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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.

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

 

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


Archive: July 2016

This month with the Euro football tournament in France and the Olympics next month in Brazil, I have news of the ‘Active Awards’ with small grants available from Sport NI, which aims to encourage participation in sports. Details below.

Congratulations to Banbridge Arthris Care who were awarded £2,676 from Halifax Foundation N.Ireland to purchase 8 iPad's plus associated tuition, and 'a round of applause' to Drumragh Senior Citizens Evergreens group in Omagh who have been awarded a grant of £1,000 from to set up a lunch club.

Funding Alerts

 

1. Belfast City Council Small Grants

Ten small grants open for applications, including community festivals, arts & heritage, community safety, etc. Information roadshows are being held.
Closing date: 8th July 2016. Contact: Tel: 028 9091 8748
W: www.belfastcity-grants.com

2. Sport NI Active Awards

Small grants programme to encourage [participation in sport. Amount available: £1,000-£10,000. Information Sessions being held in each council area. Closing date 18th July.  T: 028 9038 3233  W: www.sportni.net/funding/our-funding-programmes/active-awards

3. 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


4. 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

 

5. Aviva Community Fund

Advance notice that the fund will open in September 2016 with previous winners including: Mid East Antrim Agewell Partnership. 
Further information & registration  W: www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms

 

6. 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

7. 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


Archive: June 2016

This month I'm delighted to share successes of Gillygooley 2nd Youth, who have been awarded £1,500 from Telecommunity to support their club programme costs. The next 'First Steps to Funding' session is in The Junction, in Dungannon on 8th June. Contact me for details or to reserve a place.

Funding Alerts

 

1. Belfast City Council Small Grants

Ten small grants open for applications, including community festivals, arts & heritage, community safety, etc. Information roadshows are being held.
Closing date: 8th July 2016. Contact: Tel: 028 9091 8748
W: www.belfastcity-grants.com

 

2. 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 June & 15th Oct 2016.
Grants between £300-£10,000.  E: communityfund@belfastcityairport.com
W: www.belfastcityairport.com/Community/Community-Fund


3. 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

 

4. Aviva Community Fund

Advance notice that the fund will open in September 2016 with previous winners including: Mid East Antrim Agewell Partnership. 
Further information & registration  W: www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms

 

5. Community Accountancy Services N.Ireland

Free preparation of accounts is being provided for groups with an annual turnover of under £5,000 required to complete their ‘Annual Monitoring Returns’ for the Charity Commission N.I. For further details contact: Martin Crossland  T: 028 7127 9876
W: www.casni.org.uk

 

6. 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

 


Archive: May 2016

This month the spotlight is on the new Older People’s Fund – previously the Turkington Fund, with small grants available between £500-£3,000. Details below. The Community Foundation for N.Ireland have a ‘micro-grant’ of up to £1,000 for community activity which reduces isolation & enables participation. Details below.

Funding Alerts

1. Micro-Grant Programme

Small grant of up to £1,000 for groups who are reducing isolation and vulnerability, enabling participation in communities, and addressing local issues. You do not have to have a constitution to apply. Closing date for applications 27th May.
Contact: T: 028 9024 5927  W: www.communityfoundationni.org/#!apply/q2f5q

2. Grow South Antrim

Community & village organisations invited to apply for funding to support access to basic services and village renewal initiatives in rural areas of Antrim & Newtownabbey.
Further info: Denise Fullan  T: 028 9448 1311  E: grow@antrimnewtownabbey.gov.uk

3. Shed Grant Fund

Grant can contribute to set up a Shed project or sustain or increase activities in an existing Shed project. Small grants between £250-£1,000 available from Royal Voluntary Service with funding from ASDA for Men’s Sheds/Community Shed projects. 
Further details: T: 07423 471 018  W: www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

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 June & 15th Oct 2016.
Grants between £300-£10,000.  E: communityfund@belfastcityairport.com
W: www.belfastcityairport.com/Community/Community-Fund

5. Aviva Community Fund

Advance notice that the fund will open in September 2016 with previous winners including: Mid East Antrim Agewell Partnership. 
Further information & registration  W: www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms

6. Community Accountancy Services N.Ireland

Free preparation of accounts is being provided for groups with an annual turnover of under £5,000 required to complete their ‘Annual Monitoring Returns’ for the Charity Commission N.I. For further details contact: Martin Crossland  T: 028 7127 9876
W: www.casni.org.uk

7. 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


Archive: April 2016

This month features the latest recipients from ‘Awards for All’ grants, plus the spotlight is on the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland – previously Lloyds Bank Foundation for N.Ireland. Recent successful applicants of both grants are Cloughmills Cultural & Historical Society, who received funding for a coach trip (Awards for All) and history & craft sessions (Halifax Foundation NI). 

Funding Alerts

1. The latest recipients of ‘Awards for All’ grants

Information on the latest Awards for All including: 

Never Too Old Club The Portadown based group received £10,000 to provide activities and outings, including rambling and a Christmas dinner.
Ally Foyle Network of older people's groups in the Derry/Londonderry city area received £10,000 to provide a range of programmes within Apex Housing Association to bring residents together
Be Safe,
Be Well
Promoting safe and healthier communities in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area for older people, this project received £10,000 to make improvements to the Men’s Shed crafting skills and production and wood crafting experience based in Limavady.
Sailorstown Regeneration The north Belfast based regeneration group received £3,600 to run a range of events and activities for the whole community, including reminiscence classes and arts and crafts.

Full list available at W:www.bigblognorthernireland.org.uk/2016/03/10/86-groups-are-celebrating-awards-for-all-funding-today-2

 

2. Community Accountancy Services N.Ireland

Free preparation of accounts is being provided for groups with an annual turnover of under £5,000 required to complete their ‘Annual Monitoring Returns’ for the Charity Commission NI. For further details contact: Martin Crossland
T: 028 7127 9876  W:www.casni.org.uk

 

3. Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday community celebration grants – Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Closing date for applications is 28th April with a max £500 for events taking place between Friday 3rd - Saturday 18th June.
Contact: T:  028 9266 3377  W: www.castlereaghcommunity.co.uk/2016/04/queen-elizabeth-ii-90th-birthday-celebrations-grants

 

4. Princes Countryside Fund

Funding to support positive effect on rural communities, helping those who live & work there sustain the countryside by tackling rural issues. Main interest would be the category - 'Thriving Rural Communities' focus - solutions that keep rural communities together. Closing date 13th April 2016. Contact: T: 0207 566 6615  
E: pcfapplication@bitc.org.uk  W:www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk

 

5. Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 2 grants up to £10,000 application to develop a community pharmacy partnership project.  Next closing date for Level 2 funding: 14th April 2016.
Contact: T: 028 3026 4606  W: www.cdhn.org/bcpp


Archive: March 2016

This month we have news from 'The Ireland Funds' open for applications for small grants for March only. Last year 139 small grants of an average of £4,448 were awarded in N.Ireland. Open for applications during March only. Details below.

This months spotlight is on the Heritage Lottery Fund who have distributed grants of over £21million in the last 21 years in N.Ireland. Their ‘Sharing Heritage’ award offers £3,000-£10,000 for a wide range of community heritage projects such as oral histories, cultural traditions & more. Info below.

Funding Alerts

 

1. The Ireland Funds

Small grants open 1st March - 4th April, maximum grant available £8,000 to support older peoples organisations, funding for  clubs & activities. Last year 139 grants average £4,448 were awarded in N.Ireland. Slides from their recent funding workshops are available: www.theirelandfunds.org
Contact: Martha Hayes  T: Dublin 00353 1662 7878  W: www.theirelandfunds.org

 

2. Active Belfast grant scheme

The themes for this year are Neighbourhoods & Active Travel (cycling & walking).
For further info contact:  E: evansl@belfastcity.gov.uk  T: 028 9050 2073
W: www.makinglifebettertogether.com

 

3. Derry & Strabane Council Grant Aid

Community Support Fund, Good Relations, Community Festivals call for applications. Closing date: 4th March.
Contact: T: 028 7125 3253  W: www.dcsdgrantaid.com


4. Mid Ulster Council community grants

Applications open until 21st March 2016. Advice & information sessions are being held in early March but applications are available from the Community Development Dept.
Contact: T: 028 8676 4714
E: community development@midulstercouncil.org
W: www.midulstercouncil.org/grants


5.Newry, Mourne & Down Council grants

Call for applications for groups to apply for financial assistance for community activities including active healthy communities programmes. Closing date: 11th March 2016
Contact: Sonya Burns, Newry Mourne & Down District Council
T: 028 3031 3024
W: www.newrymournedown.org/council_information

 

6.  Princes Countryside Fund

Funding to support positive effect on rural communities, helping those who live & work there sustain the countryside by tackling rural issues. Main interest would be the category - 'Thriving Rural Communities' focus - solutions that keep rural communities together. Opening early March 2016. 
Contact: T: 0207 566 6615  
E: pcfapplication@bitc.org.uk  W: www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk

 

7.  Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 2 grants up to £10,000application to develop a community pharmacy partnership project.  Next closing date for Level 2 funding: 14th April 2016.
Contact: T: 028 3026 4606  W: www.cdhn.org/bcpp

 

8. Understanding Finances - workshops by Community Change

Through funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation for N.Ireland, you can avail of free finance workshops & support sessions. Next session 8th March Omagh in afternoon & Enniskillen in evening.
Details contact:
James Laverty T: 028 9023 2587  
W: www.communitychangeni.org/news


Archive: February 2016

This month we have news that Lloyds Bank Foundation for N.Ireland is now the Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland. Details below of new contact details plus changes that have occurred to their grants. Plus: ‘The Ireland Funds’ open for applications for small grants, and news of the recipients of the last round of funding from Arts Council ‘Arts & Older People’ programme. Also, ‘Awards for All’ have made their application process simpler, shorter & quicker than before. Details below.

Last month we launched the ‘Steps to Jargon Busting’ resource offering a guide to the language of funding applications. We have received great feedback from groups who have appreciated this resource & found it to be a really useful translation of popular terms used in the funding environment. Details of how to access this resource below.

Funding Alerts

1. Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland

Lloyds Bank Foundation for N.Ireland is now the Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland. 
There will be 2 changes to their criteria:
Firstly, there will be no closing dates - a rolling programme where groups can submit at any stage. 
Secondly, they will no longer be supporting groups that do not have charitable status. All info on their website: www.halifaxfoundationni.org

 

2. The Ireland Funds

Small grants opening for applications  to support older peoples organisations, funding clubs & activities. Information sessions giving an overview of the grants will be held in Belfast on 8th February & Derry city on 17th February.
Attendance is free but a place must be reserved.
Belfast 08/02/16: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ireland-funds-grants-workshop-belfast-tickets-20806781644
Derry/Londonderry 17/02/16: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ireland-funds-grants-workshop-derrylondonderry-tickets-20808492762
Previous awards were given to Mid & East Antrim Age Well Together (MEAAP) for their handyperson service which supports access to a subsidised small home repair service for older people.  
Contact: Martha Hayes  T: Dublin 00353 1662 7878  W: www.theirelandfunds.org

 

3. Telecommunity grants

The Community Foundation for N.Ireland (CFNI)have opened a new round of Telecommunity grants which offer support to locally based projects for older people .  Grants range from £500-£1500 with priority given to groups with additional disadvantage such as rural isolation or reduced access to services.
Further information & an application form contact: www.communityfoundationni.org/grants/view/telecommunity-fund

 

4.  Awards for All - new easier application process

With fewer questions and aiming to turn around decisions in eight weeks, the 'Awards for All’ application promises to be shorter, simpler and quicker than before. Funds available from £500-£10,000 and no specified closing dates. ‘Awards for All’ provides funding to support work with local people to bring about positive changes in the community.
Contact:  T: 028 9055 1455
W: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/northern-ireland/awards-for-all-northern-ireland

 

5.  Antrim Newtownabbey Council Grant Aid

Grant Aid programme which offers support to groups in the Borough requiring funding 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017.  A range of funding available: seeding grant, grants for premises, outreach and involvement activities, festivals and insurance.
Further information contact Kerry Brady on 028 9446 3113 ext. 31368
E: Kerry.Brady@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk
W: www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk  Closing date: 5th Feb 2016

 

6. Community Pharmacy Partnership funding

Level 1 application to develop an idea for a community pharmacy partnership project with grants up to £2,000. Next closing date for this Level 1 funding: 16th February 2016. 
Contact: T: 028 3026 4606  W: www.cdhn.org/bcpp

 

7. Understanding Finances - workshops by Community Change

Through funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation for N.Ireland, there will be free finance workshops and support sessions. Next session 22nd Feb in Antrim, 8th March in Omagh. For details contact: James Laverty
T: 028 9023 2587  W: www.communitychangeni.org/news

Further information

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729