Funding News – 09 May 2022

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The Ideas Fund

Supporting up to seven new partnerships in four regions including Northwest Northern Ireland, the Fund will focus on ideas related to mental wellbeing, with £1.2 million funding to support community initiatives. The Ideas Fund is a grants scheme, run by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by the Wellcome Trust, that enables the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing through collaborating with professional researchers.  Expression of Interest deadline 08 June 2022.

Biffa Award: Partnership Grants Scheme – Funding for large scale projects

They are currently accepting expressions of interest in their 2022 Partnership Grants Scheme for both Built Environment and Natural Environment themes. The deadline for all expressions of interest will be 1 June 2022, with both themes being considered by the board at the same time. Between £250,000 and £750,000 is available, and although there is no ceiling on the total cost of your project, preference will be given to projects where Biffa Award is recognised as a majority funder.

Motability launch two new grant programmes

In 2022 they are launching new grant programmes to provide even more support to other charities and organisations in areas where their research and insight has shown opportunities to have the greatest impact for disabled people. The first two new grant programmes, Community Transport Grants and Wheelchair Sector Grant Programme have already launched with the remaining programmes launching throughout the year. Motability wants to support medium or large charities and organisations with well-established ways of working. Charities and organisations working in Community Transport sector can apply for grants from £100,000 to £4 million at any point over the next three years.

National Lottery Awards 2022

The National Lottery Awards celebrate the people and projects who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding. They want to hear about those people who have stood up against adversity and stood out for their caring commitment to their causes. Their judging panel, made up of members of The National Lottery family and partners, will decide the winners of the individual categories. All winners will receive a National Lottery Awards trophy and a £5,000 cash prize for their project.

The Leche Trust

The Leche Trust provides funding of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation.

Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for migrant groups

The Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for migrant groups in the UK is a fund to support legal work in the UK that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants more generally. The average grant size is around £12,000. Deadline 5pm, 31 May 2022.

Thomas Wall Trust: Grants for Registered Charities

The Thomas Wall Trust believes that communication skills are critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances. The Trust recognises that communication is underpinned by a set of key features and skills such as empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, confidence, and clarity, amongst others. The Trust offer grants up to £5,000 to specific projects or core activities that develop these critical life skills for people from disadvantaged groups.    

Upcoming Deadlines

Belfast City Council: Neighbourhood Regeneration Fund

The Neighbourhood Regeneration Fund (NRF) aims to help groups deliver physical development projects that will make a real, long-term difference in their communities. Projects must fit within one or more of three themes: social economy, environmental sustainability, or neighbourhood tourism.

Deadline 12pm, 12 May 2022.

NI Policing Board: Police Property Fund Grants Scheme

The Police Property Fund Small Grants Scheme offers eligible projects grants of between £1000 and £10,000. The Fund, made up of assets recovered by the PSNI as a result of criminal investigations, and administered by the Board in line with the Police (Property) Regulations NI 1997, supports projects that engage with local police, contributes to building community safety and/or confidence in the police in your area, and is aligned to a charitable purpose.

Deadline 12pm, 12 May 2022.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council: Community Development Grants

Community Development grants available of up to £10,000 to facilitate the work of small groups and enable larger groups to attract funding from other sources, in Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council. 

Deadline 12pm, 13 May 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.

Deadline 15 May 2022.

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland: The Ultach Fund / An Ciste Ultach

The Ultach Fund was established with capital from The Iontaobhas Ultach Trust.  It exists to support the work of communities across Northern Ireland who wish to use and promote the Irish language, through the work of registered charities, voluntary and community groups. The Ultach Fund is now managed and administered by the Community Foundation.

Deadline 1pm, 16 May 2022.

Articles and Resources


  • Being concerned about inflation is something that many charities and voluntary organisations are potentially facing as inflation has climbed to historic levels. The following article explores some of the issues and what charities can do to manage the situation: Charities and the cost-of-living crisis | NICVA
  • Find out more about Give a Little in Introduction to Give a Little | NICVA where Vicky Hewlett, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager discusses the features of their point-of-donation platform, Give A Little, which helps charities of all sizes collect cashless donations and could help charities and organisations in Northern Ireland adapt to a cashless society. Remember to sign up to the FREE webinar on 25 May 2022 - 11:00am to 12:30pm


Guest Blogs

NEW: Guest Blog: Putting Volunteering at the Heart of Business | NICVA - Lauren Cunningham, Community Engagement Manager at Business in the Community, discusses the role of businesses in supporting the voluntary and community sector.

Check out guest blogs from Friends of the Earth too!

Recordings from NICVA’s #DigitalFundraising Webinar Series 2021 are available on our website including Live Panel Discussion - trends, ideas and overcoming challenges in cashless giving | NICVA

Upcoming Fundraising Training

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

25 May 2022 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Vicky Hewlett, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager discusses the features of their point-of-donation platform, Give A Little, which helps charities of all sizes collect cashless donations and could help charities and organisations in Northern Ireland adapt to a cashless society.

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