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Open Grants

Closing Date: Nov 30, 2021 12:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • Theme 1 – Mental Health - We will prioritise applications which can demonstrate clear mental health outcomes, particularly those based on talking and psychological therapies. Theme 2 – Community Services - We will prioritise applications which are seeking to provide support to older people, particularly around rural/social isolation, loneliness and wellbeing; applications which are seeking to address issues arising from poverty; applications which are based on providing support to marginalised communities (LGBTQ+, refugees & asylum seekers, ethnic minorities); applications which are based on providing support to victims of domestic violence / sexual abuse. Theme 3 – Children - We will prioritise applications which are seeking to support children with physical disabilities; children at risk of suicide / self harm; children with medical conditions; children with learning disabilities; children in food / digital poverty.

The Nationwide Northern Ireland Community Fund

This fund has been established by the Nationwide Building Society, based on a corporate donation, to support registered charities across Northern Ireland who are providing support to their communities under at least one of the following themes:

Theme 1 - mental health
Theme 2 - community services
Theme 3 - children

Following a review we have decided to revert from a ratio based approach to a fixed application deadline. As a result this fund will now close on Tuesday 30th November 2021 at 12 noon. Applications received after this date/time will not be considered.

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The Nationwide Northern Ireland Community Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 30, 2021 12:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • Theme 1 – Mental Health - We will prioritise applications which can demonstrate clear mental health outcomes, particularly those based on talking and psychological therapies. Theme 2 – Community Services - We will prioritise applications which are seeking to provide support to older people, particularly around rural/social isolation, loneliness and wellbeing; applications which are seeking to address issues arising from poverty; applications which are based on providing support to marginalised communities (LGBTQ+, refugees & asylum seekers, ethnic minorities); applications which are based on providing support to victims of domestic violence / sexual abuse. Theme 3 – Children - We will prioritise applications which are seeking to support children with physical disabilities; children at risk of suicide / self harm; children with medical conditions; children with learning disabilities; children in food / digital poverty.

This fund has been established by the Nationwide Building Society, based on a corporate donation, to support registered charities across Northern Ireland who are providing support to their communities under at least one of the following themes:

Theme 1 - mental health
Theme 2 - community services
Theme 3 - children

Following a review we have decided to revert from a ratio based approach to a fixed application deadline. As a result this fund will now close on Tuesday 30th November 2021 at 12 noon. Applications received after this date/time will not be considered.

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Closing Date: Oct 22, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of between £1,000 to £3,000 will be available, to be spent within a period of 12 months.

  • Priorities:

  • Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those in geographically underfunded areas which currently include Mid and East Antrim, Antrim and Newtownabbey, and Ards and North Down Local Authority areas; Projects that might support more than one Comic Relief strategic area; Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation; Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need; Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful; Those who do not have a current live Comic Relief funded grant through the Community Foundation

Comic Relief Empowering Change Micro Fund

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Comic Relief Empowering Change Programme. This 24 month programme is responding to the growing need for small locally led groups to gain flexible support to enable them to continue to work and support communities. The total amount of funding available will be £680,000. £510,000 initially allocated towards the Core Fund, and £130,000 towards the Micro Fund. This may, however, be reviewed depending on demand.

Participation and experience of those with lived experience will form a significant part of this funding programme, enabling us to shift the power to communities who know best how to address areas of need. The focus of the funding programme will be on trusting communities to articulate clearly what they need to enable them to address particular challenges they are facing aligned to at least one of Comic Relief’s strategic priority areas.

We want to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across Northern Ireland. That is why we have developed this exciting programme to provide two flexible funds, offering both a small and large grant, to enable organisations to support their local communities.

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Comic Relief Empowering Change Micro Fund

Closing Date:

Oct 22, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of between £1,000 to £3,000 will be available, to be spent within a period of 12 months.

  • Priorities:

  • Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those in geographically underfunded areas which currently include Mid and East Antrim, Antrim and Newtownabbey, and Ards and North Down Local Authority areas; Projects that might support more than one Comic Relief strategic area; Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation; Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need; Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful; Those who do not have a current live Comic Relief funded grant through the Community Foundation

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Comic Relief Empowering Change Programme. This 24 month programme is responding to the growing need for small locally led groups to gain flexible support to enable them to continue to work and support communities. The total amount of funding available will be £680,000. £510,000 initially allocated towards the Core Fund, and £130,000 towards the Micro Fund. This may, however, be reviewed depending on demand.

Participation and experience of those with lived experience will form a significant part of this funding programme, enabling us to shift the power to communities who know best how to address areas of need. The focus of the funding programme will be on trusting communities to articulate clearly what they need to enable them to address particular challenges they are facing aligned to at least one of Comic Relief’s strategic priority areas.

We want to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across Northern Ireland. That is why we have developed this exciting programme to provide two flexible funds, offering both a small and large grant, to enable organisations to support their local communities.

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Closing Date: Oct 22, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of between £15,000 to £30,000 will be available, to be spent over a period of 2 years.

  • Priorities:

  • Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those in geographically underfunded areas which currently include Mid and East Antrim, Antrim and Newtownabbey, and Ards and North Down Local Authority areas; Projects that might support more than one Comic Relief strategic area; Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation; Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need; Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful; Those who do not have a current live Comic Relief funded grant through the Community Foundation

Comic Relief Empowering Change Core Fund

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Comic Relief Empowering Change Programme. This 24 month programme is responding to the growing need for small locally led groups to gain flexible support to enable them to continue to work and support communities. The total amount of funding available will be £680,000. £510,000 initially allocated towards the Core Fund, and £130,000 towards the Micro Fund. This may, however, be reviewed depending on demand.

Participation and experience of those with lived experience will form a significant part of this funding programme, enabling us to shift the power to communities who know best how to address areas of need. The focus of the funding programme will be on trusting communities to articulate clearly what they need to enable them to address particular challenges they are facing aligned to at least one of Comic Relief’s strategic priority areas.

We want to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across Northern Ireland. That is why we have developed this exciting programme to provide two flexible funds, offering both a small and large grant, to enable organisations to support their local communities.

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Comic Relief Empowering Change Core Fund

Closing Date:

Oct 22, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of between £15,000 to £30,000 will be available, to be spent over a period of 2 years.

  • Priorities:

  • Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: Those in geographically underfunded areas which currently include Mid and East Antrim, Antrim and Newtownabbey, and Ards and North Down Local Authority areas; Projects that might support more than one Comic Relief strategic area; Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation; Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need; Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful; Those who do not have a current live Comic Relief funded grant through the Community Foundation

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Comic Relief Empowering Change Programme. This 24 month programme is responding to the growing need for small locally led groups to gain flexible support to enable them to continue to work and support communities. The total amount of funding available will be £680,000. £510,000 initially allocated towards the Core Fund, and £130,000 towards the Micro Fund. This may, however, be reviewed depending on demand.

Participation and experience of those with lived experience will form a significant part of this funding programme, enabling us to shift the power to communities who know best how to address areas of need. The focus of the funding programme will be on trusting communities to articulate clearly what they need to enable them to address particular challenges they are facing aligned to at least one of Comic Relief’s strategic priority areas.

We want to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across Northern Ireland. That is why we have developed this exciting programme to provide two flexible funds, offering both a small and large grant, to enable organisations to support their local communities.

Find out more

Closing Date: Oct 22, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Small Grants £5,000 - £30,000 Medium Grants £30,000 - £100,000

  • Priorities:

  • Talking therapies, psychological therapies and similar interventions; Interventions which reduce pressures on mental health acute in-patient facilities for adults and children including in-reach to in-patient mental health services where there is support from the HSC Trusts; Interventions which is expected to have an overall impact on the need for people to access statutory services; Support for individuals, families and carers to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health through self help; Support individuals, families and carers to access mental health and wellbeing services they need at the right time and place; Support to individuals with mental health problems to engage more fully in society; Support to individuals, families and carers to access technology to assist in improving their mental health, managing their mental health, treating their mental health, or in their recovery from mental ill health; Reduction in stigma associated with mental health; Advocacy and peer support work; and Capacity building and sustainability in the delivery of mental health interventions and projects.

The Mental Health ‌Support Small and Medium Fund‌

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

The Mental Health Services Support Fund will provide support for mental health charities, in line with the outcomes of the Fund.

These funding awards will equip and enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for people with mental ill health throughout Northern Ireland. This may include services aimed at keeping people well, and/or ensuring that those who have previously been unwell remain well.

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The Mental Health ‌Support Small and Medium Fund‌

Closing Date:

Oct 22, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Small Grants £5,000 - £30,000 Medium Grants £30,000 - £100,000

  • Priorities:

  • Talking therapies, psychological therapies and similar interventions; Interventions which reduce pressures on mental health acute in-patient facilities for adults and children including in-reach to in-patient mental health services where there is support from the HSC Trusts; Interventions which is expected to have an overall impact on the need for people to access statutory services; Support for individuals, families and carers to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health through self help; Support individuals, families and carers to access mental health and wellbeing services they need at the right time and place; Support to individuals with mental health problems to engage more fully in society; Support to individuals, families and carers to access technology to assist in improving their mental health, managing their mental health, treating their mental health, or in their recovery from mental ill health; Reduction in stigma associated with mental health; Advocacy and peer support work; and Capacity building and sustainability in the delivery of mental health interventions and projects.

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

The Mental Health Services Support Fund will provide support for mental health charities, in line with the outcomes of the Fund.

These funding awards will equip and enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for people with mental ill health throughout Northern Ireland. This may include services aimed at keeping people well, and/or ensuring that those who have previously been unwell remain well.

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Closing Date: Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 7km of the Monnaboy Wind Farm site

  • 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 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 Monnaboy Community Benefit Fund is 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 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 7km of the Monnaboy Wind Farm site

  • 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 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 Monnaboy Community Benefit Fund is 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 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Limavady Area - see boundary map

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £2,500

  • 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.

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. A boundary map is available on our website and applicant organisations must be located in this area.

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Dunmore Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Limavady Area - see boundary map

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £2,500

  • 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.

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. A boundary map is available on our website and applicant organisations must be located in this area.

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Closing Date: Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 6 miles of the Dunbeg Wind Farm site

  • 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 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 Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within 6 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 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 6 miles of the Dunbeg Wind Farm site

  • 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 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 Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within 6 miles of the Dunbeg Wind Farm site which is located between Limavady and Coleraine.

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Closing Date: Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • within 6km 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:

  • Grants up to £7,500

  • 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 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 Cloonty Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within 6km 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.

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Cloonty Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • within 6km 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:

  • Grants up to £7,500

  • 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 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 Cloonty Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within 6km 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.

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Closing Date: Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5km of the Wind Farm site

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £3,000

  • Priorities:

  • Programmes/projects which address marginalisation and help tackle rural isolation; Projects aimed specifically for children and teenagers (including pre-school children), providing skills development of local people and arts and cultural activities; Activities and events designed to encourage greater community interaction and cohesion; Projects that improve the utilisation of existing community space, including community venues and outdoor spaces; Programmes and projects designed to improve local environmental and conservation management; Projects that help recruit and develop the capacity of volunteers in order to improve the sustainability of existing community organisations in the respective areas.

Corby Knowe 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.

Corby Knowe wind farm is located off the Parkgate Road, Kells, County 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.

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.

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Corby Knowe Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5km of the Wind Farm site

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £3,000

  • Priorities:

  • Programmes/projects which address marginalisation and help tackle rural isolation; Projects aimed specifically for children and teenagers (including pre-school children), providing skills development of local people and arts and cultural activities; Activities and events designed to encourage greater community interaction and cohesion; Projects that improve the utilisation of existing community space, including community venues and outdoor spaces; Programmes and projects designed to improve local environmental and conservation management; Projects that help recruit and develop the capacity of volunteers in order to improve the sustainability of existing community organisations in the respective areas.

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.

Corby Knowe wind farm is located off the Parkgate Road, Kells, County 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.

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.

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Closing Date: Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

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

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • 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.

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

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Carn Hill Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 1, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

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

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • 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.

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

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Closing Date: Oct 28, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Please see detailed list of eligible postcodes

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • ● Projects that will target those most in need of support to use and access digital technologies ● Projects that build on the assets within communities, to support those who have faced digital challenges

The Fibrus Community Fund

The pandemic has massively increased our use of technology and it now plays a vital role in our daily lives.

Homeschooling during lockdown, with children requiring laptops, tablets and phones, has further exacerbated the digital divide for young people. Some children, and their families, do not have access to adequate technology to enable them to progress.

Data from the ONS in 2019 detailed that, despite how the number of people who can’t or don’t use the internet, has declined in general since 2012, Northern Ireland continues to have the highest proportion of non-internet users across the UK, at 14.2%.

A report released at the end of June by the UK Education and Training Inspectorate suggested that as many as half of the pupils in some post-primary schools did not take part in the remote learning programmes offered by their school.

In addition, older people have been shielding, and often alone, with the only contact possible with families and friends being through a digital device. Yet many did not have access to suitable devices, and/or how to use them to maintain contact with others, and use these devices for shopping etc.

Having suitable equipment, as well as a stable internet connection has also been an issue for many, particularly those living in rural areas.

Many families can only afford one device yet may have a number of children requiring access to online devices for online classes. That has meant that those children have had to share devices, have missed a great deal of opportunity to adequately continue their education during lockdown.

Those who perhaps are already disadvantaged and isolated, are now even more so as a result of the pandemic. The digital divide remains a problem throughout Northern Ireland.

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The Fibrus Community Fund

Closing Date:

Oct 28, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Please see detailed list of eligible postcodes

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • ● Projects that will target those most in need of support to use and access digital technologies ● Projects that build on the assets within communities, to support those who have faced digital challenges

The pandemic has massively increased our use of technology and it now plays a vital role in our daily lives.

Homeschooling during lockdown, with children requiring laptops, tablets and phones, has further exacerbated the digital divide for young people. Some children, and their families, do not have access to adequate technology to enable them to progress.

Data from the ONS in 2019 detailed that, despite how the number of people who can’t or don’t use the internet, has declined in general since 2012, Northern Ireland continues to have the highest proportion of non-internet users across the UK, at 14.2%.

A report released at the end of June by the UK Education and Training Inspectorate suggested that as many as half of the pupils in some post-primary schools did not take part in the remote learning programmes offered by their school.

In addition, older people have been shielding, and often alone, with the only contact possible with families and friends being through a digital device. Yet many did not have access to suitable devices, and/or how to use them to maintain contact with others, and use these devices for shopping etc.

Having suitable equipment, as well as a stable internet connection has also been an issue for many, particularly those living in rural areas.

Many families can only afford one device yet may have a number of children requiring access to online devices for online classes. That has meant that those children have had to share devices, have missed a great deal of opportunity to adequately continue their education during lockdown.

Those who perhaps are already disadvantaged and isolated, are now even more so as a result of the pandemic. The digital divide remains a problem throughout Northern Ireland.

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Closing Date: Nov 5, 2021 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:

  • Projects that improve the utilisation of existing community space in areas within the fund boundary; Contributions towards running/administration costs and for purchasing additional equipment to expand and support new and existing services/activities in each of the areas; Particular emphasis will be placed on funding activities/services that are specifically aimed at older people, youth, children and people with disabilities; environmental improvements; bringing the wider community together; health improvements and culture and history; Applicants are encouraged to network, share best practice and co-operate more between the areas. Projects which demonstrate the ability to collaborate, network and share best practice will be encouraged and supported.

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.

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 5, 2021 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:

  • Projects that improve the utilisation of existing community space in areas within the fund boundary; Contributions towards running/administration costs and for purchasing additional equipment to expand and support new and existing services/activities in each of the areas; Particular emphasis will be placed on funding activities/services that are specifically aimed at older people, youth, children and people with disabilities; environmental improvements; bringing the wider community together; health improvements and culture and history; Applicants are encouraged to network, share best practice and co-operate more between the areas. Projects which demonstrate the ability to collaborate, network and share best practice will be encouraged and supported.

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.

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 5, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5 miles of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £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 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 centre of the windfarm – as per map.

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Long Mountain Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Nov 5, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 5 miles of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £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 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 centre of the windfarm – as per map.

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Closing Date: Nov 5, 2021 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 5, 2021 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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Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Applications are invited for projects that can demonstrate how they are trying to address social injustice and what the impact of their work will be. In particular how they will encourage civic action, working with groups and individuals to get their voices heard by decision-makers.

The Pressure Group Fund

Purpose of the Fund

Throughout the Foundation’s history we have been committed to addressing the challenges of peacebuilding, social justice and effective community development. We believe in the power of community activity to change Northern Ireland for the better.

The common theme linking all our grant programmes is that they provide individuals and groups with tools and support to make positive changes to their lives. We want to raise awareness of social justice issues on behalf of vulnerable communities.

The Pressure Group Fund has been established in recognition of the contribution groups and people in our society, who are working towards supporting social change, can make through direct civic action, lobbying and campaigning. It is one way in which the Foundation can be responsive to needs and issues facing communities.

What is a Pressure Group?
A pressure group is an organised group that does not hold candidates for election, but seeks to influence and change government policy or legislation. They are also described as 'interest groups', 'lobby groups' or 'protest groups'. Pressure groups are not necessarily formally constituted as organisations.

What Do They Do?
Pressure groups allow people the opportunity to participate in democracy by being involved in social change without necessarily joining a political party. Pressure groups may be viewed as essential to democracy because they allow the free expression of opinion and the opportunity to influence governments.
Examples of sectors where pressure groups may focus on could include:
Culture
Environment
Human rights
Health and wellbeing
Poverty and inequality


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The Pressure Group Fund

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Applications are invited for projects that can demonstrate how they are trying to address social injustice and what the impact of their work will be. In particular how they will encourage civic action, working with groups and individuals to get their voices heard by decision-makers.

Purpose of the Fund

Throughout the Foundation’s history we have been committed to addressing the challenges of peacebuilding, social justice and effective community development. We believe in the power of community activity to change Northern Ireland for the better.

The common theme linking all our grant programmes is that they provide individuals and groups with tools and support to make positive changes to their lives. We want to raise awareness of social justice issues on behalf of vulnerable communities.

The Pressure Group Fund has been established in recognition of the contribution groups and people in our society, who are working towards supporting social change, can make through direct civic action, lobbying and campaigning. It is one way in which the Foundation can be responsive to needs and issues facing communities.

What is a Pressure Group?
A pressure group is an organised group that does not hold candidates for election, but seeks to influence and change government policy or legislation. They are also described as 'interest groups', 'lobby groups' or 'protest groups'. Pressure groups are not necessarily formally constituted as organisations.

What Do They Do?
Pressure groups allow people the opportunity to participate in democracy by being involved in social change without necessarily joining a political party. Pressure groups may be viewed as essential to democracy because they allow the free expression of opinion and the opportunity to influence governments.
Examples of sectors where pressure groups may focus on could include:
Culture
Environment
Human rights
Health and wellbeing
Poverty and inequality

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Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500-£2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Young people, older people or people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund

The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects.


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The Telecommunity Fund

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500-£2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Young people, older people or people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects.

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Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

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

Micro Community Investment Fund

The Micro Community Investment Fund has been launched with support from Bank of Ireland UK, in recognition and celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.

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


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Micro Community Investment Fund

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,000

  • Priorities:

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

The Micro Community Investment Fund has been launched with support from Bank of Ireland UK, in recognition and celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.

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

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Open Programmes

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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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