Funding News – 21 November 2022

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BHSCT ‘Carer Support Service’ – invite to their Information Sharing Session and launch of grant

The Carers NI State of Caring (2022) report found that 40% of carers said that they had not had a break within the past 12 months, 27% reported their mental health as bad or very bad, rising to 31% for those caring 50+ hours a week and to 32% for those who had been caring for 10 years or more, and almost a quarter - 23% said that they were cutting back on essentials like food and heating to help them cope. Against this backdrop, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) want to ensure that ‘unpaid’ carers are supported and provide a range of services including a small grant set to be launched in December to provide services for carers to the Voluntary & Community. Find out more about the grant and other services at their Information Sharing Session, Thursday 8th December from 12 noon to 1.00pm.

Derry City and Strabane District Council - Cultural Grant Aid Programmes Call for Applications 2023/24
DCSDC's Cultural Grant Aid Programmes which will be opening the following Cultural Grant Aid Programmes Call for Applications 2023/24: Community Festival Fund, Headline Events Fund, Heritage Animation & Visitor Servicing Fund, Access Programme Fund, and Artist and Cultural Practitioner Award. Aid Programmes open 10.00am Monday 21st November 2022 until 12pm(noon) Thursday 12th January 2023.

The National Lottery Community Fund NI: Dormant Accounts Fund NI set to close

Dormant Accounts Fund NI supports the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability. The programme supports organisations to adapt to future challenges and be more financially resilient. They plan to close Phase One of the fund on Friday 3 March 2023. They will continue to assess applications received before this date and expect to continue making awards into the summer, but no new applications will be accepted after this date.

Special EU Programmes Body: PEACE PLUS 2021-27

Peace Plus will build on previous PEACE & INTERREG Programmes to promote peace and prosperity in Ireland. It will help mitigate the impact of Brexit and COVID, particularly on the most marginalised people and border communities. Please follow their social media pages for updates on the programme and CLICK HERE to sign up to their PEACEPLUS mailing list.

The 7 stars Foundation invite applications to their funding programmes

The Foundation offer Project Funding awarding grants of up to £2,500 to support young people aged 16 years and under. Projects which respond to one or more of the 7 stars priorities: abuse, addiction, homelessness and child carers. The 7 stars Foundation: Shine Bright Funding. Their Shine Bright funding enables charities across the UK to purchase items and resources to protect and support the children they serve through the cost-of-living crisis. Charities are asked to provide details of how their funding can assist, and which items would be purchased through an award. Grants are available up to £1,500 per successful application.

Co-op Foundation: Future Communities Fund

Co-op Foundation recently launched a new five-year strategy, called ‘Building communities of the future together’ which outlines their plan to pioneer a more co-operative way of funding organisations to help create future, fair communities. Working directly with young people, the Future Communities Vision shapes they way they work and the Future Communities Fund is the first round of funding under this new strategy  which supports voluntary organisations working towards communities that are Diverse, equitable and inclusive and Prioritising youth activism, shared power and transparent governance. They will offer unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 per year, for up to 5 years. Opens 9am on 25 November 2022 and close at 12pm (midday) on 23 December 2022. If you are interested in finding out more, join the webinar 10-11am on 23 November; sign up here.  

 Upcoming Deadlines

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. Deadline midnight 23 November 2022.

Live Here Love Here: Marine Litter Capital Grants

The Marine Litter Capital Grants will support organisations and groups to purchase items to: Prevent litter and plastic pollution from entering the marine environment, Enhance the environmental management of a local area to reduce marine litter, Improve the health and wellbeing of communities and marine biodiversity recovery by helping to improve and/or maintain the quality of public open spaces, and Improve the quality of their local environment by changing behaviour through creative concepts to reduce the incidence of littering. Deadline NOON 24 November 2022.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: The Award for Civic Arts Organisations 2023

The Award  celebrates organisations that are rethinking the relationships with the communities they serve and using the transformational power of art for individual and societal change. The Award is open to all arts organisations across the UK that currently receive or have received public funding in the last three years. Deadline 1pm, 25 November 2022.

Arts & Business NI: Investment Programme

Through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland funded Investment Programme, Arts & Business NI invests in mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. The Investment Programme is a competitive application process. Arts & Business NI will invest in projects that meet the eligibility criteria and investment limits outlined in the Investment Programme Guidelines. Next deadline 5pm, 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.

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