The McCall Social Care Fund

Who can apply:


  • Registered charities and,
  • Constituted community organisations, and CICs, within Northern Ireland, who are working to support social care in the County Antrim area only



Applications are invited from community and voluntary sector organisations who are supporting social care needs in Northern Ireland during the covid 19 threat.

The threat of covid 19, and the further isolation of older people, is likely to continue to remain for at least four to six months.  

Funding will be focused on those organisations who can adapt and have been innovative, to enable them to support those most in need at this time.

What can be supported within the fund themes?

There will be five grants offered of £10,000 to five different organisations.

Examples of potential projects that we may be able to support include:

  • Initiatives, such as enhanced befriending. The funding will prioritise those groups who are thinking about how they can befriend in an innovative way, and in line with guidance around social distancing and isolation.   The support also must include encouragement to become as independent as possible, if appropriate, and directing the beneficiary to further support if needed.
  • Pilot projects linked to addressing social care, in particular geographical communities where existing provision may be limited or non existent.
  • Training to better coordinate services working in social care, or for organisations to build their capacity to coordinate, and become more strategic.  
  • System updates and organisational capacity support for those organisations providing social care, to better accept referrals, either by calls, or online, enabling better coordination of volunteer support, as well as to relevant services that might help.
  • Home based nursing provision and social care.
  • Bespoke services for patients, carers and loved ones, through terminal illness.
  • Any project that supports enhancement in skills or knowledge within the applicant organisation, innovation, increasing reach, scaling up or across, building collaborations to deliver efficiency, strengthening your structures and processes, or strengthening your organisation’s reputation or connections – but, importantly, in a planned and strategic fashion that may deliver sustainable change in social care.


We expect projects to include:

  • An innovative, expanded, and/or more efficient and effective service offer
  • Strong leadership and governance
  • Improved management systems
  • Sound impact measurement systems
  • Thoughts around future strategic planning and direction in relation to social care
  • Collaborative approaches, where possible
  • Strengthened networks

The Fund will not support:

The Community 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 ie those linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

In addition the Community Foundation will not support the following:

  • 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, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation.
  • Projects outside the County Antrim area
  • Party political activity
  • Trips abroad
  • Individuals
  • Replacement of statutory funding
  • Funding for projects that have already started.  The panel will, however, welcome proposals for financial support to continue an existing successful project, where funding is coming to an end, or to further develop an existing project to enable further impact.
  • Groups who have not complied with previous monitoring requirements
  • Groups will more than three live lives grants at any one time

Applying to the McCall Social Care Fund

The applications will be invited through an online application on the Community Foundation’s website and will follow two stages:


Stage One: Initial online application via the Community Foundation’s website by 1:00pm on 1st June 2020.  This MUST include an organisation strength checker –  This must be attached to your application, and must help shape the nature of what you are requesting financial assistance for.

Stage Two: Shortlisted applications will be invited to present their project to the McCall Foundation panel representatives, and other sector leaders, late June, early July 2020.  This will consist of a ten minute presentation, followed by approximately ten minutes of discussion and questions from the fund panel representatives.  Please note that depending on government restrictions and social distancing guidelines, this presentation may require to be done remotely using an online platform.






Closing Date: Jun 1, 2020 13:00

Jun 1, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • County Antrim

  • Grant size:

  • £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund aims to make a small number of awards to those organisations working in the community and voluntary sector, who are delivering innovative and new projects offering additional value in social care at this time, in areas where statutory support is falling short of need, is limited, or in some places at the moment non existent, as the public sector focuses on emergencies. The area of benefit is County Antrim only.

Ready to apply?

Apply Now

Apply Now

The McCall Social Care Fund is open for applications from 9am on 27th April 2020 and will remain open until 1pm on 1st June 2020.


Grant FAQs

Grant FAQs

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

Grants FAQs

Who to speak to

logo inspiring generosity square

Grants Team

Achieving Impact

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.

logo inspiring generosity square

Grants Team

Achieving Impact

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.

Never miss an update

Join our mailing list and keep up to date with Foundation news.