The Ann McGeeney Fund


About Ann

Ann McGeeney was born on the 3rd June 1962 in Cornonagh, a small townland outside Crossmaglen in South Armagh, Ireland.

She began her working life in Crossmaglen as Manager of the newly formed Regeneration of South Armagh community organisation and so began a working life dedicated to working with and for the community in deprived areas, across the border, supporting peace building and inspiring women to be confident and make a difference to their lives.  Ann worked in dangerous and difficult times but despite intimidation, confrontation and challenge she never diverted from what she believed in or in the defence of who she believed in.

Ann died on the 11th of September 2014 from cancer, following a diagnosis in June the previous year. She had shown no signs of illness up to that point. Her life had been an exceptionally active one – running, cycling, kayaking, walking her beloved hills. During her illness she never once allowed it to stop
her both doing her work and continuing to exercise with family and friends.

In recognition of her life and work her family, friends and work associates agreed to establish the Ann McGeeney Charitable Trust.

About the Fund

The fund is open to organisations with charitable purposes only.

Funding will be available to local community organisations that are planned and run for the benefit of refugees and asylum seeker communities in Northern Ireland to support integration into society.

The Fund welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups that address the following areas:

  • Integration of ethnic minorities into communities with special emphasis on women within these communities
  • Initiatives can include providing support to host communities in building social connections with arriving refugee families and refugees already residing within the areas above.
  • And/or providing activities to arriving families and refugees already residing within the areas above, helping them build social bridges with the host community.

The fund will prioritise refugees and asylum seekers from Syria and/or Ukraine

Community organisations involved

It is envisaged the organisations will be ‘host community’ organisations i.e. predominantly run or attended by long term UK residents. It is also possible for organisations to be ‘refugee community’ organisations with an aim to include ‘host communities’ in their activities.

The funding will help those organisations support long-term integration, develop opportunities to contribute to community by reducing barriers and creating social connections.

What we will fund

Funded activities will:

  • Be open to, and of interest to, reunited refugee families and refugees residing in Northern Ireland
  • Community activities such as those listed below will be funded (for guidance only):
    • Joint activity workshops leading to a co-designed event
    • Family cooking sessions
    • Parent and child groups
    • Sports (including women only)
    • Arts and performing arts
    • Music
    • Hobby classes
    • Women’s wellbeing groups.

Grants will be available ranging from £1,000 to £2,000 for projects taking place within a 12 month period

The Ann McGeeney Fund will not support

  • The 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. 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.
  • Organisations based outside the UK. The project must be for delivery in Northern Ireland;
  • The advancement of religion. This includes organisations whose purposes include the 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;
  • Promotion of religious or political activity, including any flags and emblems that may deem to be associated with such;
  • CIC Companies Limited by Shares, or CICs without an asset lock clause. Eligible CICs must have at least three unrelated committee members,
    and/or the majority of the committee unrelated.
  • Holidays or trips outside Ireland
  • Salaries
  • Running costs of large organisations
  • Applications from statutory organisations
  • Activities or initiatives which should be statutory obligations
  • Political parties
  • Contributions to capital project

Monitoring of activities and projects against the following aims:

  • To support host communities in building social connections with arriving refugee families and refugees already residing within the areas
    above.
  • To provide activities to arriving families and refugees already residing within the areas above, helping them build social bridges with the host
    community.

Guidance for Applicants

The Fund will be managed on behalf of the Ann McGeeney Trust Fund by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

This round of funding will close at 1pm on Monday 17 October 2022.

Applicants are required to provide the following supporting documentation with their application (unless they have applied to the Foundation in the previous 12 months and received confirmation that their documents are acceptable):

  • A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be signed and dated in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation.
  • 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.  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 equality policy.
  • A copy of your child safeguarding and adult safeguarding policies

For further information and to find out if your group or project is eligible, please contact: The Grants Team on 028 9024 5927


Closing Date: Oct 17, 2022 13:00

Oct 17, 2022 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants will be available ranging from £1,000 to £2,000

  • Priorities:

  • Integration of ethnic minorities into communities with special emphasis on women within these communities; Initiatives can include providing support to host communities in building social connections with arriving refugee families and refugees already residing within the areas above; and/or providing activities to arriving families and refugees already residing within the areas above, helping them build social bridges with the host community; the fund will prioritise refugees and asylum seekers from Syria and/or Ukraine

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The fund will close for applications on Monday 17 October 2022 at 1.00pm.

 

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Who to speak to

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Grants Team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team

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If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team

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