Funding News – 05 September 2022

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Sense: Cost of Living Support Fund

Sense, the national disability charity, has launched a fund to provide financial support to people with complex disabilities who live in the family home and are facing financial hardship. They are distributing grants of £500 to people with complex disabilities who are on low incomes and who are living in the family home. Your application must be completed on your behalf by a social care professional nominated by Sense. Deadline 30 September 2022.

Aviva Community Fund: Cost of Living Boost

The rising cost of living is putting extra strain on individuals, communities and the causes that support them. The need is greater than ever, and funding isn’t stretching as far. Many organisations are working tirelessly to meet this challenge, but they need help to keep their doors open. With their additional £2 million Cost of Living Boost, the Aviva Community Fund will bring people together to support those who need it most. They’ll match every individual donation up to £250*.

Independent Age: Cost of Living Grants

In response to the cost-of-living crisis Independent Age are looking to provide 25 grants of £40,000 (£1million total) to charities and community organisations to get more money into the pockets of older people and help ensure they do not have to choose between buying food to eat and heating their home this winter. Short deadline: 16 September 2022.

The Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation was set up in 2013 to support projects that will fix, maintain, improve and repair charitable and community facilities for those in need across the UK.  The Foundation has helped over 1600 local projects.  Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding up to £5,000.

The Prince's Countryside Fund (PCF): Supporting Rural Communities now open

Supporting Rural Communities is their flagship grant programme, awarding £500,000 each year to support projects that enhance the viability and sustainability of rural communities. The PCF is inviting applications for grants of up to £25,000 over two years, for projects that will create a long-term difference in rural communities across the UK.

The National Garden Scheme: Community Gardens Grants

Grants are available to amateur gardeners from community groups in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to create a garden or similar project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community. Grant size: £500 to £5,000. Opens to applications 17 October 2022.

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland are delighted to be launching a new fund - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund. The fund will provide support to community and voluntary organisations who wish to explore and/or enhance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the group and its community. Grant size - £500-£1,000. Opens 5 September 2022; register for information workshops – Monday 5 September at 2pm-3:30pm or 7pm-8:30pm.

Upcoming Deadlines

Belfast City Council: Capacity Building Grants & Revenue Grant for a Community Building

Capacity Building Grants are designed to support community development organisations, that: support other lower capacity or smaller organisations to ensure good practice in governance, application of appropriate policies and financial management; advocate the interests of the communities they serve; and ensure communities can be engaged to influence or take decisions/action about issues that matter to them and affect their lives. Revenue grants contribute to the running costs of community buildings in recognition of the community development activities taking place inside the building for communities.  Separate application forms. Application deadline for both schemes, NOON 9th September 2022.

Hospital Saturday Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund will consider giving grants towards medical capital projects, medical care or research and in support of medical training to medically related charities, hospitals, hospices, and medical clinics. They will also consider grants for running costs. Large grant deadline 5pm, 9th September 2022.

Community Food Initiatives Programme 2022-24

The Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is a healthy eating programme funded by safefood and runs over a three year cycle (2022-24). safefood, as a North/South body established under the Good Friday Agreement, provides CFI funding to organisations in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.  The community initiatives support the development of skills and knowledge around: Food and healthy eating, Healthier shopping, and Cooking skills. Application deadline 9th September 2022.

Benefact Group: Movement for Good Awards

The Movement for Good Awards is an annual platform for giving that awards nominated charities grants of £1,000. Draws take place every day for 12 weekdays until midnight 30 November 2022. Application deadline 23:5 on 11 September 2022.  

New Fundraising Articles & Event

NICVA Fundraising Advice has recently published articles from contributors to our upcoming training events. All events are FREE and open to NICVA members and non-members. (See article for links to events).

Nuala Smyth, Social Entrepreneur Support Manager in Northern Ireland gives an overview of the work they do and how you can get involved ahead of their event in September 2022. 

Event details: 22 September 2022; Participants have two options to join us. You can join in person at the NICVA building from 9.00am – 10.30am or Online 10.45am -12.15pm.

Jim Peacock tells us about their new Access Without Limits Fund which aims to ensure that the Award is available to all young people. 

Event details: 26 September 2022; online from 10:45am to 11:45am

Claire gives an overview about how you can get involved with Will to Give and learn more about legacy fundraising in Northern Ireland.

Event details: Save this date for your diary - 7th November 2022.

Other articles & resources

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