The New Needs Fund
Who can apply:
- Constituted organisations with charitable purposes operating within Northern Ireland
- Organisations whose income is £1million or below
- Organisations who have applied to the Coronavirus Community Fund are eligible to apply for financial support, providing this is for a new project in line with the New Needs fund criteria
- Grassroots organisations working within their local community in particular to support the following beneficiaries:
- Children and young people, in particular young women and girls
- Older people
- People with disabilities
- People with poor mental health
- Black, asian and ethnic minorities
- Rurally isolated people
- People in poverty
- Persons in institutions such as care homes (children in care, older people in care) rehabilitation centres
- LGBTQ+ community
- Anyone identified as discriminated and excluded; particularly when it comes to practice and policy
- To help organisations and communities to respond better, addressing new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus and where restrictions mean finding new ways of meeting existing needs.
- To help organisations and communities to #build back better, helping to ensure organisations can thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities
It will focus on community led responses that will:
- Enhance existing community services and activities around health and wellbeing and help people cope with adversity.
- Provide ongoing emergency support initiatives that directly support those most at risk as a result of the threat of coronavirus, and that clearly evidence the need for support.
- Support innovation and creativity for those community organisations disrupted as a result of covid-19 but that are continuing to provide a valuable service at this time.
- Encourage collaboration and strengthen collaborative activity and responses to issues affecting those most marginalised in Northern Ireland, in particular the LGBTQ+ community, black, asian and ethnic minorities, and those most at risk, including those suffering from domestic violence, and those living in poverty.
- Invest in social cohesion and resilience, and empower and connect community based organisations.
- Encourage adaptation, innovation and agility of the sector, and ensure preparedness for the future.
The funding is primarily to support communities, and as a result we would expect to see communities, and communities of interest taking action, and to prepare to implement solutions that will work in their areas.
What can be supported?
- Costs associated with implementing new systems and procedures, supporting beneficiaries in different ways, and costs associated with identifying new ways of working, or to build capacity, and to develop a plan for the organisation to prepare to continue to support beneficiaries.
- Capital costs (no more than £4,500) associated with implementing new systems and procedures.
- Bringing together expertise to provide advice, mentoring support, and other actions to maintain viability of the organisation.
- Additional core costs such as rent, heat and light, salary contributions, are eligible, of up to 20% of the amount awarded
What can be supported within the fund themes?
With grant sizes of between £1,000 to £15,000, it is the expectation that this funding will support organisations to continue to provide services over the next 6 to 7 months. Projects must be complete by the end of February 2021, with end of grant reports completed by Friday 12th March 2021.
The Foundation will prioritise:
- Initiatives that empower and connect community based organisations
- Initiatives that have a clear social impact
- Initiatives that involve those with lived experience
- Organisations who have fewer live grants, ie: less than four live grants (with the Community Foundation), at any one time
Examples of projects may include:
- New agile and adaptive ways of working, that strengthen preparedness for the future, and build capacity and resilience for those organisations who are supporting vulnerable people, who are experiencing health inequalities, and/or suffering from loneliness and social isolation. This might include health and safety measures to adapt and enable provision of important services.
- Supporting and encouraging social dialogue, advocacy and political engagement for those who suffer most from inequality.
- Online support, and new ways of working, by organisations supporting people who are experiencing poor mental health. Those delivering mental health support must be suitably qualified to do so. We will expect this to be evidenced within the application.
- Community activity, including volunteering, and co-ordination of services that supports, and/or increases participation in activities and services that improve the health and quality of life of at least one of the beneficiaries listed above.
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. 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.
Further to this the Fund will not support:
- We are unable to fund organisations whose purposes include the advancement of religion. However, if your application fully meets all other criteria, we will pass it to the Rural Community Network who may be able to provide you with funding support
- Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away, and one-off residentials
- Funding for projects that have already started
- Payment that directly supports lobbying or activity intended to influence or attempt to influence Parliament, Government or political parties, or attempting to influence the awarding or renewal of contracts and grants, or attempting to influence legislative or regulatory action. Notwithstanding this, the Foundation recognises the importance of an independent civil society sector and as such civil society organisations are entitled to campaign within the law, in order to advance their aims
- 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
- Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. We will not support organisations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion
- One-off conferences or workshops, as it is difficult to demonstrate what impact such events are likely to achieve. We can fund conferences, workshops and other gatherings as part of longer-term activities or work
- General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications
- Work where the long-term institutional care of children or young people is a preferred way of working over the longer term (e.g. setting up or running orphanages). Where short-term, temporary institutional care is used as part of an intervention to support children and young people, applicants will need to demonstrate how the work they propose seeks to develop and implement community-based alternatives;
- The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state.
- VAT reclaimable from HMRC
- Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector funding
- Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases);
- Gifts to individuals other than promotional items with a value of no more than £25 a year to any one individual
- Use to purchase buildings or land; and/or to top up reserves of your group
Guidance for applicants:
The Fund will close for applications on Friday 28th August 2020 but will be assessed on a rolling call basis. We anticipate significant demand and so we may have to close the fund for applications sooner than planned. Groups are therefore encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
- 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 email@example.com)
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