Aughrim Landfill Programme Grants - to support projects working in the conservation and promotion of biodiversity projects and protection of the social environment.

What is the Aughrim Programme about?

Aughrim Landfill Programme is a partnership between Aughrim Landfill Ltd and Groundwork NI. Funding for Aughrim Landfill Programme is through the Landfill Communities Fund (LFC) and is derived from Aughrim Landfill Ltd’s operations at Aughrim landfill site, near Lisburn.

How much is our funding for?

The grants available are from £5,000 to £10,000


Projects that are eligible through the Augrhim Programme must meet all these requirements:

  • Address one of the two eligible Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) objects,

    • Object D: Public parks and amenities

    • Or Object DA: Conservation of biodiversity.

  • Access: be open to the general public a minimum of four evenings or two days a week, equivalent to 104 days a year (no applicable to object DA).

  • Location: Priority will be given to projects located within 10 miles of Aughrim landfill.

  • Use of money: be for capital works on a defined site, and all funding sought should relate directly to project delivery.

  • Finances: be able to reimburse Aughrim Landfill Ltd for 10% of the total sum given.

Other requirements:

  • have proof of land ownership or be able to demonstrate landowner/landlord consent for the proposed project. For projects located on Council land this must be in the form of minuted Committee approval.

  • Have all match funding in place at time of application.

  • Have planning permit (if needed) in place at time of application

  • If you want more information on the Landfill Community Fund’s requirements, please


How to Apply

For further information and access to the online application, please visit our website

Application deadlines

The next deadline for 2019 is Friday 11 October 2019

Dates for 2020 are Friday 24 January, 24 April, 24 July and 23 October

Cash 4 Clubs - Awards are available for sports clubs throughout the UK to improve facilities, buy new kit and equipment, and increase sporting opportunities.

Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500 and £1000 available, Cash 4 Clubs gives away real money that can help your club.


Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports National Governing Body or local authority.

Funding is given to clubs on a discretionary basis, with a wide range of applications considered.  Whether it’s an underwater camera for monitoring swimming technique, the re-surfacing of a tennis court, new kit for your rugby or netball team or extra training for your coaches, there is a very open policy to what we will consider.

No preference is given to the type of sport involved or the ages of people who will benefit from the project, but priority will be given to clubs that play an active role in their local community.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding can be requested for anything that will add to the sustainability and effectiveness of the sports club, including buying new equipment, improving facilities or helping members to gain coaching qualifications.

Examples of previously supported projects include the following:

  • Training for Coaches to ensure they are all level 1 standard.

  • Junior paddles and safety equipment.

  • Underwater camera for monitoring swimmers' technique.

  • Equipment for a golf club team.

  • Racing wheelchair and other athletics equipment.

  • New rugby kit, tackle bags, balls and corner flags.

  • Kit for a junior netball team.

  • Tennis court resurfacing.

  • Floor mats and low balance beams.

  • First aid training for coaches and new first aid equipment.

  • Lifejackets, radios and paddles.

  • Developing links with local disability schools to get more disabled children to play cricket.

  • Funds for a new floor.

  • Purchase of Dojang matting.

  • Tennis ball machine and new balls and nets.

How to Apply

Grants are chosen once a year by a diverse judging panel, who will consider funding based on many things including the quality and creativity of the application, the need for funding and the core aims of the club.

Making your application pop by using a video to show off your club and its members is a great idea to stand out from the crowd.  You can either upload a video with your application or attach a video you have uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.

Online application forms are available to complete at

Applications are accepted until 27 September 2019.

Winners will be notified in October 2019.

Ulster Garden Villages Limited Grants - Priorities are Health, Disadvantaged sections of our society, Young people, Culture & Heritage Environment

Ulster Garden Villages Limited was established under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts (Northern Ireland) in 1946 with the principal objective of providing good quality housing and associated amenities for the disadvantaged and aged.

The main objectives are:

  • Health

  • Disadvantaged sections of our society

  • Young people

  • Culture & Heritage

  • Environment

Preferred projects will be those demonstrating active participation and self-help. They should be innovative and developmental with an achievable, practical and sustainable objective. They will not fund activities which are the responsibility of any statutory agency, neither will they fund the direct replacement of statutory funding.

The Committee will only make donations toward specific projects under the control of a responsible organisation and when large capital projects are involved, only when satisfied that the sponsoring organisation has raised or is capable of raising the remainder of the finance required.

How to Apply

They will require information about your organisation and the project you propose. This includes:

  • the purpose of your organisation

  • how it is constituted, administered and funded

  • a description of your proposed project

  • the project costs and timescale

  • how it will be managed

  • what you hope to achieve

  • how the project will be sustained or finished

Application for all grants should be made on the Ulster Garden Villages Limited Application Form. Where additional space is required, supporting information will be accepted provided it follows the sequence and content of the sections specified on the Application Form.

Where the project is in excess of £50,000 more detail in relation to project rationale, economic appraisal and building proposals, if relevant, should be included. Your most recent annual report and audited accounts and evidence of charitable status will also be required.

For further information and to apply please visit

No deadline - Applications can be made at any time

St. Patrick's Cathedral (Dublin) Community and Charitable Fund

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, distributes the money raised through offertories, collections and candle offerings to charities and community groups working to respond to various needs within the community across the island of Ireland.  This scheme plans to award a number of grants up to a maximum of €10,000. 

The following are the categories of need addressed:

  • Christian Faith in Action

  • Health & Well-being

  • Alleviation of Suffering

  • Education

  • Inclusivity

  • Community Support

  • Conservation & Restoration

In 2018, we asked organisations to link their projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year we plan to have a similar association.  Please take the time to research the goals, targets and indicators that relate to your work.  Our hope is to create momentum on the achievement of the goals, creating a better world with local action for global impact.

How to Apply

Start your funding application HERE

Timelines for the 2019 Community and Charitable Fund are as follows

  • Applications open Friday, September 13 2019

  • Applications close on Friday, October 18 2019

  • Analysis, criteria assessment and application of scoring matrix commences Monday, October 21 2019

  • Panel deliberations take place in November 2019

  • Shortlisting announcements expected in December 2019

  • Final list of successful applicants and distribution announced in January 2020

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation - donations of up to £1,000 available

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation makes donations of up to £1,000 to UK registered charities towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Donations are normally in the range of £250 to £1000. The application must be for capital expenditure. That means items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity's running costs.

Who can Apply

The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity. Donations usually fund items of "capital expenditure". That means items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity's running costs.

You don't need to have an account or mortgage with Leeds Building Society to apply for funding.

Some examples of the areas in which they have made donations include:

  • Homeless people;

  • Adults and children with physical and mental disabilities;

  • Older people

  • Underprivileged families

  • Deaf, blind and partially sighted people; and

  • Community projects benefiting local residents

  • Victims of natural and civil disasters in the UK

  • Scout, Guide & Play groups.


The Foundation is unable to support:

  • Religious, military or political projects

  • Overseas charities

  • Individuals (including sponsorship)

  • Animal welfare projects

  • Medical research

  • General running costs, such as salaries, rent or utility bills

  • General fundraising appeals

How to Apply

You can apply online.

All applications will be acknowledged by email within 14 days.  If they need more information they will contact you.

The Trustees meet quarterly in March, June, September and November with the meeting dates available on the website.  Applications need to be received 28 days before each meeting date. Next deadline for applications is Monday 7th October 2019

They will try to consider your application at the next scheduled meeting. But if they have a large number of applications, or if they don't have enough funds available, they may need to take it to another meeting during the year.

They are happy to provide support at every step of the application process. If you are unsure how to proceed with your application please telephone 0113 225 7518.

The Lightbody Foundation Grant - Fund priorities are for special educational needs, mental health issues and mentoring for young people.

The Lightbody Foundation will make donations to 5 or 6 charities, twice a year. At this time, those charities will be based in Northern Ireland. The Foundation wishes to try and help some of those NI charities that are struggling in these tough times, as a result of a potential Brexit, and of no functioning government in Northern Ireland.  The Lightbody Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation to connect them with charities across Northern Ireland.

Funding Priorities

The Lightbody Foundation is seeking written proposals for projects supporting any of the following priorities:

  • Mental health

  • Children and adults with special needs

  • Activities to support adults with life challenges such as dementia

  • Activities to enable children and adults from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds access creative activities such as music

  • Engaging mentoring and support for young people and adults in creative activities

  • Sport

  • Cancer and disease research

The grant available will be £10,000 for each project supported.  They intend to support six charities.

The fund will focus on costs associated with a particular project, directly addressing one of the priorities above. This might include facilitation costs and sessional costs for projects.

Projects must not therefore be solely for ongoing operational and core costs, including salaries.

How to Apply

There is no formal application form, therefore proposals are limited to no more than 2 A4 pages, which must be submitted as a word document.

Template for submission of your proposal.

This will give them more of an idea of what you are doing, and help them make final decisions.

  • Name of main contact, including contact email

  • Organisation details, including address

  • Background to your organisation, including income levels, main priorities, some examples of previous work

  • Confirmation of eligibility

  • Potential projects details that you are seeking financial support for, including proposed budget of project, and what you will spend the £10,000 on

  • Details of how you fit at least one of the fund themes, and potential number of beneficiaries

  • Anything else you feel relevant that will add weight to your proposal

Proposals should be submitted by email, to Orla Black, Grants Director by Friday 20th September 2019 at 1pm.

Further information on eligibility, etc is available at

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail or call 028 9024 5927.

DFC Small Capital Grants Programme 2019/20 - NOW OPEN

Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2019/20 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.

The purpose of this Programme is to promote Partnership and Collaboration among Voluntary and Community organisations. The Programme provides grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 towards the purchase of items such as IT equipment, sporting equipment, catering equipment and material to support arts and cultural activities within the voluntary and community sector. Applications are invited from constituted organisations that have an annual income of no more than £100,000.

As such the amount of grant available to applicants will be dependent on the number of partners included on an application:

  • 2 partner groups  = can apply for £1,500

  • 3 - 4 partner groups = can apply for up to £3,500

  • 5+ partner groups  =  can apply for up to maximum £5,000

This grant is only eligible for expenditure on capital items and groups must be able to incur the expenditure before 31 March 2020.

How to Apply

Application forms and guidance notes can downloaded via the following links:

Small Capital Grants Application Form

Small Capital Grants Guidance Notes

Completed applications should be emailed to and must be received by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 9th October 2019.



Building the Community - Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP). Level 1 and 2 Grants available to tackle local health and social wellbeing needs.

The programme aims to promote and support local communities to work in partnership with community pharmacists to address local health and social wellbeing needs using a community development approach.

The programme works towards:

  • Increasing local people's skills, encouraging community activity and self help

  • Increasing local people's understanding of health issues

  • Encouraging local people to play a role in promoting health

Who can apply?

BCPP funding is open to constituted community/voluntary organisations and community pharmacies based in Northern Ireland.   Projects must be a partnership between a community/voluntary organisation and a community pharmacy. Either can be the lead applicant but both partners must be named in the application form.

  • A constituted community/voluntary organisation is a group which may be run on a voluntary basis and is set up as an organisation with a management committee, constitution and its own bank account.   A copy of the constitution will be required with the application.

  • The community pharmacy must hold a current contract with HSCB.  Qualified pharmacists not associated/affiliated to a pharmacy holding a HSCB contract are not eligible to apply.

What we fund?

  • Level 1 funding is for a grant up to £2,500 for a project that can last up to six months

  • Level 2 funding is for a grant of up to £10,000 for a project that can last up to one year.

  • A community/voluntary organisation and a community pharmacy to work in partnership to deliver a project to either one, two and in some circumstances three groups of people. Each group should have 12-15 people who participate in all sessions.

  • Projects which seek to address the social determinants of health using a community development approach.

What do we not fund?

  • Health fairs

  • Projects that work with a different group of people every session

  • Projects with more than 15 people in a group

  • Projects seeking to enhance sports performance or focus only on lifestyle issues

  • Capital equipment

What is the funding criteria?

  • A concise aim and summary of the proposed project.

  • An identified community need.

  • Clear partnership working between the pharmacy, the community and the participants (co-production).

  • External community/voluntary organisations co-delivering sessions.

  • A clear plan for recruiting participants and keeping them engaged.

  • A clear vision of the difference the project will make, which is in line with BCPP outcomes.

  • A clear activity plan, including, the number of people in each group, how often they will meet and an idea of topics you hope to cover.

  • Realistic costings that relate to your overall application and activity.

  • Overall value for money regarding what the project aims to achieve.

For more detailed guidance on funding levels visit the website

How to apply

For further information and an application form go to the BCPP website

To contact a member of the BCPP Team, call 028 3026 4606 or email

 Level 1 Closing date for applications is 3rd October 2019

Level 2 Closing date for applications is 7th November 2019.

Social Justice Small Grants Programme - projects that are promoting or embedding human rights and social justice

Grants are available for locally based community groups and locally based ‘communities of interest’ for projects that are promoting or embedding human rights and social justice in their day-to-day work for and with their chosen communities.


  • Increase awareness of and contribute to building a culture of rights within and between communities, particularly those most marginalized from decision making

  • Support communities and marginalized groups to find solutions to contentious issues

  • Strengthen local capacity to advocate by building relationships/connections between communities, policy makers, politicians and funders

Size of Grant:

Up to a max of £5,000 per annum. An additional £1k to £1.5k Mentor support will also be provided. It will be a condition of the award that you work with a Mentor in the development of you project and issue(s).


We Will Not Fund:

  • Activities that duplicate existing services;

  • Retrospective funding;

  • Capital build projects or large equipment purchases;

  • Promotion of religion;

  • Dinners, fund-raising promotions or other ticketed events;

  • Party political activity;

  • Individuals;

  • Substitution for statutory funding;

  • Projects where the Foundation’s contribution is a minor part of a larger funded initiative;

  • Initiatives that involve redistributing the funding as small grants;

  • Organisations that did not comply with reporting requirements of previous grant aid;

  • International trips;

  • Sole Traders or Private Business/Companies

Project Ideas:

  • Developing Community Charter

  • Rights/Culture/Identity Projects

  • “Benefit Take Up” Campaigns

  • Anti-Poverty Initiatives

  • Projects which contribute to Peace Building

How to Apply

Please visit for further information and access to the online application.

Closing Date: Monday 30th September 2019 at 1.00pm

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council - Third call for Revenue Grants

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council offers financial assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Our support seeks to help such groups who can provide services that are aligned to Council priorities.

Revenue Grants 2019-20

Our third call for Revenue Grants will will close at 12 noon on Friday 13th September 2019. This call relates to projects taking place 1 December 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Programmes facilitated by us in this call will include:

  • Community Grants

  • Arts, Culture and Events Grants

  • Good Relations Grants

  • International Linkages Grant

All applications are to be submitted online using the link:

The Tampon Tax Community Fund - for projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls

The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Funding is available throughout the UK.

The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims to support women who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The programme will benefit women and girls, investing in a wide variety of projects, that make a tangible and long-term difference to health, well-being, confidence and social/economic activity, as well as addressing equality gaps.

This programme aims to fund small-scale interventions (up to £10,000), which will make a considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising the aspirations of girls and women and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

Who can apply:

This fund is open for applications from:

  • Registered UK charities

  • Constituted Community groups

  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims

  • Community Interest Companies

  • Co-operatives - registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies

  • Credit Unions

  • Social Enterprises

  • If you are applying in partnership or as part of a consortium the organisation that submits the bid must be an eligible entity from the list above, this organisation will manage the funds if successful.

  • Funding to Community Interest Companies and other non-charities may include conditions to restrict funding to charitable objectives only.

Funding Priorities

Priority will be given to:

  • Women and girl projects, they define these as -        

    • A project that has been established by women or girls and / or is led and staffed by women and girls

    • A project that has been established with the key aim of working with women and girls only

Priority for shortlist will be given to -

  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support.

  • Organisations working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages.

  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.

  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to the people they are helping.

Guidance Notes and Criteria

Women and girls can be disproportionately disadvantaged by multiple issues which are often complex in nature. Combined with these barriers and differing needs within population and geography, specialist and local support is often necessary. Within this context applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence, for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.

  • Improving health and well-being, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.

  • Building social networks, for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.

What can be supported?

  • Volunteer expenses

  • Activity costs

  • Project staff / sessional staff costs


The fund will not support -

  • Use for activities of a party political or exclusively religious nature

  • Paid for marketing and advertising

  • Purchases of capital equipment

  • Retrospective costs

  • Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)

  • Statutory fines, criminal fines, or penalties

  • Trips abroad

How to apply

For further information and access to the online application, visit the website

The fund closes for applications on 11th October 2019 at 1:00pm.

Should you have any further questions please email the grants team on or call on 028 9024 5927.

Homelessness Prevention Fund Application 2019/20 - Deadline extended to 13th Sept

Objective One of the Homelessness Strategy 2017-22, published in April 2017, is to Prioritise Homelessness Prevention.  There are many social, economic and family factors that can result in a household becoming homeless. These factors are outlined throughout the Strategy. Under Objective One of the Strategy, the Housing Executive has developed the “Homelessness Prevention Fund” and is seeking expressions of interest for projects that can help prevent homelessness by targeting the homeless triggers within the Strategy that can lead to homelessness. These expressions of interest will be assessed under a five category typology which includes:

  • Assisting in the public’s understanding of the complex nature of homelessness.

  • Identifying particular groups which are at the highest risk of homelessness

  • Raising awareness of homelessness to ensure households approaching crisis can access support.

  • Undertaking pre-crisis intervention. This can take the form of advice and mediation services; proactive interventions and targeted services at known risk points.

  • Preventing recurring homelessness, including ensuring tenancy sustainment is central to preventing repeat homelessness.

There is no maximum limit on funding which can be applied for but it is anticipated, that due to the timeframe in which projects must be completed by, that many applications will be for £30,000 or less. Applications for funding are limited to constituted groups in the community sector or organisations in receipt of homelessness or Supporting People funding.

Upon completion of this application form (see link below) please sign and return, with any relevant supporting documentation, via email to or via post to the address below:

Homelessness Policy & Strategy,

1st Floor, 9 Lanyon Place,


 BT1 3LZ

If you have any queries on the application form, please contact any of the staff below:

Richard Tanswell              02895 982 327                   Maureen Kerr                    02895 982 639

Nicholas McGrath            02895 982 747

Homelessness Prevention Fund Application 2019-20

Guidance Notes


CDHN - Mentoring and Grants Programme to tackle health inequalities - Now Open!

The Mentoring & Grants Programme will offer five local groups/organisations in each Health & Social Care Trust area the opportunity to take part in a five-month programme from October 2019 to February 2020.

Successful applicants will have support from the Elevate Programme team and we are working in partnership with a Mentoring Organisation in each Health & Social Care Trust area, listed below.

  • Belfast                                 Women’s Tec

  • South Eastern                    County Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN)

  • Southern                             Supporting People and Communities Everyday (SPACE)

  • Northern                             Mid-East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP)

  • Western                              ARC Healthy Living Centre

Successful applicants will be supported by the Mentoring Organisations in their area to work through plans and activities to take forward the health inequalities idea outlined in their application form. This will involve 1:1 meetings, group discussions and best practice visits with other groups/organisations over the five-month period of the programme. There will be opportunities for new learning, mentoring support, connecting with others and developing skills that will bring the applicant’s grant ideas to life.

The grant offer will be £5,000 to each of the five successful applicants. How that is spent and the impact it makes will be monitored and evaluated by the Elevate team and relevant partners in the Elevate Programme. Achievements and learning from the Mentoring & Grants Programme will be shared at a Celebration event in March 2020 with all successful applicants required to take part in the event.

For further information visit

Download the Application Form
Download the Guidance Notes

Closing date - Friday 13 September at 4pm

The Older People's Fund Micro Grant - Open Now!

Our Older People’s Fund offers funding for projects that are planned and run by and for older people.  In celebration of our 40th anniversary and in recognition of the needs of older people, we are launching a new Older People’s Fund, Micro Grant Programme.

We will celebrate the great work that groups supporting older people are doing by awarding 40 groups £1,000 – One project for every year that the Foundation has been in existence supporting communities in Northern Ireland.

The Micro Grant Programme is a fund with a simple, and fun application process. Groups supporting older people, can access up to £1,000 for project support and shortlisted groups will be chosen at an event organised by the Community Foundation. We aim to choose up to 40 projects, awarding £40,000.


To be eligible to apply your project must target at least one of the key priorities detailed below:

  • Engaging older people to take community action where it hasn’t happened before.

  • Enabling active participation of older people in the community in decision-making, and addressing of issues facing their sector.

  • Reducing isolation and vulnerability of older people and carers, through supporting participation in activities where they haven’t happened before.

  • Reducing the fear of crime amongst older people.

  • Encouraging and supporting independence of older people.

  • Improving health and well being, and supporting older people to remain in their homes.

  • Supporting older people to keep warm.

  • Supporting older people to access a nutritious meal.

  • Reducing potential for age discrimination, and/or abuse.

  • Enabling older people to access technology, and to potential benefits and entitlements that they may not be aware of.

What can be supported?

  • Running costs, such as sessional costs for tutors, venue hire, transport.

  • Capital costs are eligible, if essential to the work of the applicant organisation, and if address at least one of the key priorities.

An end of grant monitoring report must be submitted upon completion of the project.

Who can apply?

Fully constituted community organisations based within Northern Ireland.

In the event of having more applications that we can find priority will be given to groups with income levels of £30,000 or less.

How to apply

The Community Foundation intends to award this fund in quite an innovative way, where each eligible and shortlisted application, will be invited to attend an event held by the Community Foundation. All of those shortlisted applications invited will be added to a hat. The first forty applicants chosen will be awarded financial support. Any remaining applications will not be awarded financial support at this time.

For further details and a link to the online application, please visit

If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail

Closing dates and awarding of grants

The fund will be open for applications from 9am on 2nd September 2019 and will close at 1pm on 30th September 2019.

GSK Impact Awards 2020 - designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health.

The IMPACT awards are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

The GSK Impact Awards

  • Up to ten winners will receive £30,000, with one overall winner receiving £40,000

  • Up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000

  • The awards are designed to recognise success and achievements for existing work so you do not have to present a new project

  • Award winners will also be offered training and development valued at an average of £9,500 and have a film made about their work

Who can Apply?

Applicants must be:

  • A registered charity by the deadline for applications. The organisation must also have existed for a minimum of three years by this date. They may ask for a copy of your constitution to confirm this.

  • Located and registered in the UK.

  • Targeting community health needs in the UK. Community can be defined as a geographical community or a community of interest.

  • Able to point to a track record of achievement in community health issues.

  • Organisations with total annual income between £80,000 and £2.5 million as shown in your most recent accounts (produced within ten months of your year end).

  • Independently constituted from any national umbrella organisation.

  • Organisations registered in the UK but working in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can apply.

To view details of 2018 winners please see here

The assessment is based on the work of the whole organisation and the assessment will focus on excellence in 6 areas of IMPACT.

The 6 areas of IMPACT area: 

  • Innovation 

    Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in health care access and delivery.

  • Management

    Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; diversity and inclusion; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.

  • Partnership

    Working effectively with others (members, users, voluntary, private and public sector partners etc); willingness to share ‘best practice’ and to learn from others.

  • Achievement

    Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefiting; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance, being able to report on outcomes and impact.

  • Community Focus

    Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.

  • Targeting Need

    Awareness of community issues and priorities; having a detailed understanding of the target community; ensuring services are accessible to and focus on people in need. 

    For more information see here For queries please email

    How to apply for a 2020 GSK IMPACT Award

    Please read our guidelines before deciding whether to apply for a GSK IMPACT Award at

    The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 23 September 2019.

The Wesleyan Foundation Grants Available for Education projects, health projects or social projects

Applications will be considered from charities, constituted voluntary and community groups in Northern Ireland that focus on:

  • Education - Charities or projects that enhance learning and develop career opportunities

  • Health – Promote health and wellbeing.

  • Social – Provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable and supportive communities.

Funding available

  • Small Grants of up to £2,000 are available and must be spent within a year.

  • Large Grants are available between £2,000 - £10,000 and must also be spent within a year. (not currently open)

We Will Fund

  • Groups that have been running for at least 2 years.

  • Salary, equipment or volunteer costs that are clearly budgeted and only used for the project – evidence will be required.

Grants can be made for a wide range of purposes, for example:

  • Start-up costs for new organisations or projects

  • Extension and development of existing projects

  • Pilot projects (to gather research and evidence)

  • The purchase of equipment and resources

The Wesleyan Foundation is in favour of funding:

  • Homework clubs / Education and upskilling

  • Employability – supporting people to move towards employment

  • Mental wellbeing – but not via arts and crafts groups – more direct working, e.g. counselling


You can apply to this fund if you are one of the following:

  • Registered charities

  • Constituted Community groups

  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims

  • Community Interest Companies

  • Co-operatives - registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies

  • Social Enterprises

**Funding to Community Interest Companies and other non-charities may include conditions to restrict funding to charitable objectives only.

How to apply

For further information and link to the online application please visit

Please email the grants team on or call on 028 9024 5927 if you wish to discuss your plans before submission of your bid.

The Small Grants fund will close for applications on Monday 2nd September 2019 at 1:00pm.

The Large Grants Fund is not currently open.

DAERA Micro Capital Grants programme 2019/20 - Mid Ulster Area - Opening 2nd Sept

Administered by CWSAN, The DAERA Micro Capital grants are soon opening to those groups within Rural areas of Mid Ulster.

Grants will improve the lives of rural communities, and in particular the wellbeing of isolated individuals and will help rural community-led, voluntary groups to address local issues of access poverty, financial poverty and social isolation by focusing on one of the following three themes:

  • Modernisation (of building(s) / assets)

  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)

  • Health and Wellbeing

These grants are available only for capital, stand-alone projects. Projects eligible for funding must meet ALL eligibility criteria.

Grants available up to £1,500 (at 50% -85%)

For further information:

Contact: Marguerite Quinn – or Loraine Griffin –

Closing Date: 12.00pm, Friday 27th September 2019. Late/incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Practical Skills/Tips Workshops : for effective completion of funding applications for Micro Grants

  • Wed 4th Sept 2019 at 10.30am

    Involve House, Magherafelt, BT45 6AB

  • Tues 10th Sept 2019 at 7:30pm

    President Grant’s Homestead,

    Dergenagh, BT70 1TW

  • Wed 11th Sept 2019 at 7.30pm

    The Crieve Centre, Stewartstown BT71 5HY

  • Tues 17th Sept 2019 at 10:30am

    The Link Community centre, Maghera, BT46 5DA

    Please contact Marguerite on 028 87738845 or email to confirm your place.

BBC Children in Need - Small Grants Programme


Children in Need is an annual charity appeal organised by the BBC.  Every year the BBC dedicates one evening of programming to showcase events aimed at raising money for charities working with young people in the UK.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available per year for up to three years (£30,000 total request).

Objectives of Fund

The Trust distributes the funds raised each year as grants to organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people, under the age of 18, living in the UK. 

Funding is available to organisations that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.

  • Any kind of disability.

  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.

  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives. Eligible projects will make these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands are eligible to apply.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding to keep running the same project or for a different project. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

Organisations who currently hold an award from the Children in Need Main Grant Scheme can apply for a Small Grant as long as it is for work with a different group of children and young people.


The next deadline for applications is Monday 2nd Sept 2019.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on the deadline date with decisions expected by November 2019. Applicants must refer to the A-Z Guidance document before making an application.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Children in Need website:

The Ireland Funds Small Grants Round - NOW OPEN

What is the Small Grants Round?

The Ireland Funds Small Grants Round supports a wide range of not-for-profit and community

organisations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

What awards are offered in the Small Grants Round?

The Small Grants Round offers awards up to €10,000 for small not-for-profit and community

organisations. Projects seeking larger grant amounts will not be considered for the Small Grants


A total of €500,000 is available for the Small Grants Round 2019 comprised of:

  • 30 x €2,500 awards

  • 55 x €5,000 awards

  • 15 x €10,000 awards

What are the funding priorities of the 2019 Small Grants Round?

The Ireland Funds Small Grants Round is suitable for organisations making an impact and a positive

contribution in their local community. Suitable applicants will have projects that align closely with

The Ireland Funds priorities –

  • Community Development,

  • Education,

  • Arts & Culture and

  • Peace &Reconciliation.

 Organisations should be able to clearly demonstrate how their project impacts upon the lives of

their participants and their local communities. Projects should have tangible and quantifiable

outcomes as well as qualitative outcomes.

Before beginning your application, ensure that your application activity does not fall within one of the

ineligible items listed in the guidelines. If you are unsure as to whether an activity is eligible please contact a member of our Grants Team.

How do I apply?

Small Grant Round Applications are being accepted through an online application form only. The link

to the application form is available via the website

Upcoming Workshops

  • Derry~Londonderry

    Tues, 27th August 2019

    (10.30am – 12.30pm)

  • Belfast

    Wed, 28th August 2019

    (10.30am – 12.30pm)

For assistance with the Small Grant Round application form, please contact The Ireland Funds Grants Team at +353 01 662 7878.

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on 11th September 2019.

Late applications will not be accepted.


The National Lottery Community Fund: Great Ideas

The Great Ideas programme is designed to support great ideas that don’t necessarily involve people at every stage but if implemented would contribute to putting people in the lead and enable organisations to work with local people to bring about positive changes in their communities.

Funding from £10,000 to £500,000 is available.

The National Lottery Community Fund believe that working with people at every stage of the process helps communities to thrive.

However, they have learned that this approach sometimes leaves gaps for great ideas which don’t necessarily involve people at every stage of their development, but if implemented would contribute to putting people in the lead.  So they have developed Great Ideas to support projects like this.

Projects that they could support under Great Ideas might include activity like testing digital approaches, developing user led approaches or developing community decision making.

If you think it might be for you, talk to the funding team in your local area, give them a call on 028 90551455 or email them at


They cannot fund,

  • Costs for items or activities you have already incurred before you get a decision

  • Activities outside the UK

  • Fundraising activities

  • Second hand vehicles.

How to apply

Talk to them – they're really interested in your ideas. And are there to support you to make the best application possible.

If you think it might be for you, talk to the funding team in your local area, give them a call on 028 9055 1455 or email them at