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OFMDFM Minority Ethnic Funding

The Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) provides support for voluntary and community organisations working with minority ethnic people and groups.

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.   The application process for Tier 1 funding is open until 31 December 2014.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland

The Foundation's aim is to support underfunded, grassroots charities that enable people, especially disabled and disadvantaged people, to play a fuller role in society. The Foundation has two main target areas to which it seeks to allocate funds:

Social and Community needs
Education and Training

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CRC Community Relations/Cultural Diversity Grant

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.

Community Relations Council 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.

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

This grant scheme seeks to achieve the aims listed below by providing advice and financial support for projects.

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.

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.

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Sport NI - Awards For Sport

Active Awards for Sport is a Lottery funded small grants programme primarily aimed at grassroots community based sport. The programme aims to prioritise sports clubs, community groups and governing bodies of sport, especially those based on areas of greatest need. In particular the programme will look to contribute to “Promoting Equality, Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion.”

The scheme is open to:
Governing Bodies of Sport (recognised by Sport Northern Ireland)
Sport Clubs (must be affiliated to a Governing Body of Sport recognised by Sport Northern Ireland)
Parent Teacher Associations
Community/Voluntary Groups

Programme Priorities:

Increasing participation in sport and physical recreation in sport especially among underrepresented groups:
Women and girls
People with a disability
People from a minority ethnic group
Older people

In particular Sport Northern Ireland welcomes applications that seek to encourage, support or enable improved community relations especially in interface areas.

Deliver projects based in and benefitting areas of greatest need. (Sport Northern Ireland has defined areas of greatest need as Neighbourhood Renewal Areas or the 25% most deprived Super Output Areas using the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010 ).

Eligible groups can apply for grants from £1,000 to £10,000.

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Workspace Community Fund

Workspace was established in 1982 to stimulate social and economic regeneration in the Magherafelt District Council Area.  Since then they have become one of Irelands leading forces for community economic and social regeneration.

Today, in addition to providing business support services and business property, the Workspace Group is also involved in recruitment, training and employment initiatives, energy efficiency, event management, childcare and recreational activities. These commercial activities are pursued to generate profits that are then used for the benefit for the local community. The Workspace Community Fund will provide financial assistance to voluntary and community groups that want to make a positive impact in the local area.

This is a local fund targeted at community and voluntary groups in the Magherafelt District Council Area. Individual Awards are also available for people aged 18-30 within the Ballinascreen, Kilcronaghan or Desertmartin areas who have the potential to excel in the areas of arts, culture, sport or enterprise and are being restricted from doing so for financial reasons. 

Please see www.communityfoundationni/org


Women's Fund for Northern Ireland

The Women's Fund has been established to help women in Northern Ireland fulfil their potential. Administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Fund aims to help women overcome the barriers currently preventing their personal development, by providing small grants to foster and develop new opportunities in their own lives. An independent steering committee has been established to oversee the Fund and its intention is to reach out to women and men who can help and be helped.

In order to make greatest impact, the distribution of available funding from the Women's Fund for Northern Ireland will be focused and directed toward a specific priority area. Typical grant-size is between £500 and £5,000. The focus for this round continues to be Young Women (aged 16-30) and the majority of the funding will be distributed through established organisations and stakeholders, providing support to empower and develop young women in the areas of:

Building Confidence and Self Esteem
Knowledge and Capacity Building
Skills Development
Improving mental health and wellbeing
Literacy and Numeracy skills

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Derry City Community Support Fund

Funding available for constituted Voluntary Groups, Community Groups, Sporting Clubs, etc., who operate with Community Development as a core objective.

The Community Support Fund is for grants up to a maximum of £2,000. For the financial year 2014/15 only, groups can hold two successful applications.

There will be three separate rounds of funding in the 2014/2015 financial year. Any group can apply to each funding round. Groups who submit multiple applications can only have one successful application in any one round of funding. For this financial year only a group can hold a maximum of two successful applications.

Constituted Voluntary Groups, Community Groups, Sporting Clubs, etc., who operate with Community Development as a core objective. Groups who have a Project/Service aligned with Derry City Council's Corporate Plan and whose project will benefit residents in the Derry City Council area.

Derry City Council - Good Relations Grant Aid

Derry City Council's new strategy for 2014/15 - 16/17 is available in draft on Both of these documents may be useful reference points for research and statistics around the need for specific Good Relations initiatives locally which you are considering applying for funding for.

This funding is 'Good Relations' Funding - so your application must show a clear focus on Good Relations. All applications (whether core or project) must be for between £0 - £5000. There is a total of approximately £150,000 in this fund.

Constituted Community and Voluntary Sector organisations may apply. Your project or core activity must benefit people living in the Derry City Council Area. Groups which already hold any other funding or who have applied for other funding (e.g. Service Level Agreements, Main Grant and Support Grant) or who currently hold a 2013-14 GR Grant from Derry City Council are also eligible to apply to this fund.

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!

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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.

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