Programmes tailored for VCSE organisations empower communities to thrive through new learning opportunities.
To contribute to reducing and preventing homelessness in Northern Ireland through supporting projects that address root causes and amplify the voices of homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.
An Innovation and Community Voice programme
To build on the skills and knowledge training local people how to grow food at home. Improving awareness of the connection between climate change and food choices.
The Acorn Farm, I can Grow project is calling for families in Derry/Londonderry and Strabane to roll up their sleeves and get planting. No experience needed! The programme supports families to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Families are given everything they need to grow food at home, learning from horticultural experts to begin the creation of a more sustainable food system throughout the city.
Open to all voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations working in Northern Ireland, as well as public sector representatives and interested individuals, the programme is supporting projects that can deliver greater public influence over key societal issues as well as demonstrating how a more participative and deliberative model of democracy can build a better Northern Ireland for everyone.
Civic Innovation Programme supports innovative ideas and approaches that put people at the centre of decision-making in Northern Ireland.
The Techies in Residence programme supports both VCSE organisations and Techies to adopt a design thinking approach to explore a social challenge, putting the service user at the centre of the experience.
Techies in Residence is focused on creating powerful change within communities through digital technology by utilising a person-centred design thinking approach.
All organisations who complete the Community Innovators Programme will be eligible to apply for a grant from the Foundation’s Social Innovation Seed Fund to help them deliver the idea or ideas they develop through participation in the programme.
The Community Innovators programme is for voluntary, community or social enterprise organisations who would like support to explore and develop new solutions to a real world social, economic or environmental challenge.