Open Grants & Programmes

Open Grants & Programmes

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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: Dec 3, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a maximum 7 kilometre radius of the Brockaghboy Wind Farm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • Projects which address issues relating to improving collaboration among local groups and organisations; Projects which provide clear community benefit to people experiencing disadvantage and / or life limiting circumstances; Projects which increase the use of existing community space and sustainable venues; Intergenerational projects; Projects which increase local participation through sports, culture and the arts.

Brockaghboy Community Benefit Fund

The Brockaghboy Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund was established in 2016 by TCI Renewables, and subsequently taken over by Greencoat Capital.

The fund’s aim is to provide financial support towards the development of locally-beneficial community-based projects and initiatives within a 7 km radius of Brockaghboy wind farm, Swatragh, County L/derry.

Applications are invited from charities and community organisations working within a 7 km radius of the Brockaghboy wind farm site.

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Brockaghboy Community Benefit Fund

Closing Date:

Dec 3, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within a maximum 7 kilometre radius of the Brockaghboy Wind Farm

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • Projects which address issues relating to improving collaboration among local groups and organisations; Projects which provide clear community benefit to people experiencing disadvantage and / or life limiting circumstances; Projects which increase the use of existing community space and sustainable venues; Intergenerational projects; Projects which increase local participation through sports, culture and the arts.

The Brockaghboy Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund was established in 2016 by TCI Renewables, and subsequently taken over by Greencoat Capital.

The fund’s aim is to provide financial support towards the development of locally-beneficial community-based projects and initiatives within a 7 km radius of Brockaghboy wind farm, Swatragh, County L/derry.

Applications are invited from charities and community organisations working within a 7 km radius of the Brockaghboy wind farm site.

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Closing Date: Dec 6, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 7 miles of the centre of the three windfarms – as per map.

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £15,000

  • 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, people with disabilities, children and teenagers (including pre-school children), providing skills development of local people and promoting health related activities or services. • 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. • Projects and programmes offering invaluable advice and information and signposting on key Rural issues should be supported e.g. Farm Support Services, Welfare & Benefits and Parenting/Family issues etc. • Outdoor/Environmental projects will be considered in terms of encouraging a healthier and active community as well as protecting and enhancing the local environment. • Wider community events and programmes that encourage greater community interaction (including cross community aspects) encompassing the local rich and varied cultural aspects of music, drama, dance and sport.

Tyrone Three Community Benefit Fund (Gortfinbar, Eshmore and Altamuskin)

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Tyrone 3 Windfarms. The Tyrone 3 Windfarms comprises three farms, which are:

• Altamuskin (6 wind turbines / 14.1MW)
• Eshmore (3 wind turbines / 7.0MW)
• Gortfinbar (5 wind turbines / 15.0.MW)

The windfarms are situated in close proximity to each other between the town of Ballygawley and the villages of Carrickmore, Sixmilecross and Beragh in County Tyrone. They are located in the Mid Ulster District and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas respectively.

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 Tyrone 3 Windfarms Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

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Tyrone Three Community Benefit Fund (Gortfinbar, Eshmore and Altamuskin)

Closing Date:

Dec 6, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 7 miles of the centre of the three windfarms – as per map.

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £15,000

  • 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, people with disabilities, children and teenagers (including pre-school children), providing skills development of local people and promoting health related activities or services. • 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. • Projects and programmes offering invaluable advice and information and signposting on key Rural issues should be supported e.g. Farm Support Services, Welfare & Benefits and Parenting/Family issues etc. • Outdoor/Environmental projects will be considered in terms of encouraging a healthier and active community as well as protecting and enhancing the local environment. • Wider community events and programmes that encourage greater community interaction (including cross community aspects) encompassing the local rich and varied cultural aspects of music, drama, dance and sport.

This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Tyrone 3 Windfarms. The Tyrone 3 Windfarms comprises three farms, which are:

• Altamuskin (6 wind turbines / 14.1MW)
• Eshmore (3 wind turbines / 7.0MW)
• Gortfinbar (5 wind turbines / 15.0.MW)

The windfarms are situated in close proximity to each other between the town of Ballygawley and the villages of Carrickmore, Sixmilecross and Beragh in County Tyrone. They are located in the Mid Ulster District and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas respectively.

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 Tyrone 3 Windfarms Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

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Closing Date: Dec 6, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Derry~Londonderry and Strabane

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Children and Young People; Older People and Impacts of Climate change

The Acorn Giving Circle

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) is made up of a group of women who aim to make a positive contribution to improving the lives of people living in Derry ~ Londonderry and Strabane, in a small but meaningful way through pooled personal donations.

When the pooled donations reach a target amount, the funds are made available in the form of small grants. These grants aim to support local charitable or community groups and organisations.

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The Acorn Giving Circle

Closing Date:

Dec 6, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Derry~Londonderry and Strabane

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Children and Young People; Older People and Impacts of Climate change

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) is made up of a group of women who aim to make a positive contribution to improving the lives of people living in Derry ~ Londonderry and Strabane, in a small but meaningful way through pooled personal donations.

When the pooled donations reach a target amount, the funds are made available in the form of small grants. These grants aim to support local charitable or community groups and organisations.

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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

Housing and Homelessness Innovation & Voice Programme

  • Staus:

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

An Innovation and Community Voice programme

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The Grants Team are here to support you with your application and monitoring, carry out due diligence and assessment of applications and to manage the Foundation’s funds to ensure we make effective grants and achieve impact.

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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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