The Civic Innovation Programme aims to:
The only independently-funded programme of its kind in the UK or Ireland, the Civic Innovation Programme uses a combination of intensive project design support, expertise on public participation and grant-funding to support the delivery of new initiatives that aim to deepen local democracy.
The programme builds on the legacy of the Building Change Trust’s Civic Activism Programme which operated from 2014-2018. Past projects have included the Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland, Participatory Budgeting Works, the NI Open Government Network and FactCheckNI. This programme is managed by the Community Foundation Innovation and Voice Team.
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.
As well as the Community Foundation’s own resources, funding for the programme is provided by a consortium of independent charitable foundations including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
The programme’s first set of grants were awarded in February 2021 and as such is not currently open for applications.
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The Community Foundation Pressure Group Fund has been established in recognition of the contribution groups and people in our society, who are working towards supporting social change, can make through direct civic action, lobbying and campaigning.
This website will provide a range of resources and information on civic innovation tools and creative approaches that have been used around the world in recent years.
CFNI and community partners have been advocating for a Citizens Assembly and Participatory Budgeting funds to be allocated as tools for Building Back Better following the Covid pandemic.
Can Citizen Assemblies support NI decision making process? Can Citizen Assemblies support NI decision making process?
Participatory Budgeting can be described as "Local People deciding how to allocate part of a public budget."
Find out about the Project Teams involved in the current Civic Innovation Programme
Are you a Civic Innovation Project Team? Click below to access Community Space for Project Teams for training, resources and information on upcoming workshops.