This Week's Funding News w/c 19th September 2016

New or Updated Funding Initiatives

Hope for Youth NI

Hope for Youth (formerly the Women Caring Trust) was founded in 1972 and helps young people in Northern Ireland, particularly those from disadvantaged areas.  It supports cross-community projects, where young people aged 11-18 can learn to work together to learn new skills, build friendships and develop their confidence in a safe environment. Its approach is non-sectarian and non-political.  The maximum amount of grant available is usually £5000.

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Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund offers funding for specialist community and voluntary organisations working with carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders within the UK.  They offer Development Grants to provide funds towards your organisation’s core costs.  Grants are available for up to £40,000 or 50% of the organisation’s current annual income, whichever is lowest, per year for 3 years. 

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Patagonia Environmental Grants

Patagonia are a business providing environmental grants.  Through their membership in 1% For The Planet® they have donated $70 million in cash and in-kind services to thousands of community-based groups working to create positive change for the planet in their own backyards.  They aim to give modest grants of up to $12,000 to hundreds of groups every year for whom this money makes a world of difference,  calling it their Earth Tax.

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Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary

Invest NI: Innovation Vouchers

An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert from a University, College or other Public Sector Research Body bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.  The aim is to improve the innovation capability of  businesses and to build links between public sector knowledge providers and the business community. An Innovation Voucher is worth up to £5000 (or the equivalent € amount if used in the ROI and may be used by businesses in need of external expertise to develop innovative products, processes or services or add new dimensions to products, services or processes. 

Closing Date (3pm) 23 Sep 2016

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OpenData NI Challenge

The OpenDataNI Challenge is a competition jointly funded by the Department of Finance and the Department for the Economy on behalf of the NI Digital Catapult and is supported by the NI Science Park, ODI Belfast, and Ulster University.  Applicants are asked to harness the power of public sector open data on OpenDataNI in the development of new teaching resources which can be used by schools. The resource can be developed for either primary or secondary level education.  The winning applicant will receive £20,000 to develop their idea.   

Closing Date 28 Sep 2016

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Arts Council NI: Arts and Older People

The programme provides funding to arts-based projects that address related social issues such as poverty, isolation and loneliness, as well as promoting positive mental health.  Since 2010, the Arts Council has provided over £1,202,846 worth of grants to support 98 Arts and Older People’s projects taking place across Northern Ireland. Due to the success of this pioneering programme, additional funding was secured in partnership with the Public Health Agency and the Baring Foundation in order to reopen the programme for 2016/17.

Closing Date (4pm) 29 Sep 2016

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