Available Grants & Programmes

Available Grants & Programmes

All our current opportunities

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Open Grants

Closing Date: Jul 3, 2020 17:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,500

  • Priorities:

  • Community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10.

Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme

In our shared vision that we all want children to survive and thrive, achieve their potential during the first years of life through, for example good health, nutrition responsive and supportive caregiving and that no child is left behind, Comic Relief and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, in response to the current COVID-19 crisis, has developed, under the Children Surviving and Thriving Theme, the
No Child Goes Hungry - Community Support Programme.

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Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme

Closing Date:

Jul 3, 2020 17:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £2,500

  • Priorities:

  • Community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10.

In our shared vision that we all want children to survive and thrive, achieve their potential during the first years of life through, for example good health, nutrition responsive and supportive caregiving and that no child is left behind, Comic Relief and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, in response to the current COVID-19 crisis, has developed, under the Children Surviving and Thriving Theme, the
No Child Goes Hungry - Community Support Programme.

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Closing Date: Jul 27, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Between £2,000 - £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • Education - Charities or projects that enhance learning and develop career opportunities; Health - Promote health and wellbeing; Social - Provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable and supportive communities.

The Wesleyan Foundation – Large Grants Programme

The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017. The Wesleyan Foundation aims to support registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups with an annual income level less than £500,000.

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The Wesleyan Foundation – Large Grants Programme

Closing Date:

Jul 27, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Between £2,000 - £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • Education - Charities or projects that enhance learning and develop career opportunities; Health - Promote health and wellbeing; Social - Provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable and supportive communities.

The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017. The Wesleyan Foundation aims to support registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups with an annual income level less than £500,000.

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Closing Date: Aug 28, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £1,000 to £15,000 - Projects must be complete by the end of February 2021, with end of grant reports completed by Friday 12th March 2021.

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that empower and connect community based organisations; Initiatives that have a clear social impact; Initiatives that involve those with lived experience

The New Needs Fund

In a society where everyone can prosper and live in peace, the Foundation encourages and supports those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change.

Empowering the local community to effect change; the big issues and themes we are currently focussed on include, building sustainable communities, community voice, thriving after the conflict and people on the edges.

The Coronavirus has presented a significant challenge for Northern Ireland and the voluntary and community sector.
It has been a huge shock on a global scale in the short term, and is expected to have much longer term effects. As we move out of lockdown we're all aware that coronavirus is still with us and will continue to affect the way many of us live our lives. It will require significant changes to how we function as a society in the medium to longer term.

The community and voluntary sector have stepped up to the plate, and provided a great deal of support to those most marginalised, whilst also facing their own challenges around operating within restrictions, loss of income, increasing demands on services and cash flow difficulties.

In recognition of the effects of covid-19, we are further developing our coronavirus response and moving towards phase two; supporting the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, in the medium term and in partnership with other funders, currently Comic Relief, and NET (DCMS).

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The New Needs Fund

Closing Date:

Aug 28, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £1,000 to £15,000 - Projects must be complete by the end of February 2021, with end of grant reports completed by Friday 12th March 2021.

  • Priorities:

  • Initiatives that empower and connect community based organisations; Initiatives that have a clear social impact; Initiatives that involve those with lived experience

In a society where everyone can prosper and live in peace, the Foundation encourages and supports those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change.

Empowering the local community to effect change; the big issues and themes we are currently focussed on include, building sustainable communities, community voice, thriving after the conflict and people on the edges.

The Coronavirus has presented a significant challenge for Northern Ireland and the voluntary and community sector.
It has been a huge shock on a global scale in the short term, and is expected to have much longer term effects. As we move out of lockdown we're all aware that coronavirus is still with us and will continue to affect the way many of us live our lives. It will require significant changes to how we function as a society in the medium to longer term.

The community and voluntary sector have stepped up to the plate, and provided a great deal of support to those most marginalised, whilst also facing their own challenges around operating within restrictions, loss of income, increasing demands on services and cash flow difficulties.

In recognition of the effects of covid-19, we are further developing our coronavirus response and moving towards phase two; supporting the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, in the medium term and in partnership with other funders, currently Comic Relief, and NET (DCMS).

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Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

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

The Pressure Group Fund

Purpose of the Fund

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

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

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

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

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


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The Pressure Group Fund

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

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

Purpose of the Fund

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

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

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

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

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

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Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500-£2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Young people, older people or people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund Grant

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


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The Telecommunity Fund Grant

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £500-£2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Young people, older people or people with disabilities

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

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Open Programmes

Techies in Residence

  • Staus:

  • Open
  • Priorities:
  • Supporting any VCSE (voluntary, community or social enterprise) organisation registered or operating in Northern Ireland who is seeking to overcome a challenge.

TiR brings together social challenges from charities and social enterprises with digital technology professionals to produce innovative digital products and services that have the potential for deep social impact.

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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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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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