Funding News – 07 May 2024

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Funding News

Ufi: VocTech Challenge Grant Fund

The next VocTech Challenge grant call will open in June 2024. Their Challenge grant fund is for projects that address specific challenges that focus on some of the biggest challenges in adult vocational education. Funding of their most recent VocTech Challenge offered an initial £10k grant for the Define phase followed by VocTech Activate grants of between £30k - £60k to test early stage ideas and VocTech Impact grants of up to £150k for VocTech solutions that can deliver benefits to a large number of learners. Sign up to their newsletter to receive details of this year’s Challenge Fund.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council open programmes

A range of funding programmes are currently open on a rolling basis including LiveSmart Grant, PCSP Small Grant, Sports Grant, Landfill Community Fund, and Town Twinning Grant. Applications are open for their Christmas Festive Fund 2024 until 31 May 2024. Fund A offer Up to £2,500 for settlements with a population of 1,000 and above; Fund B offers up to £750 for settlements with a population between 100 -999 to meet various costs of festive entertainments.

Pilgrim Trust invite applications from Northern Ireland for Young Women in Mind programme

Previously known as the Young Women’s Mental Health programme, the Young Women in Mind programme aims to help improve the mental health of women aged 16-25 in the UK. They’ve committed £5 million in funding over five years (2021-2026). Their grants go to organisations that increase young women’s access to high quality, age and gender specific mental health services. Grant size: £60,000 to £100,000 spread over three years. Applications will open 13 May 2024. Stage one deadline: 8 July 2024. Stage two deadline: 27 August 2024.

Community Foundation NI opens Openreach Community Fund

Known previously as the Telecommunity Fund, this fund prioritises work with young people, older people and people with disabilities.  Priority is also given to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000 and to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.  Grants range from £500 to £2000.

Rank Foundation Hospice Grants focus on volunteers

The Hospice Grants 2024 focuses supporting the Volunteer to Career programme, a clinically led programme, whereby local volunteers considering a career in healthcare are recruited by hospices to undertake 60 hours of certificated training over the course of one year. Volunteers will be supported throughout the year by a dedicated Clinical Lead at each participating hospice. Total available funding in this round is £100,000 and they are looking to award 10 grants of £10,000 each. Deadline 7 June 2024 (5pm).

PEACEPLUS 2021-27: Building Positive Relations

Targeted at organisations promoting positive relations through projects which transcend local boundaries, with cross border dimensions where possible, this €35 million PEACEPLUS investment invites applications for projects that will promote positive relations characterised by respect, celebrate cultural diversity, and encourage people to live, learn and socialise together. The Programme places particular emphasis on providing support to those most marginalised within our communities. It aims is to build relationships based on a greater understanding of those from different cultural backgrounds, and to ensure everyone feels part of a wider, more diverse community. Deadline 13 June 2024 (5pm).

Upcoming Deadlines

Comic Relief: Every Step of the Way: Safe & Supported Beyond Homelessness

The Every Step of the Way: Safe & Supported Beyond Homelessness funding programme offers grants of up to £200,000 over 3 to 5 years to support organisations to provide tailored, inclusive and accessible services, enabling young people aged 16 to 25 to access the right support at the right time. Deadline 7 May 2024 (3pm).

Grand Plan Fund

Grand Plan are a group of creatives. They award £1,000 grants to creative people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new cultural project happen. It can be anything from: poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, photographs to workshops or events — whatever you want. Deadline 7 May 2024 (6pm).

Wingate Foundation

Wingate Foundation funds in the fields of; Jewish Life and Learning, Performing Arts, Music and Medical Research Travel Grants. They give grants to registered charities operating in their key areas of interest. In addition to these areas, for the time being they will continue to accept applications which seek to: Defuse tension and promoting peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, Simultaneously tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia in the UK, and Promoting peaceful co-existence and understanding between the UK’s Jewish and Muslim communities (such as through joint cultural projects). Previously funded amounts varied from around £4,000 up to £15,000. Next deadline 10 May 2024 (5pm).

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Grant Aid

Grants are available for qualifying residents, community groups, sports clubs and athletes throughout Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough.  Current programmes open with various deadlines throughout May 2024 include Capital Equipment and Premises Grants, Community Facilities, Programmes, and Activities Grants, and Sports Grants.  

King Charles III Charitable Fund: Small Grants

 Each year, the fund will allocate grants of up to £5,000 to about 100 community-based organisations, including Charities, Community Interest Companies, and Parish Councils. Their May funding round will only be accepting applications from organisations for projects / activities in their environment and countryside funding themes. Deadline 15 May 2024.

Fundraising Support


Meet the Funder: The National Churches Trust – Treasure Ireland Funding programme

  • 20 May 2024 - 
  • 11:00am to 12:00pm

Treasure Island has been set up to help places of worship from all denominations in Northern Ireland to stay open and in good repair. Whether you need help applying for a grant, advice on how to protect the heritage of your church and to attract visitors or support for the ongoing maintenance of your building we are here to help.  Register now to find out more from the Trust’s Northern Ireland-based Support Officer Nina McNeary.

Fundraising Hub

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