Funding News – 08 August 2022

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Funding News

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/Joint Award Initiative's funding for Voluntary & Community Sector in Northern Ireland

Thanks to £3 million funding from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, the funding aims to ensure that the Award is available to all young people and to help the organisation reach the most diverse generation of young people ever. Eligible voluntary and community organisations which do not currently offer the Award programme can access up to £10,250 of grant funding combined with support from a dedicated member of staff to help set up, launch and deliver the Award programme. You can find out more by signing up to their webinar, hosted by NICVA Fundraising Advice, on 26th September. CLICK HERE.

UnLtd - Finding social entrepreneurs with bold solutions to today’s challenges

UnLtd finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs - enterprising people with solutions that change our society for the better. With up to £15,000 available to fund organisational costs, they can help you grow your impact. They also offer social investment of between £50,000 and £1,500,000. Find out more in the upcoming webinar on 22nd September – click link.

Department of Justice: Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS)

Justice Minister, Naomi Long invites voluntary/community sector organisations, registered charities, and statutory bodies to apply for funding aimed at preventing crime. The ARCS fund, managed by the Department of Justice Protection and Organised Crime Division (POCD), supports initiatives that will prevent crime or reduce the fear of crime and so contribute to safer communities where we respect the law, and each other. The closing date for applications is Thursday 1st September 2022 at 5pm.

Music for All: Community Project Funding

Round 3 is now open to community projects only and funds seven different categories. Closes Friday 26th August 2022. Project categories are based on electric guitars/acoustic guitars, Ukuleles, projects supporting those suffering with mental health issues and feelings of loneliness, projects supporting those with other diseases and conditions affecting quality of life, financial hardship, SoundSquares course – an 8 week online Jazz and Blues course for community music groups, and ODD balls - a new form of musical instrument, allowing users to create the sounds of any instrument they want by bouncing the ball.

Arts & Business NI: Investment Programme

Through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland funded Investment Programme, Arts & Business NI invests in mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. They aim to increase private sector investment into the arts by supporting arts organisations in developing sustainable relationships with business. Funding and in kind support are available. No more than £15,000 will be awarded to an artist or arts partner through the Investment Programme in any one financial year (April to March) or for any one project.  The lower limit for Investment Programme is £500 per project. 

Live Here Love Here: Marine Litter Capital Grants

The Marine Litter Capital Grants will support organisations and groups to purchase items to Prevent litter and plastic pollution from entering the marine environment, Enhance the environmental management of a local area to reduce marine litter, Improve the health and wellbeing of communities and marine biodiversity recovery by helping to improve and/or maintain the quality of public open spaces, and Improve the quality of their local environment by changing behaviour through creative concepts to reduce the incidence of littering. Funding of between £500 and £40,000 available to eligible constituted groups, businesses and statutory bodies and of between £500 and £5,000 available to non-constituted groups. 

Upcoming Deadlines

Centra: Community Grant

Northern Ireland’s leading convenience brand Centra offers community groups £1,000 for projects that benefit the wider community. Projects should also reflect one or more of the following traits: Positivity / Kindness / Respect / Attitude.

Deadline 12 August 2022.

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation

The Charitable Foundation supports registered charities based in the UK where there is clear benefit to the recipients. Donations of up to £3,000 will be considered, that enable specific tangible items or activities to be purchased rather than donating to general funds. Consideration given to charities whose objectives are: To benefit children (aged under 16), through their education and or welfare i.e. literacy, numeracy and reducing poverty, To provide youth schemes and projects supporting those in their late teens/early 20s in socially deprived areas with literacy, numeracy and employment, and/or To support the elderly by reducing isolation, helping reduce the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Next deadline 15 August 2022.

Community Ownership Fund

The Community Ownership Fund forms part of the package of UK wide levelling up interventions, helping to support recovery, build opportunity and empower communities to improve their local places. The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom and will provide financial support to communities to take ownership of assets, amenities and facilities at risk of being lost but have value for the local people and place. It will run for 4 years. Complete an Expression of Interest prior to submitting full application.

Next full application deadline 12pm(noon) 19 August 2022.

ASDA: Empowering Local Communities Grant including Refugee Support

Asda Foundation grants are designed to support a broad range of activities helping to transform communities and improve lives. Building Resilient Communities including Refugee Support scheme allows groups to apply for one grant to support refugees during 2022 (this is in addition to one successful Better Starts and/or Empowering Local Communities grant for non-refugee purposes). Minimum of £500, maximum of £1,500 for community activities. Maximum of £500 for supporting a family sponsored by a community group. 

Deadline 19 August 2022.

Articles and Resources

Guest Blogs for the voluntary and community sector

Our goal is to help the voluntary and community sector to innovate, develop and improve to meet the needs of the communities it serves. To do this, NICVA works with a diverse range of organisations to provide information, guidance, and resources. Click link to view a few of the recent Guest Blogs from local, regional and national organisations including Friends of the Earth, Fundraising Regulator, Chartered Institute of Fundraising, and many more.

Other articles & resources

Upcoming Fundraising Training

Develop your fundraising skills and support your organisations long-term stability with our training:


14 September 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

This free webinar for NICVA members is an ideal opportunity for new subscribers, long-term users and those considering subscribing to GrantTracker to explore all the functions that GrantTracker offers.

22 September 2022

  • In person at the NICVA building from 9.00am – 10.30am


  • Online 10.45am -12.15pm

Join Nuala Smyth, Social Entrepreneur Support Manager in Northern Ireland for UnLtd to find out more and how you can get involved. Participants have the choice of joining the session either in person or online.

26 September 2022 - 10:45am to 11:45am; online

Join Jim Peacock from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/Joint Award Initiative as he gives an overview of their new Access Without Limits Fund for voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland.

Free, one-hour fundraising advice clinics for NICVA members to discuss their fundraising needs. These monthly events occur on the last Tuesday of each month from 10am until 4pm.

Note: 1 place left for August; book now for September.


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