Open Grants & Programmes

Open Grants & Programmes

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Open Grants

Closing Date: Jun 20, 2022 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 fund will provide grants to support organisations working for and with carers, over the next three years. The ‘Carers Support Fund’ is part of a larger funding package, to support Carers, Mental Health and Cancer organisations here.

The Carers’ Support Fund will provide support for organisations working for and with carers in line with the outcomes set out in the Fund criteria.

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Carers’ Support Fund

Closing Date:

Jun 20, 2022 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 fund will provide grants to support organisations working for and with carers, over the next three years. The ‘Carers Support Fund’ is part of a larger funding package, to support Carers, Mental Health and Cancer organisations here.

The Carers’ Support Fund will provide support for organisations working for and with carers in line with the outcomes set out in the Fund criteria.

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Closing Date: Jun 3, 2022 13:00

  • Area:

  • Newry City (See boundary map)

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £3,500

  • Priorities:

  • Funding will be made available for organisations and charities based in Newry City working to advance education, amateur sport, provide opportunities for young people and to assist Community Groups in the local area.

The Brian Conlon Foundation

The Brian Conlon Foundation is an independent Charitable Trust set up in Brian’s memory to continue his legacy by supporting causes that were close to his heart and that he was passionate about.

Brian was hugely successful in many walks of life - a high achiever in education, entrepreneurship, sport and in business. When a knee injury ended his budding Gaelic football career, Brian turned his attention to business, setting up First Derivatives from his mother’s spare bedroom in 1996. Now one of Ireland's most successful companies, it employs nearly 3,000 people with fifteen offices globally. Thousands of local graduates have passed through the company’s HQ in Newry, many of whom ended up being deployed to large financial institutions throughout the world.

Brian was immensely proud of his roots and his hometown of Newry, and, despite all of his success, he remained a humble and generous individual throughout, supporting numerous people and deserving causes, often quietly.

Funding will be made to local organisations who are working to advance education, amateur sport, provide opportunities for young people, and assisting communities in the local area.

Donations of up to £3,500 will be open for applications.

The Brian Conlon Foundation, commented “Brian spent his life making a difference to the people around him, so it is fitting that this Foundation reflects those values and continues the spirit of his generosity in areas that he cared passionately about. Our goal is to ensure that Brian’ss legacy lives on and will continue to make a difference.”

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The Brian Conlon Foundation

Closing Date:

Jun 3, 2022 13:00

  • Area:

  • Newry City (See boundary map)

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £3,500

  • Priorities:

  • Funding will be made available for organisations and charities based in Newry City working to advance education, amateur sport, provide opportunities for young people and to assist Community Groups in the local area.

The Brian Conlon Foundation is an independent Charitable Trust set up in Brian’s memory to continue his legacy by supporting causes that were close to his heart and that he was passionate about.

Brian was hugely successful in many walks of life - a high achiever in education, entrepreneurship, sport and in business. When a knee injury ended his budding Gaelic football career, Brian turned his attention to business, setting up First Derivatives from his mother’s spare bedroom in 1996. Now one of Ireland's most successful companies, it employs nearly 3,000 people with fifteen offices globally. Thousands of local graduates have passed through the company’s HQ in Newry, many of whom ended up being deployed to large financial institutions throughout the world.

Brian was immensely proud of his roots and his hometown of Newry, and, despite all of his success, he remained a humble and generous individual throughout, supporting numerous people and deserving causes, often quietly.

Funding will be made to local organisations who are working to advance education, amateur sport, provide opportunities for young people, and assisting communities in the local area.

Donations of up to £3,500 will be open for applications.

The Brian Conlon Foundation, commented “Brian spent his life making a difference to the people around him, so it is fitting that this Foundation reflects those values and continues the spirit of his generosity in areas that he cared passionately about. Our goal is to ensure that Brian’ss legacy lives on and will continue to make a difference.”

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Closing Date: Jun 17, 2022 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000. An additional £1k to £1.5k Mentor support will also be provided.

  • Priorities:

  • Locally based community groups and locally based ‘communities of interest’ with an interest in promoting or embedding human rights and social justice in their day to day work for and with their chosen communities.

Social Justice Small Grants Programme

The programme is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies as part of its Human Rights legacy fund in Northern Ireland to support local community groups with projects and initiatives that contribute to peacebuilding, tackle the impact of poverty and austerity measures and/or give voice to excluded groups.

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Social Justice Small Grants Programme

Closing Date:

Jun 17, 2022 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000. An additional £1k to £1.5k Mentor support will also be provided.

  • Priorities:

  • Locally based community groups and locally based ‘communities of interest’ with an interest in promoting or embedding human rights and social justice in their day to day work for and with their chosen communities.

The programme is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies as part of its Human Rights legacy fund in Northern Ireland to support local community groups with projects and initiatives that contribute to peacebuilding, tackle the impact of poverty and austerity measures and/or give voice to excluded groups.

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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.

Find out more

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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