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Pears Community Spaces Fund


Purpose of the Fund:

The fund has been set up to to develop greater respect and understanding between people of different backgrounds.

What impact can we expect from this programme/ fund?

  • A stronger community sector equipped to face today’s challenges
  • A more confident and vocal community sector
  • Safer, stronger, confident individuals and communities thriving after the conflict
  • A safer NI for those most marginalised and vulnerable

The fund will support projects addressing issues within the following theme areas:

  • Increased contact and dialogue among project participants in NI and their community and those of another community background, faith or political persuasion
  • Underpinning the Peace Process and promoting community development and cohesion
  • Increased understanding, tolerance and respect to and for each other on the post conflict legacy issues which divides us
  • Increased sharing & use of space between and within for community cohesion and community development related activities
  • Increased dialogue among the sector and other stakeholders to address key and or emerging themes which could destabilize community cohesion.  
  • Increased contact and dialogue between policy makers and the community voluntary sector.

 

Examples of who can apply:

  • Constituted voluntary organisations and community groups, who are able to demonstrate a partnership approach that evidences need and joint working.

Examples of projects that the fund might support:

  • Local cultural projects recording and researching history
  • Establishment of a “Men’s Shed” or other similar initiative
  • Small capital works to a community facility
  • Contributions to core costs to run local community facilities/projects
  • Environmental awareness projects
  • Activities supporting young people, the elderly, those with disabilities
  • Community wide events
  • Strategic projects that will benefit a number of communities, including partnership applications

Amount of funding available:

Small grants of up to £5k where community and voluntary groups are able to demonstrate a partnership approach that evidences need and joint working. 

The grant could be for using a shared space in their local community or to carry out joint activities or events aimed at bringing different communities together, whether that be communities of faith, ethnicity, neighbourhood or of different backgrounds. 

The fund will give space to groups to connect, share ideas, explore and learn together.  

 

Who cannot apply?

  • Individuals
  • Organisations with an income above £250k 
  • Statutory organisations, including schools, universities or hospitals (such organisations cannot lead an application but can be a partner in a project).
  • Private limited companies
  • Unconstituted organisations
  • National organisations, unless the application is submitted by a local office with a separate management committee, bank account and governing documents
  • Organisations whose purpose is to promote party politics or religion. Your organisation must be inclusive to all at every level of the organisation (from trustees to staff to volunteers and beneficiaries) and this must be reflected in your governance and in practice

 

In Addition We Will Not Fund:

  • Vehicles, land, property, building works.  (Small capital works can be considered as part of your project)
  • Contribution of costs toward a larger capital programme
  • General appeals, individual and group sponsorship
  • Provision of services that are a statutory remit
  • Party political activity, activities promoting religion
  • 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, providing they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation.
  • Retrospective costs/debts
  • Holidays and overseas trips or shopping trips

 

The Foundation will also 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.

 

Applicants that currently hold a live grant are not eligible to re-apply in any new round until all outstanding information is provided for the current grant held.  This includes details of spend and any monitoring.

Additional Information

PEARS INFORMATION


Closing Date: Dec 12, 2019 13:00

Dec 12, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £5,000

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Increased contact and dialogue among project participants in NI and their community and those of another community background, faith or political persuasion ▪ Underpinning the Peace Process and promoting community development and cohesion ▪ Increased understanding, tolerance and respect to and for each other on the post conflict legacy issues which divides us ▪ Increased sharing & use of space between and within for community cohesion and community development related activities ▪ Increased dialogue among the sector and other stakeholders to address key and or emerging themes which could destabilize community cohesion. ▪ Increased contact and dialogue between policy makers and the community voluntary sector.

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The fund will be open for applications from 9:00am on 4th November 2019, and will close at 1:00pm on 12th December 2019.

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Who to speak to

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Head of Building Sustainable Communities

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities.
Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Head of Building Sustainable Communities

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities.

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