This Week's Funding News – 04 October 2021

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Funding news this week

UK Arts Councils & Agencies to pilot new fund for international collaboration

New funding to support individuals and organisations towards international partnership development and co-creation projects, will open for applications on Thursday 21 October 2021. With co-investment from Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International, the small pilot Four Nations International Fund is being designed to support those working in the arts and creative industries in the four nations across the UK and together with counterparts in Europe and beyond.  Applications will require partners in least two of the 4 UK nations and at least one international partner. Grants of between £1,000 - £5,000 will be available from a total budget of £100,000 for in-person, digital or hybrid activity including exchanges, residencies, partnership development, co-creation and networking, with priority given to applications experimenting with innovative models of international collaboration. 

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA): Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme - now open

This Scheme, funded under the Department’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme, offers Micro Capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and / or social isolation and to assist the recovery and reset of rural communities following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Community Foundation Northern Ireland opens numerous funding schemes


Inner East Kitty - for those who live, work and volunteer in east Belfast

Connswater Homes and The Larder invite you to be part of their first, and totally digital, Participatory Budgeting (PB) process called, Inner East Kitty. Voting opens 25th October 2021

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council: Small Scale Capital Projects Fund opens 4th October

For capital works projects, the purchase of equipment, or technical assistance for a capital project, where a proportion of match funding from Council is required. Grants up to £2,500.

Sport NI - Get up to £5,000 to help your sport Build Back Better

Sport NI are encouraging the sports sector to get involved in their Crowdfunder partnership which has made £650,000 available for match funding to support the sports sector adversely affected by the pandemic and help sport in Northern Ireland Build Back Better! Create your crowdfunding page, raise funds and receive up to £5,000 match funding.

Upcoming deadlines

Aviva Community Fund

To mark Aviva aiming to become a Net Zero company by 2040, and COP26 occurring in 2021, an additional £150,000 is being added to the pot for those taking action on climate change by matching each donation up to the value of £50.

Closing date 23:59 on 5th October 2021

mPower Community Fund

The mPower Communities Fund supports Community and Voluntary Organisations wanting to either establishing new health and social well-being activities or services or the reintroduction of pre COVID-19 activities in line with COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.

Extended deadline – 3pm on 6th October 2021

Hospital Saturday Fund

They consider awarding registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices and medical organisations and individuals within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for medical issues and needs including equipment.

Deadline for Standard grants of £2,000/€3,000 is 7th October 2021

Northern Ireland Housing Executive: Rural Community Awards

Offering prizes of £1,000 and equipment to support rural communities working to improve their respective area. 

Extended deadline – 7th October 2021

Women in Innovation Awards

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 20 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

Competition closes 11am on 13th October 2021

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