This Week's Funding News wc 15 June 2020

New funding schemes this week:

The National Lottery Fund: COVID-19 Charities Fund

TNL Community Fund are distributing the COVID-19 Charities Fund with a grant from the Northern Ireland Department for Communities. This funding programme will provide financial support of up to £75,000 to charities who have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are not able to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020.

Closing date: 10 July at 4pm  Visit the website here


BBC Children in Need: COVID-19 Next Steps Grant

The Next Steps programme is their response programme designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects commencing in September 2020.

Closing date: 1 July 2020  Visit the website here


Comic Relief: 'Explore' (Tech for Good)

Comic Relief & Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Explore grant, is a new early stage digital funding strand of their existing Tech for Good programme.  The Explore programme will help charities to scope a digital solution to improve outcomes for the people they support, and to build the skills to develop a strong, user-led approach to digital service delivery.

Closing date: 22 June 2020 at 12noon   Visit the website here


Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: COVID Response and Recovery Fund

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has introduced a COVID Response and Recovery fund to support local communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. There are four grant themes currently open, these are:

  • COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery
  • PCSP Community Safety and Support
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Good Relations

Closing date: 30 September 2020 (or when the budget has been allocated)  Visit the website here


Foyle Foundation Small Grants

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. The Foundation plan to make one year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

No deadlines  Visit the website here


Upcoming deadlines

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council: Revenue Grants (Call 2 Restricted) - Closing date: 26 June 2020 at 12noon

Co-Op Local Community Fund - Closing date: 28 June 2020

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Emergency Heritage Fund - Closing date: 30 June 2020

G&H Roberts Community Trust - Closing date: 30 June 2020



You can see all the schemes listed in a one-stop format, (and over 800 more relevant to NI charities), on GrantTracker, our funding database.  And we're still offering a month's free access to GrantTracker to any organisation in the sector who needs it in these challenging times.  Join the 256 organisations who have already benefitted....

For the latest on Government, local Council and trust and foundation funding, keep checking GrantTracker and our constantly updated articles on NICVA's COVID-19 Fundraising Hub

Also, see my latest article on “How to get the most out of GrantTracker during COVID-19 and beyond”