Who can apply:
Constituted organisations based in Northern Ireland.
We want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities. We will therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.
The fund will be open to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland.
The current focus is to support groups and organisations working with the following communities and issues and that are affected by coronavirus
What can be supported within the fund themes?
With grant sizes of between £1,000 to £10,000, it is the expectation that this funding will support organisations to continue to provide services over the next twelve months enabling both short and longer term impact.
*We anticipate those organisations who are providing small scale emergency support will require funding of around £1,000 to £2,500. Those supporting need on a longer term basis, and/or who are significantly enhancing their services at this time, may require grants of up to £10,000.”
The Foundation will prioritise:
Examples of projects may include:
“Safeguarding of children and adults at risk from harm and exploitation is of paramount importance in the midst of COVID-19. Good practice indicates that organisations working with adults at risk should have a written policy supported by robust procedures and guidelines. CFNI recognise that applicants are wanting to make a fast and effective response to the issues caused by COVID-19 and therefore may not have full policy and procedures in place as yet. As a temporary measure to help you submit your application and get helping quickly, we ask that you submit a signed policy statement (sample here KAS Adult Safeguarding Policy Statement) showing your intention to keep adults and children safe in the activities that you are proposing.
We strongly recommend that you develop full policy and procedures for adult and child safeguarding as soon as possible. For full guidance around Keeping Adults Safe and a checklist for developing a policy see https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/app/uploads/2019/04/Keeping-Adults-Safe-A-Shared-Responsibility.pdf “
We also request a signed copy of the guidelines that you will issue to volunteers to show that they have been informed of good practice around how they will conduct themselves including how they will report concerns.
In order to ensure that you are following best practice we ask that you give thought to how you will recruit and manage your volunteers, and also consider carrying out a risk assessment. Some simple guidance can be found at https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/information-resources-related-to-covid-19/
The Fund will not support:
Applying for The Coronavirus Community Fund
The Fund is open from 9am 16th March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis. We do, however, expect a high level of interest in this fund. Depending on current funding available, and any future funds raised, we therefore may decide to close for applications within a relatively short space of time, if we do not have enough funds to meet the demand for support.
It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.
Should you have any further questions around something that is perhaps not available on our website please contact the Grants Team by email of firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 028 9024 5927. Please note that due to the high number of enquiries we may not be able to respond to queries immediately.
In addition to the Coronavirus Community Fund we have a Comic Relief – No Child Goes Hungry Fund supporting families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. More info here.
Ongoing - No Deadline
£1,000 to £10,000
Isolated older people (aged over 50); as well as those people of all ages who are at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing; vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas; families where a parent/ both parents have lost their employment, or where children are living in poverty; children and young people’s projects, particularly focusing on the voice of young people and connecting through creative mediums
The Coronavirus Community Fund is open for applications from 9am on 16th March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis.
We do, however, expect a high level of interest in this fund. Depending on current funding available, and any future funds raised, we therefore may decide to close for applications within a relatively short space of time, if we do not have enough funds to meet the demand for support.APPLY NOW
It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.Grants FAQs
It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team.