Purpose of the fund:
Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund
Cushendun Community Grants Scheme is part of the Cushendun – A renewed coastal village project, funded by the UK Prosperity Fund. This project aims to develop a long-term vision for Cushendun; to identify projects for future investment, which could build a resilient local economy and community where people want to live, work and visit.
This community grants scheme will support a programme of activity across Autumn/Winter to bring new products and activities on the themes of cultural and/or natural heritage (land and sea) and/or local built assets. Organisations who have local knowledge, expertise and social networks will be able to apply for this funding to test and pilot imaginative new approaches, products, experiences or services, which will enhance Cushendun / Knocknacarry / Glendun area and will appeal to both local residents and visitors alike. Making more diverse experiences and activities available will increase the length of time that people stay in Cushendun, increase the amount of money they spend, and encourage new and repeat visitors.
Only projects which take place within the Cushendun village area (including Knocknacarry and Glendun) are eligible to apply. Organisations that are not located in the outlined area of benefit are welcome to apply, providing that the project activity will take place in the village scheme area and benefit the local community / businesses.
The grant scheme will provide grants of between £3,000 and £5,000.
We want to offer flexibility in this funding process; within the areas of natural, cultural and built heritage, we particularly wish to see proposals for projects which bring to life the stories, characteristics and essence of Cushendun and projects which inspire change through ideas and actions to encourage active participation in caring for Cushendun, and sustaining its long-term future.
The fund will be managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland on behalf of the National Trust.
It is recommended that you read our top tips for making an application to the Foundation found here
An information session will be held on Wednesday 8 June at 7pm in Glenmona House for any interested applicants.
Who can apply
What can be funded
Here are some examples of the types of projects we can fund:
What cannot be funded
The Community 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 i.e. those linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.
In addition, the Community Foundation will not support the following:
You will need to submit the documents below with your application in order for it to be assessed:
Applicants must submit a Constitution/Terms of Reference or similar which details the purpose and governance of the group or organisation, including not for profit and dissolution clauses. This is not required for public organisations.
Any, relevant to project, policies such as Child Protection, Adult Safeguarding Policies and Equality Policy/Equal Opportunities Policy
Applicants must submit a copy of their most recent signed accounts, audited if applicable.
Evidence of land ownership:
Please submit evidence of land ownership, e.g. deeds, or copies of your lease with an unexpired term of at least 10 years without a break clause. If the property or land is held on a lease for less than 10 years or if it contains a break clause that may terminate the lease within 10 years, the land owner must join in the grant application and agree to be bound by the grant conditions if a community grant is awarded.
Site map and photographs: for habitat/heritage site works.
Additional Guidance for habitat & capital projects
Please read this section if your project involves work to habitats or other capital works, e.g., pathways or works to heritage features such as Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
How your grant application will be assessed
Assessment & Decision Periods
Rating of applications
Each application will be assessed by the Community Foundation Grants staff and rated against the following:
How your grant will be paid & monitored
Successful applicants will be notified by email once a decision has been made. A Grant Agreement will be sent to the Lead Contact named in your application. This agreement needs to be signed online by an authorised signatory for your organisation and returned to the Community Foundation.
Grants will be paid up front upon receipt of your signed contract.
Grantees will need to submit copies of invoices/receipts for all expenditure over £500. For items under £500 grantees will need to complete a table detailing Date/Item Description/Amount when completing your end of grant report. Grantees will need to keep receipts for items under £500 for 7 years for audit purposes.
The End of Project Report template will be provided with your Grant Award letter. This must be completed and submitted no later than 30 November 2022.
If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: Jul 1, 2022 13:00
Jul 1, 2022 13:00
Cushendun village area (including Knocknacarry and Glendun)
Between £3,000 and £5,000.
Projects taking place within Cushendun village area, including Knocknacarry and Glendun. Projects which meet at least one of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund – Cushendun objectives: – Enlivening Village Heritage – Promoting Cultural and Natural heritage – Celebrating Local Assets. Projects that engage a wider range of people with Cushendun, to improve their wellbeing and connection with the landscape. Projects that engage people as active participants in the discovery, interpretation and celebration of Cushendun.
If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team