Funding News – 12 September 2022

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Groundwork NI – Windfarm & Landfill Funds

Groundwork NI has released submission dates for 2023 and will be hosting online workshops for the following funds on 20 and 22 September 2022. Visit their website for more information of each funding schemes and to register information events.

Grants of £1,000 to £6,000 for community projects addressing local issues, needs and opportunities around windfarms in Londonderry/Derry and Omagh.

Allocates Landfill Tax Credit Funding from the Aughrim landfill site located on the outskirts of Lisburn, distributing grants of £5,000 to £10,000 to support projects working in the conservation, promotion of biodiversity, and protection of social environment.  

Grant funding for community and biodiversity projects through the Landfill Communities Fund from Breedon Ireland’s operations at Mullaghglass landfill site near Lisburn. Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Reconciliation Fund

The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between traditions in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain. The Reconciliation Fund can provide, in addition to direct project funding, Core Operational and Capital funding to support the important work of peace and reconciliation. Autumn 2022 funding round closing noon 20 September.

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland open funds

Several funds are now open with various closing dates; a few are listed below.

Applications must demonstrate that their proposal will contribute to increased awareness/contribute to building a culture of rights, particularly those most marginalized from decision making, support communities and marginalized groups to find solutions to contentious issues and strengthen local capacity to advocate by building stakeholder relationships/connections. Grants up to £5,000.

Enabling charities to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout NI on the cancer pathway; from pre-diagnosis, through to palliative and end of life care. The three categories of grant values are: £5,000 to £30,000 – Small Grant, £30,000 to £500,000 – Medium Grant, and £500,000 to £1million – Large Grant.

Supports small, locally based grassroots community projects in the Local Authority areas of Mid and East Antrim, and Antrim and Newtownabbey. Priority given to small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £200,000. Projects must directly support one of the following: Young people, Older people, and People with disabilities. Grants £3,000-£4,000.

The Co Op Foundation’s Community Future Grants Programme has a total budget of £75,000 and offers grants of between £3,000 to £10,000 to enable communities to develop assets that are important to them, and ideas for communities that will help enable a better future.

Provides support to community and voluntary organisations wishing to explore and or enhance diversity, equity and inclusion within the group and its community and supports organisations to consider how EDI can be addressed enabling everyone in the community to realise their potential. Grants between £500 and £1,000.

Arts Council of NI: Commissioning Programme

The purpose of the Commissioning Programme is to enable organisations to commission new work. The finished work should be in a form capable of being presented, exhibited, published, performed and/or disseminated in its entirety at the point of completion in Northern Ireland (if applicable abroad) either live or online. The maximum award available is £25,000.

Co-op Community Fridge Fund

The Community Fridge Network is coordinated by Hubbub with funding from the Co-op. The Community Fridge Network is a network of safely and effectively run fridges that are registered to re-distribute surplus food to reduce food waste and empower communities. Benefits of joining the Network includes a grant of £3,000 to establish a Community Fridge, a further £1,000 one year after opening (subject to returning necessary reporting documentation), and free guidance, resources and support to establish a Fridge.

Upcoming Deadlines

National Church Trust: Gateway Grants

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000; works cost up to £100,000 for project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, preparation for major work, and approaching major funders. Deadline midnight 15 September 2022.

Matthew Good Foundation: Grants for Good Fund

Grants for Good invites local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have an average annual income of less than £50,000 to apply to them for funding. Following a voting round, the project with the most votes receives £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 and fourth and fifth place will both receive £1,000. Next deadline 15 September 2022.

Help the Homeless

Help The Homeless regularly allocates grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum).  All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance. Next deadline 15 September 2022.

Live Here Love Here: Marine Litter Capital Grants

The Live Here Love Here 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. Grants between £500 and £40,000. Deadline noon 16 September 2022.

Independent Age: Cost of Living Grants

In response to the cost-of-living crisis Independent Age are looking to provide 25 grants of £40,000 (£1million total) to charities and community organisations to get more money into the pockets of older people and help ensure they do not have to choose between buying food to eat and heating their home this winter. Deadline 16 September 2022.

New Fundraising Articles & Events

NICVA Fundraising Advice has recently published articles from contributors to our upcoming training events. All events are FREE and open to NICVA members and non-members. (See article for links to events).

Nuala Smyth, Social Entrepreneur Support Manager in Northern Ireland gives an overview of the work they do and how you can get involved ahead of their event in September 2022. 

Event details: 22 September 2022; Participants have two options to join us. You can join in person at the NICVA building from 9.00am – 10.30am or Online 10.45am -12.15pm.

Jim Peacock tells us about their new Access Without Limits Fund which aims to ensure that the Award is available to all young people. 

Event details: 26 September 2022; online from 10:45am to 11:45am

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

Event details: Save this date for your diary - 7th November 2022.

Other articles & resources

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