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The Acorn Giving Circle


Purpose of the Fund:

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) is made up of a group of women who aim to make a positive contribution to improving the lives of people from Derry – Londonderry in a small but meaningful way. It was formed in 2012 as a response to the establishment of the Acorn Fund (AF), a fund within the Community Foundation for NI (CFNI).

The funds generated by AGC are now available in the form of small grants for charitable or community groups / organisations. Grant size is up to £500. Acorn Giving Circle aims to prioritise its support to where the need is greatest and where it can make a significant difference.

Priorities: Children and Young People, Older People and Local Impacts of Climate

Area: Derry

Grant Size: Up to £500

While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications for projects that address the following:

 

  • Children / young people who live in the Derry~ Londonderry city and environs
  • the project should demonstrate that it is a new initiative within your organisation/group and not your normal business
  • Projects that allow older people to stay connected within their communities and can also have an inter-generational element.
  • Projects and activities which are concerned with raising awareness about local impacts of climate change on vulnerable people in our community e.g. older people and children

Examples of the types of activities that may be supported:

  • Supporting children through bereavement; play and learning projects; health and well-being projects; fun and play projects; social awareness projects.
  • Projects that bring older people together in activities that are fun and unique e.g. silent discos, more than the normal luncheon clubs.
  • Could be a project that you have developed through learning from previous work you’ve done.

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) will not support:

  • Salaries
  • Formal education fees
  • Vehicles or related costs
  • Equipment
  • Parties & shopping trips
  • Promotion of religion or politics

Amount of funding available:

Small grants of up to £500.  Acorn Giving Circle aims to prioritise its support to where the need is greatest and where it can make a significant difference.

Who can apply?

  • Constituted groups who have management committee and current bank account
  • Individuals can be supported through an organisation – please contact us for clarification
  • The fund wishes to support projects that will improve the lives of children, young people and older people through social, cultural, sporting or educational activities who live in Derry~Londonderry city and its environs.

In Addition We Will Not Fund:

  • 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.
  • Applications from individuals (except applications the Acorn Giving Fund – please seek guidance from Shauna Kelpie)
  • Applications from statutory organisations
  • Applications that promote religious or political activities
  • Salaried posts unless directly related to new project
  • Trips abroad
  • Vehicles
  • Activities that duplicate existing services
  • Retrospective Funding
  • Substitution for statutory funding

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.

Additional Information

References will be sought and applicants may be required to demonstrate need for support.  Successful grant recipients will be required to keep a record of expenditure including receipts.  Grant recipients will be required to write a short report detailing how the grant helped them.

Decisions on grants made by the Committee of the Acorn Giving Circle are final. Any canvassing for grants may lead to disqualification.

For further information please email Shauna Kelpie at skelpie@communityfoundationni.org or telephone the Derry- Londonderry office on 028 7137 1547 or telephone Shauna on 07796 264635.


Closing Date: Nov 25, 2019 13:00

Nov 25, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Derry

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £500

  • Priorities:

  • While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications for projects that address the following: • Children / young people who live in the Derry~ Londonderry city and environs • the project should demonstrate that it is a new initiative within your organisation/group and not your normal business • Projects that allow older people to stay connected within their communities and can also have an inter-generational element. • Projects and activities which are concerned with raising awareness about local impacts of climate change on vulnerable people in our community e.g. older people and children Examples of the types of activities that may be supported: • Supporting children through bereavement; play and learning projects; health and well-being projects; fun and play projects; social awareness projects. • Projects that bring older people together in activities that are fun and unique e.g. silent discos, more than the normal luncheon clubs. • Could be a project that you have developed through learning from previous work you’ve done.

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The fund will be open for applications on 6th November 2019, and will close at 1:00pm on 25th November 2019.

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Who to speak to

Shauna Kelpie

Fund Development Officer

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact Shauna Kelpie, Fund Development Officer.

Shauna Kelpie

Fund Development Officer

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact Shauna Kelpie, Fund Development Officer.

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