Funding News – 19 December 2022

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Funding News

UK Shared Prosperity Fund NI Programme - OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

The Department for Levelling Up (DLUHC) has now opened the UK Shared Prosperity Fund Northern Ireland programme for applications under the programme's 'People and Skills' priority.  Read how to apply here.  

Hedley Foundation 2023 deadlines released

The Hedley Foundation supports small to medium sized UK registered charities operating across the spectrum of social need. Grants from £250 - £5,000 plus. Priority areas include youth, disabled, elderly and terminally ill, and miscellaneous areas of social needs such as carers, homelessness, ex-offenders, etc. There will be four rounds in 2023 with applicants required to submit 6 weeks before meeting dates. Next meeting 25 January 2023.  

AbbVie UK Grants supporting health, science, learning and community-based projects

AbbVie commits to having a remarkable impact beyond medicines by primarily supporting health, science, learning and community -based projects undertaken by Healthcare Organisations or Charitable Institutions. Applications are reviewed from February to October each year.

The Marsh Charitable Trust’s unrestricted funding

The Trust (formerly Marsh Christian Trust) focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Their funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, as they understand that many of the organisations they support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs. Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000. Applications can be made at any time. Successful new applicants can expect to receive a grant at the lower end of this scale.

Money Saving Expert Charity – next round opens early January

The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups deliver financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave & manage their money. Their next grant round, Raising the Next Generation opens at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January 2023. Raising the Next Generation focuses on building financial capability skills for those who need it the most; to support the younger generation (under 25) to help them learn financial life skills and to grow during the difficult financial climate.

Lisburn and Castlereagh Council’s support for community groups

Local residents or groups in the Lisburn North area of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council can apply for up to £1,000 via the ‘Grand Choice’ participatory budgeting initiative from 28 November 2022. until 22 January 203.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to offer two funding opportunities for local community/voluntary groups to assist them deliver their services next year: the Community Support Grant and the Community Festivals Fund. These can be applied for online before 12 noon on Tuesday 17th January 2023 

Upcoming Deadlines

Deadlines on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's Online Funding Hub

  • LiveSmart Grant - closes NOON 30 December 2022
  • Policing and Community Safety Small Grant – if funds still available, 27 January 2023
  • Community Development Support Grant – closes NOON 20 January 2023
  • Culture, Arts and Heritage Grant Scheme - closes NOON 27 January 2023
  • Community Festivals Fund - closes NOON 03 February 2023
  • Building a United Community Fund & Town Twinning Grant - ongoing

The Vegan Society Grant

This grant is open to individuals and grassroots organisations to support projects which will encourage non-vegans to go vegan and stay vegan. You do not need to be a member to apply. There is no maximum grant, but a typical award is no more than £1,000. Next deadlines 31 December 2022 & 31 March 2023.

ORIT Impact Fund

The Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT) invests in the transition to net zero. On top of their investments in renewable energy assets, they are looking to provide grants and volunteering support to innovative opportunities that enhance the environment and improve local communities. Deadline 31 December 2022.

The National Lottery Community Fund: Living Places and Spaces Fund

The aim of the Fund is to support local communities to create more sustainable and resilient community spaces which not only improve the environment but increase awareness of the benefits of blue green infrastructure. Capital grants from £1,000 up to £10,000 will be provided for eligible projects up to a maximum total of £750,000 for the overall scheme. Deadline 5pm, 06 January 2023.

Live Here Love Here: Marine Litter Capital Grants - Round 3 now open

The Live Here Love Here Marine Litter Capital Grants in a collaborative partnership, involving DAERA, ten Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful provide funding up to £40,000 to support environmental improvement and management, biodiversity, and addressing community behaviour in marine areas. Closes NOON 9 January 2023.

Fundraising Clinics & Training

Free Fundraising Clinics for NICVA Members - next available session, March 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.

February fully booked – click link to book for March!

Success in Fundraising Applications | NICVA

This session is suitable for fundraisers from the community, voluntary, and faith sectors who are new to grant applications or interested in refreshing their skills. We will explore funder expectations, what’s involved in completing funding applications and useful tips to articulating your needs.    

Fundraising Articles & Resources

Making a Sustainable Difference in your Organisation

The environment affects all aspects of our lives and there are numerous benefits for organisations to address environmental issues such as improved finances and greater appeal for employees, supporters, and funders. Find out more here including potential funders.

Fundraising Hub

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

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