The North West Learning Fund


Who can apply:

  • Registered charities
  • Constituted community organisations, and CICs, within Northern Ireland, who are based in the County Derry/Londonderry area only, and which support economically inactive people living in the North West, to find a route to employment, through training and learning initiatives.

Fund criteria:

The purpose of the Fund is to encourage innovation and collaborative approaches by government and private philanthropists to improve the sustainability of organisations working within the Community and Voluntary Sector.

The Fund will also provide additional strategic, organisational support through a bespoke mentorship programme for grant recipients upon completion of a strength checker.

The organisational strength checker information will be requested during the application process.

Phase Two Grants:

Phase Two will encourage innovation in learning leading to employment opportunities and/or further learning for economically inactive people, and will offer grants of between £10,000 and £15,000

 

Why the connection to the UNESCO Learning City?

In July 2019 Derry City and Strabane became a member of UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities. This programme promotes lifelong learning to all citizens, across all sectors, communities and all ages. The Network supports the achievement of all seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Phase Two Example:

 An organisation located in the North West, i.e. Derry~Londonderry City and County and the DCSDC area, which develops programmes for individuals to access, or, progress learning, or training, as a route to employment or placement.

For example, but not limited to, financial services training, digital literacy, creative arts, nutrition and cooking, healthcare, green economy, horticulture, self-employment, on-line business, physical fitness or personal training

 

Local sectoral employers may be involved as placement providers

What can be supported within the fund themes?

 We expect projects to include:

  • An innovative, expanded, and/or more efficient and effective service offer
  • Strong leadership and governance
  • Improved management systems
  • Sound impact measurement systems
  • Thoughts around future strategic planning and direction in relation to supporting economically inactive people living in the North West, to find a route to employment, through training and learning initiatives.
  • Collaborative approaches, where possible
  • Strengthened networks

Applicants are advised to consider the impact of COVID restrictions on their activities and demonstrate how they plan to adapt to new ways of working with their clients and highlight any new potential employment opportunities.

The Fund will not support:

 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:

  • 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 – *Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation.

The North West Learning Fund also generally do not fund:

  • Organisations operating outside of the North West e.g. DCSDC area and County Derry~Londonderry
  • Party political activity
  • Trips abroad
  • Individuals
  • Replacement of statutory funding
  • Funding for projects that have already started.
  • Groups who have not complied with previous monitoring requirements
  • Groups with more than three live lives grants at any one time

Applying to the North West Learning Fund

Application process and grant size:

Applications will be invited through an online application on the Community Foundation’s website www.communityfoundationni.org

North West Learning Fund OPENS Monday 12th October CLOSES 1pm Monday 16th November 2020

Grants of between £10k and £15k are available

We expect to award between six and eight grants

Your application must include an organisation strength checker – https://vcsestrengthchecker.org.uk/ and attached to your application, and must help shape the nature of what you are requesting financial assistance for.

 

Applicants are required to provide the following with their application:

  • A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be signed and dated;
  • A copy of your most recent accounts or up to date income and expenditure;
  • A copy of a current account bank statement for your organisation’s bank account – this must be in the same name as your constitution, dated within the past three months and should not be overdrawn. If the bank statement is overdrawn please provide an explanation as to why the account is overdrawn.  The Foundation staff will then consider this explanation in line with our due diligence policies and procedures.
  • A copy of your safeguarding policy.
  • Your organisation strength tracker

 


Closing Date: Nov 16, 2020 13:00

Nov 16, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • DCSDC area and County Derry~Londonderry

  • Grant size:

  • Grants between £10,000 and £15,000 are available

  • Priorities:

  • We expect projects to include: An innovative, expanded, and/or more efficient and effective service offer; Strong leadership and governance; Improved management systems; Sound impact measurement systems; Thoughts around future strategic planning and direction in relation to supporting economically inactive people living in the North West, to find a route to employment, through training and learning initiatives; Collaborative approaches, where possible; Strengthened networks

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The North West Learning Fund is open for applications on Monday 12th October 2020 and will remain open until 1pm on Monday 16th November 2020.

 

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