This Week's Funding News 15th March 2021

Some Updates for This Week

Community Foundation for NI: RTÉ Toy Show Appeal

A public call for applications providing at least 55 grants of 25K to 75K to organisations and charities serving children in need across Ireland. Grants fall under 3 thematic areas - ensuring basic needs, improving wellbeing and reducing inequality through creative engagement.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council: Centenary Events Fund 2021

Grants of up to £400 for constituted community/voluntary and faith-based organisations to support the delivery of projects or events that reflect on their past, mark the Centenary and inspire future generations.

The Fermanagh Trust Grants Programme

Support for Fermanagh-based groups which improve and promote the well-being of those who are disadvantaged and socially excluded.  Grants are normally between £150 and £3,000 maximum and for capital, project and revenue funding.

Allchurches Trust

Grants from 1k to 15K for the repair, restoration, protection and improvement of church buildings, cathedrals and other places of Christian worship,  Their grants also equip Christian charities and churches to help the most vulnerable and tackle social issues, including homelessness, poverty, climate change and cultural cohesion.  Grants also support church growth and leadership.

Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust

The Trust gives grants in the UK, usually in London and in NI and South Africa.  Grants are awarded twice a year and the total level of grants annually is approximately £80,000.  Grants cover a variety of areas of work and are generally between £1,000 and £5,000.

Standard Life Foundation

Grants from 10K to 250K towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK.  Priority of younger people and work that benefits more than individuals and has the potential to create a step change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour.  Includes funding policy work, campaigning and research.  


Some Key Dates for This Week

Alec Dickson Trust: COVID-19 Funding (Closing Date, 12 Noon, 21st March)

Supports young people who through volunteering or community service, aim to enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.  Grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under, to help them put their ideas into action.  

Charities Aid Foundation: Patient Organisations Recovery Fund (Closing Midday, 22nd March)

Aims to enable patient organisations in the UK to continue their vital work despite the pressures facing the sector as a result of the pandemic.  Offers unrestricted grants of between £5,000 and £20,000, up to a maximum of 25% of your budgeted core staff costs and overheads for 2021/22 financial year.

Scott Bader: Commonwealth Global Charity Fund (Opening Date, 22nd March)

Global Charity Fund to help young or disadvantaged people, especially anyone suffering deprivation and discrimination, such as poor, homeless and vulnerable women and children, minority communities, particularly where people are affected by: poverty, a lack of education, malnutrition and disease.

Belfast City Council: Pathfinder 2021 Awards (Closing Date, 12 Noon, 22nd March)

Recognising the negative impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the culture, heritage and arts sector, they are pivoting their support programme to help the cultural sector and maintain their commitment to make 2023 a year of cultural celebration for Belfast.  Organisations can apply for up to £20,000 if they have not received any core funding from the public sector.

Hospital Saturday Fund (Deadline for Large Grants up to £10,000 or €13,500, 23rd March 2021)

Provides grants for registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices, medical organisations for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training within the UK and ROI

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust (Application Deadline, 23rd March)

A tennis charity providing specialist wheelchairs for individuals, clubs, special schools and centres running disability programmes and also provide equipment/coaching kit-bags for coaches, clubs, special schools, disability groups and associations.  Maximum grant is £1,500 for a group, club or project and £500 for an individual.

UK Aid Direct: Small Charities Challenge Fund (Closing Date, 25th March)

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to 2 years for to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.  Projects should strengthen the capacity of grassroots development organisations working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised to carry out work in priority countries and work towards achieving the Global Goals.

Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) (Round 40, Level 2 Closing Date, 25th March)

Funding to support local communities to work in partnership with community pharmacists to address local health and social wellbeing needs using a community development approach.  Level 2 funding provides grants of up to £12,000 for projects that will last up to one year.  NB You don’t have to complete a Level 1 before applying for a Level 2 project.  


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