Fund & Grant News
28 Apr 2020
The McCall Social Care Fund established by the McCall Foundation, in partnership with The Community Foundation and Department for Communities opens today. The fund has been established to support social care in Northern Ireland, with a particular focus on older people. Grants up to £10,000 available for groups in the County Antrim area.
The fund aims to make a small number of awards to those organisations working in the community and voluntary sector. Those 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 fund will be distributed in two phases, initially with a pot of £50,000, primarily focusing on social care in Northern Ireland, and the challenges in a regime of isolation linked to covid 19. This phase will offer 5 grants of £10,000. Later in the year the fund will reopen with further pot of funding.
Mervyn McCall, founder of the McCall Foundation said, “I have been working closely with the Community Foundation to connect with and community issues and causes of interest to me, particularly social care. Coronavirus has presented many challenges across society and my hope is that my fund can support innovative projects and new ways of working within social care in the Antrim area.
Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy at the Foundation added “This is the first of five philanthropic funds investing in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector which will roll out this year. Philanthropic funding secured by the Community Foundation from individuals, families and charitable trusts is being matched by DfC to support innovative and sustainable projects within a broad range of themes across NI. We are delighted to support the McCall Foundation and DfC to distribute this much needed support.
Groups can apply here.