This Week's Funding News – 20 September 2021

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Funding news this week

Community Foundation for NI: Digital Poverty

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has announced a new partnership with Broadband provider, Fibrus Networks Ltd. The Fibrus Community Fund aims to enable rural communities to stay connected online and will address digital poverty with grants of £1,000 for local groups and organisations, to provide access to digital technology for the most vulnerable. Particular focus is on supporting grassroots organisations that support older people and young people aged 18 and under. Phase one opening at the end of September - more information to follow. 

Creative Individuals Recovery Programme – now open

This £5million fund programme has been co-designed by the Department for Communities and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and aims to support actions to reverse the erosion of creative practice and loss of skills and experience to the creative sectors.

Developing Women in the Community Programme 2021-2024

The programme will target women of all ages and will be delivered within the community in areas around Northern Ireland which are identified as areas in need. The programme will also provide the opportunity for participants to partake in a volunteering role within their community and develop/deliver a small programme. Provision of Family Support will be a key element of the programme.

Invest NI: Innovation Vouchers

This scheme offers £5,000 Innovation Vouchers to allow businesses or potential entrepreneurs to work with a public sector knowledge provider e.g. University, College or Institute of Technology (NI and ROI) on an innovation project.

Ocado Foundation for Good

The Ocado Foundation for Good with BizGive offers grants of up to £1,000 to charities, community organisations, community interest companies, academic institutions, and local authorities for community projects which focus their efforts on three core areas: skills for the future, natural resources, and responsible sourcing.


Upcoming deadlines


Alec Dickson Trust: COVID-19 Funding

The Trust welcomes applications of up to £500 from UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19. 

Application deadline 8pm on 21 September 2021

National Churches Trust: Grants for Northern Ireland

National Churches Trust' s Treasure Ireland project provides a new Community Grants Programme which offers your church or chapel funding of between £500 and £10,000 for church maintenance or urgent repair work.

Application deadline midnight on 27th September 2021

European Social Innovation Competition

The European Social Innovation Competition (EUSIC) is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all EU countries and Horizon 2020 associated countries. Prize fund of €200,000; three €50.000 prizes are awarded for the best socially innovative projects designed to change our society for the better and an award for one of last year's semi-finalists. UK entrants are encouraged to enter, as the country is expected to fall into the Associated Countries to Horizon Europe Programme.

Deadline for submission of detailed plans 24th September 2021

Live Here Love Here: Marine Litter Capital Grants

The Live Here Love Here Marine Litter Capital Grants are being provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs through the Live Here Love Here collaborative partnership, involving DAERA, ten Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Application deadline 11am on 27th September 2021


Digital Skills for Heritage Tranche 8: Digital Volunteering

The Digital Skills for Heritage initiative is designed to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector. Grants from £10,000 to £100,000 are available for each project.

Deadline to submit full application 12pm on 27th September 2021


Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People programme

This programme will award 10 grants of up to £800,000 to portfolios of projects, which will work regionally to develop better, more joined up lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs.

Stage 2 application deadline 27th September 2021


Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Grants & Bursary Programme - 3rd Call Grant Aid open

Grants for voluntary and community sector: Irish in the Community, A Decade of Centenaries, PCSP Grant, RECOVER Grant Aid, Seeding Grant, and Verti Drainage.

Deadline for above grants 5pm on 28th September 2021


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