This Week's Funding News w/c 11th January

Some Key Updates for This Week

Opening 12th January - Dormant Accounts Fund (Via National Lottery Community Fund)

Dormant Accounts Fund NI will provide grants of up to 100K to support the VCSE sector in NI to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases long term capacity and sustainability. Funded by way of dormant accounts with policy directions set by the Department of Finance, the Dormant Accounts Fund NI is being delivered by the National Lottery Community Fund.  Dormant Accounts Fund’s remit is to deliver long-term transformational change for VCSE organisations.

Department for Communities (Via Co-operation Ireland): VCSE COVID Recovery Fund (Reopening 18th January 2021)

This fund will reopen on 18 January 2021 under Theme 3 of the Fund (Future PPE and Sundry Equipment needs) for a period of two weeks, i.e. until 29th January 2021.  As before, the Fund will be distributed by Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network.

NB The maximum award from this part of the Fund which was previously capped at £2,000, will rise to £5,000. Organisations who were previously successful in applying to this element of the fund can contact Co-operation Ireland directly to request an additional amount up to £5k (e.g. if an organisation was awarded £2k from the 1st round of applications, they can ask for a further £3k).

Details will be available from 18th January on the Co-operation Ireland website

Community Foundation for NI: McCall Social Care Fund (Closing 1pm, 3rd February 2021)

Managed by Community Foundation for NI, this fund aims to make a small number of £10,000 awards to those organisations working in the community and voluntary sector, who are delivering innovative and new projects offering additional value in social care at this time, in areas where statutory support is falling short of need, is limited, or in some places at the moment non-existent, as the public sector focuses on emergencies. The area of benefit is County Antrim only.

Community Foundation for NI: Telecommunity Fund (Ongoing)

The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects. Priorities include young people, older people or people with disabilities.  Grants are from £500 to £2000.

Groundwork NI: Whitemountain Programme (Next Closing Date 12 Noon, 29th January 2021) 

Since is beginnings in 2007, the Whitemountain (formerly Alpha) Programme has distributed over £7 million of funding to 220 fantastic community and biodiversity projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. This funding helps groups to achieve their plans for positive change in their community. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging biodiversity and environmental improvements.


Some Deadlines for This Week

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Shared History Fund (Closing Date, 12 Noon, 15th January 2021)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing a total of £1million through the Shared History Fund to organisations in the UK marking the centenary of NI.  Grants will be awarded between £3,000 and £100,000 in two categories: £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000 -£100,000. Funding must be spent by 31 March 2022.

SportNI: Sustainability Fund (Deadline Extended to 4pm, 20th January)

The purpose of this Sports Sustainability Fund is to help address the economic consequences of the COVID 19 health pandemic effecting the sports sector. It will provide the financial interventions needed to stabilise and sustain sports core governing bodies of sport; enabling them to withstand the worst impacts of Covid19.

Executive Office: Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF)  (Closing 2pm, 25th January)

The Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) provides support for voluntary and community organisations working with minority ethnic people and groups.  The aim of the Fund is to assist minority ethnic and local community organisations to promote good relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds.


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