Funding News – 11 July 2022

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Natural World Products (NWP): Sustainable Communities Fund

Ireland’s leading organics recycling firm, Natural World Products (NWP) has launched a new ‘Sustainable Communities Fund’, seeking to provide financial support to community groups within the West Belfast and Keady areas.  The fund aims to support groups and projects that demonstrate community involvement and benefit with an aim to create opportunities and empower local people.  The Fund is open to a variety of initiatives including but not limited to sports clubs, youth groups, music groups, gardening clubs and beyond. NWP will consider applications of any size providing applications include a breakdown of costs/financial plan. Two deadlines in 2022.

GSK Impact Awards 2023

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £120,000 and £3 million.

Belfast City Council: Vacant to Vibrant Capital Grant

This pilot capital grant offers £700,000 distributed to start-ups, independent retailers, social enterprises and cultural and voluntary organisations to make Belfast city centre more diverse and transform vacant spaces to become vibrant once again. Grants from £2,500 to £25,000 are available to support renovation and repurposing of vacant city centre premises. The scheme is open for two years from 7 July 2022.

Vacant to Vibrant information sessions are scheduled to take place at 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast on the following dates:

  • Thursday 21 July 2022: 10am to 4pm
  • Friday 22 July 2022: 10am to 4pm
  • Thursday 28 July 2022: 10am to 4pm

Community Foundation Northern Ireland: The Older People’s Fund, Food and Fuel Small Grant Programme

The Older People’s Fund offers funding for projects that are planned and run by and for older people. Among the hardest hit by the cost of living crisis are older people. Older people are often on fixed income, and the rising cost of food and fuel has often led to having to choose between eating or heating. There are concerns that over the next few months and into the winter that older people will suffer further. Groups supporting older people, can access up to £5,000 of financial support.  No deadline.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council: Events & Sponsorship Programme

The Council will support organisations/event organisers who deliver various types of events including but not limited to niche, specialist, local, regional, national and international events and festivals within the district that: Benefit the local economy; Attract visitors to the district; Provide social benefits; Deliver benefits to local communities; and Utilises media coverage to raise the profile of the Council and the district as an ‘Event Friendly’ destination. Grants range from £501 to £10,000+ dependent on expected participant numbers. Opens to applications for one month on 2nd August 2022.

Upcoming Deadlines

Update from The Northern Ireland Area Team for the Levelling Up Fund (July 1st, 2022)

There has been a delay to the opening of the application portal. Work is ongoing to open the online portal for the second round of the Levelling Up Fund. The application portal will be opened as soon as possible and, once open, will be live for 2 weeks for applicants to put forward their bids. They will update GOV.UK and this distribution list with the planned date for the portal’s launch at the earliest opportunity. Click link to also view updates to FAQs specifically for NI applicants.

AIB Community Fund

As part of the AIB Community Strategy they have launched a €1 Million AIB Community Fund to demonstrate their commitment and support for local charities. The fund will divided out amongst charitable organisations throughout the UK & Ireland and they are asking you to nominate charities that mean the most to you.

Nominations close 14th July 2022.

Coca Cola Thank You Fund

Now in its 12th year, the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund has supported projects including community, social and education programmes aimed at youth, healthy and active lifestyles and environmental leadership. In 2022, Coca‑Cola will donate a further €100,000 to youth-orientated non-profit groups committed to support young people to build sustainable communities across the island of Ireland.

Application deadline midnight 20 July 2022.

The Public Health Agency (PHA): Making Life Better through Short-term Funding

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified funding to improve resilience and the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by supporting community and voluntary services during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding aims to enable and encourage healthy lifestyle choices and address the wider determinants of health. Award one - Funding of up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking Community/Voluntary Sector groups can apply for. Award two - Funding of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community/Voluntary sector groups.

Application deadline 3pm, 22 July 2022.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council grants

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council invites applications for financial assistance towards the following programme areas: Community Events, Festivals & Christmas Celebrations (Titled Christmas Illuminations & Events on the application form), Provision of Defibrillators, Community Facilities Minor Capital Items, and Community Capital Grant.

Application deadline 12pm (noon), 25 July 2022.

Ards & North Down Borough Council: Sports Development Capital Grants

The Sports Development Capital Scheme is a funding scheme for capital expenditure, i.e. facilities or equipment. The Council has set aside £45,000 for 2022/23 financial year and can award up to 50% of eligible capital costs with a maximum award of £5,000 in respect of any one project.

Application deadline 12pm (noon), 25 July 2022.

Articles and Resources

**NEW** Guest Blog: Claire Smyth from Will to Give asks "Are you ready for legacy fundraising?"

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

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

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