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:
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:
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
Monitoring of activities and projects against the following aims:
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):
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
Grants will be available ranging from £1,000 to £2,000
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
The fund will close for applications on Monday 17 October 2022 at 1.00pm.
If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team