Funding News – 17 October 2022

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The Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children 2022

Schools, small charities and not for profit organisations can apply for of between £500 - £2,500. The Charity recently posted a that they will continue accepting holiday grant applications for trips taking place before the end of 2022. Grants will be awarded until available funding has been allocated.   

Electrical Safety Fund

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, and the likelihood of electrical safety being compromised by financial concerns, Electrical Safety First has made up to £100,000 available to help fund electrical safety initiatives through partnership working at local level. Applicants can apply for up to £5,000 per organisation (potentially up to £10k for joint or larger projects). The grants are available to consumer safety organisations in the community such as Fire and rescue service, Trading Standards Authority, Community safety organisation, and Other not-for-profit organisation. Deadline midnight 23 October 2022.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council: Tak£500+

Tak£500+ is a Participatory Budgeting initiative meaning local people get to decide how public funds are used to address needs in their area. Communities can apply for up to £1000 for a project they think will benefit their area. Open from 17 October 2022 until 25 November 2022. Visit the website to register for the information sessions being hosted this week in Craigavon, Armagh, Banbridge and online.

The Fermanagh Trust

A range of funding schemes are currently open from the Trust including:


Funding grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects throughout the UK. The Happiness Fund is available to enable and support projects which improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities The fund will award £2,500 per quarter - allowing up to four different projects per year to apply. Opens to applications 2 January 2023.

Upcoming Deadlines

Belfast City Council: Social Economy Incentive Fund

The Fund is open to online applications from Belfast-based social enterprises and co-operatives. The fund is for new and growing social enterprises that need support at early development, start-up or early growth stages. The application process is competitive. Shortlisted organisations will be invited to pitch on 11 November 2022 to a judging panel comprising local social enterprise stakeholders. Deadline 5pm, 20 October 2022.

Groundwork NI: Whitemountain Programme

Grants of between £5,000 to £25,000 are available for projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging biodiversity and environmental improvements. Operations at Mullaghglass landfillsite are ceasing. The Whitemountain Programme will only receive applications by 12pm(noon) on 21 October 2022 and the final round will be on 7 April 2023.

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland: The ARN Foundation Tackling Isolation for older people Fund

The ARN Foundation’s Tackling Isolation for older people Fund will support organisations to deliver projects in support of older people affected by the cost-of-living crisis. Deadline 1pm, 24 October 2022.

The following are closing 1pm, 31 October 2022:

Wolfson Foundation: Sustainability Fund

The Sustainability Fund is intended to support previous Wolfson grant holders to undertake basic refurbishment and maintenance works that have a clear emphasis on enhancing the sustainability of buildings, improving energy efficiency and reducing ongoing costs. Deadline 5pm, 25 October 2022.

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

Their small grants provide funding to projects that support those in need of a safe and secure home. Your project must meet their purpose through one or more of their criteria themes: Sustainability, Health, Financial stress, Accessibility, Education and advice, and Security and refuge. For their small grants, they only accept requests to fund capital expenditure that directly meet costs of supporting beneficiaries from UK registered charities with a turnover of less than £1 million.   Deadline 31 October 2022.

Fundraising Events for Autumn 2022

This FREE in-person event, brought to you by Will to Give and NICVA Fundraising Advice, will be an opportunity for Legacy Fundraisers to explore issues, trends, and solutions since the pandemic within legacy giving in Northern Ireland alongside exploring ‘hot topics’ in greater details.

7 November 2022 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

N.B. Morning session open to Will to Give members and their guests only. The afternoon session is open to anyone from the voluntary and community sector interested in learning more about legacy giving in Northern Ireland.

Free, one-hour fundraising advice clinics for NICVA members to discuss their fundraising needs. These monthly events occur on the last Tuesday of each month from 10am until 4pm.

Note: Places left for November session

Fundraising Articles & Resources

NICVA Fundraising Advice has a range of articles from contributors supporting fundraising. Explore our Fundraising Hub for advice and information: 

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