Available Grants & Programmes

Available Grants & Programmes

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Open Grants

Closing Date: Jul 23, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants in the range £15,000 to £25,000

  • Priorities:

  • Whilst applications from any part of Northern Ireland are eligible, projects working in rural areas or towns and cities beyond Belfast would be particularly welcome; Projects and organisations that can demonstrate a strong track record of participation and involvement of people with lived experience of housing issues and homelessness in their work; Projects that seek to support the most vulnerable groups, including those that are destitute, such as asylum seekers or other migrants; Projects that seek to address how women’s experiences of violence contribute to their housing deprivation, potential or actual homelessness

Housing and Homelessness Innovation & Voice Fund

The aim of the Housing and Homelessness Innovation & Voice Fund is to support new or improved solutions to some of the root causes of housing issues and homelessness in Northern Ireland. Funding is provided by the Oak Foundation.

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Housing and Homelessness Innovation & Voice Fund

Closing Date:

Jul 23, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants in the range £15,000 to £25,000

  • Priorities:

  • Whilst applications from any part of Northern Ireland are eligible, projects working in rural areas or towns and cities beyond Belfast would be particularly welcome; Projects and organisations that can demonstrate a strong track record of participation and involvement of people with lived experience of housing issues and homelessness in their work; Projects that seek to support the most vulnerable groups, including those that are destitute, such as asylum seekers or other migrants; Projects that seek to address how women’s experiences of violence contribute to their housing deprivation, potential or actual homelessness

The aim of the Housing and Homelessness Innovation & Voice Fund is to support new or improved solutions to some of the root causes of housing issues and homelessness in Northern Ireland. Funding is provided by the Oak Foundation.

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Closing Date: Jul 5, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grant values of between £2,000 and £75,000

  • Priorities:

  • Enhanced provision of and access to practical support and help for carers; Improved access to and availability of advice services for carers, including support available through new technologies; Enhanced skills of carers to advocate for the needs of both themselves and the person they care for; Support improved physical and mental health and wellbeing of carers; Enhanced ability for carers to lead their own lives and enjoy a work/life balance; Increased capacity to advocate for and advance carers’ issues with  government and statutory bodies; Raised awareness of the contribution of carers; Improved evidence base on carers to support and inform service provision, and government strategy.

Carers’ Support Fund

The Community Foundation NI on behalf of the Department of Health is delighted to open for application a Carers’ Support Fund.

The fund will provide grants to support organisations working for and with carers, over the next three years. The ‘Carers Support Fund’ is part of a larger funding package, to support Carers, Mental Health and Cancer organisations here.

The Carers’ Support Fund will provide support for organisations working for and with carers in line with the outcomes set out in the Fund criteria.

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Carers’ Support Fund

Closing Date:

Jul 5, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grant values of between £2,000 and £75,000

  • Priorities:

  • Enhanced provision of and access to practical support and help for carers; Improved access to and availability of advice services for carers, including support available through new technologies; Enhanced skills of carers to advocate for the needs of both themselves and the person they care for; Support improved physical and mental health and wellbeing of carers; Enhanced ability for carers to lead their own lives and enjoy a work/life balance; Increased capacity to advocate for and advance carers’ issues with  government and statutory bodies; Raised awareness of the contribution of carers; Improved evidence base on carers to support and inform service provision, and government strategy.

The Community Foundation NI on behalf of the Department of Health is delighted to open for application a Carers’ Support Fund.

The fund will provide grants to support organisations working for and with carers, over the next three years. The ‘Carers Support Fund’ is part of a larger funding package, to support Carers, Mental Health and Cancer organisations here.

The Carers’ Support Fund will provide support for organisations working for and with carers in line with the outcomes set out in the Fund criteria.

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Closing Date: Jul 5, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £30,000 to £1 million for cancer charities.

  • Priorities:

  • Prevention such as awareness raising sessions and campaigns; Psychological support/counselling; Palliative care; Improved access to information and support services including financial/welfare/ benefits advice, and support available through new technologies; Enhanced provision of, and access to, practical support for people with cancer; Services to support physical and mental health and wellbeing; Specific research into the experience of patients with cancer; Provision of screening services, andDelivery of cancer rehabilitation programmes.

The‌ ‌Cancer‌ ‌Charities’‌ ‌Support‌ ‌Fund‌ ‌

The Community Foundation is delighted to open the Cancer Charities’ Support Fund with a value of £10m on behalf of the Department of Health.

The Cancer Support Funding award will enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout NI, and will cover key areas in the cancer pathway; from pre-diagnosis, through to palliative and end of life care. These services are key support mechanisms towards the implementation of the Cancer Recovery Plan and the Cancer Strategy, and important in working towards the Department’s aim of building cancer service capacity in communities.

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The‌ ‌Cancer‌ ‌Charities’‌ ‌Support‌ ‌Fund‌ ‌

Closing Date:

Jul 5, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £30,000 to £1 million for cancer charities.

  • Priorities:

  • Prevention such as awareness raising sessions and campaigns; Psychological support/counselling; Palliative care; Improved access to information and support services including financial/welfare/ benefits advice, and support available through new technologies; Enhanced provision of, and access to, practical support for people with cancer; Services to support physical and mental health and wellbeing; Specific research into the experience of patients with cancer; Provision of screening services, andDelivery of cancer rehabilitation programmes.

The Community Foundation is delighted to open the Cancer Charities’ Support Fund with a value of £10m on behalf of the Department of Health.

The Cancer Support Funding award will enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout NI, and will cover key areas in the cancer pathway; from pre-diagnosis, through to palliative and end of life care. These services are key support mechanisms towards the implementation of the Cancer Recovery Plan and the Cancer Strategy, and important in working towards the Department’s aim of building cancer service capacity in communities.

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Closing Date: Jul 7, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland / Ceantar: Tuaisceart Éireann

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,000 / Méid deontais: Suas le £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Applications: That promote the Irish language through projects, but are not limited to: Irish language classes for adults, Irish language social events for adults, Irish language learning resources, family-centered projects; From small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £250,000. Tosaíochtaí Iarratais: An Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn trí thionscadail, ach níl siad teoranta de: ranganna Gaeilge do dhaoine fásta, ócáidí sóisialta do dhaoine fásta, acmhainní foghlama Gaeilge, tionscadail dírithe ar an Teaghlach; Ó ghrúpaí beaga go hiondúil le hioncam bliantúil níos lú ná £250,000.

The Ultach Fund / An Ciste Ultach

The Ultach Fund was established with capital from The Iontaobhas Ultach Trust. It exists to support the work of communities across Northern Ireland who wish to use and promote the Irish language, through the work of registered charities, voluntary and community groups.

The Community Foundation have recently acquired the management and administration of the Ultach Fund and are delighted to continue to fund grass roots community and voluntary groups to promote the Irish language.

Eolas maidir leis an deontas:

Bunaíodh an Ciste Ultach le caipiteal ó Iontaobhas Ultach. Tá sé ann chun tacaíocht a thabhairt do phobail trasna Tuaisceart Éireann a dteastaíonn uathu an Ghaeilge a úsáid agus a chur chun cinn, trí obair charthanacht chláraithe, ghrúpaí deonacha agus ghrúpaí pobail.

Le deanaí, tá an Fhondúireacht Pobail I gceannas bainstíochta agus riaracháin an Chiste Ultach. Tá áthas orainn leanúint le maoiniú a thabhairt do ghrúpaí pobail agus grúpaí deonacha chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn.

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The Ultach Fund / An Ciste Ultach

Closing Date:

Jul 7, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland / Ceantar: Tuaisceart Éireann

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,000 / Méid deontais: Suas le £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Applications: That promote the Irish language through projects, but are not limited to: Irish language classes for adults, Irish language social events for adults, Irish language learning resources, family-centered projects; From small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £250,000. Tosaíochtaí Iarratais: An Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn trí thionscadail, ach níl siad teoranta de: ranganna Gaeilge do dhaoine fásta, ócáidí sóisialta do dhaoine fásta, acmhainní foghlama Gaeilge, tionscadail dírithe ar an Teaghlach; Ó ghrúpaí beaga go hiondúil le hioncam bliantúil níos lú ná £250,000.

The Ultach Fund was established with capital from The Iontaobhas Ultach Trust. It exists to support the work of communities across Northern Ireland who wish to use and promote the Irish language, through the work of registered charities, voluntary and community groups.

The Community Foundation have recently acquired the management and administration of the Ultach Fund and are delighted to continue to fund grass roots community and voluntary groups to promote the Irish language.

Eolas maidir leis an deontas:

Bunaíodh an Ciste Ultach le caipiteal ó Iontaobhas Ultach. Tá sé ann chun tacaíocht a thabhairt do phobail trasna Tuaisceart Éireann a dteastaíonn uathu an Ghaeilge a úsáid agus a chur chun cinn, trí obair charthanacht chláraithe, ghrúpaí deonacha agus ghrúpaí pobail.

Le deanaí, tá an Fhondúireacht Pobail I gceannas bainstíochta agus riaracháin an Chiste Ultach. Tá áthas orainn leanúint le maoiniú a thabhairt do ghrúpaí pobail agus grúpaí deonacha chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn.

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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


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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

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Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500-£2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Young people, older people or people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund

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

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 £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Financial wellbeing, physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing. Focus on the positive contribution of people within the community. Enable active participation of a community in decision-making and involvement in making their community a better place to live in. Focus on the assets within the community which the project will use to make the community a better place to live in. Help get people engaged in taking community action where it hasn’t happened before to make the community a better place to live in. Projects that address more than one particular strand of well being.

Micro Community Investment Fund

The Micro Community Investment Fund has been launched with support from Bank of Ireland UK, 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.

The fund will provide valuable investment for community initiatives making a difference in towns and villages across Northern Ireland.


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Micro Community Investment Fund

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Financial wellbeing, physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing. Focus on the positive contribution of people within the community. Enable active participation of a community in decision-making and involvement in making their community a better place to live in. Focus on the assets within the community which the project will use to make the community a better place to live in. Help get people engaged in taking community action where it hasn’t happened before to make the community a better place to live in. Projects that address more than one particular strand of well being.

The Micro Community Investment Fund has been launched with support from Bank of Ireland UK, 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.

The fund will provide valuable investment for community initiatives making a difference in towns and villages across Northern Ireland.

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Open Programmes

There are currently no open Programmes available. Please check again soon for updates.

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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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