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January 2017

This month we're highlighting recent recipients of the Arts & Older People programme & the Telecommunity Fund. Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland are facilitating an opportunity to meet them & get information about who they fund & making applications, details below.

As ever, we are keen to hear about your experience, good & bad - so please keep me posted with news of successes & failures - all learning!

All the best, E-J
Get in touch: Tel: 07435 968 376  Email: ej.havlin@ageni.org

January Funding Alerts

1. Telecommunity Fund

The fund awarded £68,000 to 58 groups last year including £650 awarded to Ballygawley Senior Citizens group for their day trip to Co Antrim, £750 to 040 Cookstown towards craft workshops and £1000 to the Finnis Rural Development Association towards dances & seasonal events.  It will fund small, locally based groups £500-£1,500 with older people identified as a priority group.  It has no specific closing date but an ongoing/ rolling  fund but next panel meeting is 1st February 2017.
Further information W: www.communityfoundationni.org/apply

2.  Halifax Foundation NI Information event - Cookstown

An opportunity to meet the Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland and hear about what they fund & how to apply.  Next event is 16th February in Cookstown.
Further details contact:  Rural community Network. T: 028 8676 6670
E: teresa@ruralcommunitynetwork.org

3. Charity Commission NI - A guide to registration for very small charities

The Charity Commission NI began registering charities in N.Ireland back in December 2013 and we are delighted that they have now produced a guide to support those of you in very small groups to assist the process of registering as a charity. Further info: T: 028 3832 0220 W: www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/media/133192/20161116-Charity-registration-at-a-glance-a-guide-for-smaller-organisations-V1-0.pdf

4. Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 1 grants aim to support your group to develop an idea  and a community pharmacy partnership project.  Up to £2,000 available, with next closing date for Level 1 closing 9th Feb 2017. Contact: T: 028 3026 4606
W: www.cdhn.org/building-community-pharmacy-partnership-bcpp

5. Antrim Newtownabbey Borough Council - small Arts & Heritage grants

Constituted groups based in the council area can apply for small grants to develop the arts in the community, &/or increase understanding of local history or heritage. Eligible costs include: room hire, facilitators/trainers, trips, transport, entrance fees.  Closing date: 31st March 2017. W: www.antrimnewtownabbey.eformz.info
Contact: Arts - Bernard Clarkson T: 028 9034 0266 
Heritage - Samantha Curry T: 028 9034 0064

6. George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund

Projects based within North Down & Greater Belfast area focusing on Community, Social or Environment project. Next deadline 15th Feb 2017. Grants between £300-£10,000.  E: communityfund@belfastcityairport.com
W: www.belfastcityairport.com/Community/Community-Fund


Archive: December 2016

This month we’re highlighting the Dry January/Feel good February small grants available, plus Co-op Community Fund, and the Community Pharmacy project Level 1 grants which encourage you to give it a go!  Also, a reminder of the Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland and the groups that they have funded within the last year.

December Funding Alerts

1. CO-OP Community Fund

Applications are open for the Co-op Community Fund, with about £1,250 approx available. Closing date 16th December 2016.
Further details & apply online: W: causes.coop.co.uk/register

2.  Dry January/Feel Good February grants

The 5 NI Drug & Alcohol Coordination Teams (NIDACTs), alongside the Public Health Agency (PHA), are inviting applications for grants of up to £500 to develop and run events and or initiatives in support of Dry January/Feel Good February 2017.  
The focus is to support and encourage people to abstain from alcohol by providing relevant information, running events & social alternatives. £500 available. Closing date 9th December. Application form available: W: drugsandalcoholni.info/dryjanuary

3. Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 1 grants aim to support your group to develop an idea  and a community pharmacy partnership project.  Up to £2,000 available, with next closing date for Level 1 closing 9th Feb 2017. Contact: T: 028 3026 4606
W: www.cdhn.org/building-community-pharmacy-partnership-bcpp

4. Antrim Newtownabbey Borough Council - small Arts & Heritage grants

Constituted groups based in the council area can apply for small grants to develop the arts in the community, &/or increase understanding of local history or heritage. Eligible costs include: room hire, facilitators/trainers, trips, transport, entrance fees.  Closing date: 31st March 2017. W: www.antrimnewtownabbey.eformz.info
Contact: Arts - Bernard Clarkson T: 028 9034 0266 
Heritage - Samantha Curry T: 028 9034 0064

5. Telecommunity Fund

The fund will fund small, locally based groups £500-£1,500 with older people identified as a priority group. Ongoing/ rolling fund.
Further information W: www.communityfoundationni.org/apply

6. George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund

Projects based within North Down & Greater Belfast area focusing on Community, Social or Environment project. Next deadline 15th Feb 2017. Grants between £300-£10,000.  E: communityfund@belfastcityairport.com
W: www.belfastcityairport.com/Community/Community-Fund


Archive: November 2016

This month we’re highlighting the Clothworkers Foundation, who identify Older People as one of their main target groups to support.  Plus, the Percy Bilton Charity Fund, who support day centres & residential care deliver projects to encourage independence.

As ever, we are keen to hear about your experience, good & bad - so please keep me posted with news of successes & failures - all learning!

All the best, E-J
Get in touch: Tel: 07435 968 376  Email: ej.havlin@ageni.org

November Funding Alerts

1. Clothworkers Foundation

Small grants programme aiming to support services for older people particularly in areas where rural isolation.  Maximum grant £10,000 – average awarded £7,000.  This is a rolling grant which means that there are no closing dates for applications & you need to be a registered charity.
Application form: www.foundation.clothworkers.co.uk/Open-grant-programmes/Main-and-Small-Grant-Programmes.aspx

2. Antrim Newtownabbey Borough Council - small Arts & Heritage grants

Constituted groups based in the council area can apply for small grants to develop the arts in the community, &/or increase understanding of local history or heritage. Eligible costs include: room hire, facilitators/trainers, trips, transport, entrance fees.  Closing date: 31st March 2017.
W: www.antrimnewtownabbey.eformz.info
Contact: Arts - Bernard Clarkson T: 028 9034 0266 / Heritage - Samantha Curry T: 028 9034 0064

3. Telecommunity Fund

The fund will fund small, locally based groups £500-£1,500 with older people identified as a priority group. Ongoing/rolling fund.
Further information W: www.communityfoundationni.org/apply

4. Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 2 grants up to £10,000 to start a community pharmacy partnership project.  Next closing date for Level 2 funding: November 2016. 
Contact: T: 028 3026 4606
W: www.cdhn.org/building-community-pharmacy-partnership-bcpp

5. Royal British Legion External Grants

Grant aid for projects supporting the elderly run by groups with charitable registration, which benefit ex-service personnel &/or their families. Next deadline: 11th November 2016. 
Further info: E: rhanson@britishlegion.org.uk  W: www.britishlegion.org.uk

6. George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund

Projects based within North Down & Greater Belfast area focusing on Community, Social or Environment project.
Next deadline 15th Feb 2017. Grants between £300-£10,000.
E: communityfund@belfastcityairport.com
W: www.belfastcityairport.com/Community/Community-Fund


Archive: October 2016

This month has news from Arthritis Care in Banbridge, who have successful received funding of £9,130 from 'Awards for All' for a therapeutic break plus £700 from the Big Lottery Celebration Fund to organise a coffee party for their volunteers in Banbridge.

Also, Tannagh-Hill rural Community who got £4,672 to provide a range of activities & trips for older people. Great news and thanks for sharing it with us all.

October Funding Alerts

1. Princes Countryside Fund

Projects which support the provision of activity in rural areas and help rural areas to thrive. Next closing date 13th October 2016.
Application on-line only: www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk

2. Caring Communities Safe & Well funding - South Eastern Trust

Up to £500 available for older peoples groups in the South Eastern Trust area, to focus on physical activities &/or healthy eating. Closing date: 7th October 2016.
Contact: Caring Communities Safe & Well Administrator, Ballynahinch Community Services, 45-47 Main Street, Ballynahinch BT24 8DN. Tel: 028 9756 6934

3. Telecommunity Fund

The fund will fund small, locally based groups £500-£1,500 with older people identified as a priority group. Ongoing/rolling fund.
Further information W: www.communityfoundationni.org/apply

4. Funding Fair Carrickfergus

The Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland will be attending the funding fair in Carrickfergus Town Hall on Thursday 27th October 10.00am-1.00pm. 
Further details contact: T: 028 9335 9777  W: www.carrickferguscommunityforum.co.uk

5. Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 2 grants up to £10,000 to start a community pharmacy partnership project.  Next closing date for Level 2 funding: November 2016. 
Contact: T: 028 3026 4606
W: www.cdhn.org/building-community-pharmacy-partnership-bcpp

6. George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund

Projects based within North Down & Greater Belfast area focusing on Community, Social or Environment project.
Next deadline 15th Oct 2016. Grants between £300-£10,000.
E: communityfund@belfastcityairport.com
W: www.belfastcityairport.com/Community/Community-Fund

7. Royal British Legion External Grants

Grant aid for projects supporting the elderly run by groups with charitable registration, which benefit ex-service personnel &/or their families. Next deadline: 11th November 2016. 
Further info: E: rhanson@britishlegion.org.uk  W: www.britishlegion.org.uk


Archive: September 2016

This month has news that the next round of the ‘Arts & Older People’ small grants are open for applications until 29th September. Details below. Plus, I am delighted to share an update on the impact that the ‘Steps to Funding’ programme has been making including financial leverage of over £364,253.40. Details below.

Funding Alerts


1. Arts & Older People 2016-17

The Arts & Older People Programme aims to strengthen the voice of older people and promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing through the arts. Grants between £1,000-£10,000. Contact: T: 028 9262 3555 - Lorraine Calderwood
W: www.artscouncil-ni.org/funding/for-organisations
Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1 The Sidings, Antrim Road, Lisburn, BT28 3AJ

2.  Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 1 grants up to £2,000 to start a community pharmacy partnership project.  Next closing date for Level 1 funding: 15th September 2016. Contact: T: 028 3026 4606
W: www.cdhn.org/building-community-pharmacy-partnership-bcpp

3. Aviva Community Fund

The Fund will open for applications on 13th September 2016 with previous winners including: Mid East Antrim Agewell Partnership.
Further information & registration  W: www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms

4. George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund

Projects based within North Down & Greater Belfast area focusing on Community, Social or Environment project. Next deadline 15th Oct 2016.
Grants between £300-£10,000.  E: communityfund@belfastcityairport.com
W: www.belfastcityairport.com/Community/Community-Fund

5. Royal British Legion External Grants

Grant aid for projects supporting the elderly run by groups with charitable registration, which benefit ex-service personnel &/or their families. Next deadline: 11th November 2016. 
Further info: E: rhanson@britishlegion.org.uk  W: www.britishlegion.org.uk


Archive: August 2016

This month news of the Greggs Foundation, which has a local community project fund which specifically targets projects benefiting isolated older people. Details below.

Congratulations to Aghaderg Circle of Friends who were awarded £2,500 from Comic Relief to fund a variety of activities for the group including the Action Cancer Big Bus, cookery demonstrations & craft classes.

Funding Alerts


1. Change Your Mind Small Grant

Small grants scheme to support projects which tackle mental, mental health stigma & emotional wellbeing. Two types of awards available – smaller constituted groups up to £1,000/& the other up to £5,000. Closing date for application: 19th August.
Further details: www.changeyourmindni.org/get-involved/programmes-and-grants/change-your-mind-grant-scheme

2: Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland

Their annual review 2015 is now available which outlines details of the 368 community grants which were awarded during 2015, totally £1,183,485 distributed across NI.
Details: www.halifaxfoundationni.org/news/2015-annual-review-now-available-online

3: Awards for All N.Ireland

The latest information re: £847,374 distributed to 101 projects including successful applications from COSY Club, Cloughmills Historical Society & Annalong Over 60's, plus others. Details: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/press-releases/northern-ireland/210716_ni_afa_eastbel

4.  Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 1 grants up to £2,000 to start a community pharmacy partnership project.  Next closing date for Level 1 funding: 15th September 2016. Contact: T: 028 3026 4606
W: www.cdhn.org/building-community-pharmacy-partnership-bcpp

5. Royal British Legion External Grants

Grant aid for projects supporting the elderly run by groups with charitable registration, which benefit ex-service personnel &/or their families. Next deadline: 12th August & 11th November 2016. 
Further info: E: rhanson@britishlegion.org.uk  W: www.britishlegion.org.uk

6. NIE Networks Charities Fund

Small grants to improve and enhance lives in N.Ireland, especially tangible items such as equipment. Grants between £200-£750. Very brief online application form:
W: www.nienetworks.co.uk/Community/Charities-fund/Apply-for-funding

7. Aviva Community Fund

The Fund will open for applications on 13th September 2016 with previous winners including: Mid East Antrim Agewell Partnership.
Further information & registration  W: www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms

8. George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund

Projects based within North Down & Greater Belfast area focusing on Community, Social or Environment project. Next deadline 15th Oct 2016.
Grants between £300-£10,000.  E: communityfund@belfastcityairport.com
W: www.belfastcityairport.com/Community/Community-Fund

Further information

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729