Funding News wc 14 December 2020

New funding this week:

COVID-19 Charities Fund (Phase 2) (opening 6 January 2021)

The £11.7million fund will open on 6 January 2021 providing up to £75,000 to charities that have lost income due to the impact of Covid-19 and are unable to cover unavoidable costs between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Charities are urged to start making application preparations ahead of the opening with pre-application information including eligibility, guidance and a Word version of the application form will be available from today (14 Dec) on the Community Finance Ireland website. Advice and guidance is available from NICVA an information webinar will be held on 16 Dec. Book your place on the webinar here.

Dormant Accounts Fund (Phase 1 Opening 12th January 2021)

A NI-specific fund, it will provide grants of up to 100K to support the VCSE sector to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability. Funded by way of dormant accounts through the Department of Finance, the fund will be managed by the National Lottery Community Fund.  

For the 1st  phase, a flexible and responsive grant programme will support organisations to be able to adapt to future challenges and be more financially resilient. They'll also support larger investments that will enable collaboration and develop new and creative approaches to sustainability. These NI-wide or sector-specific proposals could focus on specific themes such as volunteering, digital capacity or diversity and inclusion. 

TBUC Camps (closing 29 January 2021 at 4pm)

Applications are now open for groups who wish to run a Camp under the T:BUC Camps Programme 2021/22. The Programme is about building positive relations and long lasting friendships among young people across all parts of the Northern Ireland community. Camps must therefore bring diverse groups together to get to know each other, try new experiences and help build longer term relationships between young people.

Lush: Wholeness Fund (Closing Date 31st December)

Provides grants to small charities, groups, local projects and self-help initiatives with annual incomes less than £250k which are predominantly volunteer run and are mostly overlooked by other funders. Grants are between £100 and £10,000 (although grants of £10k are rare) to groups working in the areas of mental health and wellbeing. Applications are accepted from groups around the world. 

Upcoming deadlines:

Belfast City Council: Community Recovery Support Grants - Medium grants closing date: 18 December

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Community Heritage Fund NI - closing date: 18 December at 12noon

BBC Children in Need Main & Grants - closing date: 21 December at 11.30am

The Fat Beehive Foundation: Digital Funding for Small Charities - closing date: 31 December at 5pm


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You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub