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Volunteering Small Grant Application

This is an application for funding for a Small Grant to support local volunteer involvement. This is a DSD initiative which is being administered by Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI) who have been appointed as an Intermediary Funding Body (IFB). Any grant awarded will be for a maximum of £1,200 and will directly support the key objectives of the DSD Volunteering Strategy and Action Plan

Note: This grant is only eligible for expenditure incurred from the date of award until 31 March 2016.

For more details please visit or contact IFA Volunteer Development and Policy Officer Stephen Garrett

Active Awards for Sport

The Active Awards for Sport Programme is open for applications.

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 current round of funding will close at 12.00 noon on 13 April 2015.

For more information, please visit

ABC Council Community Funding

From 1 April 2015, funding will consist of six individual funding programmes for the Council areas of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Scheme details

Community Grants (open to all eligible autonomous organisations working at a local level):
Seeding Grants: up to £200
Community Development Grants: Tier 1 - up to £2,000, Tier 2 - up to £10,000, Tier 3 - Over £10,000
Mayor's Fund: maximum total fund £5,000 annually
Capital Projects/Enabling Fund
Small scale capital fund: up to £10,000 - maximum of 50% of overall project costs
Large Capital Funds - up to £250,000, maximum of 25% of total project cost
Exceptional Capital Projects Fund: over £250,000 (no upper limit)
Arts, Culture and Events Fund

Community Events Fund: up to £1,000
Area Specific/Large Event Fund: £1,000 to £12,000
Arts Projects Fund: up to £2,500
Sports Development Grants
Club Development Grants: up to £250 per club per element
Junior Club Development Grants: up to £250
Volunteer Development Grants: up to £250 per club and 50% of costs
Grant Aid for Coaches: up to £250 per annum and 50% of costs
Individual Grants (These are focused on improving the performance and sporting achievements of local sports people)
Talented Athlete Grants: up to £300 and 50% of costs
Talented Athlete Silver Card
Major Sporting Events

This will effectively replicate the similar arts/culture events element, but focused on sports events which have regional/international importance and different criteria will apply.

Good Relations
Tier 1 Grants: up to a maximum of £2,000
Tier 2 Grants: up to a maximum of £10,000
Rural Linkages Fund

Small Grants: £100 to £500
Eligible costs
A proportion of core running costs (this may include part payment of salaries, heat/light, insurance, rent/premises costs, office costs, etc.).
Programme or activity costs which are directly relevant to the application and where need has been demonstrated.
Travel and transport costs where these can be shown to be fundamental to meeting the project objectives.
Hire or purchase of equipment for meeting project needs (subject to individual approval). Where funding reoccurs annually, purchase of small items may prove more cost effective than hire Venue hire.
Technical assistance.
Training or facilitation costs.
Festivals and events.
Capital costs, where it can be demonstrated that this is the most cost effective means of delivering the required outcomes.
Best practice or good relations visits


Ineligible costs
Any costs or projects which are clearly another statutory agency’s responsibility. Exceptions may be made for partnership funding when other statutory responsibilities have been exhausted.
Projects or activities which are delivered outside the Council area and do not meet needs within the area. (Organisations which are located outside the Council area but provide direct benefit in line with strategic priorities and identified needs within the Council area may be considered for funding.)
Activities which specifically exist to raise funding
Individuals (only constituted groups/organisations can apply for funding), except for specific arts or sports funding which is specifically for individuals.
Commercial (except social economy) or statutory organisations. In exceptional circumstances, and on a case by case basis, Council may choose to support a commercial organisation where this can kick start an important project or lever substantial additional resources. In most cases such applications will be considered under the Mayor’s Fund
Costs incurred prior to a funding offer from Council.
Costs that can be recovered from elsewhere, e.g. VAT.
Payments made to any members of the applicant group or organisation

How to apply

Further guidelines and application form available on the website
For further information about the grants process please contact the relevant council office:

Armagh 028 3752 9642
Banbridge 028 4066 0605
Craigavon 028 3831 2420

Completed applications should be returned to (by the deadline):

Head of Community Development,
Development Department,
Craigavon Borough Council,
Civic Centre,
P.O. Box 66,
Lakeview Road,
BT64 1AL



Please see below useful links for potential funding support:


Sport NI

Big Lottery

Department of Foreign Affairs

Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland

Community Foundation Northern Ireland

Community Relations Council for Northern Ireland

BBC Children in Need



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