Funding News – 16 May 2022

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The Pilgrim’s Trust: Young Women’s Mental Health charities re-opening for 2022

The Pilgrim Trust’s Young Women’s Mental Health programme is re-opening for applications from 1 June. They set up the young women’s mental health programme to help improve the mental health of women aged 16-25 in the UK.  The Trust has committed £5 million in funding over five years (2021-2026). Their grants go to organisations that increase young women’s access to high quality, age and gender specific mental health services.  Grants of £60,000 to £90,000 spread across three years are available. Charities need to be working in Northern Ireland or the North East or North West of England.  Find out more about the programme by joining their ‘Meet the Funder’ online event on Thursday 8 June at 11am UK time. Sign up here.

ROSA: Stand With Us Fund

The Stand With Us fund has been set up to support the many organisations run by and for women who stand up and take action every single day to address violence against women and girls (VAWG). The Stand With Us fund aims to empower and strengthen frontline VAWG organisations to build safer futures for women and girls. Through this fund, one-year grants of up to £25,000 will be offered to fund organisational development work.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF): Emerging Futures Fund

JRF is creating a new funding programme that will invest in nurturing and building fairer futures. They would like to build a community of interest around this kind of work. If you’d like to be invited to monthly gatherings to share learning, ideas and practice in relation to the question of how we nurture and grow alternative futures, please let them know via the Expression of Interest Form.

Get ready for new funding: giffgaff emergency fund

The rise in the cost of living is affecting everyone up and down the country. giffgaff have teamed up with The Neighbourly Foundation to create a giffgaff emergency fund, donating to causes that will support those most affected. Each grant donated will be up to the value of £1000. giffgaffers have been voting for the causes they’ll support; more information to follow.

Money Saving Expert Charity bring forward September deadline

In response to the Cost-of-Living Crisis, MSE Charity have brought forward their September grant round. Now opening Monday June 20th and closing Friday 22nd July, the theme for this round is 'Developing Resilience' and will focus on supporting organisations who provide urgent money guidance and emergency debt help.

Centra: Community Grant

Northern Ireland’s leading convenience brand Centra has launched a region-wide Community Fund to the value of £5,000 as part of its latest marketing campaign. Community groups are encouraged to apply for Centra’s ‘Choices’ fund, with five individual pots of £1,000 available. Applications are open from now and will remain open until12th August 2022.

 Upcoming Deadlines

Veterans' Foundation Grants

The Veterans’ Foundation provide support to those in need among serving armed forces personnel, veterans, operationally qualified seafarers and their immediate families, awarding grants to those at a disadvantage compared with non-armed forces citizens due to their service and someone who is suffering from challenges such as: unemployment, homelessness, mental and physical ill-health, injuries, poor welfare, old age, a child's loss of parent, addiction, and lack of education. 

Deadline 20 May 2022.

Community Foundation Northern Ireland: AXA PARKS Fund

AXA is working to make a difference in local communities through AXA PARKS – a new environmental grants programme, supporting local community projects that demonstrate a real commitment to improved outcomes for our environment and our communities’ wellbeing. The €1m project will see AXA support projects across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Grants from £3,000 to £20,000.

Deadline 1pm, 20 May 2022.

BBC Children in Need: Youth Social Action Fund

This funding will support organisations to bring social action and youth empowerment opportunities to children and young people, to help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.

Deadline 11:30am, 23 May 2022.

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for original, innovative projects that promotea healthy heart and help reduce the risk of developing heart disease in your area and across the country. They award up to £10,000 in 12 regions in the UK every year.

Deadline 5pm, 23 May 2022.

Articles and Resources


Being concerned about inflation is something that many charities and voluntary organisations are potentially facing as inflation has climbed to historic levels. The following article explores some of the issues and what charities can do to manage the situation: Charities and the cost-of-living crisis | NICVA


Guest Blog: Putting Volunteering at the Heart of Business | NICVA - Lauren Cunningham, Community Engagement Manager at Business in the Community, discusses the role of businesses in supporting the voluntary and community sector.


Find out more about Give a Little in Introduction to Give a Little | NICVA where Vicky Hewlett, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager discusses the features of their point-of-donation platform, Give A Little, which helps charities of all sizes collect cashless donations and could help charities and organisations in Northern Ireland adapt to a cashless society. Remember to sign up to the FREE webinar on 25 May 2022 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Check out guest blogs from Friends of the Earth too!

Tori Arthurs, Supporter Recruitment Manager gives some pointers to get your project off the ground when advertising on Facebook to recruit new donors and supporters  Guest Blog: Getting started with using ads on Facebook for fundraising | NICVA

Paige Ardrey, Social Media and Engagement Manager gives us her top tips for getting started on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, which can be powerful tools for campaigning, fundraising and growing supporters Guest Blog: Top Tips for Getting Started on Social Media | NICVA

Recordings from NICVA’s #DigitalFundraising Webinar Series 2021 are available on our website including Live Panel Discussion - trends, ideas and overcoming challenges in cashless giving | NICVA

Upcoming Fundraising Training

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25 May 2022 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Vicky Hewlett, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager discusses the features of their point-of-donation platform, Give A Little, which helps charities of all sizes collect cashless donations and could help charities and organisations in Northern Ireland adapt to a cashless society.

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