This Week's Funding News wc 27th July

New or Updated Schemes

The Childcare Recovery Support Fund (Opening today 27th July)

Aims to provide financial assistance (tiered levels of awards depending on the childcare provision offered and the opening/operational dates following endorsement from the HSC Trust. Administered by Early Years – the organisation for young children on behalf of the Department of Education.

Department for Communities: Small Capital Grants Programme

£800,000 fund with 1.5K to 5K grants for groups to buy equipment to enhance and sustain their community activities and services. Includes IT equipment, sporting equipment, catering equipment & material to support arts & cultural activities.  Open to constituted organisations with  an annual income of no more than 100K.  (Managed by Co-operation Ireland).

ESB COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Administered by Groundwork NI, the NEW COVID-19 Recovery fund aims to support communities within the Area of Benefit of ESB windfarms. The fund is open to initiatives and activities addressing the aftermath impact of coronavirus in the community.  Suggested awards of £1,000 per application.

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust: Positive Pathways (Round 4 Closing 12 Noon 25th August)

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme will award fixed grants of £35,000 for projects developed by and for veterans. Projects should aim to improve veterans’ 

Thomas Wall Trust: Grants for Registered Charities

Grants of up to 5K for specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects.

The Marsh Christian Trust

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings.  Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000. Focus is on arts and heritage, education and training, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare and social welfare.

Community Foundation for NI: The New Needs Fund

Grants of £1,000 to £15,000 to help organisations and communities to respond better, addressing new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus and where restrictions mean finding new ways of meeting existing needs and #build back better, helping to ensure organisations can thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities.


Key Dates

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Charity Survival Fund (Closing 5pm today)

£10m Fund to provide core funding grants of £1000 to £250,000 to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.  Particularly interested in funding those not previously funded by the Trust, so for the first time, the Trust will be open to applications.

Community Foundation for NI: Techies in Residence (Opens 28th July)

Funded by Comic Relief and managed by CFNI, the Techies in Residence (TiR) programme is focused on creating powerful change within communities through digital technology.  Open to any VCSE (voluntary, community or social enterprise) organisation registered or operating in NI.

Hope for Youth NI (Closing Date 31st July)

Hope for Youth NI provide grants of up to £5000 across NI for projects providing opportunities for young people aged 11-18 to come together from different cultural, ethnic or religious communities to work together on a creative, practical or outdoors project.

Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund (Closing Date 31st July)

Weaver Company Benevolent Fund's principal aim is to support people in trouble, particularly young offenders and ex-offenders, and other disadvantaged young people. Preference is given to pump priming new projects, especially those which are innovatory and can serve as a model elsewhere.  In over 40 years the fund has disbursed more than £4 million supporting many worthwhile projects.

BBC Children in Need: Inspiring Futures (Closing Date 11.30am, 31st July)

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.  Offering grants of £10,000 to £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020.


More Funding Resources

·You can see all COVID-19 funding schemes including the latest on Government, local Council and trust and foundation funding, on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub

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