Available Grants & Programmes

Available Grants & Programmes

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Open Grants

Closing Date: May 14, 2021 17:00

  • Area:

  • All- Island

  • Grant size:

  • Grants between €5,000 and €20,000 - Approximate Sterling equivalent of between £4,250 and £17,000

  • Priorities:

  • Future leaders nurtured and given opportunity to develop skills; Identify policy positions and support collaboration in specific projects in thematic areas, such as gender, race, immigration and children; Raise awareness and create better understanding of the post-Brexit context for civil society in Ireland, on key issues (in media, with statutory bodies and in non-profit sector); Ensure space is created for healthy, respectful, and productive dialogue on challenges and opportunities created by the ongoing debate about future constitutional arrangements on the island of Ireland; Build on the best practice from each jurisdiction to further influence policy and legislative development; Build partnerships between civil society, philanthropy and Government.

All-Island Fund

The Community Foundation for Ireland and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland are delighted to embark on a new partnership and to combine over 60 years of grantmaking experience to launch the All-Island Communities Fund. This new pilot Fund will provide flexible philanthropic support for civil society engagement on a north-south basis, leading to better understanding, strong relationships and progression towards a fairer, more equitable society on the island of Ireland.

It also represents an exciting opportunity for both Community Foundations to better support civil society engagement North and South, to model partnership and support long term collaboration and change.

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All-Island Fund

Closing Date:

May 14, 2021 17:00

  • Area:

  • All- Island

  • Grant size:

  • Grants between €5,000 and €20,000 - Approximate Sterling equivalent of between £4,250 and £17,000

  • Priorities:

  • Future leaders nurtured and given opportunity to develop skills; Identify policy positions and support collaboration in specific projects in thematic areas, such as gender, race, immigration and children; Raise awareness and create better understanding of the post-Brexit context for civil society in Ireland, on key issues (in media, with statutory bodies and in non-profit sector); Ensure space is created for healthy, respectful, and productive dialogue on challenges and opportunities created by the ongoing debate about future constitutional arrangements on the island of Ireland; Build on the best practice from each jurisdiction to further influence policy and legislative development; Build partnerships between civil society, philanthropy and Government.

The Community Foundation for Ireland and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland are delighted to embark on a new partnership and to combine over 60 years of grantmaking experience to launch the All-Island Communities Fund. This new pilot Fund will provide flexible philanthropic support for civil society engagement on a north-south basis, leading to better understanding, strong relationships and progression towards a fairer, more equitable society on the island of Ireland.

It also represents an exciting opportunity for both Community Foundations to better support civil society engagement North and South, to model partnership and support long term collaboration and change.

Find out more

Closing Date: Apr 23, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £2,021

  • Priorities:

  • Developing Life Skills; Improving Mental Health; Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour; Developing Employability Skills; Building Stronger Communities

Made By Sport’s ‘Clubs In Crisis’ Fund

Made By Sport is a national charity aimed at raising awareness of and funds for sport for development. What differentiates sport for development from general community sport, is it intentionally uses community sport provision to deliver wider social outcomes, such as improving mental health, developing life skills or reducing anti-social behaviour or crime, rather than just being about opportunities to participate in sport.

Made By Sport are working with UKCF and Community Foundations across the UK, to award grants to charities focused on grassroots sport for development. This Fund will have a particular focus on clubs in crisis, specifically with the intention to save organisations from closure and to get them back on their feet following the pandemic.

Organisations with an annual turnover of up to £75,000 are eligible to apply for this fund. Organisations with income levels in excess of £75,000 are therefore not eligible to apply.

As we expect high levels of demand for this Fund, grant applications will be prioritised to groups with the following income levels:

Priority 1 – Income up to £25,000
Priority 2 – Income up to £50,000
Priority 3 – Income up to £75,000

We anticipate a high volume of applications, therefore we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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Made By Sport’s ‘Clubs In Crisis’ Fund

Closing Date:

Apr 23, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £2,021

  • Priorities:

  • Developing Life Skills; Improving Mental Health; Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour; Developing Employability Skills; Building Stronger Communities

Made By Sport is a national charity aimed at raising awareness of and funds for sport for development. What differentiates sport for development from general community sport, is it intentionally uses community sport provision to deliver wider social outcomes, such as improving mental health, developing life skills or reducing anti-social behaviour or crime, rather than just being about opportunities to participate in sport.

Made By Sport are working with UKCF and Community Foundations across the UK, to award grants to charities focused on grassroots sport for development. This Fund will have a particular focus on clubs in crisis, specifically with the intention to save organisations from closure and to get them back on their feet following the pandemic.

Organisations with an annual turnover of up to £75,000 are eligible to apply for this fund. Organisations with income levels in excess of £75,000 are therefore not eligible to apply.

As we expect high levels of demand for this Fund, grant applications will be prioritised to groups with the following income levels:

Priority 1 – Income up to £25,000
Priority 2 – Income up to £50,000
Priority 3 – Income up to £75,000

We anticipate a high volume of applications, therefore we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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Closing Date: May 17, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

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

  • Priorities:

  • Education - Charities or projects that enhance learning, address positive social mobility, disadvantage and raising aspirations. Initiatives that develop skills and employment opportunities. Health - Projects that promote health and mental wellbeing, and create opportunities for inclusion. Social - Projects that 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:

May 17, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

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

  • Priorities:

  • Education - Charities or projects that enhance learning, address positive social mobility, disadvantage and raising aspirations. Initiatives that develop skills and employment opportunities. Health - Projects that promote health and mental wellbeing, and create opportunities for inclusion. Social - Projects that 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: May 7, 2021 12:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants for Priority (a) up to £500 and for Priority (b) up to £2,500 are available

  • Priorities:

  • (a) The Disability Clubs Funding Programme; (b) The Women’s Football Leagues Support Programme

IFA Inclusive Clubs Programme

The Irish Football Association (IFA) and the Community Foundation are delighted to open a new round of the Inclusive Clubs Programme. This Programme is aimed at supporting disability and women’s / girls’ football.

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

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IFA Inclusive Clubs Programme

Closing Date:

May 7, 2021 12:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants for Priority (a) up to £500 and for Priority (b) up to £2,500 are available

  • Priorities:

  • (a) The Disability Clubs Funding Programme; (b) The Women’s Football Leagues Support Programme

The Irish Football Association (IFA) and the Community Foundation are delighted to open a new round of the Inclusive Clubs Programme. This Programme is aimed at supporting disability and women’s / girls’ football.

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

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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

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

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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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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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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