Co Op Foundation Future Communities Grants


About this funding

The Co Op Foundation has developed the Community Future  Grants Programme in recognition of the commitment in communities, and the opportunities to unlock the potential of community assets and build a vision for the future.

The total budget for the fund is £75,000 and the Co Op Foundation is offering grants of between £3,000 to £10,000 to enable communities to develop assets that are important to them, and ideas for communities that will help enable a better future.

Who can apply?

We can fund UK-based charities, social enterprises and other voluntary and community  organisations that do not mainly aim to generate profits for private distribution. Your  organisation must be constituted, have a UK current bank account in the organisation’s name, and the majority of the Board or management committee unrelated.

To be eligible, your organisation must:

  • Deliver activities aligned to the aims of the programme
  • Deliver activities in Northern Ireland
  • Have a clear vision for the future of your community/community of interest

Fund focus:

Through this fund we want to support organisations who have a focus on developing communities for the future.

We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, drawing on the voices of young people and developing young people to be the leaders, co-operators, organisers and activists in and for these future communities.

We want to support organisations that are working to bring their vision for future communities to life.

We want to see cooperation, leadership, and people working towards the kind of communities they want to live in, building on the assets within their communities to support that vision.

We will be looking for a compelling vision for geographical communities, and/or communities of interest. We want to see what can be done to help ensure a fair community, built upon co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity.

We encourage you to think about partnering with other members of the community e.g. to share costs and solutions if you have similar needs. However, we  recognise this may not always be appropriate depending on your planned use of the grant.

What can you apply for?

We want to support what groups and communities need, rather than what we think they might need. You can apply for a grant from £3,000 up to £10,000 to support your organisation. Uses of the grant may include, but are not limited to:

  • Contribution to core costs, including staffing costs
  • Equipment
  • Investment that helps you scale
  • Project costs

What we’re looking for

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Your organisation meets the eligibility criteria detailed above
  • You have a clear plan for the use of the grant
  • You can demonstrate how the grant will support your organisation and your local community to thrive
  • You can show how your organisation will continue to be viable in future

We can’t fund

  • 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.
  • Individuals or sole traders;
  • Applications made on behalf of another organisation;
  • Organisations aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution;
  • Organisations that are mainly fundraising bodies or fees for professional  fundraisers;
  • Statutory duties;
  • Services run by state or public authorities, unless as part of a partnership led by a  voluntary organisation.

Guidance for applicants:

The Fund will close for applications at 1pm on Tuesday 11 October 2022.

We will hold a grants panel at the end of October and let you know the outcome of your application shortly afterwards.

  • Applications must be completed online
  • Applicants are also required to provide the following with their application:
  • A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation
  • A copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts
  • A copy of your safeguarding policies.  These must be appropriate for the project you are applying for, for example to provide online counselling provision.
  • A current account bank statement dated within the last three months (If this is not in credit, you must provide an explanation as to why.  The Foundation reserves the right not to offer funding to applicants who are significantly overdrawn, and/or who have not provided a suitable explanation as to why the account is overdrawn.)
  • A copy of your equality policy

 

(The above documents must be uploaded online along with the completed application, or emailed to applications@communityfoundationni.org – by 1pm on Tuesday 11 October 2022.

 

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.

 

If you require any help with this application, please contact the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Grants and Donor Care Team at 028 9024 5927.

 

 

 

 


Closing Date: Oct 11, 2022 13:00

Oct 11, 2022 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Between £3,000 to £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • We want- to support organisations who have a focus on developing communities for the future; We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, drawing on the voices of young people and developing young people to be the leaders, co-operators, organisers and activists in and for these future communities; support organisations that are working to bring their vision for future communities to life; to see cooperation, leadership, and people working towards the kind of communities they want to live in, building on the assets within their communities to support that vision.

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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.

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