Available Grants & Programmes

Available Grants & Programmes

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Open Grants

Closing Date: Dec 7, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Six grants of up to £10,000 and one award of £30,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund aims to support looked after children and young people, and those transitioning from care, to support them to feel emotionally stable and financially secure, and ultimately make sure that they are able to thrive in life. We want to make a small number of awards to those organisations working in the community and voluntary sector, who are delivering innovative and new projects offering additional value for looked after children at this time, in areas where statutory support is falling short of need, is limited, or in some places at the moment non existent.

The Hobson Looked After Children and Young People Funds

The Hobson Fund for looked after Children and Young People has been established in partnership with The Community Foundation and Department for Communities (DfC) .

The DfC Match Philanthropy Programme has levered £500,000 of funding to be distributed to Voluntary and Community organisations and Social Enterprises. Five new funds, each with a value of £100,000 will be set up through philanthropic donations and DfC.

The Hobson Looked After Children and Young People Fund has been established to support looked after children and young people, and those transitioning from care.

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The Hobson Looked After Children and Young People Funds

Closing Date:

Dec 7, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Six grants of up to £10,000 and one award of £30,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund aims to support looked after children and young people, and those transitioning from care, to support them to feel emotionally stable and financially secure, and ultimately make sure that they are able to thrive in life. We want to make a small number of awards to those organisations working in the community and voluntary sector, who are delivering innovative and new projects offering additional value for looked after children at this time, in areas where statutory support is falling short of need, is limited, or in some places at the moment non existent.

The Hobson Fund for looked after Children and Young People has been established in partnership with The Community Foundation and Department for Communities (DfC) .

The DfC Match Philanthropy Programme has levered £500,000 of funding to be distributed to Voluntary and Community organisations and Social Enterprises. Five new funds, each with a value of £100,000 will be set up through philanthropic donations and DfC.

The Hobson Looked After Children and Young People Fund has been established to support looked after children and young people, and those transitioning from care.

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Closing Date: Dec 4, 2020 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 4, 2020 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: Nov 30, 2020 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 30, 2020 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 11, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

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

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £7,500

  • 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 11, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

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

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £7,500

  • 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 - 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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Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Between £2,000 to £20,000

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that can show short term need and impact; Initiatives that empower and connect grassroots community based organisations engaging in arts, culture and heritage activities, and which are new and innovative; Initiatives that have a clear social impact, and that enable those who do not usually have access to arts activities to have this access and opportunities; We welcome applications seeking match funding for projects supported by other funders; We welcome community projects that are working in partnership with Local Government; Projects that work both within and outside traditional communities

Community Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund

The Department for Communities (DfC) are investing £2m of support, in a fund for community Arts, Culture and Heritage. The funding, in response to covid19, should both address the ongoing pressures on the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Disability sectors, as well as provide support renewal and new ways for arts and culture to engage and benefit grassroots communities, and those with disabilities.

The fund will be open on a first come first served basis and we would encourage all applications to be submitted as soon as possible upon opening of the fund.

We anticipate that we will close the fund at the end of November, depending on the number of applications submitted by that time, and the budget available.


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Community Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Between £2,000 to £20,000

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that can show short term need and impact; Initiatives that empower and connect grassroots community based organisations engaging in arts, culture and heritage activities, and which are new and innovative; Initiatives that have a clear social impact, and that enable those who do not usually have access to arts activities to have this access and opportunities; We welcome applications seeking match funding for projects supported by other funders; We welcome community projects that are working in partnership with Local Government; Projects that work both within and outside traditional communities

The Department for Communities (DfC) are investing £2m of support, in a fund for community Arts, Culture and Heritage. The funding, in response to covid19, should both address the ongoing pressures on the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Disability sectors, as well as provide support renewal and new ways for arts and culture to engage and benefit grassroots communities, and those with disabilities.

The fund will be open on a first come first served basis and we would encourage all applications to be submitted as soon as possible upon opening of the fund.

We anticipate that we will close the fund at the end of November, depending on the number of applications submitted by that time, and the budget available.

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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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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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