Available Grants & Programmes

Available Grants & Programmes

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Open Grants

Closing Date: Aug 28, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £1,000 to £15,000 - Projects must be complete by the end of February 2021, with end of grant reports completed by Friday 12th March 2021.

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that empower and connect community based organisations; Initiatives that have a clear social impact; Initiatives that involve those with lived experience

The New Needs Fund

In a society where everyone can prosper and live in peace, the Foundation encourages and supports those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change.

Empowering the local community to effect change; the big issues and themes we are currently focussed on include, building sustainable communities, community voice, thriving after the conflict and people on the edges.

The Coronavirus has presented a significant challenge for Northern Ireland and the voluntary and community sector.
It has been a huge shock on a global scale in the short term, and is expected to have much longer term effects. As we move out of lockdown we're all aware that coronavirus is still with us and will continue to affect the way many of us live our lives. It will require significant changes to how we function as a society in the medium to longer term.

The community and voluntary sector have stepped up to the plate, and provided a great deal of support to those most marginalised, whilst also facing their own challenges around operating within restrictions, loss of income, increasing demands on services and cash flow difficulties.

In recognition of the effects of covid-19, we are further developing our coronavirus response and moving towards phase two; supporting the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, in the medium term and in partnership with other funders, currently Comic Relief, and NET (DCMS).

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The New Needs Fund

Closing Date:

Aug 28, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £1,000 to £15,000 - Projects must be complete by the end of February 2021, with end of grant reports completed by Friday 12th March 2021.

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that empower and connect community based organisations; Initiatives that have a clear social impact; Initiatives that involve those with lived experience

In a society where everyone can prosper and live in peace, the Foundation encourages and supports those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change.

Empowering the local community to effect change; the big issues and themes we are currently focussed on include, building sustainable communities, community voice, thriving after the conflict and people on the edges.

The Coronavirus has presented a significant challenge for Northern Ireland and the voluntary and community sector.
It has been a huge shock on a global scale in the short term, and is expected to have much longer term effects. As we move out of lockdown we're all aware that coronavirus is still with us and will continue to affect the way many of us live our lives. It will require significant changes to how we function as a society in the medium to longer term.

The community and voluntary sector have stepped up to the plate, and provided a great deal of support to those most marginalised, whilst also facing their own challenges around operating within restrictions, loss of income, increasing demands on services and cash flow difficulties.

In recognition of the effects of covid-19, we are further developing our coronavirus response and moving towards phase two; supporting the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, in the medium term and in partnership with other funders, currently Comic Relief, and NET (DCMS).

Find out more

Closing Date: Aug 14, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £2,000 are available and these must be spent within a year.

  • Priorities:

  • Education - Charities or projects that enhance learning and develop career opportunities; Health - Promote health and well-being; Social - Provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable and supportive communities.

The Wesleyan Foundation – Small Grants Programme

The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017. The Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants Scheme aims to support registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups with an annual income level less than £250,000.

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The Wesleyan Foundation – Small Grants Programme

Closing Date:

Aug 14, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £2,000 are available and these must be spent within a year.

  • Priorities:

  • Education - Charities or projects that enhance learning and develop career opportunities; Health - Promote health and well-being; Social - Provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable and supportive communities.

The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017. The Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants Scheme aims to support registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups with an annual income level less than £250,000.

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Closing Date: Sep 18, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grant awards of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that involve and empower those with lived experience #ShiftThePower; Initiatives that involve locally based community organisations; Initiatives that have a clear social impact; Initiatives that will see completion of the project within a 12 month period from date of grant award As part of the Foundation’s commitment to a Grant Plus process, This Comic Relief Programme will offer pre application support via webinars and for grantees wider programmatic support which will focus on impact, shared learning, story-telling and policy influence.

Comic Relief Community Support Programme

As people, communities and wider society slowly recover and rebuild towards the “New Normal” the Community Foundation Northern Ireland and Comic Relief are mindful of the many issues that need to be addressed as we move along this recovery journey. Many people and communities have endured hardship, loss, grief, isolation, inequity and social injustice.

The focus of this programme will be to
• #No-oneLeftBehind recognising and addressing the issues around social injustice and inequity that have been further
unmasked as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions
• Continue to support the generosity of individuals and communities
• #BuildBackBetter as we collectively contribute to developing a more caring, equitable and inclusive society that rebuilds,
renews and brings hope for the future.

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Comic Relief Community Support Programme

Closing Date:

Sep 18, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grant awards of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that involve and empower those with lived experience #ShiftThePower; Initiatives that involve locally based community organisations; Initiatives that have a clear social impact; Initiatives that will see completion of the project within a 12 month period from date of grant award As part of the Foundation’s commitment to a Grant Plus process, This Comic Relief Programme will offer pre application support via webinars and for grantees wider programmatic support which will focus on impact, shared learning, story-telling and policy influence.

As people, communities and wider society slowly recover and rebuild towards the “New Normal” the Community Foundation Northern Ireland and Comic Relief are mindful of the many issues that need to be addressed as we move along this recovery journey. Many people and communities have endured hardship, loss, grief, isolation, inequity and social injustice.

The focus of this programme will be to
• #No-oneLeftBehind recognising and addressing the issues around social injustice and inequity that have been further
unmasked as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions
• Continue to support the generosity of individuals and communities
• #BuildBackBetter as we collectively contribute to developing a more caring, equitable and inclusive society that rebuilds,
renews and brings hope for the future.

Find out more

Closing Date: Sep 11, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £15,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund has four key objectives: To support youth entrepreneurship; To enhance young people’s skills and employment prospects; To encourage cross community working and reconciliation; To support creative and innovative thinking and problem solving

The David Cross Young People’s Fund

The David Cross Young People’s Fund has been established by the David Cross Foundation, in partnership with the Community Foundation for NI and the Department for Communities.

The Fund has been established to support young people in Northern Ireland, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and employability. It is envisaged that it will offer grants of up to £15,000.

The fund recognises that we all face huge challenges to our way of life as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is particularly true of young people, many of whom will have seen their education interrupted at a key moment, their future plans derailed and their employment prospects damaged.
To help address this the fund aims to make a small number of awards to organisations working with young people to enable them to meet these and other challenges.

It’s one of five philanthropic funds investing in the voluntary and community sector to roll out this year. Philanthropic funding has been secured from individuals, families and charitable trusts and is being matched funded by DfC to support innovative and sustainable projects within a broad range of themes across NI.

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The David Cross Young People’s Fund

Closing Date:

Sep 11, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £15,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund has four key objectives: To support youth entrepreneurship; To enhance young people’s skills and employment prospects; To encourage cross community working and reconciliation; To support creative and innovative thinking and problem solving

The David Cross Young People’s Fund has been established by the David Cross Foundation, in partnership with the Community Foundation for NI and the Department for Communities.

The Fund has been established to support young people in Northern Ireland, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and employability. It is envisaged that it will offer grants of up to £15,000.

The fund recognises that we all face huge challenges to our way of life as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is particularly true of young people, many of whom will have seen their education interrupted at a key moment, their future plans derailed and their employment prospects damaged.
To help address this the fund aims to make a small number of awards to organisations working with young people to enable them to meet these and other challenges.

It’s one of five philanthropic funds investing in the voluntary and community sector to roll out this year. Philanthropic funding has been secured from individuals, families and charitable trusts and is being matched funded by DfC to support innovative and sustainable projects within a broad range of themes across NI.

Find out more

Closing Date: Sep 7, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Develop amateur football, youth football, schools football and futsal; Advance education by providing work experience and support to educational establishments and extra-curricular groups; To provide funds and football facilities in areas in areas of economic need with the object of improving circumstances; To improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland through football

The IFA Inclusive Clubs Women’s Programme – New Needs

The IFA through the Community Foundation are delighted to open a new Inclusive Clubs Programme. The Inclusive Clubs Programme is aimed at supporting football clubs who are developing a disability or women’s section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society, particularly those most marginalised, and including the BME community, as well as those with a disability.

For the past 139 years, the Irish Football Association has organised, promoted and developed football. It has discovered some of the greatest talents to ever play the game, helped make history in major tournaments on the world stage and perhaps most important of all, engendered a life-long love of football in generations of men and women.

The Irish FA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Irish FA and exists to further equip the association to foster and grow the sport.

The Foundation has four main aims:
Develop amateur football, youth football, schools football and futsal.
Advance education by providing work experience and support to educational establishments and extra-curricular groups
To provide funds and football facilities in areas in areas of economic need with the object of improving circumstances
To improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland through football

Find out more

The IFA Inclusive Clubs Women’s Programme – New Needs

Closing Date:

Sep 7, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Develop amateur football, youth football, schools football and futsal; Advance education by providing work experience and support to educational establishments and extra-curricular groups; To provide funds and football facilities in areas in areas of economic need with the object of improving circumstances; To improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland through football

The IFA through the Community Foundation are delighted to open a new Inclusive Clubs Programme. The Inclusive Clubs Programme is aimed at supporting football clubs who are developing a disability or women’s section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society, particularly those most marginalised, and including the BME community, as well as those with a disability.

For the past 139 years, the Irish Football Association has organised, promoted and developed football. It has discovered some of the greatest talents to ever play the game, helped make history in major tournaments on the world stage and perhaps most important of all, engendered a life-long love of football in generations of men and women.

The Irish FA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Irish FA and exists to further equip the association to foster and grow the sport.

The Foundation has four main aims:
Develop amateur football, youth football, schools football and futsal.
Advance education by providing work experience and support to educational establishments and extra-curricular groups
To provide funds and football facilities in areas in areas of economic need with the object of improving circumstances
To improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland through football

Find out more

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Applications are invited for projects that can demonstrate how they are trying to address social injustice and what the impact of their work will be. In particular how they will encourage civic action, working with groups and individuals to get their voices heard by decision-makers.

The Pressure Group Fund

Purpose of the Fund

Throughout the Foundation’s history we have been committed to addressing the challenges of peacebuilding, social justice and effective community development. We believe in the power of community activity to change Northern Ireland for the better.

The common theme linking all our grant programmes is that they provide individuals and groups with tools and support to make positive changes to their lives. We want to raise awareness of social justice issues on behalf of vulnerable communities.

The Pressure Group Fund has been established in recognition of the contribution groups and people in our society, who are working towards supporting social change, can make through direct civic action, lobbying and campaigning. It is one way in which the Foundation can be responsive to needs and issues facing communities.

What is a Pressure Group?
A pressure group is an organised group that does not hold candidates for election, but seeks to influence and change government policy or legislation. They are also described as 'interest groups', 'lobby groups' or 'protest groups'. Pressure groups are not necessarily formally constituted as organisations.

What Do They Do?
Pressure groups allow people the opportunity to participate in democracy by being involved in social change without necessarily joining a political party. Pressure groups may be viewed as essential to democracy because they allow the free expression of opinion and the opportunity to influence governments.
Examples of sectors where pressure groups may focus on could include:
Culture
Environment
Human rights
Health and wellbeing
Poverty and inequality


Find out more

The Pressure Group Fund

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Applications are invited for projects that can demonstrate how they are trying to address social injustice and what the impact of their work will be. In particular how they will encourage civic action, working with groups and individuals to get their voices heard by decision-makers.

Purpose of the Fund

Throughout the Foundation’s history we have been committed to addressing the challenges of peacebuilding, social justice and effective community development. We believe in the power of community activity to change Northern Ireland for the better.

The common theme linking all our grant programmes is that they provide individuals and groups with tools and support to make positive changes to their lives. We want to raise awareness of social justice issues on behalf of vulnerable communities.

The Pressure Group Fund has been established in recognition of the contribution groups and people in our society, who are working towards supporting social change, can make through direct civic action, lobbying and campaigning. It is one way in which the Foundation can be responsive to needs and issues facing communities.

What is a Pressure Group?
A pressure group is an organised group that does not hold candidates for election, but seeks to influence and change government policy or legislation. They are also described as 'interest groups', 'lobby groups' or 'protest groups'. Pressure groups are not necessarily formally constituted as organisations.

What Do They Do?
Pressure groups allow people the opportunity to participate in democracy by being involved in social change without necessarily joining a political party. Pressure groups may be viewed as essential to democracy because they allow the free expression of opinion and the opportunity to influence governments.
Examples of sectors where pressure groups may focus on could include:
Culture
Environment
Human rights
Health and wellbeing
Poverty and inequality

Find out more

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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Open Programmes

Techies in Residence

  • Staus:

  • Open
  • Priorities:
  • Supporting any VCSE (voluntary, community or social enterprise) organisation registered or operating in Northern Ireland who is seeking to overcome a challenge.

TiR brings together social challenges from charities and social enterprises with digital technology professionals to produce innovative digital products and services that have the potential for deep social impact.

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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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