This Week's Funding News – 28th February 2022

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Funding news this week

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, whose programmes include supporting the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict, announces changes to its autumn round. Read more here.

The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation opens small grants programme

PWCF considers small grant applications from UK registered non-profit organisations supporting grassroots projects in diverse and deprived communities. The small grants programme awards single or multi-year grants to a maximum value of £5,000. The average award is £1,500.

KFC Foundation: Community Grants Programme

The KFC Foundation provides grants of £200 - £2,000 to support grassroots organisations in the heart of their restaurant’s communities. Organisations empowering young people in the UK to fulfill their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work, and social skills. Expression of Interest deadline 13 March 2022.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation: Victorian Theatres – Small Repairs Fund

They provide capital funding towards discreet and vital repairs or conservation projects in listed theatres built between 1837 and 1910. Prioritising support for theatres where the programme of performing arts activity includes or will include a focus on encouraging social, economic and cultural diversity in the arts, they fund vital repair projects for which it is otherwise difficult to raise money. Awarding individual grants of up to £15,000 on a matched funding basis. Register your interest by 15th March 2022.

ASDA: Empowering Local Communities Grant

Designed to support a broad range of activities which can contribute towards transforming the community and improving the lives of people in that community, there are four options to choose from under this grant. It’s possible to apply for a combination: Building Resilient Communities, Active Lives, Leading Healthier Lives, and Seasonal Celebrations & Festivals which can also be used to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee between 2nd June and 5th June 2022.  Grants from £500 up to £1,500.

Sport NI - Project Re-Boot: Activate

Project Re-Boot: Activate, part of the Supporting Sport to Build Back Better programme aims to grant investment in new and innovative projects intended to support the engagement and re-engagement of participants into sport. Supporting medium scale projects and initiatives that are creative and innovative, they encourage the collaborative working and projects should focus particularly on people from groups who have been especially impacted by Covid-19. This is a crowdfunding scheme. Deadline 18th March 2022.

Upcoming deadlines

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Baily Thomas funds projects to aid research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field. Grants range from £250 to high thousands.

Deadline 1st March 2022

Department of Health: Advance Care Planning Seeds Grants

This new Seed Grant programme offers supports for creative responses from communities across Northern Ireland seeking to reflect on their experience of the pandemic and plan ahead. Grants up to £2,000.

Deadline 12pm(noon) on 4th March 2022.

National Churches Trust: Cornerstone Grants

The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of major urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. They will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT. 

Deadline midnight on 7th March 2022.

BBC Radio 4 and BBC One Lifeline Appeal

Lifeline is a monthly 10-minute programme broadcast on BBC One highlighting the work of a charity and appealing for donations to support its activities. The appeal aims to provide an opportunity for raising money and awareness to a variety of charities. There are 11 Lifeline Appeals each year. If you would like to apply for a BBC Radio 4 or BBC One Lifeline Appeal, please email the BBC Charity Appeals Unit telling them: Name of your charity, Your Charity Registration number (you must be registered with the UK Charity Commission to be eligible), and Name of charity contact (email and phone no.) for the person completing the application form.

Deadline is 23:59 on 7th March 2022.

Cultivating Community Farming

Cultivating Community Farming (CCF) is an exciting new support programme funded by the Co-op Foundation that will accelerate the growth and capacity of community farming projects across Northern Ireland (NI) over 2 years through networking, mentoring, skills development and capacity building. The main goal of the CCF project is to accelerate the growth and capacity of community farming projects in Northern Ireland.

Request an application form from Tizana and return by 12.00pm (noon) on the 7th March 2022 at [email protected].

Articles and Resources

Halifax Foundation NI reflects on the past two years and the future | NICVA

Find out from Brenda McMullan, Executive Director of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland what this local funder has been doing over the past two years. 

The recordings from NICVA’s #DigitalFundraising Webinar Series 2021 are now available on the following links where you can also find out more about:

Limited Time Offer for Northern Ireland Organisations - Supported Giving have kindly offered a 3-month trial period for QR Codes until the end of April 2022 for Northern Ireland organisations. Contact [email protected] to discuss next steps.


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