Open Grants & Programmes

Open Grants & Programmes

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Open Grants

Closing Date: Feb 13, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a 10km/6 mile radius of the wind farm.

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • * Any programmes/projects that address marginalisation and help tackle rural isolation. * Projects that have a particular emphasis on maximising community space. * Activities/services that are specifically aimed at children and young people and older people; provision of local educational classes/training courses and health related initiatives and arts/cultural activities. * Projects designed to improve and develop local environmental schemes. * Priority will be given to beneficiaries within the Pomeroy area given their close proximity to the wind farm. * Projects that encourage greater cross community interaction at a local level with a focus on improving relations between nationalist and unionist communities in the area.

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

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Cregganconroe Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Feb 13, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a 10km/6 mile radius of the wind farm.

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • * Any programmes/projects that address marginalisation and help tackle rural isolation. * Projects that have a particular emphasis on maximising community space. * Activities/services that are specifically aimed at children and young people and older people; provision of local educational classes/training courses and health related initiatives and arts/cultural activities. * Projects designed to improve and develop local environmental schemes. * Priority will be given to beneficiaries within the Pomeroy area given their close proximity to the wind farm. * Projects that encourage greater cross community interaction at a local level with a focus on improving relations between nationalist and unionist communities in the area.

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

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Closing Date: Feb 13, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Local Authority areas of Mid & East Antrim and Antrim & Newtownabbey.

  • Grant size:

  • Small scale grants - up to maximum of £3,000 and Larger scale grants – up to a maximum of £8,000 (only two of these grants will be available per round)

  • Priorities:

  • Priority will be given to projects that are directly supporting one of the following specific groups: · Young people · Older people · People with disabilities Priority will also be given to projects that are; · addressing health and wellbeing issues · targeting those facing disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services) · involving the beneficiaries in their development and delivery

BC & P Fund

The BC&P Fund exists to support small, locally based grassroots community projects in the Local Authority areas of Mid & East Antrim and Antrim & Newtownabbey.

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BC & P Fund

Closing Date:

Feb 13, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Local Authority areas of Mid & East Antrim and Antrim & Newtownabbey.

  • Grant size:

  • Small scale grants - up to maximum of £3,000 and Larger scale grants – up to a maximum of £8,000 (only two of these grants will be available per round)

  • Priorities:

  • Priority will be given to projects that are directly supporting one of the following specific groups: · Young people · Older people · People with disabilities Priority will also be given to projects that are; · addressing health and wellbeing issues · targeting those facing disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services) · involving the beneficiaries in their development and delivery

The BC&P Fund exists to support small, locally based grassroots community projects in the Local Authority areas of Mid & East Antrim and Antrim & Newtownabbey.

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Closing Date: Feb 13, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a 10km/6 mile radius of the wind farm.

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • * Projects that improve the utilisation of existing community space in each of the above areas. * Activities/services that are specifically aimed at older people, people with disabilities, children and teenagers (including pre-school children), providing skills development of local people and promoting health related activities or services. * Given the remoteness of some of these locations, the isolation and lack of statutory transport provision consideration will be given to local transport initiatives. * Projects and programmes offering invaluable advice and information and signposting on key rural issues. * Outdoor / Environmental projects in terms of encouraging a healthier and active community as well as protecting and enhancing the local environment. * Wider community events and programmes that encourage greater community interaction (including cross community aspects) encompassing the local rich and varied cultural aspects of music, drama, dance and sport. * Priority will be given to projects which demonstrate the ability to collaborate, network and share best practice.

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

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Inishative Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Feb 13, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a 10km/6 mile radius of the wind farm.

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • * Projects that improve the utilisation of existing community space in each of the above areas. * Activities/services that are specifically aimed at older people, people with disabilities, children and teenagers (including pre-school children), providing skills development of local people and promoting health related activities or services. * Given the remoteness of some of these locations, the isolation and lack of statutory transport provision consideration will be given to local transport initiatives. * Projects and programmes offering invaluable advice and information and signposting on key rural issues. * Outdoor / Environmental projects in terms of encouraging a healthier and active community as well as protecting and enhancing the local environment. * Wider community events and programmes that encourage greater community interaction (including cross community aspects) encompassing the local rich and varied cultural aspects of music, drama, dance and sport. * Priority will be given to projects which demonstrate the ability to collaborate, network and share best practice.

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

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Closing Date: Feb 10, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of £25,000 to £50,000 are available

  • Priorities:

  • Projects that have a strongly justified need based on research; Projects or programmes of work that are innovative and strategic; Projects or programmes that are centred around prevention and early intervention; Projects that directly respond to the cost-of-living crisis and increase in refugees from Ukraine and elsewhere in the world; Projects that respond to the climate and biodiversity crisis through research, education, awareness and practical response; Projects that have an impact on the wider community or sector through collaboration, evaluation and sharing learnings; Projects that have the potential to be sustained beyond the life of this grant; Projects that will include the voice and feedback of beneficiaries in its development.

RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Impact Grants Fund

The Toy Show Appeal was established in 2020 to raise funds for Irish children’s charities through the televised Late Late Toy Show. The Toy Show Fund mission is inspired by children, we work to bring the magic of the Toy Show to every child in Ireland. By funding essential support, health, wellbeing, play and creativity we aim to change children’s lives for good.

Last year over €6,500,000 was raised and distributed in 58 grants to support more than 600,000 children and their family members all across Ireland. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Irish public, this year the Appeal raised €6,600,000, part of which will be distributed in Northern Ireland through two open rounds, a Community Grants Round and an Impact Grants Round. Children and family focussed charities working at local, regional and national level can apply for a grant under one of the following thematic pillars:

● Addressing Essential Needs
● Improving Wellbeing
● Creativity and Play

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RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Impact Grants Fund

Closing Date:

Feb 10, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of £25,000 to £50,000 are available

  • Priorities:

  • Projects that have a strongly justified need based on research; Projects or programmes of work that are innovative and strategic; Projects or programmes that are centred around prevention and early intervention; Projects that directly respond to the cost-of-living crisis and increase in refugees from Ukraine and elsewhere in the world; Projects that respond to the climate and biodiversity crisis through research, education, awareness and practical response; Projects that have an impact on the wider community or sector through collaboration, evaluation and sharing learnings; Projects that have the potential to be sustained beyond the life of this grant; Projects that will include the voice and feedback of beneficiaries in its development.

The Toy Show Appeal was established in 2020 to raise funds for Irish children’s charities through the televised Late Late Toy Show. The Toy Show Fund mission is inspired by children, we work to bring the magic of the Toy Show to every child in Ireland. By funding essential support, health, wellbeing, play and creativity we aim to change children’s lives for good.

Last year over €6,500,000 was raised and distributed in 58 grants to support more than 600,000 children and their family members all across Ireland. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Irish public, this year the Appeal raised €6,600,000, part of which will be distributed in Northern Ireland through two open rounds, a Community Grants Round and an Impact Grants Round. Children and family focussed charities working at local, regional and national level can apply for a grant under one of the following thematic pillars:

● Addressing Essential Needs
● Improving Wellbeing
● Creativity and Play

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Closing Date: Feb 20, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Please see detailed list of eligible postcodes

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Focus on the positive contribution of people within the community, and support those most in need of support to use and access digital technologies; We want to hear how your community intends to build on the assets within that community, to support those who have faced digital challenges; We expect you to focus on the need of your beneficiaries in terms of digital poverty, as well as focus on what is good about your community, and how this project will build on previous successes as a community, and support the beneficiary/beneficiaries in the longer term

The Fibrus Community Fund

The Fibrus Community Fund was established by Fibrus Networks Ltd in 2021. The fund is aimed at addressing digital poverty and exists to support the work of communities across Northern Ireland to provide access to digital technology for the most vulnerable.

We recognise that the most vulnerable in our community can sometimes get left behind when it comes to accessing modern technology, something most of us take for granted.

The fund therefore, has a particular focus on supporting grassroots organisations that support older people or young people aged 18 and under.

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The Fibrus Community Fund

Closing Date:

Feb 20, 2023 13:00

  • Area:

  • Please see detailed list of eligible postcodes

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Focus on the positive contribution of people within the community, and support those most in need of support to use and access digital technologies; We want to hear how your community intends to build on the assets within that community, to support those who have faced digital challenges; We expect you to focus on the need of your beneficiaries in terms of digital poverty, as well as focus on what is good about your community, and how this project will build on previous successes as a community, and support the beneficiary/beneficiaries in the longer term

The Fibrus Community Fund was established by Fibrus Networks Ltd in 2021. The fund is aimed at addressing digital poverty and exists to support the work of communities across Northern Ireland to provide access to digital technology for the most vulnerable.

We recognise that the most vulnerable in our community can sometimes get left behind when it comes to accessing modern technology, something most of us take for granted.

The fund therefore, has a particular focus on supporting grassroots organisations that support older people or young people aged 18 and under.

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Closing Date: Mar 13, 2023 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 Carers’ Support Fund will provide support for organisations working for and with carers in line with the Fund outcomes.

Applications are welcome for projects that will have all the funds spent by 31 March 2025. You can, however, apply for projects over 12 months or up to 31 March 2025.

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Carers’ Support Fund

Closing Date:

Mar 13, 2023 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 Carers’ Support Fund will provide support for organisations working for and with carers in line with the Fund outcomes.

Applications are welcome for projects that will have all the funds spent by 31 March 2025. You can, however, apply for projects over 12 months or up to 31 March 2025.

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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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Open Programmes

Community Solutions to Housing and Homelessness

  • Staus:

  • Open
  • Priorities:
  • To contribute to reducing and preventing homelessness in Northern Ireland through supporting projects that address root causes and amplify the voices of homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.

An Innovation and Community Voice programme

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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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