This Week's Funding News 29th March 2021

Some Updates for This Week

NB Community Foundation for NI & Community Foundation for Ireland: New All Island Fund Launching Soon

The Community Foundation for NI is partnering with Community Foundation for Ireland for a new and exciting All Island fund.  To find out more about this fund they are inviting you to attend a special VitalTalks on this new fund at 1 pm on Thursday 1st April 2021.

To register click here.

Community Fund for NI: Telecommunity Fund (Ongoing)

Provides grants of £500 to £2000 for small, locally based grass roots community projects across NI.  Prioritises work with young people, older people and people with disabilities.  Also prioritises organisations with an annual income under £200,000 dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and involving the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.

National Churches Trust: Wolfson Fabric Repair Grants

From 2020 grants made by the Wolfson Foundation to churches will be awarded by the National Churches Trust. Grants will be awarded towards essential fabric repairs at churches in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Grants are usually up to £10,000. 

VSB Foundation: Good Governance Awards for Northern Ireland (Nominations Close 12pm, 16th April)

Run by the VSB Foundation, in partnership with CO3 and Volunteer Now, the awards showcase how good governance and driving social change are essentially interlinked and celebrate what is best in the sector.  There are 3 awards this year, one for smaller organisations with an income of under £500,000, one for medium-sized organisations with an income of £501,000 - £999,999 and one for larger organisations with an income of over £1m.  

The National Lottery Community Fund: People and Communities (Ongoing Programme – No Deadlines)

The People and Communities programme is designed to support organisations to work with local people to bring about positive changes in their communities. A community could be in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences. Funding from £10,001 to £500,000 is available for projects from one to five years.

The National Lottery Community Fund: Empowering Young People (Ongoing Programme – No Deadlines)

Empowering Young People funds projects that give young people in Northern Ireland aged 8-25 the ability to cope with challenges in their lives. Funding of between £10,001 to £500,000 is available for projects that last between one to five years.


Some Key Dates for This Week

Aughrim Landfill Programme (Application Deadline (Midday), 5th April 2021

A partnership between Aughrim Landfill Ltd and Groundwork NI to allocate Landfill Tax Credit Funding from the Aughrim landfill site on the outskirts of Lisburn. Offers grants from £5,000 to £10,000 for projects working in the conservation and promotion of biodiversity projects and protection of social environment. 

Aviva Community Fund (Round 2 Submission Closing Date, 11.59pm, 7th April 2021)

Every 3 months £250,000 is shared equally among Aviva employees to donate to the forward thinking projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for up to £50,000. Eligible causes can submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder.

The National Lottery Community Fund (UK Office): Climate Action Fund (Initial Application Deadline, 5pm, 8th April 2021)

CAF is part of The NLCF’s Environment Strategy which since 2013 has funded over 7,500 projects that focus on improving the environment to enhance communities and people’s lives. This second round  focuses on supporting medium-scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption.  There are 2 two types of funding in this round - development funding up to £150,000 and full awards up to £1.5 million.

The Ireland Funds: Heart of the Community Grants (Closing Date 3pm, 8th April 2021)

This new fund aims to provide critical and timely funding to a wide range of not-for-profit and community organisations across the ROI and NI.  The fund offers awards up to €5,000 for small, not-for-profits and community organisations with an annual turnover of less than €/£500,000.

Woodward Charitable Trust: Playschemes (Closing Date (12 Noon, 8th April 2021)

One of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years. Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000. Around 35 grants are made each year.


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