Funding News 15 August 2022

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Foras na Gaeilge: Festivals Scheme 2023
This scheme is aimed at festivals which aim to foster and promote through Irish or bilingually the Irish language, the language-based arts, the indigenous Irish-language arts and Irish language heritage, as an integral part of the festival, and to provide a stage for the Irish language community, to the wider community and to the arts sector. The grant maximum is €5,000/£3,500; closes 2 September 2022.

The Santander Foundation: Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund
The Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund aims to help more people in the UK become digitally and financially empowered and address issues of exclusion, social inequality, and those already at a disadvantage (e.g. through age, education, income, disability, or unemployment). Twelve grants for UK organisations of up to a total of £150,000 per organisation over a three-year period.

NIHE: Rural Community Awards
Aims to improve community spirit within rural neighbourhoods and encourage rural communities to protect the physical asset of the rural landscape and to celebrate their communities. On offer are 3 prizes of £1,000 being awarded for Rural Spirit, Community Champion, and Cleaner & Greener.  

LCCC’s DIY Community Fund 2022/23
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's DIY Community Fund is a grant scheme to support the refresh, refurbishment or general improvement to existing community facilities. The grant will enable groups and organisations to improve income opportunities and make the facility more user friendly to further engage the local community. The DIY Community Fund has £30,000 available. Organisations will be able to apply for grants up to a maximum of £1,000. There is no minimum amount requirement. Deadline noon on 5 September 2022.

Belfast City Council Small Grants
Belfast City Council’s Small Grants 2022-23 Tranche 2 are now open for applications in the following areas: Arts and Heritage Project Grant, Parks Events Grant, and Support for Sport (3 schemes open) - Small Development Grant, Hospitality Grant, Sporting Individual Grant. The submission deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 23 September 2022.

Upcoming Deadlines

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund
The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund exists to provide financial support in the form of grants and bursaries for:
Courses leading to qualifications related to traffic engineering and transport planning, Research projects relevant to one or more of the Fund’s objectives, and Programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment. The aim is promoting and securing better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics including enhancements of the experience of road users.

Next deadline 19 August 2022

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council: ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ Fund 2022
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched a small grants fund for constituted Sports Clubs and other voluntary groups, as a means to support an area of development within your club.  Projects must take place between October 2022 and March 2023.

Deadline 4pm, 26 August 2022.

Natural World Products (NWP): Sustainable Communities Fund
Ireland’s leading organics recycling firm, Natural World Products (NWP) new ‘Sustainable Communities Fund’ aims to support groups and projects that demonstrate community involvement and benefit with an aim to create opportunities and empower local people. 

Next deadline 19 August 2022.

Veterans' Foundation Grants
The Veterans’ Foundation has established a substantial grants’ programme to support charities and organisations that provide support to those in need among serving armed forces personnel, veterans, operationally qualified seafarers and their immediate families. 

Next deadline 27 August 2022.

CDHN: Elevate Mentoring Programme
Elevate provides a unique opportunity for community organisations to put their collective learning on health inequalities into practice in a supportive and encouraging environment. The programme incorporates: Group networking sessions, 1:1 support from a mentor organisation, and a grant of up to £5,000 to implement a community-based project following identification of local needs and solutions.

Deadline 4pm, 29 August 2022.

Fermanagh Recreational Trust
The Fermanagh Recreational Trust, administered by the Fermanagh Trust is open for applications. The Trust supports the organisation, development and funding of recreational activities and facilities in Co. Fermanagh with particular emphasis on young people and youth development. Constituted sporting and arts-based organisations or individuals based in Fermanagh can apply.

Deadline 31 August 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).

Guest Blog: UnLtd - Finding social entrepreneurs with bold solutions to today’s challenges | NICVA
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.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/Joint Award Initiative's funding for Voluntary & Community Sector in Northern Ireland | NICVA
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

Guest Blog: Claire Smyth from Will to Give asks "Are you ready for legacy fundraising?"
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
Guest Blogs for the voluntary and community sector
Charities and the cost-of-living crisis | NICVA
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