Micro Community Investment Fund


Fund Aims

The fund will provide valuable investment for community initiatives making a difference in towns and villages across Northern Ireland.

The fund will enable those organisations who are making the lives of others in their communities better, by improving their financial, physical, and mental wellbeing.

Criteria

You do not have to have a constitution to apply to this fund.  We will discuss your project with you in advance of application if you do not have certain governance requirements for funding in place.

We want to support smaller, grassroots organisations delivering great work.  For this reason whilst groups with an income of up to £30,000 per annum are eligible to apply preference will be given to groups with an income of up to £10,000.

Community Investments available: Up to £2,000

Applications are sought to support both new and existing activities and projects that  enhance the financial, physical and/or mental well being of people in communities.

Community projects should focus on improving at least one of the following:

  • Financial wellbeing
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Mental wellbeing

Applications for funding within one or other of these themes could be to support:

  • Projects promoting inclusion and belonging, particularly to enhance the physical and mental well being of the local community
  • Projects that strengthen the capacity of individuals to engage with a range of available digital services in order to help manage their money in a digital age
  • Projects that enhance people’s financial knowledge through financial education programmes
  • Projects promoting physical activity which uses the assets located within the area
  • Projects that improve the ability of individuals to access mental health and wellbeing services either i) directly, through the provision of support or ii) indirectly, through education/awareness raising programmes
  • Projects that encourage the active participation of individuals in their own mental wellbeing. Projects should aim to promote increased independence/resilience in relation to an individual’s mental health

We want to prioritise projects that:

  • 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

 

Please note that 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 we are unable to fund the following:

  • The advancement of religion. This includes organisations whose purposes include advancement of religion;
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972;
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976
  • Trips outside of Northern Ireland
  • Individual applications
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Running costs of large organisations
  • Holiday schemes
  • Parties and shopping trips
  • Promotion of religious or political activity, including any flags and emblems associated
  • Applications from statutory organisations

Additional Supporting Information

​Your application will only be assessed if you provide all of the supporting documents required as detailed below, however, if you have applied for a grant with the Community Foundation Northern Ireland in the last 12 months and provided the above supporting documents then, there is no need to upload again.

  • A copy of your governing document (if you have one), e.g. constitution – this must be in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation
  • A copy of your most recent accounts or up to date income and expenditure
  • A copy of your equality policy
  • A copy of your safeguarding policies if you will be working with children or adults

Applications to the Fund will open on Monday 17th May. As this is a Fund with a rolling call process there is at present no set closing date for the receipt of applications. However the Foundation reserves the right to announce a closure date subject to the number of awards made and the remaining funds available for distribution. In such circumstances the Foundation will give two weeks notice of any closing date that is then to be set, which will be published online and through our social media.

Applications will be submitted online through our website www.communityfoundationni.org.

If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail applications@communityfoundationni.org.


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.

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Grant FAQs

Grant FAQs

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.  Please email the grants team on applications@communityfoundationni.org or call on 028 9024 5927 if you wish to discuss your plans before submission of your bid.

 

Grants FAQs
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Applications to the Fund will open on Monday 17th May. As this is a Fund with a rolling call process there is at present no set closing date for the receipt of applications. However the Foundation reserves the right to announce a closure date subject to the number of awards made and the remaining funds available for distribution. In such circumstances the Foundation will give two weeks notice of any closing date that is then to be set, which will be published online and through our social media.

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