The Nationwide Northern Ireland Community Fund


Purpose of the 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

What are our priorities?

We expect that there will be considerable interest in this funding opportunity, so have identified a number of priorities under each theme.

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.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you must meet both of the following requirements:

  • You must be registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI).  Please note that organisations who have yet to receive their CCNI charity number at time of application or who are part of regional charities registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales are not eligible.
  • You must have been in operation for a minimum of three years.

Whilst we have not set minimum or maximum income levels for this fund, we will prioritise applicants with annual income levels of <£100k (based on a three year average).

How much is available?

The fund has a total budget of £335,000 and will make awards of up to £5,000 to successful applicants.

To ensure a regional funding spread and to reflect the location of the Nationwide’s thirteen branches in Northern Ireland, the budget has been split across five Council area based ‘Local Fund Areas’:

Local Fund Area Map

Please ensure that your application highlights which Local Fund you are applying against i.e. the one where the majority of your project’s beneficiaries are based.

What is the application deadline?

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.

We hope to award funding in line with the following geographical budgets:

Local Fund 1 (£75,000 – Derry City and Strabane; Mid Ulster; Fermanagh and Omagh)

Local Fund 2 (£52,000 – Causeway Coast and Glens; Mid and East Antrim)

Local Fund 3 (£84,000 – Belfast; Antrim and Newtownabbey)

Local Fund 4 (£62,000 – Ards & North Down; Newry, Mourne and Down)

Local Fund 5 (£62,000 – Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon; Lisburn City and Castlereagh)

However if a particular Local Fund is undersubscribed then we will consider reprofiling this breakdown to reflect demand and ensure that the full NI fund budget is utilised for community benefit.

What we’ll fund:

We aim to make this funding as flexible as possible to allow applicants to address their organisational priorities and local community needs.

Funding can be sought under the following headings, providing there is a clear link to at least one of the fund’s themes:

  • Organisational running costs (rent, insurance, IT, electric, heating)
  • Salary costs
  • Equipment
  • Programme & activity costs

 

Successful applicants will be given up to 12 months to spend their grant.

What we can’t fund:

  • Individuals
  • Funding for retrospective project costs
  • Projects or activity that promote or advance religion
  • Promotion of religious or political activity, including any flags and emblems that may deem to be associated with such
  • Organisations whose purposes include the 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
  • Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. We will not support organisations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion
  • General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications
  • The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state
  • Input VAT reclaimable from HMRC
  • Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector funding
  • Contributions in kind (i.e. a contribution in goods or services, as opposed to money)
  • Depreciation, amortisation or impairment of fixed Assets owned by the group
  • Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)
  • Gifts to individuals other than promotional items with a value of no more than £25 a year to any one individual
  • Entertaining (entertaining for this purpose means anything that would be a taxable benefit to the person being entertained, according to current UK tax regulations)
  • Statutory fines, criminal fines or penalties
  • Liabilities incurred before the issue of an award
  • Use in respect of costs reimbursed or to be reimbursed by funding from any other source
  • Use of funding to top up reserves of your group

What we’ll look for in your application:

All applications will initially be reviewed for eligibility against the fund’s criteria and will undergo a due diligence check. We will then review the merits of your proposal.

To ensure that you make the best possible case you should ensure that:

  • You have demonstrated the need for your project and can show how you have identified this need
  • You have clear objectives and outcomes for your project
  • You can demonstrate how the funding requested will impact positively on your target beneficiaries
  • You can show that you have, or can outsource, the skills necessary to make your project successful
  • You can provide a clear rationale and breakdown for your funding request

 

In addition to your application form you will be required to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation
  • A copy of your organisation’s most recent accounts
  • A copy of your relevant safeguarding policies (i.e. child protection policy and/or safeguarding vulnerable adults policy)
  • A current account bank statement dated within the last three months (please note that this must be in credit)
  • A copy of your equality policy

 

Please note that documentation submitted to the Community Foundation within the past 12 months, which has not subsequently been updated, does not need to be re-submitted.

How will decisions be made?

All applications will be assessed by the Community Foundation for eligibility and fit with the fund’s priorities. Funding recommendations will be made accordingly, and in line with the budget available for each cluster. These recommendations will be reviewed, and funding allocations agreed by regional panels, made up of Nationwide Northern Ireland Community Fund representatives supported by Community Foundation for Northern Ireland staff.

It is anticipated that all applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their application in early 2022.

 

Financial crime:

The Grant will be paid in one lump sum by the Community Foundation on behalf of Nationwide, after satisfactory completion of due diligence checks on the Recipient. By completing this application, the applicant gives its consent for all such checks to be carried out by Charities Trust.

The applicant will provide its business bank account details to Charities Trust/Community Foundation into which the Grant payment will be made.

The recipient will promptly repay to Charities Trust/Community Foundation any money incorrectly paid to it either as a result of an administrative error or otherwise.

All sums paid under this Agreement for any taxable supplies of goods or services are to be treated as inclusive of the VAT chargeable on the payment. It is the Recipient’s responsibility to assess any requirement it may have to apply for VAT registration with HMRC. HMRC can be found on their website.


Closing Date: Nov 30, 2021 12:00

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.

Ready to apply?

Apply Now

Apply Now

This fund will now close for applications on Tuesday 30th November 2021 at 12 noon. Applications received after this date/time will not be considered.

APPLY NOW
Grant FAQs

Grant FAQs

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.

Grants FAQs

Who to speak to

logo inspiring generosity square

Grants Team

Achieving Impact

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.

logo inspiring generosity square

Grants Team

Achieving Impact

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.

Never miss an update

Join our mailing list and keep up to date with Foundation news.