Available Grants & Programmes

Available Grants & Programmes

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Open Grants

Closing Date: Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a 7km radius of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,500

  • Priorities:

  • • Projects aimed at providing skills development for young adults and/or the unemployed • Intergenerational projects • Collaborative projects • Projects tackling rural isolation • Projects based around community arts • Projects which improve the utilisation of community space

Monnaboy Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. CGN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Monnaboy Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and provides a fund available for local projects that educate, raise awareness and demonstrate community involvement in work that promotes environmental issues and healthier lifestyles.

Funding will be available to local community projects within 7km of the Monnaboy Wind Farm site which is located off the Monnaboy Road, Greysteel.

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Monnaboy Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a 7km radius of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,500

  • Priorities:

  • • Projects aimed at providing skills development for young adults and/or the unemployed • Intergenerational projects • Collaborative projects • Projects tackling rural isolation • Projects based around community arts • Projects which improve the utilisation of community space

This local community fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. CGN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Monnaboy Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and provides a fund available for local projects that educate, raise awareness and demonstrate community involvement in work that promotes environmental issues and healthier lifestyles.

Funding will be available to local community projects within 7km of the Monnaboy Wind Farm site which is located off the Monnaboy Road, Greysteel.

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Closing Date: Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Limavady Area - see boundary map

  • Grant size:

  • £500 - £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund welcomes applications from constituted community and voluntary groups that address the following areas: 1. Community cohesion and engagement; 2. Energy efficiency and sustainability; 3. Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community; 4. Training and education; 5. Environmental benefit; 6. Economic benefit.

Dunmore Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund has been set up by Dunmore Wind Farm to ensure that wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Dunmore Community Benefit Fund will be administered on behalf of Dunmore Wind Farm by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Funding will be available to local community projects that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population within the designated catchment area. Applicant organisations must be located in this area.

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Dunmore Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Limavady Area - see boundary map

  • Grant size:

  • £500 - £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund welcomes applications from constituted community and voluntary groups that address the following areas: 1. Community cohesion and engagement; 2. Energy efficiency and sustainability; 3. Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community; 4. Training and education; 5. Environmental benefit; 6. Economic benefit.

This local community fund has been set up by Dunmore Wind Farm to ensure that wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Dunmore Community Benefit Fund will be administered on behalf of Dunmore Wind Farm by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Funding will be available to local community projects that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population within the designated catchment area. Applicant organisations must be located in this area.

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Closing Date: Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a 5-mile radius of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £7,500

  • Priorities:

  • The Fund welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups that address the following areas: 1. Community cohesion and engagement; 2. Energy efficiency and sustainability; 3. Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community; 4. Training and education; 5. Environmental benefit; 6. Economic benefit.

Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. CGN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

The Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within 5 miles of the Dunbeg Wind Farm site which is located between Limavady and Coleraine.

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Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a 5-mile radius of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £7,500

  • Priorities:

  • The Fund welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups that address the following areas: 1. Community cohesion and engagement; 2. Energy efficiency and sustainability; 3. Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community; 4. Training and education; 5. Environmental benefit; 6. Economic benefit.

This local community fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. CGN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

The Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within 5 miles of the Dunbeg Wind Farm site which is located between Limavady and Coleraine.

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Closing Date: Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5km of the Cloonty Wind Farm site which is located in an area bounded by the B17 Straid Road to the north, the B62 Ballybogey Road to the west and B147 Kirk Road/Ballintea Road to the south and east.

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • • Projects aimed at providing skills development for young adults and/or the unemployed • Inter-generational projects • Collaborative projects • Projects tackling rural isolation • Projects based around community arts • Projects which improve the utilisation of community space

Cloonty Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. GCN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Cloonty Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and provides a fund available for local projects that educate, raise awareness and demonstrate community involvement in work that promotes environmental issues and healthier lifestyles.

Funding is available to local community projects within 5km of the Cloonty Wind Farm site.

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Cloonty Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5km of the Cloonty Wind Farm site which is located in an area bounded by the B17 Straid Road to the north, the B62 Ballybogey Road to the west and B147 Kirk Road/Ballintea Road to the south and east.

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • • Projects aimed at providing skills development for young adults and/or the unemployed • Inter-generational projects • Collaborative projects • Projects tackling rural isolation • Projects based around community arts • Projects which improve the utilisation of community space

This local community fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. GCN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Cloonty Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and provides a fund available for local projects that educate, raise awareness and demonstrate community involvement in work that promotes environmental issues and healthier lifestyles.

Funding is available to local community projects within 5km of the Cloonty Wind Farm site.

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Closing Date: Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5km of the Wind Farm site

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £3,000

  • Priorities:

  • • Children and teenagers • Environment and living spaces • Community Partnerships

Corby Knowe Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2015 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. CGN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Corby Knowe Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and provides a fund available for local projects that educate, raise awareness and demonstrate community involvement in work that promotes environmental issues and healthier lifestyles.

Corby Knowe wind farm is located off the Parkgate Road, Kells, Co Antrim. The site consists of 3 wind turbines with an output of 5.4MW. Projects requesting support must be located within 5km of the wind farm site.

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Corby Knowe Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5km of the Wind Farm site

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £3,000

  • Priorities:

  • • Children and teenagers • Environment and living spaces • Community Partnerships

This local community fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2015 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. CGN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Corby Knowe Community Benefit Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and provides a fund available for local projects that educate, raise awareness and demonstrate community involvement in work that promotes environmental issues and healthier lifestyles.

Corby Knowe wind farm is located off the Parkgate Road, Kells, Co Antrim. The site consists of 3 wind turbines with an output of 5.4MW. Projects requesting support must be located within 5km of the wind farm site.

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Closing Date: Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Funding will be available to local community projects within the Monkstown, Grange, Woodburn, Greenisland and Ballynure areas.

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • Projects aimed at providing skills development for young adults, Intergenerational projects, Projects tackling rural isolation, Projects based around community arts, Projects which improve the utilisation of community space

Carn Hill Community Benefit Fund

This local community benefit fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. GCN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Carn Hill Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within the Monkstown, Grange, Woodburn, Greenisland and Ballynure areas.

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Carn Hill Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 2, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Funding will be available to local community projects within the Monkstown, Grange, Woodburn, Greenisland and Ballynure areas.

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • Projects aimed at providing skills development for young adults, Intergenerational projects, Projects tackling rural isolation, Projects based around community arts, Projects which improve the utilisation of community space

This local community benefit fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe - a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. GCN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.

The Carn Hill Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within the Monkstown, Grange, Woodburn, Greenisland and Ballynure areas.

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Closing Date: Nov 6, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5 miles of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • £500 - £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Projects developing cross community relations ▪ Energy efficiency and sustainability of local community facilities ▪ Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community ▪ Educational issues with a sustainability angle ▪ Environmental benefit or economic benefit

Long Mountain Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Long Mountain Wind Farm, Glenbuck Road, Dunloy.

Energia has set up the fund to ensure that the wind farm, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Long Mountain Energia Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Funding will be available to local community projects that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population and are within 5 miles of the windfarm - as per map.

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Long Mountain Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 6, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5 miles of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • £500 - £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Projects developing cross community relations ▪ Energy efficiency and sustainability of local community facilities ▪ Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community ▪ Educational issues with a sustainability angle ▪ Environmental benefit or economic benefit

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Long Mountain Wind Farm, Glenbuck Road, Dunloy.

Energia has set up the fund to ensure that the wind farm, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Long Mountain Energia Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Funding will be available to local community projects that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population and are within 5 miles of the windfarm - as per map.

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Closing Date: Nov 2, 2020 09:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £500

  • 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 of economic need with the object of improving circumstances; To improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland through football

IFA Inclusive Clubs Programme – Disability New Needs

The IFA through the Community Foundation is delighted to open a new Inclusive Clubs Programme. The Inclusive Clubs Programme - Disability New Needs, is aimed at supporting football clubs who are developing a disability section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society.

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 of economic need with the object of improving circumstances
To improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland through football

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IFA Inclusive Clubs Programme – Disability New Needs

Closing Date:

Nov 2, 2020 09:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £500

  • 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 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 is delighted to open a new Inclusive Clubs Programme. The Inclusive Clubs Programme - Disability New Needs, is aimed at supporting football clubs who are developing a disability section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society.

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 of economic need with the object of improving circumstances
To improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland through football

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Closing Date: Nov 6, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 6 miles of the centre of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • £1,000 - £3,000 (Partnership applications - up to £9,000)

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Energy efficiency and sustainability ▪ Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community ▪ Educational issues with a sustainability angle ▪ Environmental benefit or economic benefit

Rathsherry Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding Rathsherry Windfarm.

Energia Renewables has pledged to deliver a Community Benefit Fund for a 21.15 MW Wind Farm located at 115 Longmore Road, Broughshane, Ballymena, BT43 7HR. Grants will be delivered annually for the benefit of community initiatives within the area of benefit.

Energia has set up the fund to ensure that the wind farm, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Funding will be available to local community projects that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population and are within 6 miles of the centre of the windfarm – as per map.

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Rathsherry Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 6, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 6 miles of the centre of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • £1,000 - £3,000 (Partnership applications - up to £9,000)

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Energy efficiency and sustainability ▪ Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community ▪ Educational issues with a sustainability angle ▪ Environmental benefit or economic benefit

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding Rathsherry Windfarm.

Energia Renewables has pledged to deliver a Community Benefit Fund for a 21.15 MW Wind Farm located at 115 Longmore Road, Broughshane, Ballymena, BT43 7HR. Grants will be delivered annually for the benefit of community initiatives within the area of benefit.

Energia has set up the fund to ensure that the wind farm, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Funding will be available to local community projects that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population and are within 6 miles of the centre of the windfarm – as per map.

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Closing Date: Nov 2, 2020 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:

Nov 2, 2020 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 6, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 7 miles of the Windfarm (70% of the funds will be awarded to eligible groups based within a 5 mile radius of the windfarm)

  • Grant size:

  • Micro grants of up to £1,500 for small projects. Strategic grants of £10,000 for larger scale strategic partnership projects, with one lead applicant.

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Energy efficiency and sustainability ▪ Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community ▪ Educational issues with a sustainability angle ▪ Environmental benefit or economic benefit

Thornog Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Thornog Wind Farm, Drumquin.

Energia has set up the fund to ensure that the wind farm, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Thornog Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Funding will be available to local community project that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population and are within 7 miles of the windfarm (70% of the funds will be awarded to eligible groups based within a 5 mile radius of the windfarm) - as per map.

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Thornog Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 6, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 7 miles of the Windfarm (70% of the funds will be awarded to eligible groups based within a 5 mile radius of the windfarm)

  • Grant size:

  • Micro grants of up to £1,500 for small projects. Strategic grants of £10,000 for larger scale strategic partnership projects, with one lead applicant.

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Energy efficiency and sustainability ▪ Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community ▪ Educational issues with a sustainability angle ▪ Environmental benefit or economic benefit

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Thornog Wind Farm, Drumquin.

Energia has set up the fund to ensure that the wind farm, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Thornog Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Funding will be available to local community project that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population and are within 7 miles of the windfarm (70% of the funds will be awarded to eligible groups based within a 5 mile radius of the windfarm) - as per map.

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Closing Date: Nov 16, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • DCSDC area and County Derry~Londonderry

  • Grant size:

  • Grants between £10,000 and £15,000 are available

  • Priorities:

  • We expect projects to include: An innovative, expanded, and/or more efficient and effective service offer; Strong leadership and governance; Improved management systems; Sound impact measurement systems; Thoughts around future strategic planning and direction in relation to supporting economically inactive people living in the North West, to find a route to employment, through training and learning initiatives; Collaborative approaches, where possible; Strengthened networks

The North West Learning Fund

The DfC Match Philanthropy Fund has levered £500,000 to be distributed to Voluntary and Community Sector. Five new funds, each with a value of £100,000 will be set up through philanthropic funds donated from individuals, families, charitable trusts and businesses matched by DfC.

The North West Learning Fund is a new two phased fund established with this matched support from public and private sector partners, Department of the Communities, The Honorable the Irish Society and a local patron.

Phase One of the North West Learning Fund (now closed) offered support for groups to develop online learning videos for inclusion in the UNESCO All Ireland Learning Day on 30th September 2020 as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Learning City Initiative.

Phase Two (now open) will offer support to organisations based in the North West which provide learning and training opportunities to economically inactive people leading to employment or further learning.

A total value of £90k, across both phases, is available in this Fund to support community organisations in the North West.

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The North West Learning Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 16, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • DCSDC area and County Derry~Londonderry

  • Grant size:

  • Grants between £10,000 and £15,000 are available

  • Priorities:

  • We expect projects to include: An innovative, expanded, and/or more efficient and effective service offer; Strong leadership and governance; Improved management systems; Sound impact measurement systems; Thoughts around future strategic planning and direction in relation to supporting economically inactive people living in the North West, to find a route to employment, through training and learning initiatives; Collaborative approaches, where possible; Strengthened networks

The DfC Match Philanthropy Fund has levered £500,000 to be distributed to Voluntary and Community Sector. Five new funds, each with a value of £100,000 will be set up through philanthropic funds donated from individuals, families, charitable trusts and businesses matched by DfC.

The North West Learning Fund is a new two phased fund established with this matched support from public and private sector partners, Department of the Communities, The Honorable the Irish Society and a local patron.

Phase One of the North West Learning Fund (now closed) offered support for groups to develop online learning videos for inclusion in the UNESCO All Ireland Learning Day on 30th September 2020 as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Learning City Initiative.

Phase Two (now open) will offer support to organisations based in the North West which provide learning and training opportunities to economically inactive people leading to employment or further learning.

A total value of £90k, across both phases, is available in this Fund to support community organisations in the North West.

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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 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:
  • Calling for Tech companies to support VCSE (voluntary, community or social enterprise) 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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