Who can apply:
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:
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 North West Learning Fund also generally do not fund:
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:
Closing Date: Nov 16, 2020 13:00
Nov 16, 2020 13:00
DCSDC area and County Derry~Londonderry
Grants between £10,000 and £15,000 are available
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
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.