BC & P Fund


Purpose of the Fund:

The BC & P Fund exists to support small, locally based grassroots community projects in the Local Authority areas of Mid and East Antrim, and Antrim and Newtownabbey.

Criteria:

  • Priority will be given to applications from small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £200,000, as evidenced in the most recent set of accounts.
  • Projects must aim to directly support one of the following specific groups:
    • Young people
    • Older people
    • People with disabilities
  • The Fund will not support projects targeting all ages.
  • Priority will be given to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.

Examples of types of projects that may be supported within Fund themes:

  • Community education and training opportunities
  • Communication and leadership skills
  • Local initiatives to improve resources and community facilities
  • Creativity and self-expression through drama, music or a range of arts.
  • Inclusion and involvement of disadvantaged communities
  • Out of school projects for young people

Who can apply:

  • Constituted grass roots community and voluntary groups
  • Have a committee of at least three unrelated Trustees/Directors (if there are more than three related, the majority must be unrelated individuals with no financial interest in the organisation.)

Grants available:

The grants are split into two elements:

  • Small scale grants that are limited to £3,000 – £4,000
  • Larger scale grants that are limited to £10,000 (only two of these grants will be available)

What we can't Fund

The Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes.  Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

 

In addition the Fund will not support:

  • Organisations with income greater than £200,000
  • Individuals
  • CIC Companies Limited by Shares, or CICs without an asset lock clause. Eligible CICs must have at least three unrelated committee members, and/or the majority of the committee unrelated.
  • Salary Costs and ongoing running costs (unless the salary is related to the employment of a disadvantaged person, and that person will benefit from the employment longer term)
  • Capital projects and large equipment (generally over £1,000)
  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away and one-off residentials are ineligible, however, trips may be eligible within Northern Ireland at the panel’s discretion as long as they are essential to a longer term project
  • Sports activities (we  will consider supporting sports activities that focus on people with disabilities that bring them into the community.)
  • Promotion of religion or party politics, that includes organisation’s who have a purpose to advance religion, and any flags and emblems associated with politics
  • Funding for projects that are already taking place and looking for retrospective funding
  • Replacement for statutory funding
  • Portable IT equipment (except in exceptional circumstances, and at panel’s discretion, for example IT equipment for disabled beneficiaries which is specialised and necessary for their development)

Guidance for Applicants

Grants panels will be held three times per annum.

The first round of funding will open for applications on 10 January 2022 at 9am and will close at 1pm on Friday 11 February 2022.

The panels for the FY 2022/23 will be held around the following dates:

  • March/April 2022
  • October 2022
  • February 2023

Applicants are required to provide supporting documentation with their application including, if they have not applied to the Foundation in the previous 12 months and received confirmation that their documents are acceptable:

  • Signed governing document
  • Signed financial annual accounts (audited if organisation’s income is over £100,000 and as stated on governing document)
  • Organisation policies and procedures if relevant to project, e.g. Child Protection Policy and Vulnerable Adult Policy
  • Equality Policy

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Grants and Donor Care Team for pre-application support by telephoning 028 9024 5927.


Closing Date: Feb 11, 2022 13:00

Feb 11, 2022 13:00

  • Area:

  • Mid and East Antrim, and Antrim and Newtownabbey.

  • Grant size:

  • Small scale grants that are limited to £3,000 - £4,000 Larger scale grants that are limited to £10,000 (only two of these grants will be available)

  • Priorities:

  • Priority will be given to applications from small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £200,000, as evidenced in the most recent set of accounts; Priority will be given to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.

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The fund will be open for applications on Monday 10th January 2022, and will close at 1:00pm on Friday 11th February 2022.

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Who to speak to

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Grants Team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team

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Grants Team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team

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