Funding News – 13 November 2023

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Funding News

Community Foundation for NI: Tyrone Three Community Benefit Fund (Gortfinbar, Eshmore and Altamuskin)

Administered by the Community Foundation for NI, this local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Tyrone 3 Windfarms at Altamuskin, Eshmore and Gortfinbar.  Funding will be available to local community projects that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population and are within 7 miles of the centre of the three windfarms – as per map. Grants up to £5,000. Deadline 8 December 2023 (1pm).

Launchpad: Northern Ireland, Cluster Management for the Life and health sciences cluster in Northern Ireland

The aim of this competition is to support cluster management projects for the eight innovation clusters being supported by Innovate UK Launchpad competitions. UK registered organisations can apply for up to £150,000 over 24 months for a project to develop and manage one of the emergent innovation clusters. Your proposal for this competition must describe how you will manage the innovation cluster. To lead a project or work alone your organisation must: be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, a research and technology organisation (RTO), charity, not for profit or public sector organisation and demonstrate detailed knowledge of the needs of innovative businesses in the innovation cluster. Opens 13 November 2023.

Help the Homeless

Help The Homeless' main funding remit is the regular allocation of 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. The quarterly deadlines for applications for funding each year are: 5pm on 15th March/15th June/15th September/15th December.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust open 2 new programmes

  • Supporting Partners - the Trust will award grants of between £30,000 and £80,000 towards projects of up to 2 years, which improve support for Service partners and spouses in enabling effective promotion of the skills and experiences they bring to the workplace, as well as understanding and mitigating the challenges for them as the whole family transitions to civilian life.
  • Veterans' Career Development Fund - the Trust will award grants of up to £70,000 towards projects of up to two years in length that will enable Veterans and their families to enter stable long-term employment, by enabling them to pursue training and qualifications. 

Wolfson Foundation capital funding schemes opening soon

The Wolfson Foundation gives about 85% of their funding for capital infrastructure – buildings (new build or refurbishments) and equipment. These awards support excellence across education, science & medicine, heritage, humanities & the arts and health & disability. Usual grant range: £20,000 – £75,000. Match funding required. Schemes opening 20 November 2023 (00:01).

British Heart Foundation: BHF-funded Defibrillator

All eligible UK-based community groups can apply. Each organisation can only apply for one award package which includes all equipment and access to resources for CPR training. Open to church organisations and other places of worship, social clubs, parish councils, local social enterprise organisations, and sports clubs. Closes 15 March 2024.

Canoe Foundation

The Canoe Foundation provides grants of between £500 to £10,000 to promote new or improved access points for canoe trails on to moving water, estuaries, canals and reservoirs. The latest funding round encourages applications for paddlesports. Closes 31 January 2024

Upcoming Deadlines

UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund

The aim of the UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund is to assist Search and Rescue volunteering, by providing support for the costs of volunteers' operational training, to help improve safety and the quality of UKSAR services. The UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund is provided and administered by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Grants starting from £1,000 are available. Funding can support up to 50% of training costs. Deadline 14 November 2023.

Community Relations Council (CRC) Core Funding

The Core Funding Programme provides regional funding that builds and supports good community relationships. The amount awarded normally ranges between £20,000 and £70,000 per annum (although there are some exceptions). Funding contributes towards the salary and organisational running costs. Deadline 17 November 2023 (4pm).

The Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children

The purpose of the Holiday Grants programme is to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities. Grants range from £500 to £2,750.   Applications can be made for grants towards a single trip, which could be a day trip or a longer residential of up to seven days in length. These must occur between 1 October – 31 December 2023. Deadline 17 November 2023.

Freelands Foundation: Autumn 2023 Fund

Freelands Foundation works to broaden access to art education and the visual arts across the UK. They invite applications for grants of £50k–£150k per year for up to three years from visual arts organisation for ambitious programmes working with schools and teachers, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering teachers. Submit Expressions of Interest by 20 November 2023.

Ards and North Down: Growth Events Fund

This is a multi-year Fund which aims to further develop support for events to assist the Borough develop its range of Growth events. The key output being that, with the ability to support events through longer funding arrangements, and assistance with business planning, the Council will be able to link each event’s key performance indicators to their strategic outcomes. The level of grant available within the Growth Events Fund will be a minimum of £15,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years, subject to available budget. You must meet with the Team to discuss your event before starting an application form. Please contact [email protected] to organise a meeting and for further information. Deadline 27 November 2023 (noon).

Fundraising Support for autumn 2023


Last event in the Free Online Introductory Fundraising Workshops series

We have held a series of FREE workshops for NICVA members introducing a different fundraising topic or aspect of fundraising. These sessions are an opportunity to find out about an area of fundraising that's new to you, top up your existing knowledge, or be a snapshot into an element of fundraising you'd like to explore. Each workshop is led by NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer.


A Practical Guide to Completing Funding Applications

As the voluntary and community sector face a squeeze on finances from a variety of sources, securing funding is essential but it’s a competitive environment. This in-person event gives a useful overview and the practical advice you need to complete funding applications with a focus on addressing emerging funding priorities.

  • 30 November 2023
  • 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Paid (£35 members £50 non-members)

Fundraising Clinics

These popular, free fundraising advice clinics provide members with an hour-long chance to discuss and address specific fundraising needs.  The sessions can be delivered online, in-person or over the telephone.

All previously announced sessions are now fully booked. There may be availability for sessions in December 2023. Please contact the Fundraising Advice Officer directly to be considered.


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

#TicktheBox for Gift Aid – why it’s important

Every year, charities miss out on £560m in unclaimed Gift Aid. As we face a tough funding climate with increasing costs, encouraging your supporters to #TicktheBox means we can make an even bigger difference in these tough times.

Meta and PayPal Giving Fund announce partnership – what it means for fundraisers using Facebook and Instagram

The partnership between Meta and PayPal Giving Fund to handle the processing of charitable donations means UK organisations need to act to avoid disruption to their fundraising on Facebook and Instagram. Fundraisers should also note that processing fees will now be incurred.

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