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July 2016

Telecommunity Fund

The Fund was established with capital from BT, management & unions, to support small, locally based groups delivering activities in their communities. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply but will need to have a constitution. There is no exact closing date so you can apply when you are ready with your application. Specific aim to support older people and previous successes include the Lisburn Retired Civil Services group who were awarded £1,500, also Gillygooley 2nd Youth and Sandy Row Seniors have received funding. They will support grants minimum of £500 but generally £1,000.

Further details & application form: www.communityfoundationni.org  T: 028 9024 5927


June 2016

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 & 1st November 2016. They haven’t had any applications from N.Ireland yet!
The fund started last year and has supported:

  • Memory cafes for ex-Service personnel with dementia
  • Concerts/afternoon teas/live music sessions in care homes
  • Training volunteers to befriend and mentor socially-isolated veterans
  • Peer support for older veterans who have been in prison and are now homeless
  • Purchase of a computer and specialist communication accessories for elderly veterans residing in sheltered housing

Further info: Richard Hanson External Grants Officer rhanson@britishlegion.org.uk
The Royal British Legion, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA
W: www.britishlegion.org.uk


May 2016

Older People’s Fund (previously the Turkington Fund)

The Older People’s Fund, established in recognition & celebration of older people’s contribution to society. Grants available £500-£3,000. Closing date 27th May 2016.

Contact: T: 028 9024 5927  W: www.communityfoundationni.org/#!apply/q2f5q

Funding for locally based community projects that are planned and run by and for older people:

  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability of older people;
  • Focus on the positive contribution of older people within the community;
  • Enable active participation of older people in community decision-making and addressing local issues;
  • Help get older people engaged in taking community action where it hasn’t happened before;
  • Reasonable costs for refreshments will only be considered if essential to the project.

April 2016

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland supports underfunded, grassroots charities in Northern Ireland to enable disadvantaged or disabled people to participate actively in their communities. During 2015 the Foundation, formerly known as Lloyds Banking Group, supported in access of 600 projects here in Northern Ireland.

Grants range from £500-£5,000, the average grant being approximately £3,000. To find out more information, go to the Foundation website www.halifaxfoundationni.org where you can access guidance notes and an online application form. The Foundation staff also offer pre-application meetings which can be booked through the office. You can speak to a member of the grants team via T: 028 9032 3000.


March 2016

Heritage Lottery Fund

Grants from £3,000 to fund a wide range of projects which make a lasting difference for heritage, communities and people.  The ‘Sharing Heritage’ programme offers grants form £3,000-£10,000 with a short application form & quick decision process. 

Other programmes: The theme of community heritage can look at local legends, events and anything that makes your area worth celebrating.  Cultures & memories theme could include a project which delves into peoples memories from farming methods to oral history, local traditions/crafts to music & dance . 

Over the last 21 years Heritage Lottery Fund in N.Ireland have distributed grants totalling over £21million ranging from major city refurbishments eg. Armagh City will see £1.98 million for Townscape Heritage award, Laurencetown Lenaderg & Tullylish Community Association ‘Rings of Time’ project recorded oral histories to make an archive to capture the villages social & cultural history. 

For information on how to apply contact:
T: 028 9031 0120  E: northernireland@hlf.org.uk  W: www.hlf.org.uk


Archive: February 2016

'Arts & Older People' programme grants Round 3

Here is a brief overview of the grants awarded in latest round of the Arts & Older Peoples grants. A total of £95,000 was awarded to 16 projects from the 34 applications. Further details are available from the Arts Council for Northern Ireland - contact Lorraine Calderwood: 
T: 028 9038 5200  E: lcalderwood@artscouncil-ni.org

Action Mental Health Mens Shed Arts Projects . £5,950
Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon District Council Age on Stage On Tour  £9,000
Beam Creative Network Young at heART. £6,060
Beth Johnston Foundation  Linking Generations NI - Generation Art £3,760
Border Arts Carnival Group Disappearing farmhouse & landmarks of Termonamongan £6,300
Creggan Education & Research Services Grow £6,000
Derry & Strabane District Council Music to Your Ears £8,216
Harmony Community Trust Art for All £4,685
Killyclogher Senior Citizens Club Killyclogher Senior Citizens Club £4,654
Open Arts Larger than life £7,688
Play Resource Warehouse Funny Bones £5,320
Pomeroy Resource Centre Arts for Older People Pomeroy  £3,365
Prime Cut Productions Re-Vision project £6,000
Streetwise Community Circus Age-ility Evolved circus £6,500
The Void Art Centre Creating Connections £5,500
Waterside Theatre Company Telling Tales Visual art project £6,497

Archive: January 2016 

Steps to Jargon Busting

A collection of our jargon busters have been collated into a new resource. Produced to increase access to funding opportunities and support older people’s groups to navigate the funding environment with confidence. This resource will demystify the language used in the process of applying for funding and support groups towards independence and sustainability.

Hard copies are available if you contact EJ directly or access the resource 'Steps to Jargon Busting' from www.ageni.org/jargonbuster

Contact: EJ Havlin
Tel: 07435 968 376  Email: ej.havlin@ageni.org

Further information

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729