Funding News - 3 October 2022

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Belfast City Council – Social Economy Incentive Fund

The Social Economy Incentive 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 and deadline is 5pm 20 October.

TNLCF – Bringing people together

The National Lottery Community Fund funding is for projects that build stronger connections across communities. We're looking for ideas that strengthen these connections by exploring and developing the conditions needed to build better and longer-lasting ways of bringing people together. Up to a maximum of £1 million for up to five years. Most of the funding will go to projects that request between £200,000 and £500,000. There will be a smaller number of awards for projects above £500,000.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) 2022 Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme (RMCGS)

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) 2022 Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme (RMCGS) is now open for applications. Micro Capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations. An additional element for 2022 will be providing the opportunity to community-led groups to implement energy efficiency measures or environmental improvements to their premises. Deadline is 14 October.

Ulster Scots Agency

The Ulster Scots Agency has developed a range of grant aid programmes aimed at promoting and developing Ulster-Scots language, culture and traditions.  Funding is available to individuals, voluntary and community groups and non-profit making organisations that carry out activities in line with the Agency’s aims and objectives and would not otherwise have the necessary resources. 

Upcoming Deadlines

Sir Halley Stewart Trust
Deadline 6 October 2022
The Trust has a particular focus on supporting innovative research projects and new pioneering development projects, primarily through the provision of salary costs.  They fund Medical, Social and Religious projects, with education being a theme that runs across all three grant-making areas. They have a number of Main Grants (normally up to £60,000, with a £30,000 limit per year) and a limited number of Small Grants (one-off grants for projects costing up to £5,000). 

Education Authority Small Grants Programme

Next deadline 5 October 2022
The Small Grants Programme for October 2022 – March 2023 will enable young people to apply for funding to support young people in their communities, in areas such as: leadership, life skills, mental health, wellbeing, promoting diversity. All applicant organisations must be both registered with the EA Youth Service and have received a verification visit. Applications for Round 2 are open from the 5th September – 16th January 2023. Those applications received by 5th October 2022 will be assessed at an earlier date. Any applications after the October deadline will be assessed in January.

National Lottery Community Fund: The People’s Projects

12noon 7 October 2022
Community organisations the chance to apply for funding of up to £70,000. After a national campaign the winners will be decided by public vote. The idea is to give Lottery players and the public a say in how National Lottery money is spent. They are looking for imaginative ideas from organisations that have already done good work in their local community. They prioritise smaller organisations with annual turnovers of under £500,000.

Hospital Saturday Fund – Standard Grants

7 October 2022
The Hospital Saturday Fund will consider giving grants to registered medical health charities and individuals within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. It will consider giving grants towards medical capital projects, medical care or research and in support of medical training. The Hospital Saturday Fund will also consider grants for running costs. Standard grants are up to £2,000

The Cancer Charities support fund

1pm on 7 October 2022
The Cancer Support Funding award will enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout NI, and will cover key areas in the cancer pathway; from pre-diagnosis, through to palliative and end of life care. These services are key support mechanisms towards the implementation of the Cancer Recovery Plan and the Cancer Strategy. It will provide support of between £5,000 and £1 million for cancer charities.

Fundraising Events for Autumn 2022

Will to Give In-Person Event: Future Kindness | NICVA
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.

Faith sector training: Successful funding applications | NICVA
11 October 2022 - 10:00am to 11:30am
This session, suitable for a range of fundraisers within the faith sector, explores how to bring key elements together to form a successful funding application and improve your chances of gaining crucial funds.

Free Fundraising Clinics for NICVA Members

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 only

Fundraising Articles & Resources

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