This Week's Funding News – 20th December 2021

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Funding news this week

DfC: Covid Recovery Programme for Organisations 2022

The Department for Communities (DfC) lhas launched the Covid Recovery Programme for Organisations to reduce or remove operating deficits, which have arisen in the 2021/22 financial year because of the pandemic. The article above contains further information and will be updated as information becomes available. A few of the schemes from delivery partners are mentioned below:

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Covid Recovery Programme for Heritage Organisations – now open

This funding is being distributed by the Heritage Fund following criteria set by the Department for Communities.

  • Covid Recovery Programme for Heritage Organisations - Funding aims to reduce or remove heritage organisations’ financial operating deficits which have arisen as a result of the pandemic in the 2021-2022 financial year. Grants from £2,000 up to £50,000 are available. In exceptional circumstances, grants of over £50,000 are also available.

An applicant support webinar (sign up) – with a chance to ask questions – will take place on Tuesday 21 December at 11am. Any FAQs will be made available on the funding guidance web page shortly afterwards.

  • Covid Recovery Programme for Heritage Individuals - The Covid Recovery Programme for Heritage Individuals will provide support to self-employed and freelance individuals working across the heritage sector. This could include conservators, builders, craftworkers and tour guides. Aimed at individuals who were trading viably before COVID-19, have exhausted all other reasonable financing options, and whose income and earning potential has been negatively impacted by the pandemic.  Grants of £2,000 are available.

An applicant support webinar (sign up) – with a chance to ask questions – will take place on Monday 10 January 2022 at 12pm. Any FAQs will be made available on the funding guidance web page shortly after.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, on behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), will open online applications to a Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations (CRPAO), from 2pm on Friday 7th January 2022. Open to arts and cultural organisations across Northern Ireland, the deadline for all applications is 12noon on Friday 28th January 2022. The new programme aims to reduce or remove operating deficits in eligible arts and cultural organisations. These are deficits which have arisen in the 2021/22 financial year due to pandemic lockdowns. To be prepared, visit their website to view the list of required information they will use for assessment.

COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations

The ‘COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations,’ delivered by Sport NI, will support eligible organisations which have been negatively affected by the pandemic in the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022; and which have a financial operating deficit during that period which is attributable to COVID. The application portal will open for applications on Friday 7th January 2022 and will close for completed applications at 12 noon on Friday 28th January 2022. Further information on where to apply will be available on Friday 7th January 2022.


Other Funding News

Generate Fund for Black, Asian and Global Majority Artists

The Generate Fund for Black, Asian and Global Majority Artists* provides financing, mentorship and programming opportunities to support UK-based Global Majority artists in bringing their work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Closing 10am on 17th January 2022.

The National Lottery Community Fund: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) Communities pilot programme

This pilot funding programme supports people from B.A.M.E. communities in the challenges they face on a daily basis. The first round of their B.A.M.E. Communities pilot programme is open now and will close on 18 February 2022. Any organisation that is mainly B.A.M.E-led and working for the benefit of people from the B.A.M.E. communities is eligible and priority will be to groups that have not accessed their funding before. You can apply for grants of £300 up to £50,000 to cover revenue and small capital costs.

Newry, Mourne & Down District Council financial assistance

The Council invites applications for financial assistance towards a wide range of programme areas including Arts & Culture Projects, Community programmes, Growing initiatives, Sports, Tourism, Good Relations, Local Biodiversity Enhancement, Minority Communities Fund, and more. Closing date is Monday 17th January 2022 at 12:00 noon for all except Community Capital and Sports Capital which close on Monday 28th February at 12:00 noon.

Upcoming deadlines

Gerald Micklem Charitable Trust

The Gerald Micklem Charitable Trust is a general charitable trust. The Trustees have no restrictions as to the kinds of project or the areas, but they only provide grants to registered charities. Fields currently supported by the Trust: Adults and children with physical disabilities, Adults and children with learning disabilities, Carers for the elderly and disabled, especially young carers, Environment and wildlife, Hospices for adults and children, Medical conditions affecting both adults and children, and Support for the elderly, including those with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Closing date 30th December 2021.

Veterans’ Foundation Grants

The Veterans’ Foundation supports a wide range of organisations conducting charitable activities for serving and former members of the UK's armed forces and their dependants. They will address every aspect of social care including homelessness, employability, poverty, disability, welfare issues, mental health, marriage guidance, care during old age, drug and alcohol dependency, social integration, and confidence building. 

Closing date 30th December 2021.

Ocado Foundation for Good

The Ocado Foundation for Good with BizGive provides 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. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, for volunteering, only applications for digital volunteering will be accepted.

Closing date 31st December 2021.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council – Leisure Grants

Grants supporting clubs, athletes and coaches, capital projects and events are available for groups and organisations within the Council area.

Closing date is 12noon 31st December 2021

Articles and Resources

Recordings of the sessions held last week as part of NICVA’s #DigitalFundraising Webinar Series 2021, will be made available our the NICVA website soon.

To familiarise yourself with digital donations and online fundraising, we have produced a range of resources covering this topic and will continue to add more to support the voluntary and community sector:

Upcoming Fundraising Training

Find out about the UK’s number one online match giving platform, the Big Give in this overview Focus on a Funder: The Big Give and match funding | NICVA and book a place on their webinar Introduction to the Big Give | NICVA 19 January 2022 – 10:30am to 11:30am (Free).

Develop your fundraising skills and support your organisations long-term stability with our training:

Remember bespoke training sessions are available on request.

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