Mid and East Antrim Borough Council - Community Grants 19/20

Grants Support Scheme

The scheme is open on a rolling basis, subject to the availability of budget.

The aim of the scheme will be to provide financial support through various grants categories for organisers of events as well as community groups, sports clubs, arts groups in the Borough undertaking projects which are of benefit to all of the citizens of Mid and East Antrim Borough area.

Grants are available towards community-based projects including:

  • Setting up of New Groups

  • Equipment

  • Public Liability Insurance

  • Community Events

  • Civic Representation

  • International Events

  • AED / Defibrillator


Community Festival Fund

The Community Festivals Fund is open for festivals taking place before 31 March 2020. Council would particularly welcome applications for festivals which promote equality, target poverty and social exclusion and encourage cultural expression.

The Community Festivals Fund is a competitive scheme and festival organisers will be required to demonstrate how their festival meets the assessment criteria. There is no guarantee that successful applicants will receive the amount applied for.

  • Single Day Festivals - 100% funding up to £1,500

Festivals must last more than 3 hours and must consist of more than one element. For example BBQ, children’s entertainment, music etc.

  • Multi-day Festivals - 100% funding up to £2,000

Festival activities must take place over two or more consecutive days and have a common theme. Each day must contain activities lasting more than 3 hours per day.

The closing date for applications for the Community Festivals Fund is 12pm Friday 10 May 2019.


Everybody Active Grants

The Sport NI Every Body Active 2020 Small Grants Programme 2019-20 for projects taking place before 29 January 2020 is now open.  The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, community groups and governing bodies of sport, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver increased sports participation.

Priority will be given to projects which aim to increase participation among traditionally underrepresented groups which include:

  • Women and girls

  • People with a disability;

  • Those living in areas of greatest social need (specifically people living within the top 25% of wards designated by NI Multiple Deprivation Measure Index 2010)

Council will consider up to 100% funding of total eligible costs up to a maximum of £2,500.  Projects must be completed by 29 January 2020.


Good Relations Grant Support Scheme

The Good Relations Grants Scheme is open for the 2019-2020 financial year.

This scheme is aimed at projects taking place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 and will operate on a rolling basis (subject to available budget) until the closing date of Friday 31 January 2020.  Should the scheme go over-subscribed, Council may reduce the amount offered on a pro-rata basis.

Applications should be submitted prior to the commencement of the project or expenditure incurred in relation to the project.

The Good Relations Grant Scheme is a 100% funded opportunity, for constituted groups, up to a maximum of £2,500. This can be applied for through one large application or through a series of smaller applications.

How to Apply

Before completing an application, applicants should make sure that they are eligible to apply and have read the guidance notes in full which can be downloaded below.

Applications can be made online at Council's Funding Hub https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/resident/grants/grants

Manual applications can be requested by contacting the Grants Office on the contact details below and may be returned to any of the following Council buildings.

  • Ballymena – Ardeevin, 80 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1AB

  • Larne – Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RU

  • Carrickfergus – Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG

Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office on T: 028 2563 3148 or 028 9335 8240 or E: grants@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Youth Intervention Programme Funding 2019-2020

The Executive Office, in partnership with the Education Authority (EA), are inviting applications from groups, who are registered with the EA, to deliver a youth programme as part of the Youth Intervention Programme in 2019. 

The programme aims to target young people living in interface areas and areas where there is potential for heightened social unrest during the summer period of June, July and August.  A particular focus of the programme is in engaging young people on weekends, evenings and during times of high community tensions. 

The main outcomes of Youth Intervention Funding is to improve attitudes between young people from different community backgrounds and to reduce the number of crime and anti-social behaviour incidents carried out by young people in areas where the participants come from.

The application form and guidance notes are available at http://www.eani.org.uk/youthintervention The application form is available in both PDF and Word format and once completed should be emailed to youthintervention@eani.org.uk

Hard copies can be returned by post to Youth Intervention, Youth Service, Education Authority, Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, BT16 2HS.  Groups can also contact the EA Youth Office by telephone on 028 9056 6952 or 028 9056 6429.

Deadline for applications - Thursday 11th April 2019 at 4pm.

A number of support workshops have been arranged to provide advice, support and guidance to organisations who are considering applying for funding under the Youth Intervention Programme for 2019-2020.  Due to changes in the application forms this year we strongly recommend groups attend.  To register visit https://eafundingevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Awards will be made to successful groups subject to the availability of funds.

For further information contact:

Education Authority

Verity Morrison   Tel: +44 (0)28 9056 4167   Fax: +44 (0)28 9033 1714  

Email: verity.morrison@eani.org.uk    Web: www.eani.org.uk


The Enkalon Foundation

The Enkalon Foundation is a grant-making, registered charitable trust in Northern Ireland.  Grants are available for projects assisting cross-community groups, self-help, assistance to the unemployed and groups helping disadvantaged members of society in Northern Ireland, with particular interest in  Antrim.

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation's main aim is to provide community and social welfare services in Northern Ireland.

The priorities of the fund may vary from year to year but the range of interests is as follows:

  • Cross-community groups.

  • Self-help.

  • Assistance to the unemployed.

  • Groups helping the disadvantaged.

About £200,000 is available for grants each year.  Grants of up to £6,000 are available. The average size of award is between £500 and £1,000.

Match Funding Restrictions

The Foundation rarely provides 100% funding for a project.  However, the level of contribution required from the applicant will vary depending on project size.

Who Can Apply

Organisations with charitable status, working in Northern Ireland are eligible to apply. The Foundation has a particular interest in organisations working in the Antrim Borough area.


Normally grants are not made for the following:

  • Playgroups or sporting groups outside the Antrim Borough area.

  • Individuals.

  • Medical research.

  • Travel outside Northern Ireland.

How To Apply

  • An online application form is available from the Enkalon Foundation website http://www.enkalonfoundation.org/

  • Applications must be submitted one month before the relevant meeting date. The Trustees meet quarterly and the next closing date for applications is Wednesday 22nd May, 2019.

  • The trustees will assess these applications in June 2019.

  • Applicants will be advised as soon as practicable after a meeting has taken place. Applicants successful or unsuccessful will be advised of the Trustees’ decision

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) - Project Development Grants

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.  The AHF is an independent charity that was established to encourage and support the work of organisations dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market.

Objectives of Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund's grants are designed to help deliver its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities:

  • Objective One: to support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, to repair and to adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses.

  • Objective Two: to attract more investment for the conservation and sustainable re-use of the UK’s architectural heritage.

  • Objective Three: to inspire the start up and growth of new community enterprises that utilise historic buildings and places for public benefit.

  • Objective Four: to demonstrate the value of a well-managed historic built environment by championing and showcasing the impact of the projects AHF have supported.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work.

Who Can Apply

To apply for a grant, organisations must be a formally constituted and incorporated charity or social enterprise whose members have limited liability. This scheme is currently only open to applicants in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  This includes:

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).

  • Charitable Companies Limited by Guarantee.

  • Not-for-private-profit Companies Limited by Guarantee.

  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) Limited by Guarantee.

  • Charitable Community Benefit Societies

  • Community Benefit Societies.

Applications are welcome from organisations working in partnership, including joint applications from voluntary sector groups with commercial partners. A not-for-profit organisation must be nominated as the lead applicant. Applicants must provide a signed partnership agreement indicating the involvement of each partner and how the project will be managed.

In exceptional cases applications will be accepted from third parties applying on behalf of unincorporated organisations but normally the organisation applying for a grant must be the one intending to carry out the building’s repair and conversion to new use.

Eligible Expenditure

All applications must concern projects that have recently involved or will result in a change of ownership and/or a change of use. The development work should enable the organisation to make measurable progress towards the goal of acquiring a historic building and/or adapting it for a new use.

How To Apply

Applications from organisations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland can be submitted with the following deadlines:

Grants of up to £7,500 - 5pm on the last day of each calendar month (decisions usually given within eight weeks).

Grants of more than £7,500 - 23 April 2019 (9am), 29 July 2019 (9am), and 21 October 2019 (9am).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss any potential application with the relevant Support Officer in their area before submitting an application. 

Rita Harkin (Northern Ireland) - rita.harkin@ahfund.org.uk - Tel. 0300 121 0342

A full list of criteria and restrictions, as well as applications forms are available to complete online at the Fund's website http://ahfund.org.uk/



B&Q Community Re-use

B&Q stores have been donating unsellable materials and products to their local community groups for many years. It's a great way to reduce waste whilst helping out the community.

The types of material includes:

  • Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets

  • Plastic plant pots and trays

  • Part filled cans of paint. This might be used for a mural or for covering graffiti as well as for decorating

  • Broken tiles and slabs

  • Ends of wallpaper rolls

  • Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials

  • Old products that have been written off

The scheme used to be called Waste Donation – but has been renamed B&Q Community Reuse.


Community painting project

If your charity, community group, college or school would like to find out more, get in touch with us. We will add your details to our database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area.

Please note that we cannot guarantee what will be offered or when due to the nature of the materials we are donating.

We expect that materials donated will not be sold on – and that the group collecting will take responsibility for responsible disposal if necessary.


The community groups we have worked with for B&Q Community Reuse have included:

  • Community garden projects

  • Registered charities

  • Schools and colleges

  • Community Repaint

  • Youth groups, Scouts and Guides

  • Hospices

  • Preschool groups and registered child minders

Please note that these are unsellable items. B&Q cannot guarantee the suitability for re-use. No electrical or dangerous products can be donated e.g. broken ladders, faulty chairs or lights. We do not donate items to individuals.


For more information please contact your local store or email Community@b-and-q.co.uk

The WHSmith Group Charitable Trust

The WHSmith Group Charitable Trust is an independent registered charity that aims to support local charities in communities across the UK, and additionally to promote literacy and a love of reading.  Small grants are available for charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.

Maximum value of grants: £ 500

Application deadline: 31/03/2019

Objectives of Fund

Funding for the scheme has been generated from the introduction of compulsory single-use carrier bag levies by the Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish and English governments. The Trust repurposes the proceeds from the compulsory carrier bag levies to charitable causes that support the community.

Grants are made subject to there being available funding.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from the following:

  • Registered or Exempt Charities.

  • Constituted voluntary organisations and community groups.

  • Schools and pre-schools.

  • Applicants can be from anywhere in the UK.


The following are not eligible for support:

  • Party political organisations.

  • Religious organisations.

  • Military organisations.

  • Individuals.

  • Expeditions or overseas travel.

 How To Apply

There are two annual application rounds: 1 October to 31 March, and 1 April to 30 September. At the end of each six month period grant applications will be reviewed and grants issued.

Application forms can be filled out online at the Trust website https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/community-grants-application/

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Scheme details

The grants are as a result of the partnership between the two organisations and in store regional fundraising by SUBWAY® stores.

Funding is available for innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups, or communities.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations, from small voluntary or grass-root development groups right through to charitable arms of sporting organisations. 


Government or local authority funded institutions are not supported however, community and voluntary groups aided by public money may apply. 

How to apply

The grant programme rolls out on a regional basis throughout the year. 

Northern Ireland Opening Date –              15th March 2019

Closing Date –                                                  25th April 2019

Awarding Date –                                              13th May 2019

For more information see here https://heartresearch.org.uk/

Contact them on 0113 297 6208 or email info@heartresearch.org.uk  for more information.


The Hedley Foundation - Grants for work with young people

The Hedley Foundation is a grant giving charitable foundation which supports small to medium sized charities which work with young people.

Scheme details

The principal aim of the Trustees' grant-making is to effect change for the better in the lives of young people.  It follows that most grants will be of a capital or one-off nature, but the Trustees sometimes agree to help fund the introduction of new and innovative projects with a series of up to 3 annual grants.  Few grants exceed £5,000 and most of them go to charities where they can make an impact.

Funding Priorities

  • The Foundation makes grants to small UK registered charities working with young people in the areas of Recreation, Sport, Training, Health and Welfare, Support and outdoor Education of young people between the ages of 11 and 25.

  • The Foundation is particularly keen on open air and adventure-type activities and the funding of appropriate kit and equipment.

  • The Foundation is keen to support small charities which can demonstrate achievement in persuading and deterring at-risk young people from proceeding further down the pathway to custody.

  • A secondary aim is to assist small charities helping with disabled and terminally ill young people through funding for specialist equipment, organised respite breaks and holidays.

  • The Foundation also supports young carers. The Foundation provides limited bursary type funding to organisations which provide apprenticeships and specialist training for talented young people who, for want of money alone, are unable to develop their talents.


  • Grants cannot be made direct to individuals.

  • Applicants must be UK registered charities.

  • They also do not support large or national appeals, core funding, salaries or running costs.

How to apply

Download the application form on the website http://www.hedleyfoundation.org.uk/ and post to:

Miss Lucy James

Appeals Manager

The Hedley Foundation

1-3 College Hill

London EC4R 2RA

Email: ljanes@hedleyfoundation.org.uk


In 2019, the Trustees will meet on the following dates:

•30th January

•20th March

•15th May

•17th July

•18th September

•20th November


It is advisable to get your application as soon as possible before the date of the meeting in which you would like your application to be considered for.

Applications will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a copy of the most recent set of audited accounts. Applications for the funding of equipment or projects should be accompanied by a breakdown of the costs.

Due to the large number of applications received, the Foundation will not normally consider repeat appeals which are submitted within 18 months from the date of the previous grant. However, charities should not feel that they cannot ask for a "repeat" grant once that period of time has passed.

Charles Hayward Foundation

The Charles Hayward Foundation (registered charities only) provide both Main Grants (up to £25,000 a year for 1-3 years and Small Grants (up to £7000).

Main grant programme

  • Social & Criminal Justice, Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000).

  • The trustees will fund projects over 1 to 3 years with grants of £10,000 – £25,000 per annum. 

  • They may invest up to £25,000 in a pilot project, if it addresses complex problems in an innovative way and may lead to replication if proven effective.

Small grant programme

  • Social & Criminal Justice, Heritage & Conservation and Older People (for charities with an income of less than £350,000).

  • Grants of up to £7000 are available.

Funding Priorities

Generally, when funding projects, they value projects that develop, expand and replicate a tried and tested approach but they are also interested in supporting creative solutions to problems which seem to be entrenched and elude resolution.

They value projects that are preventative and provide early intervention. They favour projects that respond to a well researched and clear need, provide intervention based on evidence of what works, are able to demonstrate value for money and have a clear understanding of short-term effects and long-term impact of the intervention they propose.

How to apply

For more information and an application form please go to the website http://www.charleshaywardfoundation.org.uk/

For enquiries, please contact Dorothy Napierala, Administrator on 020 7370 7067.

They do not currently accept applications by email.

When to apply

  • The small grant programme is a rolling grant programme and applications are considered every two to three months.

  • The main grant programme has a two stage grant process as follows:

    • Stage 1: A Grant Committee meets on a quarterly basis.  The Committee’s role is to put applications forward to stage 2.

    • Stage 2: Applications recommended by the Grant Committee are considered at one of the Trustees’ meetings which take place on a quarterly basis and are usually held in: February, April, July and November.

The Clothworkers Foundation - Small Grants Programme

The Clothworkers Foundation is the independent charitable arm of The Clothworkers Company. The Foundation aims to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage, deprivation and/or discrimination. Grants of up to £10,000.


Applications accepted all year.

Programme Areas

The Clothworkers Foundation aims through its funding to improve the quality of life, particularly for people and communities facing disadvantage. It seeks to achieve its aims primarily through making grants in the following areas:

  • Alcohol and substance misuse - projects supporting people affected by, or at risk of, drug and/or alcohol dependency, and their families. 

  • People with disabilities - projects providing services for people with physical and/or learning disabilities, and/or for people with mental health issues. (We will not fund projects which focus only on meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.)  

  • Disadvantaged minority communities - Projects that work with minority communities facing both disadvantage (e.g.: economic or cultural) AND discrimination (e.g.: due to ethnicity, sexuality, faith) to: Promote integration between minority communities and mainstream society, and/or provide specialist services, and/or provide access to mainstream services

  • Disadvantaged young people - projects which support disadvantaged young people, particularly (but not limited to) those in or leaving care, or not in employment education or training (NEET).  

  • Domestic and sexual violence - projects supporting people affected by domestic or sexual violence. 

  • Elderly people - projects providing services for elderly people, in particular those living in areas of high deprivation and/or where rural isolation is an issue.  

  • Homelessness - projects providing services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  

  • Prisoners and ex-offenders - projects supporting prisoners and/or ex-offenders, or those at risk of offending, and their families. 

  • Visual impairment - projects providing services for blind or visually impaired people.


What they fund

They award grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools). Grants are awarded towards capital projects which we define as:

  • Buildings: purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.

  • Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: this includes but is not limited to office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment.

  • Vehicles: This includes a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4. They are unlikely to fund the total cost of a new vehicle.

They fund both large and small projects. The size of grant awarded will depend on a number of factors including the size of your organisation and the cost and scale of your capital project. Please complete their Eligibility Quiz to check your organisation's eligibility and to decide which type of application you should complete.



  • UK Registered charities/non profit orgs

  • Must be working within one or more of the programme areas the majority of the time.

  • Annual income less than £250,000

  • Max project cost £100,000

  • Max grant £10,000, average grant £7,000

  • Decision within 8 weeks


How to apply

Before you apply, read the guidelines thoroughly and ensure that your organisation is eligible and fits within our programme areas. Decide whether you wish to apply for the Main or Small grants programme.

Take the eligibility quiz to get access to an online application form for either the Main or Small grants programmes.

Find out more on the website https://www.clothworkersfoundation.org.uk/

Derry City and Strabane District Council - Grant Aid Programme 2019/20

The Community Support Fund

  • There will be one round of funding in this financial year.

  • Groups must meet the Community Development Priorities.

  • Groups must apply to one particular District Electoral Area (DEA). If you are applying for core costs, you will apply to the particular DEA where your organisation is based. Applicants for project costs must indicate the DEA that at least 80% of the project beneficiaries are from.

  • The fund will cover both project costs and/or core costs (excluding salaries/wages) to a maximum of £4,000.

  • Groups may only submit one application.

The Good Relations Fund

  • There will be one round of funding in this financial year.

  • The fund will cover both Project Costs or Core Costs to a maximum of £4000.

  • Groups who submit multiple applications can only have one successful application funded.

  • Groups must apply to one particular District Electoral Area (DEA). If you are applying for core costs, you will apply to the particular DEA where your organisation is based. Applicants for project costs must indicate the DEA that at least 80% of the project beneficiaries are from. Good Relations partnership projects can cross two DEAs, as long as the applicant organisation has secured a partner organisation in the secondary DEA.

  • You must make a choice for either Project or Core funding. Applications must score at least 60% to reach the threshold to be considered for funding.

  • The purpose of Core funding is to contribute towards the group’s day to day running costs. Groups applying for core costs are expected to demonstrate clearly how the key day-to-day work of their organisation contributes to good relations outcomes. Funding is only available to groups with a base within the Council area.


PCSP Small Project Support

  • The purpose of PCSP Small Project Support is to assist projects/services that:

  • Increase the community safety and/or confidence in policing for residents in the city and district as outlined in the PCSP Action Plan for 2019-20.

  • Meet the community safety priorities/actions identified within the Strategic Growth Plan.

  • Foster community safety initiatives in areas of identified socio-economic need.

  • Increase community safety and/or confidence in policing through the enhancement of partnership working.

  • Assist groups to identify their local community safety needs and develop plans to address these.


How to Apply

Full details of each fund are available at https://www.dcsdgrantaid.com/ along with Officer contacts who you can contact to discuss proposals.  Officers will be able to advise you only on your Project/Service prior to completing your Pre-Assessment and Application Form. Officer assistance will only be available during office hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.


Closing Date/Time:        

Friday, 22nd March 2019 at 3:00pm

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application early as this deadline is absolute. Please do not wait until near the closing time to submit your application. Under no circumstances will an application be deemed eligible after the 3:00 p.m. deadline.


The Tesco Centenary Fund

The Tesco Centenary Fund offers a unique opportunity to benefit communities in Northern Ireland. Community charity Groundwork NI is working in partnership with Tesco to deliver the Centenary Fund which marks their 100th birthday by giving charities the chance to bag a share of £100,000 in funding.

Funding Priority

The focus for this round will be on supporting those charities that are improving Health and Wellbeing across Northern Ireland.  Tesco have a particular interest in supporting groups tackling cancer, heart disease and diabetes in line with their National Health Partnership.

How does the Centenary Fund Work?

  • The Tesco Centenary Fund is now open for applications from not for profit organisations in Northern Ireland.

  • Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

  • Three community projects will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Northern Ireland, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following each vote, the project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of up to £50,000, the second-place project receives up to £30,000 and third place project gets up to £20,000.

Apply for a grant

The Tesco Centenary Fund NI is open now to applications and expected to close in mid-April 2019.  Applications will then be shortlisted and taken forward for a public vote in July / August this year.

Use the link below to take the eligibility quiz. This short quiz will check that your project meets the basic requirements to be eligible for a Tesco Centenary Fund grant. If your project meets the criteria you will be given a link to the application form at the end of the quiz.

Further information is available at: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme/faqs/Category/centenary-grant-ni

or contact Niamh NicCana: niamhniccana@groundworkni.co.uk on 028 90749494.


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Northern Ireland Programme

Grants are available for work which will contribute at a strategic level to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict.

Funding Priorities

JRCT is interested in funding work which:

  • addresses the root causes of violence and injustice, rather than alleviating symptoms

  • cannot be funded from other sources

  • is likely to make a long-term, strategic difference.

  • Local work will be supported only where it is likely to have a wider impact, for example if it is testing a model which can then be replicated, or is addressing a local issue that has wider social or political implications.

In addition to applications from Northern Ireland, it is open to receiving applications from Britain and the Republic of Ireland for work related to the above areas, and for work with an all-Ireland focus.


Who Can Apply

In addition to applications from Northern Ireland, the Trust is open to receiving applications from organisations in Britain and the Republic of Ireland for work with an all Ireland focus. Local work will be supported only where it is likely to have a wider impact, for example if it is testing a model which can then be replicated, or is addressing a local issue that has wider social or political implications.


How To Apply

  • Further information available at https://www.jrct.org.uk/

  • After reading the guidelines, applicants are advised to contact the Trust office by email or telephone to discuss their application on 01904 627 810 or enquiries@jrct.org.uk  This should be done well before the deadline for applications.

  • The next application deadline is 25 March 2019 (9.00am).

  • Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust's website.

It is extremely helpful if applications arrive well before the deadline whenever possible. The period immediately after the deadline is our busiest time, so we cannot normally consider applications that arrive late until the following funding round.

Keadue Community Grants Fund - Derry/Londonderry, Strabane, Limavady and Dungiven

Keadue Community Grants Fund was established by a local family to provide support to local organisations tackling the growing social need in Derry/Londonderry and surrounding rural areas including Limavady, Strabane and Dungiven.  The total annual amount available will be £100k per annum, over ten years from 2019 - 2029.

What will it fund?

Organisations and constituted groups which are supporting local people through short and long term crises caused by a range of social factors including issues such as poverty, addiction, and low educational attainment, can apply for a grant. The organisations which support people can also apply for running costs to maintain the support offered to those in crisis and need.

Grants available

Grant sizes will typically be between £10,000 and £20,000 to be awarded over periods of up to two years.

Basic eligibility

The fund is open to constituted groups, organisations and small registered charities based in Derry~Londonderry and surrounding rural areas including Strabane, Limavady and Dungiven.

Partnerships are encouraged to apply, with one organisation identified as the lead.

Applicants must have a signed, locally adopted governing document as well as associated paperwork such as accounts, current bank account, management committee, relevant policies, in the name of the applicant organisation.


Grants can be used to fund any of the following activities:

·         An existing support programme

·         Creation of a new programme

·         Staff costs including salaries, core costs and specialist training

·         Small scale capital costs including premises refurbishment and the purchase of equipment

·         Events and awareness raising activities

·         Capacity building activities to address elements of organisational sustainability

·         Partnership building activities to strengthen support and impact

·         Volunteer costs and associated expenses

How to apply

For further information please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927 or email applications@communityfoundationni.org


The Fund will be managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and further details can be found at https://www.communityfoundationni.org/keadue-community-grants-fund


Closing Date Friday 8th March 2019 at 1.00pm

ASDA Foundation - Local Impact Funding available

We aim to transform communities, improving lives now and in the future. As a charitable corporate foundation, we give independent grants and support locally relevant projects throughout the UK. Whether it’s helping, charities, local good causes or community activity, all make a real difference to your local community.  Below are the specific guidelines for each of the areas we support through the Local Impact Grant programme, you must fit the criteria to be able to apply, all of which must be not for profit organisations.


Examples of the Local Impact Guidelines/Criteria:


1.       Community

This is about supporting your local community, bringing people together, supporting events which will benefit the wider community or supporting local groups with events/initiatives which will have an impact locally.

2.       Elderly

The Foundation not only wants to focus on the elderly at Christmas as loneliness and isolation is something that affects people throughout the year.

3.       Sporting Activities

Sport and physical activity is not only extremely beneficial for young people’s health but their personal growth, learning of teamwork and other valuable skills. Therefore investing in grass roots sport for young people plays a valuable role and strengthens community cohesion.

4.       Christmas

Christmas is a special time of the year however; it can in some cases be an exceptionally lonely time. The Asda Foundation would like to bring people together who might otherwise not be able to do so, combating loneliness, dealing with disability or other similar needs.  The Christmas Grants are to support your community, by bringing those in need together, organising a lunch, party, events, activities which will really make a difference.

Remember to have a successful application, the Community Champion at the store must be involved or taking part in the event.


How to Apply

  • The Charity/Local Good Cause completes the relevant Application Form (Contact the Community Champion at your local store)

  • The Application Form to be completed in full, no blank spaces – N/A must be entered where applicable.

  • Application Form to be signed and dated by the Applicant

  • GSM Comments must be entered onto the Application Form

  • Asda Community Champion to Sign and Date the Application

  • All required documentation to be included

  • To submit an application scan/email the completed form to asdafoundation@asda.co.uk or post to: Asda Foundation, Asda House, Great Wilson Street, Leeds, LS11 5AD

  • The Application will be processed within 4 weeks from receipt

  • The Application will be reviewed firstly by the Asda Foundation Senior Manager

  • If unsuccessful - The Asda Community Champion will be contacted either by phone or email with an explanation by the Asda Foundation Team

  • If successful - The Application will go to the next stage

  • The Application will then be reviewed by two Asda Foundation Trustees

For further information on the range of support available from ASDA Foundation visit



National Lottery Community Fund Workshops - The Mournes DEA

We are delighted to host National Lottery Community Fund Workshops in The Mournes area on the following dates;

The Mournes DEA


Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019

Time: 1pm - 8pm

Venue: Newcastle Centre


Date: Tuesday 26 March 2019

Time: 1pm - 8pm

Venue: Nautilus Centre, Kilkeel


To book a slot please contact Carmel Morgan on the below details, Appointments will be for 30 minutes each on a one to one basis.  Even if projects are not yet developed, Lottery staff are happy to give advice and guidance.


Contact details - Carmel Morgan

Telephone - 02830256662

Email - carmel.morgan@nmandd.org

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me

Ards and North Down Borough Council – Community Grants 2019/20

Ards and North Down Borough Council has opened its annual funding scheme for local constituted voluntary and community groups. Groups from the Ards and North Down Borough can apply to the following grant funding streams:

1. Community Development Fund 2019-2020 - for help with running costs and/or project costs for a constituted community or voluntary group.

2. Community Festivals Funding (including commemorative events) - financial support to organise local, neighbourhood or large-scale festivals in 2019-20

Community Development Grants Closing Date                   - 28th March 2019 at 4pm

Community Festivals Fund Closing Date                                - 15th March 2019 at 4pm


Application forms, guidance notes and criteria are available here https://www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/resident/grants/community-grants or may be requested from the Community Development Section.

Videos have been produced to guide you through the application process: they are linked below.


COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ADDRESS BELOW by the dates mentioned above. Further information is available from:

Community Development Section

 16 South Street

 Unit 5 Conway Building


 BT23 4JT

 Tel: 0300 013 3333 or email: communitygrants@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Trusthouse is a medium-sized independent grant making foundation which makes approximately 150-200  grants totaling around £2.5 million a year to projects relating to rural issues and urban deprivation. Trusthouse is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Henry Smith Charity, although the two charities are entirely separate and you can apply to both organisations at the same time.

Who and What They Fund

  • Charitable organisations (including CICs, social enterprises, not-for-profit registered companies and voluntary organisations) based in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which have a total annual income under £500,000 and which can demonstrate a successful track record in addressing local community problems in areas of extreme urban deprivation and/or remote and socio-economically deprived rural districts.

  • General costs including core costs, salaries, projects costs; capital expenditure on buildings or essential equipment.

Funding Priorities

Any project needs to fit in with one or both of their overarching themes; Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation, e.g. if are applying for running costs towards a project for young adults with disabilities, you must be operating primarily in an area of high multiple deprivation, where the disadvantage of disability is further exacerbated by local issues of unemployment, low incomes and poor housing.

Your application should describe your area and how the deprivation statistics translate into daily life for your clients, how your project tackles these issues and demonstrate measurable evidence of your success in providing solutions for both clients and the wider community

Rural Issues

They classify ‘rural’ as areas with less than 10,000 inhabitants in your village/town. Your postcode must be within then most deprived 50% of the latest Index of Multiple Deprivation. Your community must be based in a remote, rural, economically deprived area where there are few local facilities, transport may be an issue, incomes are low and there are limited opportunities for fundraising.

Typical projects are: 

  • village halls which act as the hub of community activity and cohesion; 

  • projects for young people who are isolated from accessing opportunities available to their urban peers; 

  • activities which support older people to continue living independently; community transport schemes. 

This is not an exhaustive list and they are always interested in hearing about other projects which can help fragile rural communities to build a sustainable future.

Urban Deprivation

They classify ‘urban’ as areas with a population of more than 10,000. Their focus is on projects based in areas of extreme urban deprivation and your postcode must be ranked within the most deprived 20% of the latest Index of Multiple Deprivation. Local issues are likely to include multi-generational unemployment, poor educational attainment, poor quality and overcrowded housing, tensions between different generations and/or ethnic communities, a culture of low aspirations and achievement. 

NB Northern Ireland

Organisations must be based in areas where local postcodes are based in the most deprived 50% of the N Ireland Index of Multiple Deprivation, with the exception of organisations in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Portadown and Lurgan where the postcode of the organisation must be within the most deprived 20% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

 Major Grants Programme - open to any eligible organisation with a total annual income under £500,000

  • Single year grants between £7,500 and £20,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs.

  • Multi-year (maximum 3 years) grants between £7,500 and £20,000 a year for core costs, salaries, running and project costs.

  • Grants between £7,500 and £60,000 for one-off capital costs, where the total project cost does not exceed £2M. Applicants must have secured a minimum of 50% of the total project cost before applying.

Small Grants Programme - open to any eligible organisation with a total annual income under £250,000

  • Single year grants between £2,000 and £7,500 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs or one-off capital costs.

  • Applicants cannot apply for more than 50% of the total cost of the project, and grants will not be paid until the remaining 50% has been secured.

  • Successful applicants can apply in two further successive calendar years. No further applications can be made for two years after the completion of the third grant.

How to apply

To apply online see the website http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/

  • Small Grants applicants will receive a final decision within 4-6 weeks of receipt of your application assuming they need no further information from you.

  • Major grants applicants will be informed in 6-8 weeks if the application will be included on the agenda of the next available Grants Committee meeting. Notification of the Grants Committee’s decision will usually be made within a week of the meeting.

  • Major Grants may receive a visit from an assessor. They try to visit as many applicants as possible, but this does depend on the availability of staff, trustees and volunteer visitors.

  • They operate a rolling programme and you can apply at any time throughout the year. For 2019, the Grants Committee meetings will take place in January, April, July and November. There are no deadlines, however, the agenda of a meeting simply closes when they have sufficient applications. Applications received after they close the list for one meeting will automatically be rolled on for consideration for the following meeting.

  • Applications need to be received at least six weeks before a meeting to be included on the agenda.

  • They strongly recommend that you apply as and when you are ready. Submitting close to a meeting means you will have to compete with a higher number of applicants than usual. For this reason, they do not give fixed deadline dates.

  • They cannot guarantee that any application will go to a particular meeting: it depends on the number of applications already being considered, the time they need to make an assessment of your application and the amount of funds available for the meeting.

King George VI Youth Awards

What can I apply for?

You can apply for almost any youth work activity, which should be linked to the aims of the Northern Ireland Youth Work Curriculum but there are some exceptions:

Travel: awards are made for travel for activities taking place within Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland only. Overseas trips are not eligible for an award.

Sport: Applications for sport will only be considered where the applicant can show that the sport is part of a curriculum based youth work programme. Individuals making an application for sports activity or coaching must be able to demonstrate that they will pass their skills on to a youth group. Single activity sports groups /clubs are not eligible for an Award.

Equipment: Applications for the purchase of equipment should be directly related to training or youth work provision for young people. Awards will not be made for musical instruments, band uniforms or tuition.

Who can apply? 

• young people aged between 14 and 21

• groups or individuals can apply 

• you must be resident in Northern Ireland

Other information you need to know

 You should show some evidence of fund raising by your group on your application. 

• Awards are not made for general running costs, capital building costs or salaries. One-off or day trips are not eligible for funding.

• Funding will not be given in retrospect.

• Applications will be considered by the Awards Panel at their meeting which are usually held 4 times each year. The date of the next meeting is usually posted at the top of this website. Applications will not usually be considered at any other time.

• The maximum award is £500. 

• Consecutive awards will only be made to the same group or individual if the second application is for a different project. After two such consecutive awards, no further applications will be considered from the group until one full calendar year has passed.

The next Grants Panel will be held in May 2019 - exact date to be confirmed. 

The Fund is still open for applications during this time.  Applications available at http://kgviyouthawards.org.uk/

Completed applications should be emailed to admin@kgviyouthawards.org.uk

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon - Capital Projects Grant

Grants are available to support capital projects or the purchase of equipment where a relatively small amount of match funding from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is required.

Fund Information

Maximum value: £ 75,000

Application deadline:  28/02/2019


Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council offers financial support to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. There is a range of funds to help groups who can provide services that are aligned to Council priorities.

Objectives of Fund

The purpose of the scheme is to support capital projects or the purchase of equipment where a relatively small amount of match funding from the Council is required. There are two funding programmes available under the scheme: Small Scale; and Large Scale capital project funds.

  • Small Scale: support for up to £2,500 to fund a maximum of 50% of a small projects total costs.

  • Large Scale: grants of between £2,501 and £75,000 are available to cover a maximum of 25% of a projects total cost for large capital project funds.

Who Can Apply

Applications will only be accepted from formally constituted, community managed and autonomous organisations. The organisations should be not-for-personal profit, with wider community interests at heart, working at a local community level. The organisation’s governing document must clearly state that:

  • Membership is inclusive of the identified community and open to its full range of opinion.

  • Each year the organisation holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which each member has an equal vote.

  • The organisation has a management committee or board of directors which is appointed at the AGM using a clear democratic process for the selection of members i.e. election.

  • The committee/board presents the report for the year at the AGM.

  • An annual statement of accounts is presented at the AGM.

Decisions about the organisation and its activity must only be made by members and no other organisation can have the ability to impose a decision on the group i.e. they must be fully autonomous organisations. Groups must be managed by their community which means that the management committee/board has to come from the membership and be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

How To Apply

The closing date for the Small Scale Capital Project Fund is 28 February 2019 (noon).

The Large Capital Project Fund is now open. This is a rolling programme and will close once the budget is committed or on 31 October 2019 (noon), whichever comes first.

All applications must be submitted online at the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Online Funding Hub.

In very exceptional circumstances a paper alternative will be allowed but this must be agreed in advance with an officer.