Funding News – 14 November 2022

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Architectural Heritage Fund: More funding for NI includes up to £200k for capital works

More funding is available for community-led regeneration projects in Northern Ireland villages. Applications are invited from charities, social enterprises and other not for profit groups in rural villages of less than 5,000 people, who want to tackle rural poverty and social isolation in their area by developing a sustainable use for a disused historic building. The Project Viability Grant offers up to £10k while Project Development Grants award up to £20k. A further £200k is available for project delivery of capital works on site to support the sustainable use of historic buildings. For further information, please e-mail [email protected].

Tyrone Three Community Benefit Fund (Gortfinbar, Eshmore and Altamuskin)

The fund, administered by Community Foundation Northern Ireland, supports local communities surrounding the Tyrone 3 Windfarms aims to address thew following themes: Energy efficiency and sustainability, Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community, Educational issues with a sustainability angle, and Environmental benefit or economic benefit. Grants of up to £5,000 available.

Unrestricted funds from Charities Aid Foundation’s Keystone Fund

The Keystone Fund aims to enable locally and regionally-focused charities working towards social equity to become more agile in their support for their communities. It provides a programme of unrestricted grants, networking and access to advice webinars and toolkits. Grants will be awarded between £5,000 and £50,000.

BBC Charity Appeals

The BBC broadcasts charitable appeals as a public service in order to provide authoritative information and guidance about charities; raise money for good causes and encourage giving, and raise awareness about charities' work. They hope to inspire charities to share stories with listeners and viewers. The BBC helped raise over £124 million for charities in 2019/20. Upcoming submission deadline available on website.

Ocado Foundation for Good

The Ocado Foundation is the charitable arm of Ocado Group, working for good in the community. They focus their efforts in three core areas: skills for the future, natural resources and responsible sourcing. They like to support the many rather than the few, welcoming opportunities from charities, CICs and community projects for grants of up to £1,000.

 Upcoming Deadlines

ESB Community Fund

The Wind Farm Community Funds, established by ESB Group, supports communities neighbouring ESB wind farms. Administered by Groundwork NI, the ESB Wind Farm Community Fund provides grants of £1,000 to £6,000 to community projects addressing current and emerging issues, needs and opportunities as well as building on existing initiatives. Deadline NOON 15 November 2022.

Community Relations Council Core Funding

The Community Relations Council's Core Funding grant scheme contributes towards the salary and organisational running costs of a number of organisations which are considered of strategic importance in promoting community relations or cultural diversity work in Northern Ireland. Deadline 4pm, 16 November 2022.

Community Foundation Northern Ireland upcoming deadlines

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund – Supporting organisations wishing to explore and/or enhance diversity, equity and inclusion within the group and its community and how best to approach this matter to realise their potential. Between £500 and £1,000. Deadline 1pm, 18 November 2022.
  • The Acorn Giving Circle - The fund supports projects that will improve the lives of children, young people and older people through social, cultural, sporting or educational activities who live in Derry~Londonderry city and its environs, including Strabane Town. Deadline 1pm, 21 November 2022.

Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP)

The programme aims to promote and support local communities to work in partnership with community pharmacists to address local health and social wellbeing needs using a community development approach. Round 43, Level 2 deadline 17 November 2022.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council pilot Community Market Scheme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from community and voluntary sector organisations for the development and delivery of a pilot Community Market Scheme within small settlements. The Scheme will fund 2 Community Markets as part of the programme and will be funded through the COVID Recovery Small Settlements Regeneration Programme. Expression of Interest deadline is 12pm, 25 November 2022.

Fundraising Clinics

Free Fundraising Clinics for NICVA Members returning February 2023

These popular, free fundraising advice clinics will return February 2023 to provide members with an hour-long chance to discuss and address specific fundraising needs.  These monthly events occur on the last Tuesday of each month from 10am until 4pm. The Clinics are extremely popular and tend to book up quick. Click link to secure your place in 2023.

Fundraising Articles & Resources

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