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Community Foundation announces £880,000 Comic Relief fund for Northern Ireland

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Community Foundation announces £880,000 Comic Relief fund for Northern Ireland

8 May 2019

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has been appointed by Comic Relief to make £880,000 of funding available to voluntary sector and community groups here over the next two years.

Funding will be awarded under four key strategic areas; ‘Children Survive and Thrive’; ‘Global Mental Health Matters’; ‘Fighting for Gender Justice’ and ‘A Safe Space To Be’, while a series of information sessions will be held across Northern Ireland in May to support community and voluntary sector groups with a potential application.

Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities at the Foundation said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Comic Relief and we are equally excited by the potentially huge positive impact this funding will have on areas of significant need in Northern Ireland.

“The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Comic Relief share a number of core beliefs and priorities which include directly investing in communities, the importance of lived experiences of people in shaping and improving lives and in shifting ownership of power, as well as partnering with others who have greater experience, knowledge and connections. We also believe in adapting to change learning from lived experiences and influencing future policy and programmes from a lived experience perspective and look forward to lots of learnings over the next two years.”

Workshop places can be booked online at Eventbrite, by searching for Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. Year one applications will open 10.00am Monday 3rd June 2019 – and close 1.00pm Wednesday 10th July 2019. Applications can only be made via the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland website.


Caption: Anne McKay, Mornington Community Belfast, a previous recipient of Comic Relief Funding, pictured with Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities, Community Foundation and Síofra Hughes, Director of Philanthropy, Community Foundation as they announce the launch of a £880,000 Comic Relief fund for voluntary sector and community groups in Northern Ireland.

Workshops will take place as follows:

Tuesday 14th May
2-4 pm: Irish Street Community Centre 19 Bann Drive, Londonderry BT47 2HJ
Tuesday 14th May
7-9 pm: Garvagh Community Centre Garvagh 85 Main St, Garvagh, Coleraine BT51 5AB
Wednesday 15th May
2-4 pm and 7-9 pm: First Steps Womens’ Group Dungannon 21 William St, County Tyrone, Dungannon BT70 1DX
Thursday 16th May
2-4 pm: Ballymote Community Centre Ballymote Centre, 40 Killough Road Downpatrick BT30 6PY
Thursday 16th May
7-9 pm: Hamilton Road Community Hub Hamilton Road Community Hub, Bangor, BT20 4LF
Tuesday 21st May
7-9 pm: NOW Project Grosvenor Road Belfast 15-17 Grosvenor Rd, Belfast BT12 4GN
Thursday 23rd May
7-9 pm: Brain Injury Foundation 23 Newry Rd, Camlough Newry BT35 7JP
Tuesday 28th May
7-9 pm: NOW Project Grosvenor Road Belfast 15-17 Grosvenor Rd, Belfast BT12 4GN
Tuesday 28th May
2-4 pm: Atlas Womens Centre, 7 Bachelors Walk, Lisburn BT28 1XJ.
Wednesday 29th May
7-9 pm: Fermanagh Trust, Fermanagh House Broadmeadow Pl, Enniskillen BT74 7HR
Thursday 30th May
2-4 pm: Henderson Suite, Ledcom, Willowbank Road Larne BT40 2SF

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