Funding News – 07 November 2022

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Money Saving Expert Charity

The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups deliver financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave & manage their money. Their next grant round, Raising the Next Generation opens at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January 2023. Raising the Next Generation - projects focused on building financial capability skills for those who need it the most; to support the younger generation (under 25) to help them learn financial life skills and to grow during the difficult financial climate.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council pilot Community Market Scheme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from community and voluntary sector organisations for the development and delivery of a pilot Community Market Scheme within small settlements. The Scheme will fund 2 Community Markets as part of the programme and will be funded through the COVID Recovery Small Settlements Regeneration Programme. Expression of Interest deadline is 12pm, 25 November 2022.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council: LiveSmart Community Environmental Grant Programme 2022-23

The LiveSmart Community Environmental Grant Programme provides small grants up to a maximum of £500 to local community and voluntary organisations to support them to improve the general cleanliness in their local area, particularly in respect of litter, promote recycling, reuse and waste reduction, and look at ways of reducing carbon footprint by taking simple, practical actions such as planting.

Hubbub & Virgin Media O2: Time After Time E-Waste Fund

Hubbub is delighted to announce the launch of the £500,000 'Time After Time E-Waste fund', in partnership with Virgin Media O2. The fund will boost pioneering electronic waste (e-waste) initiatives with grants of between £10,000 and £75,000. They’re seeking innovative UK-based projects that will reduce e-waste by making it easier for people to do the right thing: getting our old electricals fixed, passed on to a new owner, or recycled.

The National Lottery Community Fund Living Places and Spaces Fund opens 9 November

The aim of the Fund is to support local communities to create more sustainable and resilient community spaces which not only improve the environment but increase awareness of the benefits of blue green infrastructure. Capital grants from £1,000 up to £10,000 will be provided for eligible projects up to a maximum total of £750,000 for the overall scheme.

Belfast City Council’s Small Grants 2023-24 Tranche 1 now open

Applications are welcome for the following grants. The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 13 January 2023: Community Festivals Fund, Arts and Heritage Project Grant, Good Relations Grant, Parks Event Grant, Sports Event Grant, Support for Sport: Large Development Grant, Support for Sport: Small Development Grant, Support for Sport: Hospitality Grant, Support for Sport: Sporting Individuals Grant, Community Development Summer Scheme Grant, Community Activity: Medium Grant, and Community Activity: Micro Grant.

 Upcoming Deadlines

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA): Environment Fund

The Environment Fund, administered by DAERA, supports projects which will help deliver key environmental outcomes across Northern Ireland under two Environmental Impact Priority areas: Nature and Climate Recovery: Building Ecological and Climate Resilience and Connecting People with the Environment. Strategic Environment Fund deadline 4pm, 8 November 2022.

Department for Communities Access & Inclusion Fund 2022/23

 This fund aims to increase accessibility to and participation in arts, culture and certain leisure activities, by people with disabilities.  Examples of previously funded projects includes swings in playparks; doors and lifts to accommodate people with mobility issues and changing spaces in cultural venues, signage to assist people with visual impairments at City Hall and equipment to provide theatrical experiences for children with complex needs. Send completed applications to [email protected]  by 12 noon on Friday 11th November 2022.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Grand Choice for Downshire East

Grand Choice is a Participatory Budgeting initiative which means that local people get to decide how public funds are used to address needs in their area. Local people can apply for up to £1,000 for a project they think will benefit their area of Downshire East.  Project should take place within Downshire East District Electoral Area. This includes Ballymacbrennan, Dromara, Drumbo, Hillhall and Ravernet. Deadline 13 November 2022.

DAERA: Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme – Upcoming Expression of Interest deadline

The Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme is a pilot providing a grant to established Social Enterprises to increase their capacity, potential profitability and sustainability whilst supporting those who live in rural areas. Grants of between £50,000 to £100,000. Expression of Interest deadline 3pm, 14th November 2022.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Organisations Digital Evolution Awards

The Organisations Digital Evolution Awards, worth £40,000, from The National Lottery, offers arts organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £10,000 each for proposals that will take place between 4 April 2022 and 28 February 2023. Deadline 12pm (noon) 14 November 2022.

Fundraising Clinics

Free Fundraising Clinics for NICVA Members returning February 2023

These popular, free fundraising advice clinics will return February 2023 to provide members with an hour-long chance to discuss and address specific fundraising needs.  These monthly events occur on the last Tuesday of each month from 10am until 4pm. The Clinics are extremely popular and tend to book up quick. Click link to secure your place in 2023.

Fundraising Articles & Resources

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