scope and scale of the intended use.
Funding awards will fall into 3 broad categories or “tiers”, as follows:Tier 1:
Entry level / Pathfinder MEDF – This may include volunteer led groups / relationship building (supporting own community). It will also include project funding. Funding of between £100 - £15,000.
Tier 1 will be open to applications throughout the period of the Fund, with decisions being made on applications on a quarterly basis.
Awards may be for one-off events or for projects lasting up to two years.
Tier 1 Entry level / Pathfinder MEDF will broadly equate to what was previously termed “Project Funding”, although it is envisaged that there will be a spread of awards from £100 up to the maximum.
Standard MEDF – This may include self help groups (which employ staff) and advocacy organisations which provide a level of service and integration activities. Funding of between £15,000 - £45,000 per annum until March 2015.
Tier 2 will be open to applications once with funding running from April 2013 to March 2015, subject to satisfactory performance by the funded organisation.
Tier 2 Standard MEDF will broadly equate to what was previously termed “Development Funding”.
High level MEDF – This includes large scale service provision for Departments and a number of large scale integration activities. It will also include a mentoring role with smaller organisations, therefore facilitating collaborative joined up approach. Funding of between £45,000 - £75,000 per annum until March 2015.
Tier 3 will be open to applications once with funding running from April 2013 to March 2015.
Organisations may submit applications for all tiers of funding.
Guidance notes for applicants, which explain the tiers and the criteria for funding in more detail, are available here:
• Minority Ethnic Development Fund Guidance Notes 2013-15 (PDF 143KB)
The application form can be downloaded here:
• Minority Ethnic Development Fund Application Form 2013-15 (MS Word 543KB)
Alternatively, application forms are available from:
Minority Ethnic Development Fund
Tel: 028 9052 8560
APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDING FOR TIERS 2 & 3 MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ADDRESS ABOVE BY 2PM ON 11 MARCH 2013.
The application process for Tier 1 funding will not close until 2pm on 31 December 2014.
Information drop-in clinics have been arranged for potential applicants as follows:
• 25 February 2013 – North West Volunteer Centre, 22 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry (11.00 -14.30)
• 27 February 2013 – NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast (14.00 – 17.00)
• 28 February 2013 – Omagh District Council, The Grange, Mountjoy Road, Omagh (11.00 – 14.30)
Attendance at these seminars is optional. If you plan to attend please confirm by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 028 9052 8560
Youth Star Awards announce second round of funding
Due to the success of the first Youth Star Awards competition, The Enkalon Foundation and Live UnLtd are delighted to announce the next round of competition dates, to inspire young social entrepreneurs of the Antrim borough area. The competition is now open for applications and the deadline is 5.00pm on Friday 29 March 2013.
If you are aged between 11 and 21 years, have an idea that could benefit your area, could use one-to-one support and a cash Award of up to £1,500 to get it started, then apply now. Applications are particularly welcomed from 11-15 year olds.
For further information and competition details, contact Claire Cawley, the Enkalon Foundation on 07740 641 166 or email email@example.com; or contact Ashley Whittley, Live UnLtd on 07545 933 823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be downloaded from www.liveunltd.com/youthstarawards and www.enkalonfoundation.org.
Ireland Funds open for applications
The Ireland Funds small grants have opened for applications focusing on new and innovative responses to social need.
The objective of the Ireland Fund Small Grants Round is to enable as many organisations as possible to fund new and innovative responses to social need.
The amount of funding available will vary from year to year but is typically around $1 million. Applicants can apply online during the period in which the Grant Round is open, which is typically February - March in this instance with a deadline of Thursday 28 March 2013.
Organisations typically begin their funding relationship with The Ireland Funds when they are awarded a grant through the Grant Round. Donors occasionally identify projects through the Grant Round that they wish to support longer term through donor advised gifts and, while a relatively small number of organisations receive funding in this way, we continuously update our records on charities should a donor express an interest in supporting an area in which they are active.
Grant Round Funding Priorities
The Worldwide Ireland Funds accept applications for projects in the following areas:
• Investing in Ireland's Communities
• Supporting a Shared Future for Northern Ireland
• Providing Access to Education
• Promoting Culture and Heritage
• Assisting Disadvantaged Youth
• Assisting the Elderly "Forgotten Irish"
• Promoting Philanthropy in Ireland
Size of Awards
The maximum amount awarded is €20,000. The average award will be around €5,000 and there is no minimum award.
How to Apply
For more information and how to apply please visit : www.theirelandfunds.org
For further assistance please contact :
The Ireland Funds in Dublin
T - (01) 662 7878
E - email@example.com
The deadline for completed applications is Thursday 28 March 2013.
Power NI Quest community energy saving programme closes 31 March
Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading energy supplier, has begun its Quest to find a new community energy saving champion. The winner will receive £10,000 to invest in the latest energy efficient measures for their local community.
Quest will see six selected community groups, clubs or voluntary organisations compete against each other in a bespoke ten-step energy saving programme. They will also receive help and funding from Power NI along the way. Each of the six groups will begin the challenge together and the first group to the finish will win the £10,000 prize to invest in renewable technologies.
Throughout the challenge the six selected groups will benefit from a Power NI mentor and will learn how becoming more energy efficient can make a lasting difference in their local area.
Power NI’s project coordinator Neil Coleman said:
"Power NI is delighted to be launching Quest, our new community project for 2013. Our aim is to educate and empower local communities in Northern Ireland to become more energy efficient and help residents and local businesses save on their energy bills.
"You don’t need to be experienced energy savers - we are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated groups and organisations that are up for the challenge! We would encourage everyone to come forward and complete the simple application form at www.powerni.co.uk/quest."
How to apply
To receive a postal application pack please contact 028 9068 5031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The closing date for completed Quest applications is 31 March 2013.
Santander Community Plus Grants of £5k - visit your local branch
Santander's Community Plus scheme offers grants of up to £5,000 to UK registered and deemed charities. The only criteria are that it must be local and help disadvantaged people.
To nominate your charity just visit your local branch of Santander and complete a short nomination form which you can post in the box provided in store.
Grants can be for capital items such as equipment or revenue items such as salaries.
There are no deadlines so if you do not hear within two months you have not been successful but you are welcome to try again at any time. it should be noted that this is not a popularity contest so no need to submit more than one nomination at a time.
Full details can be found on the Santander Foundation website at www.santanderfoundation.org.uk
CFNI reopen Telecommunity Fund
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has reopened the Telecommunity Fund which focuses primarily teenagers, people with disabilities and older people.
The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small locally based community projects run by or for teenagers or projects for people with disabilities.
Please note there is a very small budget with this fund with grants ranging from £500 - £1,000
Who Can Apply
Projects need to be tackling issues relevant to people with specific needs living in areasof disadvantage within Northern Ireland. The project does not need to be new nor indeed particularly innovative, but its programme must be clearly thought out and show that it will be managed by the user group.
A wide range of ideas for local self-help projects, however informal, will be considered. The fund is keen to support initiatives that helpto develop:
• Community education and trainingopportunities
• Communication and leadership skills
• Local initiatives to improve resourcesand community facilities
• Creativity and self-expression throughdrama, music or a range of arts activities
• Out of school projects for young people
The fund will give priority to those groups havingto deal with additional disadvantage such as, for example, rural isolation, disability, low income or poorly serviced housing estates. These are guidelines only; please contact the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland if you need todiscuss any idea further.
Any group applying must have
• A copy of your governing document, e.g.constitution
• A copy of your most recent accounts orincome and expenditure statement
• A list of your management committee members, including their contact details
• An original bank statement for your organisation’s bank account (datedwithin the past three months)
How to apply
You may apply via hard copy or electronically and it is a two stage application process.
It is recommended that applicants contact Sharon Barry of the Community Foundation on 028 9024 5927 or email email@example.com before applying.
Support Grant Aid Programme 2013 – 2014
Derry City Council Support grants will be opening soon, and will have open calls in January, March and September 2013. The grant programme aims to encourage and facilitate activities which enhance and develop the Derry City Council area and improve the quality of life for its citizens.
For more details, please visit http://www.derrycitygrantaid.com/support-grant.asp or contact:
Community Services Department
Derry City Council
98 Strand Road
Derry / Londonderry
Telephone: 02871 365151
Main Grants Scheme
What is it?
Under this scheme, we look to award grants to projects that provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation.
You may have a building that needs improvement in order to increase the range of services on offer to the local community. You could have a site-based project that is working to protect and enhance a species or habitat. Or maybe it’s an open space such as a park, play area or woodland that needs transforming to benefit local people of all ages. In a nutshell, we want to make sure that everyone has access to high quality local community facilities.
Over the years, Biffa Award has awarded funding to hundreds of projects. We receive a continuously high number of Expression of Interest forms, resulting in strong competition when granting full applications.
Am I eligible?
The eligibility criteria for the Main Grants Scheme vary slightly depending on the theme under which you are applying for funding.
The main criteria for Community Buildings, Recreation and Cultural Facilities projects are:
The project's site is within 10 miles of a Biffa operation (Check your project’s postcode using the 'Postcode Checker' tab on the left). This does not apply for Northern Ireland. Link to Apply Now page
The project's site is also within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (To find your nearest landfill site, visit the Environment Agency website)
The total phase cost of the project is less than £200,000
There will be a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year
Any Biffa Award grant will be used for site-based improvement work, not for equipment or running costs
Biffa Award is unable to fund requests to help an existing facility meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act
Biffa Award is unable to fund retrospectively, so you should only apply for funding for work that will take place in the future.
The applicant organisation and project are eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme's regulator, ENTRUST. These will be conditions of any grant approved. Please note that organisations must be not for profit. Local authorities cannot apply or enrol.
The main criteria for Rebuilding Biodiversity projects are:
The project's site is within 25 miles of a Biffa operation (Check your project’s postcode using the 'Postcode Checker' tab on the left)
The project's site is also within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (To find your nearest landfill site, visit the Environment Agency website)
The total phase cost of the project is less than £200,000
The project has specific targets in relation to a Biodiversity Action Plan and will deliver a direct improvement to biodiversity
Your organisation has the support of key agencies, and has partners involved in the project's delivery
There is a management plan in place for the key species / habitat(s) involved
The applicant organisation and project are eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme's regulator ENTRUST. These will be conditions of any grant approved. Please note that organisations must be not for profit. Local authorities cannot apply or enrol.
How much can I apply for?
You can apply for between £10,000 and £50,000.
You will need to find a third party contributor(s) to provide 10% of the grant you are applying for. What's this?
How do I apply?
Please click here to check your eligibility and apply online. This scheme operates a rolling application process, allowing you to apply at anytime.
For more details, visit http://www.biffa-award.org/main-grants-scheme
The Anti-Sectarianism Fund
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