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Closing Date: Nov 29, 2019 16:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • The Community Innovators programme is for organisations who want support to explore and develop new solutions to a real world challenge facing communities.

The Community Innovators Programme

The Community Innovators Programme is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and is for organisations who want support to explore and develop new solutions to a real world challenge facing communities.

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The Community Innovators Programme

Closing Date:

Nov 29, 2019 16:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • The Community Innovators programme is for organisations who want support to explore and develop new solutions to a real world challenge facing communities.

The Community Innovators Programme is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and is for organisations who want support to explore and develop new solutions to a real world challenge facing communities.

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Closing Date: Jan 17, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £50,000

  • Priorities:

  • Open to all voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, as well as public sector representatives and interested individuals, the programme will support projects that can deliver greater public influence over key societal issues as well as demonstrating how a more participative and deliberative model of democracy can build a better Northern Ireland for everyone.

Civic Innovation Programme

The Civic Innovation programme will support projects that can deliver greater public influence over key societal issues as well as demonstrating how a more participative and deliberative model of democracy can build a better Northern Ireland for everyone.

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Civic Innovation Programme

Closing Date:

Jan 17, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £50,000

  • Priorities:

  • Open to all voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, as well as public sector representatives and interested individuals, the programme will support projects that can deliver greater public influence over key societal issues as well as demonstrating how a more participative and deliberative model of democracy can build a better Northern Ireland for everyone.

The Civic Innovation programme will support projects that can deliver greater public influence over key societal issues as well as demonstrating how a more participative and deliberative model of democracy can build a better Northern Ireland for everyone.

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Closing Date: Dec 2, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a maximum 7 kilometre radius of the Brockaghboy Wind Farm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • Projects which address issues relating to improving collaboration among local groups and organisations. Projects which provide clear community benefit to people experiencing disadvantage and / or life limiting circumstances. Projects which increase the use of existing community space and sustainable venues. Inter-generational projects. Projects which increase local participation through sports, culture and the arts. Projects which improve community attendance and participation of the elderly and infirm

Brockaghboy Wind Farm

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support toward the development of locally-beneficial community-based projects and initiatives within a maximum 7 kilometre radius of the Brockaghboy Wind Farm, Swatragh, County Londonderry. The fund will support a range of project benefiting the community including improving health, community safety, tackling climate change and improving community facilities.

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Brockaghboy Wind Farm

Closing Date:

Dec 2, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a maximum 7 kilometre radius of the Brockaghboy Wind Farm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • Projects which address issues relating to improving collaboration among local groups and organisations. Projects which provide clear community benefit to people experiencing disadvantage and / or life limiting circumstances. Projects which increase the use of existing community space and sustainable venues. Inter-generational projects. Projects which increase local participation through sports, culture and the arts. Projects which improve community attendance and participation of the elderly and infirm

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support toward the development of locally-beneficial community-based projects and initiatives within a maximum 7 kilometre radius of the Brockaghboy Wind Farm, Swatragh, County Londonderry. The fund will support a range of project benefiting the community including improving health, community safety, tackling climate change and improving community facilities.

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Closing Date: Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Increased contact and dialogue among project participants in NI and their community and those of another community background, faith or political persuasion ▪ Underpinning the Peace Process and promoting community development and cohesion ▪ Increased understanding, tolerance and respect to and for each other on the post conflict legacy issues which divides us ▪ Increased sharing & use of space between and within for community cohesion and community development related activities ▪ Increased dialogue among the sector and other stakeholders to address key and or emerging themes which could destabilize community cohesion. ▪ Increased contact and dialogue between policy makers and the community voluntary sector.

Pears Community Spaces Fund

Together with Pears Foundation the Community Spaces Fund will work to develop greater respect and understanding between people of different backgrounds. More than a fund this investment will encourage joint working and cohesion through more targeted approaches by staff at the Foundation, encouraging and supporting joint bidding for funding and through organised cluster events.

The Foundation expect that projects will be in areas where communities need help and support to address post conflict legacy issues and xenophobia for example which are acting as barriers towards achieving a more peaceful and stable community and society.

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Pears Community Spaces Fund

Closing Date:

Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Increased contact and dialogue among project participants in NI and their community and those of another community background, faith or political persuasion ▪ Underpinning the Peace Process and promoting community development and cohesion ▪ Increased understanding, tolerance and respect to and for each other on the post conflict legacy issues which divides us ▪ Increased sharing & use of space between and within for community cohesion and community development related activities ▪ Increased dialogue among the sector and other stakeholders to address key and or emerging themes which could destabilize community cohesion. ▪ Increased contact and dialogue between policy makers and the community voluntary sector.

Together with Pears Foundation the Community Spaces Fund will work to develop greater respect and understanding between people of different backgrounds. More than a fund this investment will encourage joint working and cohesion through more targeted approaches by staff at the Foundation, encouraging and supporting joint bidding for funding and through organised cluster events.

The Foundation expect that projects will be in areas where communities need help and support to address post conflict legacy issues and xenophobia for example which are acting as barriers towards achieving a more peaceful and stable community and society.

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Closing Date: Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme. Having priorities helps us to make difficult decisions when there are so many applications. Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding Those in geographically underfunded areas Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all

Comic Relief: Global Health Matters

We want people with mental health problems to be able to access the support they need to recover.

We want people with mental health problems to be empowered to speak out and to live free from stigma and discrimination.

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Comic Relief: Global Health Matters

Closing Date:

Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme. Having priorities helps us to make difficult decisions when there are so many applications. Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding Those in geographically underfunded areas Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all

We want people with mental health problems to be able to access the support they need to recover.

We want people with mental health problems to be empowered to speak out and to live free from stigma and discrimination.

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Closing Date: Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme. Having priorities helps us to make difficult decisions when there are so many applications. Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding Those in geographically underfunded areas Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all

Comic Relief: Children Surviving and Thriving

We want all children to survive and to achieve their potential during the first years of life - through good health, nutrition, opportunities for early learning, responsive and supportive caregiving, safety and protection.

We want parents and other family members, communities and services to adopt the principles of children’s rights to survive and thrive, leaving no child behind, and supporting child-centred and family-centred care and nurturing

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Comic Relief: Children Surviving and Thriving

Closing Date:

Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme. Having priorities helps us to make difficult decisions when there are so many applications. Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding Those in geographically underfunded areas Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all

We want all children to survive and to achieve their potential during the first years of life - through good health, nutrition, opportunities for early learning, responsive and supportive caregiving, safety and protection.

We want parents and other family members, communities and services to adopt the principles of children’s rights to survive and thrive, leaving no child behind, and supporting child-centred and family-centred care and nurturing

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Closing Date: Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme. Having priorities helps us to make difficult decisions when there are so many applications. Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding Those in geographically underfunded areas Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all

Comic Relief: Fighting for Gender Justice

We want all women and girls, both collectively and individually, to have equal power and agency in decision making at all levels.

We want the elimination of violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality.

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Comic Relief: Fighting for Gender Justice

Closing Date:

Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme. Having priorities helps us to make difficult decisions when there are so many applications. Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding Those in geographically underfunded areas Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all

We want all women and girls, both collectively and individually, to have equal power and agency in decision making at all levels.

We want the elimination of violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality.

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Closing Date: Nov 25, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Derry

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £500

  • Priorities:

  • While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications for projects that address the following: • Children / young people who live in the Derry~ Londonderry city and environs • the project should demonstrate that it is a new initiative within your organisation/group and not your normal business • Projects that allow older people to stay connected within their communities and can also have an inter-generational element. • Projects and activities which are concerned with raising awareness about local impacts of climate change on vulnerable people in our community e.g. older people and children Examples of the types of activities that may be supported: • Supporting children through bereavement; play and learning projects; health and well-being projects; fun and play projects; social awareness projects. • Projects that bring older people together in activities that are fun and unique e.g. silent discos, more than the normal luncheon clubs. • Could be a project that you have developed through learning from previous work you’ve done.

The Acorn Giving Circle

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) is made up of a group of women who aim to make a positive contribution to improving the lives of people from Derry - Londonderry in a small but meaningful way. It was formed in 2012 as a response to the establishment of the Acorn Fund (AF), a fund within the Community Foundation for NI (CFNI).

The funds generated by AGC are now available in the form of small grants for charitable or community groups / organisations. Grant size is up to £500. Acorn Giving Circle aims to prioritise its support to where the need is greatest and where it can make a significant difference.

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The Acorn Giving Circle

Closing Date:

Nov 25, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Derry

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £500

  • Priorities:

  • While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications for projects that address the following: • Children / young people who live in the Derry~ Londonderry city and environs • the project should demonstrate that it is a new initiative within your organisation/group and not your normal business • Projects that allow older people to stay connected within their communities and can also have an inter-generational element. • Projects and activities which are concerned with raising awareness about local impacts of climate change on vulnerable people in our community e.g. older people and children Examples of the types of activities that may be supported: • Supporting children through bereavement; play and learning projects; health and well-being projects; fun and play projects; social awareness projects. • Projects that bring older people together in activities that are fun and unique e.g. silent discos, more than the normal luncheon clubs. • Could be a project that you have developed through learning from previous work you’ve done.

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) is made up of a group of women who aim to make a positive contribution to improving the lives of people from Derry - Londonderry in a small but meaningful way. It was formed in 2012 as a response to the establishment of the Acorn Fund (AF), a fund within the Community Foundation for NI (CFNI).

The funds generated by AGC are now available in the form of small grants for charitable or community groups / organisations. Grant size is up to £500. Acorn Giving Circle aims to prioritise its support to where the need is greatest and where it can make a significant difference.

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Closing Date: Dec 9, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £500

  • Priorities:

  • While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications from women living in Northern Ireland, aged 18 or over, for Bursaries that address the following: Personal development & confidence building Overcoming barriers to employment or training Making the first steps towards re-entering the workplace

The Women’s Fund Individual Bursaries

The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland's Individual Bursaries have been set up 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.

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The Women’s Fund Individual Bursaries

Closing Date:

Dec 9, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £500

  • Priorities:

  • While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications from women living in Northern Ireland, aged 18 or over, for Bursaries that address the following: Personal development & confidence building Overcoming barriers to employment or training Making the first steps towards re-entering the workplace

The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland's Individual Bursaries have been set up 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.

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Closing Date: Nov 29, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500

  • Priorities:

  • Destitute asylum seekers who have applied/plan to apply for NASS asylum support should obtain legal advice as to whether receipt of this fund/award/donation will affect their eligibility for asylum support. This is the applicant’s responsibility.

Destitute asylum seekers award

Although the numbers are impossible to know precisely, Northern Ireland has around 50 individuals at any one time who are destitute because of their asylum status. This means that they have no adequate accommodation, are unable to meet their other essential living needs, and have no means to do so. They can end up in extremely vulnerable situations with no support.

Despite their own difficult circumstances, some of these destitute asylum seekers are actively engaged in supporting others in many ways, including by giving other asylum seekers assistance, mobilising and lobbying for change, providing interpreting/translation for peers, providing care to other vulnerable persons.

The Community Foundation is aware of the compassion, public spirit, selflessness, generosity, leadership, civic engagement, ethos of service that these individuals are representing and wants to acknowledge and celebrate them, and so is launching this awards scheme.

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Destitute asylum seekers award

Closing Date:

Nov 29, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500

  • Priorities:

  • Destitute asylum seekers who have applied/plan to apply for NASS asylum support should obtain legal advice as to whether receipt of this fund/award/donation will affect their eligibility for asylum support. This is the applicant’s responsibility.

Although the numbers are impossible to know precisely, Northern Ireland has around 50 individuals at any one time who are destitute because of their asylum status. This means that they have no adequate accommodation, are unable to meet their other essential living needs, and have no means to do so. They can end up in extremely vulnerable situations with no support.

Despite their own difficult circumstances, some of these destitute asylum seekers are actively engaged in supporting others in many ways, including by giving other asylum seekers assistance, mobilising and lobbying for change, providing interpreting/translation for peers, providing care to other vulnerable persons.

The Community Foundation is aware of the compassion, public spirit, selflessness, generosity, leadership, civic engagement, ethos of service that these individuals are representing and wants to acknowledge and celebrate them, and so is launching this awards scheme.

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Closing Date: Dec 16, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5 miles of the centre of the three windfarms – as per map.

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund will support projects addressing issues within the following theme areas: Energy efficiency and sustainability Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community Educational issues with a sustainability angle Environmental benefit or economic benefit

Tyrone Three Wind Farms (Gortfinbar, Eshmore and Altamuskin)

Purpose of the Fund

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Energia 3 Windfarms. The Energia 3 Windfarms comprises three farms, which are:-

The Energia 3 windfarms comprises three farms, which are:-
Altamuskin (6 wind turbines / 14.1MW)
Eshmore (3 wind turbines / 7.0MW)
Gortfinbar (5 wind turbines / 15.0.MW)

The windfarms are situated in close proximity to each other between the town of Ballygawley and the villages of Carrickmore, Sixmilecross and Beragh in County Tyrone. They are located in the Mid Ulster District and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas respectively.

Energia Renewables has pledged an initial fund value of £33,300 in the first year of the fund. The fund will then have annual values of £66,375 for a period of 24 years.

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Tyrone Three Wind Farms (Gortfinbar, Eshmore and Altamuskin)

Closing Date:

Dec 16, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5 miles of the centre of the three windfarms – as per map.

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund will support projects addressing issues within the following theme areas: Energy efficiency and sustainability Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community Educational issues with a sustainability angle Environmental benefit or economic benefit

Purpose of the Fund

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Energia 3 Windfarms. The Energia 3 Windfarms comprises three farms, which are:-

The Energia 3 windfarms comprises three farms, which are:-
Altamuskin (6 wind turbines / 14.1MW)
Eshmore (3 wind turbines / 7.0MW)
Gortfinbar (5 wind turbines / 15.0.MW)

The windfarms are situated in close proximity to each other between the town of Ballygawley and the villages of Carrickmore, Sixmilecross and Beragh in County Tyrone. They are located in the Mid Ulster District and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas respectively.

Energia Renewables has pledged an initial fund value of £33,300 in the first year of the fund. The fund will then have annual values of £66,375 for a period of 24 years.

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Ongoing (Rolling Programmes)

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500-£2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Young people, older people or people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund Grant

The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects.


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The Telecommunity Fund Grant

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500-£2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Young people, older people or people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects.

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Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Provision of small grants in celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.

The Micro Grant

The Micro Grant Programme has been established in recognition and celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.

You do not have to have a constitution to apply to this fund.

Established groups should have maximum annual income level of £30,000 with the Community Foundation having a preference for applications that are eligible for an award where annual income is less than £10,000.


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The Micro Grant

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Provision of small grants in celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.

The Micro Grant Programme has been established in recognition and celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.

You do not have to have a constitution to apply to this fund.

Established groups should have maximum annual income level of £30,000 with the Community Foundation having a preference for applications that are eligible for an award where annual income is less than £10,000.

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The Grants Team are here to support you with your application and monitoring, carry out due diligence and assessment of applications and to manage the Foundation’s funds to ensure we make effective grants and achieve impact.
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Grants Team

Achieving Impact

The Grants Team are here to support you with your application and monitoring, carry out due diligence and assessment of applications and to manage the Foundation’s funds to ensure we make effective grants and achieve impact.

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