This Week's Funding News 10th May 2021

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Some Updates for This Week

Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Lottery Project Funding 2021-2022

This programme aims to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of NI’s society and culture. They want to support activities which benefit the people of NI or that help arts organisations in NI carry out their work.  The minimum grant available is normally £10,001 and the maximum grant available is £50,000.  

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA): Environment Fund

A £2million Fund for not-for-profit organisations and councils to deliver natural heritage projects that support Covid-19 Recovery and Green Growth across NI.  Grant awards of over £30,000 are on offer with the maximum amount of DAERA funding available under the competition normally being up to 85% of eligible project costs.

Bank of Ireland: Begin Together Arts Fund (Managed by Arts & Business NI & Business to Arts in Ireland)

The 2nd round of this fund will make a total of £865,000 in arts funding available over 3 years, awarded to projects that are adapting due to the pandemic, or are inspired by and responding to their recovery.   The Arts Fund supports or commissions artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects that engage the individuals, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible to apply to the fund. With this second round, they are encouraging more applications from artists who specialise in fine-art film and craft-related disciplines and from community arts organisations, who were under-represented in round one.  

Belfast City Council: Kitchen Equipment Grants (Closing 31st May)

This grant scheme is open to applications from Belfast-based community groups and organisations supporting vulnerable people in their area through food provision. Eligible groups can apply for up to £2,000 to fund food storage and food preparation.

UK Community Renewal Fund (Bid Deadline: Noon, Friday 18th June)

The UK Community Renewal Fund 2021-22 has investment of £220 million to support local areas to pilot imaginative new approaches and programmes that unleash their potential, instil pride, and prepare them to take full advantage of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund when it launches in 2022.  There is a pre-determined national allocation for NI, set at £11 million.

Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women strengthens women's right groups based outside the United States by providing small, flexible, and timely grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 for operating and programme expenses.

Woodward Charitable Trust: General Grants

One of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Primarily funds charitable organisations in the UK or overseas projects via UK charities.  They favour small-scale, locally based initiatives which make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate. They only make grants for core costs rather than specific projects. 

Congregational and General Charitable Trust

Supports churches, particularly those of the United Reformed and Congregational denominations, in the provision and repair of suitable buildings. In 2019, the Trust awarded 66 grants and the overall value of the grants was £692,000. 


Some Key Dates for This Week

Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants Fund (Closing Date 1pm, 17th May)

Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants Fund in NI aims to support charities, constituted voluntary and community groups based within the region through grants of up to £2000 which must be spent within a year.

British Council (Via Unlimited): Micro Awards (Deadline for Round 2, 12 Noon, 18th May)

Funded by the British Council and administered by Unlimited, these micro awards are to support artists in this uncertain time to build connections/collaborations, rather than to create work. Each application must be led by a UK disabled artist or company/collective working with a UK disabled artist and applications can be for up to £2500.

Third Sector: Third Sector Awards (Early Bird Deadline, Midnight, 20 May 2021)

Third Sector Awards for new, bold and different work with 3 categories, Excellence, Partnerships and Talent.  Note that for 2021 they are offering a batch of 30 free entries to the Talent Awards to charities with an annual income of less than £100,000.

MacRobert Trust: Monetary Awards (Alastrean Review Closing Date 21st May)

A Scottish grant-making trust which funds general charitable purposes primarily in Scotland but also in other regions of the UK including NI.  There are four types of monetary awards: Cromar, Alastrean, Douneside and Lady MacRobert. NB Alastrean grants are from £1,000 and £10,000.

Allen and Overy: Belfast Grants (Closing Date 5pm, 21 May 2021)

A fund of £40,000 for charities that promote access to justice, or which support and develop education or employment projects in NI.  The funding comes from the Allen & Overy Foundation, which is funded by contributions from A&O partners worldwide, but funding for NI projects is administered by the Belfast Grants Committee.


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

You can also see all key funding dates listed on GrantTracker here