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FARE - Call for proposals 2014

Over the last decade Fare (Football Against Racism Europe) has made available small grants to groups to run activities which celebrate diversity in football an oppose discrimination during the Fare action weeks period.

The small grants scheme will continue but as of last year a new fund has been offered to support a series of headline events during the action weeks period.

Projects should meet one or more of these objectives:

• Make football more inclusive through tackling exclusion and discrimination
• Improve the representation of minorities and women in football
• Utilise football as a tool for empowerment and social inclusion
• Educate and breakdown stereotypes

Projects that will be funded include:

• National or international level conferences
• The production and launch of national level education materials – e.g. exhibitions or teaching packs
• Development and delivery of educational activities for ‘multipliers’ – e.g. training workshop for media representatives
• Lobbying events (at parliamentary or regional assembly level)
• Launch of academic research – e.g. into institutional discrimination
• Education through film, theatre or music
• Other innovative events with national or international level impact

Applicants might be organised fan groups, football clubs, human rights organisations, educational institutions, legislating authorities, policy makers, think tanks, researchers, football authorities, groups of professionals, etc. Grants of up to €3,000 are available.

The application will be open from 21 March until 15 May, 1200 CET. Applications must be made online.

Please see for full details

McDonald’s KickStart grants


If your club has at least one under 18 team then you may be able to apply for a one-off grant of between £500 to £2,500 which can be used towards costs including club facilities, grounds-keeping tools, training courses, pitch hire. There is up to £75,000 set aside which will go straight to clubs across the UK.

Estimated Deadlines            30 March 2014
                                             30 June 2014

See website for full details



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

£25m Big lottery funding to support NI families

The Big Lottery Fund has announced details of a major multi-million pound programme to support some of Northern Ireland’s most disadvantaged families

The Big Lottery Fund are investing £25 million in projects lasting five years to help families in Northern Ireland to improve their children’s lives.

The Reaching Out: Supporting Families programme will tackle some of the issues affecting families across Northern Ireland including addiction, poverty, mental ill-health and separation. BIG’s mission is to support people and communities most in need so they expect the projects they fund to help families facing challenges such as separation, absence of a key family member, poverty, substance abuse, disability, social isolation, homelessness, physical and/or emotional abuse.

Supporting Families will award grants of between £500,000 and £700,000 to projects that will help families to improve their children’s lives by building strong and nurturing relationships. The programme will support children under the age of 12 and their families facing a range of challenges.

Support for children during their childhood is more likely to be effective if parents and the wider family are involved. By families they mean children and their parents or carers, as well as wider family members, such as grandparents and siblings.

To be successful it’s important that the projects they fund understand and complement the range of relevant strategies and activities in Northern Ireland. These include:

• Families Matter
• The Child Poverty Strategy
• Care Matters NI
• Our Children and Young People – Our Pledge United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child


The aim of this programme is to support families in Northern Ireland to improve their children’s lives by building strong and nurturing relationships. They are looking for the projects that we fund to have a measurable impact on families with children under the age of 12.

Specifically BIG want all funded projects to make the following changes called programme outcomes:
• more families will have greater skills, knowledge and understanding to overcome adversity
• more children and their families will come together and learn
• more children and their families will be part of the community that they live in.

Successful applicants will demonstrate that their project will meet these three programme outcomes.

Who can apply

BIG want the projects they fund to connect with and add value to existing work helping children and their families. Evidence shows that integrated approaches like this are likely to be more successful. Therefore, they will only accept applications from organisations working in partnership. By working in partnership they mean working with other organisations to plan and carry out your project. You might work with organisations from another sector or organisations that have specialist knowledge.

Only voluntary or community sector organisations may apply as the lead organisation in a partnership. The lead organisation must be one of the following:

• unincorporated association, trust or company set up and registered as a charity
• unincorporated association set up as a voluntary and community group
• community interest company
• not for profit company limited by guarantee
• community benefit society organisation recognised by HM Revenue and Customs as exempt for tax purposes.

The lead organisation will apply for funding, manage and run the project. If you are awarded funding, you must have a written agreement with the partner organisations which clearly explains each partner’s roles, responsibilities and how you will be working together for the whole project.

Each lead organisation can only hold one grant from this programme but could be involved in other projects as a partner. However, they will consider the capacity of partners involved in multiple projects during their assessment. Statutory and/or private organisations can be part of a partnership and we strongly support and encourage working between different sectors.

What you can apply for

Among the costs applicable some examples are listed below - this list is nor exhaustive

• some or all of your project costs for five years
• building or refurbishment work, capital equipment or vehicles essential to the delivery of your project up to a maximum of £70,000
• a contribution towards your overheads.
How to apply

There is a two stage application process. Stage one application forms can be submitted any time between now and January 2015.

Further information on the funding programme and application process can be found at :

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.

These community based projects that focus on connecting people, will allow communities to develop projects involving people from different backgrounds, ages and abilities particularly those groups who may feel most marginalised or alienated. We want to support –projects that have the ability to connect people through lifestyle, arts and culture, play, the environment, community allotments and other issues. 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.

Successful projects will also be able to contribute to sustainable land management as well as improved access to green spaces and learning opportunities linked to health and the environment. By working together communities can develop projects that help to connect people outside of their own local groups and areas. There is a limited funding available so we want to ensure that applicants don’t duplicate what is already available and should work with neighbouring areas. We want the Space and Place programme to meet community demand for funding projects of varying sizes. Some will be smaller projects, such as community gardens or allotments, and others will be larger scale schemes, such as a park with new cycle paths and walking routes.

There will also be a number of larger scale projects funded, valued at £1m.

A speech from the Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, outlining her vision for the programme can be downloaded by clicking here.
For more detailed information on the programme, as well as guidelines on the application process, please click here, for the Word Version please click here.
A selection of Frequently Asked Questions can be downloaded by clicking here.
The Stage 1 Application form can be downloaded by clicking here

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