Funding News – 04 September 2023

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Funding News

Alzheimer’s Society: Accelerator Programme

The Accelerator Programme is designed to support people in developing and accelerating their product and service innovations to deliver help and hope to people living with dementia. This could include a simple product that makes an everyday task easier for a person living with dementia, or an innovative idea for a new service or way of working for care home staff. Open to applications from academics, designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, or anyone with an idea that could help improve the lives of people affected by dementia. They provide up to £100,000 of funding and additional support for 12 months.

Crowdfunder Cost of Living Crisis Emergency Fund

Crowdfunder are supporting projects which tackle food poverty caused or accelerated by the cost of living crisis. Projects can get up to £5,000 for their community food project. This is a match-funding initiative and thus not a traditional grant scheme (funds awarded are conditional upon applicants first securing crowdfunding via Crowdfunder’s platform. The fund, donated by members of the public, closes when all funds have been allocated. Projects need to be delivered by 31 December 2023.

Funding for children and young people

  • The Linnean Society: Our Nature Grant Scheme - designed to provide young people with an opportunity to design and lead on projects involving their local nature and natural spaces and see their ideas come to life, applications for novel ideas are welcome from a wide range of organisation types. The maximum award is £1,000 per proposal. Deadline 22 October 2023.
  • KFC Foundation: Community Grants Programme - provides grants to organisations focused on empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, by providing mentoring and helping to unlock talent and build life skills to improve their chances to gain meaningful employment. Grants of up to £2,500 to support grassroots organisations in the heart of their restaurant’s communities. Deadline 24 September 2023.
  • Happy Days Children's Charity- funding for family day trips and holidays, group day trips and visiting theatres, and group activity holidays for children & young people aged between 3 and 17 years who have disabilities or a life limiting condition, or who have been abused and/or young carers who reside in the United Kingdom.

Funding for armed forces

  • Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme - The Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme will offer grants up to £100,000 for three-year projects that clearly address hidden or compelling needs identified in Armed Forces communities. Deadline 13 November 2023 (5pm).
  • ABF The Soldiers’ Charity: Grants to Charities & Organisations offers grants programme to charities and organisations that provide lifetime support to the Army community including serving soldiers, veterans and their immediate families. Funding up to 100 charities in a given year, applications are welcome from registered charities and applications from CICs, community projects, and housing associations will also be considered. Next deadline 4 October 2023.

Upcoming Deadlines

The Theatres Trust/Wolfson: Theatre Improvement Scheme

The Theatres Trust's Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, is a capital fund with the theme of Improving Environmental Sustainability as this is an urgent priority for the sector. Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme. It is hoped that these grants will support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact. that awards grants of up to £20,000. Deadline 5 September 2023 (5pm).

Special EU Programmes Body: PEACE PLUS 2021-27

PEACE PLUS 2021-27 is a EU cross-border programme that will contribute to a more prosperous and stable society in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The following iprogrammes are closing 7 September 2023 (5pm)

  • Re-imagining Communities,
  • Shared Learning Together in Formal Education Settings,
  • Shared Learning Together in Informal Education Settings, and
  • Quality and Impact Body for PEACEPLUS Youth Programme.

The Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing programme closes 12 September 2023 (5pm).

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council: Christmas Festive Fund

Supporting Community Associations from towns, villages and hamlets to help celebrate Christmas, the fund offers two strands. Fund A, up to £2,500 for settlements with a population of 1000 and above and Fund B, up to £750 for p settlements with a population of less than 1000. Deadline 22 September 2023 (noon). The Council also has a number of funding programmes open on an ongoing basis including Town Twinning Grant, Policing and Community Safety Small Grant, Town Centre Experience Fund, and the Landfill Community Fund. For details and to apply, visit here.

Commonweal Housing: Call for New Ideas 2023

In their Call for New Ideas, Commonweal Housing invites not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding of between £5,000-£10,000 to conduct a short-term feasibility study to evaluate a housing and support model tackling issues facing vulnerable individuals who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Deadline 29 September 2023 (5pm).

Fundraising Support for autumn 2023


Meet the Fundraising Regulator - In Person | NICVA

14 Sept 2023; 10:30am to 1:00pm

This session in NICVA with Fundraising Regulator is an opportunity to hear more about their work, the guidance they provide and how they can support you. It is also a chance to hear about their upcoming review of the Code of Fundraising Practice.

Free Online Introductory Fundraising Workshops for NICVA Members

We are hosting a series of FREE workshops for NICVA members introducing a different fundraising topic or aspect of fundraising. These sessions are an opportunity to find out about an area of fundraising that's new to you, top up your existing knowledge, or be a snapshot into an element of fundraising you'd like to explore. Each workshop is led by NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer.


A Practical Guide to Completing Funding Applications

As the voluntary and community sector face a squeeze on finances from a variety of sources, securing funding is essential but it’s a competitive environment. This in-person event gives a useful overview and the practical advice you need to complete funding applications with a focus on addressing emerging funding priorities.

  • 30 November 2023
  • 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Paid (£35 members £50 non-members)

Fundraising Clinics

These popular, free fundraising advice clinics provide members with an hour-long chance to discuss and address specific fundraising needs.  The sessions can be delivered online, in-person or over the telephone.

Taking place, the last Tuesday in September, October, and November, you can book a slot from 10am until 4pm. See links below:


Explore the Fundraising Hub for a wide range of resources to support your fundraising journey. A few are below:

NEW**Meta and PayPal Giving Fund announce partnership – what it means for fundraisers using Facebook and Instagram

The partnership between Meta and PayPal Giving Fund to handle the processing of charitable donations means UK organisations need to act to avoid disruption to their fundraising on Facebook and Instagram.

National Lottery funding distributors announce big changes

Both The National Lottery Community Fund and The National Lottery Heritage Fund have launched their new funding strategies. A summary of the changes is provided.

Promoting best practice in fundraising | NICVA

NICVA encourages organisations to follow the Code of Fundraising Practice. This article provides information about The Code and The Fundraising Regulator.

Resources from Fundraising training series May-June 2023 | NICVA

An overview of the fundraising series and links to six resources that were developed from the training sessions. To help share and disseminate the knowledge learnt.

Guest Blog: Fundraising Regulator - Volunteer fundraising: understanding the difference between ‘in aid of’ and ‘on behalf of’ | NICVA

Celia Currie, Stakeholder and Policy Manager for Northern Ireland, reflects on the importance of volunteers in fundraising and why it's important for charities to understand what type of fundraising is being carried out.

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