Open Grants & Programmes

Open Grants & Programmes

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Open Grants

Closing Date: Oct 4, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Belfast

  • Grant size:

  • Grants available between £1,000 and £4,000

  • Priorities:

  • to support host communities in building social connections with arriving refugee families and refugees already residing within the areas above; to provide activities to arriving families and refugees already residing within the areas above, helping them build social bridges with the host community.

Reunited Refugee Families Welcome Fund

Context and the aim of the programme:

Through the AMIF-FRIS funding, a total of £120,000 will be used to support up to 30 community organisations to develop activities which involve reunited families across three cities:

• Belfast
• Leicester
• Plymouth

The aims of the fund are:

- to support host communities in building social connections with arriving refugee families and refugees already residing within the areas above.
- to provide activities to arriving families and refugees already residing within the areas above, helping them build social bridges with the host community.

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Reunited Refugee Families Welcome Fund

Closing Date:

Oct 4, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Belfast

  • Grant size:

  • Grants available between £1,000 and £4,000

  • Priorities:

  • to support host communities in building social connections with arriving refugee families and refugees already residing within the areas above; to provide activities to arriving families and refugees already residing within the areas above, helping them build social bridges with the host community.

Context and the aim of the programme:

Through the AMIF-FRIS funding, a total of £120,000 will be used to support up to 30 community organisations to develop activities which involve reunited families across three cities:

• Belfast
• Leicester
• Plymouth

The aims of the fund are:

- to support host communities in building social connections with arriving refugee families and refugees already residing within the areas above.
- to provide activities to arriving families and refugees already residing within the areas above, helping them build social bridges with the host community.

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Closing Date: Oct 4, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants available between £5,000 to £30,000

  • Priorities:

  • Prevention such as awareness raising sessions and campaigns; Psychological support/counselling; Palliative care; Improved access to information and support services including financial/welfare/ benefits advice, and support available through new technologies; Enhanced provision of, and access to, practical support for people with cancer; Services to support physical and mental health and wellbeing; Specific research into the experience of patients with cancer; Provision of screening services, and delivery of cancer rehabilitation programmes.

The Cancer Charities’ Support Small Fund

The Community Foundation is delighted to open the Cancer Charities’ Support Fund with a value of £10m on behalf of the Department of Health.

The Cancer Support Funding award will enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout NI, and will cover key areas in the cancer pathway; from pre-diagnosis, through to palliative and end of life care. These services are key support mechanisms towards the implementation of the Cancer Recovery Plan and the Cancer Strategy, and important in working towards the Department’s aim of building cancer service capacity in communities.

The grant value available for this round will range from £5,000 to £30,000

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The Cancer Charities’ Support Small Fund

Closing Date:

Oct 4, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants available between £5,000 to £30,000

  • Priorities:

  • Prevention such as awareness raising sessions and campaigns; Psychological support/counselling; Palliative care; Improved access to information and support services including financial/welfare/ benefits advice, and support available through new technologies; Enhanced provision of, and access to, practical support for people with cancer; Services to support physical and mental health and wellbeing; Specific research into the experience of patients with cancer; Provision of screening services, and delivery of cancer rehabilitation programmes.

The Community Foundation is delighted to open the Cancer Charities’ Support Fund with a value of £10m on behalf of the Department of Health.

The Cancer Support Funding award will enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout NI, and will cover key areas in the cancer pathway; from pre-diagnosis, through to palliative and end of life care. These services are key support mechanisms towards the implementation of the Cancer Recovery Plan and the Cancer Strategy, and important in working towards the Department’s aim of building cancer service capacity in communities.

The grant value available for this round will range from £5,000 to £30,000

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Closing Date: Oct 15, 2021 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:

Oct 15, 2021 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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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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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:

  • • Children and teenagers • Environment and living spaces • Community Partnerships

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. CGN 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, Co 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:

  • • Children and teenagers • Environment and living spaces • Community Partnerships

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. CGN 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, Co 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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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

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • 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

There is no fixed application deadline, however we will cap the number of applications to each Local Fund Area on a roughly 1:2 ratio basis. This means that once we have received twice as many applications as the funding available can support we will close the fund to any further bids. This will be done on an area by area basis.


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The Nationwide Northern Ireland Community Fund

Ongoing - No Deadline

  • 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

There is no fixed application deadline, however we will cap the number of applications to each Local Fund Area on a roughly 1:2 ratio basis. This means that once we have received twice as many applications as the funding available can support we will close the fund to any further bids. This will be done on an area by area basis.

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Open Programmes

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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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