Funding News – 13 May 2024

Your weekly roundup of funding news and deadlines from GrantTracker.

Funding News

Coca Cola Thank You Fund

Every year, the Thank You Fund gives back to local non-profit organisations, helping them fund community-based projects and programmes across Ireland and Northern Ireland that are focused on cultivating inclusive communities by empowering young people aged 16- 25 to become skilled and engaged citizens under the pillars of learning and sustainable development. Awards of between €8,000 - €15,000 / £7,000 - £13,000 (sterling figure based on conversion rates at the time) will be available. Deadline 24 May 2024 (5pm).

The Naturesave Trust

As a small charity the Trust focuses on small projects for charities, social enterprises and grassroots community organisations whose activities are based within the UK. The May - June funding window is now open, and the theme is soil health. They offer grants between £500 and £5,000. The funding window will close at 12 noon on Thursday 27th June.

Foyle Foundation final deadlines for Small and Main Grants

The Foyle Foundation will complete its grant giving programme in 2025, marking 25 years of giving to the fields of the Arts, Learning, Community Small Grants, State Schools Libraries and Health. The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000 can apply for between £2,000 and £10,000. They will stop accepting new applications to the Small Grants scheme on 31 January 2025. For their Main Grants Scheme, they will stop accepting applications to the Main Grants (including building projects applications for less than £75k) on 31 January 2025. For capital requests £75k and over, they will close for stage one enquiries on 31 May 2024. Note that if you then progress to a full stage two application, they will close for applications on 30 June 2024.

Irish-language Theatre Production and Touring Award

The Arts Council Ireland with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) Irish-language Theatre Production and Touring Award is an action research project with the objective of supporting the development, production and presentation of large-scale theatre in the Irish language to general audiences in order to ensure more people will enjoy high-quality theatre experiences in the Irish language throughout the country.  Maximum awarded is £400,000. Activities must commence before the end of 2024. Deadline 6 June 2024 (5:30pm).

William and Jane Morris Fund: Church Conservation Grants

Church Conservation Grants scheme awards grants of £500-£5000 to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom. They fund smaller programmes of work concerned with the conservation of decorative or non-structural features inside the building. This might include, for example: stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, internal monuments and tombs, or wall paintings. The object must have been made no later than 1896 (the year of William Morris’s death), even if it is in a building which is older. Next deadline 31 August 2024.

Open College Network NI (OCN NI): Centre Learning Grants Programme

OCN made a total of £93,819 available to centres and funded 33 projects across NI in 2023.  The programme focuses on assisting and supporting OCN NI Recognised Centres and their learners undertaking and/or working towards an OCN qualification. Emphasis is placed on helping those who may be particularly disadvantaged and would not otherwise have had the opportunities to engage in education. Grants are to encourage innovation, enhance learning and progression while supporting learners. Awards between £500 - £3,000. Deadline 30 May 2024 (11pm).

Wolfson Foundation funding for places

The main grants programme provides support for places. These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment. They fund a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science & medicine, health & disability, heritage, humanities & the arts. Grants range from £15,000 to £1 million (matched funding requirement may apply). Round 2 is now open with Stage 1 applications closing 1 July 2024 (23:59).

Upcoming Deadlines

Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust supports young people who through volunteering or community service, aim to enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.  They provide grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under, to help them put their ideas into action and run projects that benefit the lives of others – particularly the most marginalised and disadvantaged. Deadline 14 May 2024 (noon).

Art Fund: Early Years Innovation in Museums

A two-year research and development programme to develop, test and scale a new early years’ intervention in museums and encourage a wider range of families to use and visit museums more often. The intervention will support early child development and enhance parent-child interactions among priority families.. They are looking for 8 lead museums to help them develop and deliver this two-year programme, with each receiving a grant of up to £65,000 from Art Fund and Nesta to participate. Deadline 15 May 2024.

Open Societal Challenges Programme - Challenge Us

The Open Societal Challenges Programme at The Open University (OU) is a research initiative that aims to tackle some of the most important challenges of our time through impact-driven research. The Programme's aim is to apply the research excellence of OU academics to some of the most pressing societal challenges facing people across the UK and worldwide to transform lives. All UK registered Charities are eligible to enter. In this competition, winning charities receive a baseline £25,000. Deadline 15 May 2024.

Ards and North Down Borough Council: Social Supermarket Funding 2024-25

The Social Supermarket funding is open to voluntary organisations/ groups, registered charities and social enterprises operating within Ards and North Down. The aim of the fund is to run a Social Supermarket to support people who are experiencing financial hardship, project proposals that are innovative, and that have identified good methods to target those who are most in need and are willing and able to avail of the wrap-around service, and that will help increase community and individual resilience to poverty. Budget £70,000. The successful applicant/applicants will be appointed for a 3-year basis, subject to annual funding being received.  Deadline 16 May 2024 (4pm).

Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI): Service provider for ‘Through the Gate’ programme

PBNI is seeking to appoint a single service provider to deliver the ‘Through the Gate’ programme on its behalf. The programme aims to help reduce offending, improve community safety and – at an individual level – to improve resettlement and reduce the potential for return to custody for those transitioning from custody back into their community. The maximum budget available for full delivery of the programme is £120,000 for an initial 2-year period. Applications are to be submitted to the PBNI Procurement and Grants Manager at [email protected] by no later than 12 noon on Thursday 16 May 2024. Late applications will not be accepted.

Fundraising Support


Meet the Funder: The National Churches Trust – Treasure Ireland Funding programme

  • 20 May 2024 - 
  • 11:00am to 12:00pm

Treasure Island has been set up to help places of worship from all denominations in Northern Ireland to stay open and in good repair. Whether you need help applying for a grant, advice on how to protect the heritage of your church and to attract visitors or support for the ongoing maintenance of your building we are here to help.  Register now to find out more from the Trust’s Northern Ireland-based Support Officer Nina McNeary.

Fundraising Hub

Explore the Fundraising Hub for a wide range of articles and resources to support your fundraising journey. A few are below:

The Royal Countryside Fund Announces New Funding Strategy 2024-2028

The Royal Countryside Fund, founded by His Majesty King Charles III in 2010 when The Prince of Wales, has launched a new strategy intending to raise £15m over the next four years. The strategy includes a £3m investment in rural community-led projects through a new grants programme opening this autumn. 

Passive income and Micro donations

If you're looking to raise income for your organisation with little effort and make the most of very small donations, we've rounded up some of the options available to you.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust launches new funding priorities

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will award £30 million in grants under the Covenant Fund over the next three years, according to its new Funding Framework.

Supporting the Planet and Your Organisation

Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April. But did you know you can encourage donors to support your work while taking environmental action? There are a few options out there to generate additional income for your work or save you the expense by encouraging your supporters and donors to take action on your behalf.

Guest Blog: The Chartered Institute of Fundraising in Northern Ireland

Revisit our blog from Paul Montgomery, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland and find out more about their upcoming Northern Ireland Fundraising Awards 2024 and how you can get involved.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion in your grant applications

This resource outlines some reasons behind funders wanting organisations to address EDI in the applications alongside advice on broaching the topic in writing, getting started on your journey and where you can find further information on this topic.


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