This Week's Funding News w/c 18th January 2021

Some Key Updates for This Week

REOPENED TODAY Department for Communities (Via Cooperation Ireland): VCSE COVID Recovery Fund

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network is managing this now reopened fund.   Grants of up to 5K are available to purchase PPE and other items to enable the re-opening and continued delivery of vital community services.  

NB Organisations who were previously successful in applying to this element of the fund can reapply to receive up to £5k (e.g. if an organisation was awarded £2k from the 1st round of applications, they can apply for a further £3k).  

Covid-19 Community Support Fund (for Local Councils)

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced a further £2.75 million for Councils under the Covid-19 Community Support Fund to allow them to support the voluntary and community sector response to the continuing hardship created by the pandemic.  The funding boost will support local grassroots community and voluntary organisations across council areas working with individuals and communities during the pandemic to target need and alleviate poverty by:

  • providing assistance to those on low income and at risk due to financial stress
  • supporting access to food for those most in need
  • helping to connect those living alone or in a rural and border area that are likely to experience challenges in accessing services

Details will be available through individual local Councils, but will also be disseminated by NICVA as  information become available.

BMA Giving

BMA Giving is a committee of BMA members who meet annually to award BMA grants totalling £150,000 to charities whose research projects promote the medical and allied sciences, maintain the honour and interests of the medical profession or promote the achievement of high quality healthcare.  The committee also welcomes applications from charities where doctors play a key role in the charity’s work.

Anchor Foundation

Supporting Christian charities concerned with social inclusion, particularly through ministries of healing and the arts. Grants range from £500 to £10,000.

Radcliffe Trust: Music Grants

The Radcliffe Trust provides small grants in support of Music.  Grants are generally in the region of £2,500-£7,500.


Some Key Dates for This Week

SportNI: Sustainability Fund (Closing 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.

COVID 19 Charities Fund Phase 2 (Closing 5pm 22nd January)

The Covid-19 Charities Fund (phase 2) - £11.7m to provide financial support to charities that have lost income due to Covid-19 and are unable to cover unavoidable costs between 1 Oct-31 Mar 2021.

Groundwork NI: Whitemountain Programme (Next Deadline 12 Noon, 29th Jan)

Since 2007, the Whitemountain (formerly Alpha) Programme has distributed over £7 million through the Landfill Communities Fund. 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.


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You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub