Funding News - 14 March 2022

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Woodward Charitable Trust: Playschemes

The Woodward Charitable Trust, a grant-making trust, sets aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years. Trustees only fund programmes that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays. Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000 with around 35 grants are made each year.  

Speaking Volumes

Any local group or organisation that wishes to place Christian books and DVDs from their Book List in community places such as public libraries, schools, hospitals, hospices, prisons or churches in the UK or abroad (as long as the applicant pays the postage) may apply.

BIFFA Award: Main Grants Scheme & Partnership Grants Schemes now open

The Main Grants Scheme is aimed at community groups and organisations, situated in the vicinity of landfill sites, that are in need of funding to improve the quality of life in their community or to conserve wildlife. There are three themes - Community Buildings, Recreation and Rebuilding Biodiversity. The Partnership Grant Scheme funds large scale projects. Currently accepting expressions of interest both Built Environment and Natural Environment project themes. Deadline for all expressions of interest will be 1 June 2022.

The 7Stars Foundation: Project Funding

Project grants awarded up to £2,500 to support young people aged 16 years and under. Projects which respond to one or more of the 7Stars priorities: abuse, addiction, homelessness and child carers. Shine Bright Funding Grants are awarded to the regional charity partners to purchase educational and art materials; toys; books; and emotional support items for young people aged 16 and under who have been challenged by abuse; addiction; homelessness; or those who are child carers.

The Prince's Countryside Fund: Supporting Rural Communities

The Prince's Countryside Fund is inviting applications for grants of up to £25,000 over two years, for projects that will create a long-term difference in rural communities across the UK. Applicants must be from properly constituted, not for profit organisations with an income of less than £500,000. They particularly welcome applications from groups and organisations with projects in hamlets, villages and small market towns.

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Numerous funding schemes now open; deadlines vary.

  • The Gill’s Charity Fund
  • RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Impact Grants Fund
  • RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Community Grants Fund
  • The Thomas Devlin Fund
  • The Pressure Group Fund
  • The Telecommunity Fund
  • Micro Community Investment Fund

Upcoming Deadlines

UK Youth Fund: Thriving Minds

Funding for youth organisations in the UK, with a turnover of up to £500,000, ensuring they have the resources needed to properly engage with the programme, and implement and instigate learnings to improve their mental health provision. Visit website to sign up for an information session on Tuesday 15th March at 2pm to 3:30pm.

Deadline: midnight 20th March 2022

Sport NI - Project Re-Boot: Activate

Project Re-Boot: Activate, part of the Supporting Sport to Build Back Better programme aims to grant investment in new and innovative projects intended to support the engagement and re-engagement of participants into sport. Supporting medium scale projects and initiatives that are creative and innovative, they encourage the collaborative working and projects should focus particularly on people from groups who have been especially impacted by Covid-19. This is a crowdfunding scheme. 

Deadline: 18th March 2022.

Idlewild Trust

Idlewild Trust awards grants in two areas within the Arts – nurturing early-stage professionals and Conservation – objects and works of art.

Deadline: 12pm(noon) 15th March 2022 and 7th September 2022

Housing Executive: Sustaining Tenancies Funding Programme 2021-2024

The Housing Executive’s Sustaining Tenancies Funding Programme 2021-2024, provides support for their tenants in creating more resilient, sustainable tenancies in the short, medium and long term. They particularly want to help vulnerable customers at greater risk of tenancy breakdown. Grants between £5,000 and £50,000 for this purpose.

Deadline: Submit Expression of Interest by 21st March 2022.

Ards & North Down Borough Council

Ards and North Down Borough Council has opened its annual funding scheme for local constituted voluntary and community groups. Awards are subject to budget availability.

Deadline: 4pm on 21st March 2022.

Applications are invited from constituted Community, Voluntary and/or resident’s groups who wish to apply for funding towards the costs involved in organising local neighbourhood events, within Ards and North Down Borough Council area in celebration of The Queens Platinum Jubilee. 

Deadline: 4pm on 28th March 2022.

Articles and Resources

Halifax Foundation NI reflects on the past two years and the future | NICVA

Find out from Brenda McMullan, Executive Director of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland what this local funder has been doing over the past two years.

The recordings from NICVA’s #DigitalFundraising Webinar Series 2021 are now available on our website. 

Limited Time Offer for Northern Ireland Organisations - Supported Giving have kindly offered a 3-month trial period for QR Codes until the end of April 2022 for Northern Ireland organisations. Contact [email protected] to discuss next steps.

If you missed out on the Introduction to the BigGive, catch up in our webinar resource and find out more about their online matched funding platform.

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