George Best Belfast City Airport: Community Fund

The Fund support projects aimed at facilitating community, social and environmental/conservation projects ideally based within Ards and North Down Borough Council or Belfast City Council or the Greater Belfast area.


  • Preference will be given to organisations with a charitable status who apply for funding (this does not apply to schools/play groups). Organisations applying for community funding must have been established for a minimum of 24 months.

  • Preference will be given to applications and projects that benefit all members of the community regardless of age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

  • Projects aimed at facilitating the following areas and which are ideally based within North Down Borough Council, Belfast City Council or the Greater Belfast area will be considered;

  1. Community (including education)

  2. Social (including sport, leisure and recreation)

  3. Environmental or conservation

How to apply

For further information and online application form visit the website

All applications will be shortlisted, and GBBCA will normally communicate a decision within eight weeks of your application submission.

Members of the Community Fund Management Committee may wish to visit your project before a decision is taken on your application.

There are three deadlines for community fund applications each year; 15th February, 15th June & the 15th October.

A representative from the airport would be more than happy to discuss the application process with you if required prior to a decision regarding funding.

If you have any further queries regarding the criteria, please don't hesitate to email:

Safe Place To Be - Preventing Homelessness and Insecure Shelter

15th August 2018

1st October 2018, 12pm GMT


£150k to £300k for single applicants, or up to £750k for consortia

Comic Relief are inviting locally-rooted organisations to tell them what solutions they believe will work, demonstrating their approach is built on working directly with people affected by these issues. There is solid evidence that your work is already making a demonstrable difference. There’s room to expand, learn and influence from this. 

Comic Relief are interested in solutions which link local organisations into global movements for change. Support is available for organisations to invest in telling compelling stories, drive learning that will shape future practice, and engage in effective advocacy and influencing on the issue.

What will be funded?

  • Funding is available for 3-5 years.

  • Single applicants can apply for between £150k to £300k.

  • Consortiums can apply for up to £750k.

  • Funding can be used to cover the core costs/ overheads of an organisation/partnerships, or specific projects and activities, or a mixture of the two. 

They are interested in work that:

  • Uses a rights based approach.

  • Uses a participatory approach; valuing the experience and insights from people directly affected by homelessness and shelter insecurity, at all stages of the project.

  • Recognises the complexity of people’s needs, the effects of trauma, uncertainty, violence and abuse, and works in partnership to meet these needs. 

  • Contributes to a movement for change, translating the learning from communities into effective advocacy, collective action and influence. 

Digital Approaches 

They believe that a tailored digital approach using a range of technologies (low or high tech) can contribute to preventing homelessness, and enable bigger, better and more ambitious services and solutions to be achieved. We will therefore consider supporting Social Tech projects as part of this funding opportunity. However, including a digital approach does not have to form part of your project.

You’ll need to demonstrate that: 

  • You understand how to manage a successful digital project.

  • You have sound internal or external technical expertise in your management and delivery team. 

  • At a minimum, some research into the need, demand and expected value of this digital project will have already taken place.

  • The proposed solution is appropriate for the context in which you are working. 

  • The project focusses on specific user needs in the design, delivery and development, with potential to improve or disrupt existing service models that offers scale or sustainability. 

Who can apply?

You can find out more about our funding criteria here.


There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for first stage applications will be 1st October 2018 12pm GMT. Shortlisted applications will be given 5/6 weeks to submit a full proposal and the deadline will be 10th December 2018 12pm GMT. Decisions will be made by the Comic Relief grants committee and Trustees by March 2019.

For more information -

Website Grants

The Transform Foundation helps small and mid-size charities to transform their digital presence to reach more people, raise funds and better serve their beneficiaries.

They provide funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

  • The grant covers 100% of the website design and build costs with our current grant partner. Your organisation will need to cover ongoing costs for a minimum of a 12 month commitment

Application process

Before applying: Please check the eligibility criteria for the grant and please read the FAQs and Why Applications Fail. They also provide a regular webinar hosted by their Chief Executive to help organisations decide whether or not the grant opportunity is right for them.

  • Stage 1: A simple online form to check you fit the eligibility criteria and that you have clear, measurable plan for deploying the funding to generate income or impact. This to takes no more than 15 minutes for organisations to complete. The Transform Foundation endeavours to respond to each application within 1 month of applying, and will provide brief reasons if you are unsuccessful

  • Stage 2: A detailed online meeting with a technology consultant to assess the impact a new site could create and to review the technical fit. You will be provided with full documentation re-capping all details of the programme for your review.

  • Agreeing the contract: If you are successful the Foundation will send you the paperwork to review. There is no obligation to accept the grant if you are successful in the application. Your charity must make the ultimate decision on whether or not this is right for them.

Should you apply

The Transform Foundation are seeking to support organisations that are looking to use their website as a marketing platform in order to achieve their charitable objectives, whether they be raising funds, recruiting volunteers, carrying out online petitions or reaching beneficiaries. Therefore, they do not fund organisations who simply want a basic brochure-style website or who have no defined measures of success

To apply and to find out more information:

The Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for causes important to your community.

It’s open to everyone, whether you have a connection with Aviva or not. We want you to enter a project for your community and tell us what a difference these funds could make.

Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could make it to the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

What makes a good entry?

Your project is right for the Aviva Community Fund if it:

  • will make a positive difference in your community

  • is associated with a community organisation or charity, and will take place in the UK

  • will be completed or well underway before 31 December 2019

  • can ideally be completed with the requested funding alone.

To suit projects of different sizes, the funding levels you can apply for are:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Up to £5,000

  • Up to £10,000

  • Up to £25,000

You can enter your project into one of these three categories:

  • Environment

  • Health & Wellbeing

  • Skills for Life

Submitting a project

Creating and submitting your project is easy. Just follow these four simple steps:

  1.  Identify a project that will have a positive impact in your community. You can submit a project for or on behalf of any not-for-profit community organisation.

  2. Enter it in the Aviva Community Fund - you'll have to register on our site.

  3. Add photos and videos to paint a better picture for the public.

  4. Get your friends, family and more to vote for your project. Promote it by getting in touch with them, by using Facebook, Twitter, community events or any other way that will get attention.


Once voting opens on 23 October 2018, start sharing your project with as many friends, family and community supporters as possible to get their votes. The projects with the most votes will become finalists.

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 23 October and 20 November. You don’t have to have submitted a project to vote.

You'll get 10 votes which you can use at any time during the voting phase. You can support as many projects as you like with your votes. Spread them around or use them all to support one project – it’s your choice.

You can submit your project as soon as the Aviva Community Fund launches on 11 September until midday on 9 October 2018 by completing our online entry form here:

NIE Networks Charity Fund

Who are we? 

Our staff and pensioners have been contributing to the NIE Networks Charities Fund’ for more than 20 years and during that time in excess of £1million (including annual support from the company) has been distributed to local charities.

The charities committee is made up of employees and pensioners and it meets quarterly to allocate funds. Donations to the fund are received directly via salaries or pensions. 

Essential criteria - 

  • Must be a registered charity

  • Must be based in Northern Ireland

  • It has been at least two years since any previous support was given

What do we fund?

  • We like to support tangible benefits like special equipment, IT apparatus, promotional goods etc. that will improve and enhance lives in Northern Ireland.

  • We actively support the advancement of education, health or saving of lives.

  • The advancement of citizenship or community development,

  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

  • Other charitable purposes.

Please note our funding can range from £200 to £750, although we reserve the right to make awards of a higher value depending on the circumstance.

Online application form here -


What is it?

The Change Something Fund is your chance to change something in your community by awarding grants to young people’s projects.  It is part of Youth 19 and is funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund. 

A total of £100,000 is available in the fund where grants from £500 to £3,000 will be available to young people aged 13-24 who submit applications. 

Change Something activities can be any activity or iniative that is important to you and that will make a difference in your local community. 
Funding applications will be judged by a committee of 10 young people aged 13-24

Join the committee and judge applications to the #ChangeSomethingFund

You must be:

• 13-24 years old
• willing to attend 5 meetings (dates will be confirmed in advance)
• committed to helping other young people change something important

Send us:

  1. Your Name

  2. Address,

  3. Postcode

  4. Date of Birth

  5. Up to 250 written words or a 1minute video simply telling us:


Application deadline is Friday 14th September 2018

  • Don’t worry if you’re not sure if you have all it takes to undertake this role, we have a team available to support you with developing your skills. This team is in place to ensure all Youth 19 activities have young people at the centre - they are happy to help!

  • You will also be given the opportunity to count your hours towards the Millennium Volunteer Award.

  • Application deadline is 14th September 2018. You’ll know the outcome by September 2018 and we’ll get started straight away!

  • The Change Something Fund is a unique opportunity to create special activities for your community which will sit alongside a programme of major 2019 signature events with young people at the very heart of them!

Email your application to

Social Innovation Fund

We are delighted to announce that we have three new issue-based funds open for applications until the 18th January 2019:

Click here for full information about the Arts to Impact Fund. 

Click here for full information about the Early Childhood Fund. 

Click here for full information about the Sports to Impact Fund. 

Please note that while each fund has a different goal and different advantageous criteria, our core criteria always apply:

  • The project must address a critical social issue

  • The project proposed must be innovative in an Irish context

  • The project must have potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland (it may also have potential internationally, but this is not a requirement)

  • The project must provide evidence that it is up and running, or has been tested at least in a minimal way

  • The project must be based on the island of Ireland and make its main impact in the Republic of Ireland

  • Applicants must come from an entity that has a not-for-profit legal form e.g. charity, company limited by guarantee, trust etc

Fore more info -

The Murlough Foundation

The Murlough Foundation has been established to address issues relating to loneliness and isolation and issues around access to, and support of, education.

The foundation aims to support work where there is clear evidence of a sustained beneficial impact on people who are excluded, or disadvantaged, through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability or gender.

Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups, or organisations in areas of disadvantage, that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and the potential beneficiaries who are undertaking action as a means of addressing these needs.  The foundation will prioritise organisations and areas where there has been limited access to funding in the past.

Grants of up to £2,000 will be available.

Grant Criteria

There are still communities in Northern Ireland that suffer from economic and social deprivation, and people who face significant disadvantage and who do not have the same opportunities as others. This foundation aims to empower local groups to address the particular issues they may face, to help them to help themselves and to support those people who are most marginalised.

The foundation will help communities to address the issues they are facing and work with the people directly affected.  

Priority will be given to smaller organisations with income levels of below £50,000, who have identified a clear need, in line with the foundation priorities, and who require a small amount of money to help address the particular issues.

Projects should be run by people directly affected by, or have significant knowledge of, the issues they are dealing with.

Projects must target at least one of the following foundation priorities:

  • Providing people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice, and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage, including educational disadvantage

  • Building skills of local people who are disadvantaged, marginalised and/or isolated

  • Increasing opportunities to strengthen community cohesion and reduce isolation

  • Responding to local disadvantage for those on low incomes

  • Advancing people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety

Work can cover a small geographical area such as a housing estate or village, or a larger area, if the project is clearly identified as needed and there is evidence of involvement of the main beneficiaries.

Who can apply?

  • Constituted Community Organisations, including Residents Associations, who have a local Management Committee, current bank account (in credit), and governing document in the name of the application organisation.

Examples of the type of activities we will fund:

  • Projects reducing loneliness and isolation, eg: Men’s Sheds, or youth activities, where those participating are clearly facing disadvantage, and identified as in need.

  • Community educational activities, such as breakfast clubs, providing there is clear evidence of need and disadvantage for those attending the breakfast club.  

  • Committee and volunteer training to support identification of future needs in a disadvantaged community, or community of interest.

  • Projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people who are facing a particular disadvantage.

  • After school activities for young people with low educational attainment.

  • Support for those excluded from vocational training due to lack of access to equipment.   

Who cannot apply

  • Individuals

  • Statutory organisations, including schools, unless governed separately, for example, as a Parent Teacher Association

  • National organisations, unless the application is submitted by a local office with a separate management committee, bank account and governing documents

  • Organisations who have indicated poor management of any previous grants


The foundation will not support the following:

  • trips, unless absolutely essential for the project and of added value;

  • building costs, including access adaptations to buildings;

  • IT equipment, unless clearly identified for use by those people facing significant disadvantage, who would not otherwise have access to the use of such equipment

  • promotion of religion or political activity

The fund will be open from Monday 3 September 2018 until 28 September 2018 at 1:00pm.

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927.

Persimmon Community Champions

Persimmon Community Champions is here to fund good causes across the UK.

Our charity match programme gives donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves.

Each of our 29 businesses and our PLC head office are giving away up to £2000 each every month – that’s a whopping £60,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives.

It’s really simple to apply for a donation. All you need to do is complete the online form, telling us why your group or charity deserves our donation. Included in your application we need to know how much you’ve already raised and how much you want us to donate. Remember, we need the name and location of the charity initiative so that we can ensure the right business receives your request.

To apply see website:

Financial Assistance Call 3

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council invite applications for Financial Assistance towards the programme area outlined below.

·        Sports Active Award Call 3 (supported by Sport Northern Ireland’s Exchequer-funded Every Body Active 2020-Strand 4 programme Application Call 3 2018-2019).

Application forms can be downloaded from or can be collected from reception in O’Hagan House, Monaghan Row, Newry or Downshire Civic Centre.

The opening date: Monday 10thSeptember 2018
The closing date: Friday 28thSeptember 2018 at 4pm

Completed applications must be returned to either the reception in O’Hagan House, Monaghan Row, Newry or Downshire Civic Centre.

Late applications will not be considered.

For further information on the application process please contact:
The Programmes Unit on 028 3031 3024 or

Grant Aid applications now open!

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council invites applications from voluntary clubs, societies, community and sporting organisations. Bursaries are also open to individuals for Sport. The group/individual must be based in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area. The grant aid funding relates to projects/activities in the 2018-2019 financial year.

Applications for grant aid are now open and will close on Thursday 27th September 2018 at 5pm

Applications are invited in the categories listed below:-

Grant Aid:

  • Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Community Services – General

  • Festivals & Events – Large

  • Festivals & Events – Small

  • Seeding Grants

  • Sport NI – Everybody Active 2020 Programme


  • Sport

Application forms are available here:

The completed application form should be returned by email or post to: 


Funding and Investment Unit

The Grange, Mountjoy Road, Omagh.

Co Tyrone, BT79 7BL


Funding and Investment Unit 

Townhall, 2 Townhall Street, Enniskillen,  

Co Fermanagh, BT74 7BA 

Information Sessions for Funding Streams will be held in the following locations:

Venue Date Time  

Enniskillen Castle Tuesday 11 September 2018 7.30pm – 9pm 

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh Thursday 13 September 2018 7.30pm – 9pm

If you are unable to attend any of the above information sessions, Council Officers will be available by appointment to provide information. Please contact the Funding & Investment Unit (see telephone number below)

Late, incomplete or retrospective applications will not be considered.

Applications must be made on an official application form. Application forms and associated guidelines can be downloaded from this webpage or acquired by contacting the Funding & Investment Unit, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council:

T: 0300 303 1777     or   E:

Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018

This Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme. 

Micro Capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and / or social isolation.  

The total project cost must not exceed £3,000.  Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and / or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding.

The scheme is being delivered by the Rural Support Networks on behalf of DAERA. Application forms, guidance notes and further advice and information is available from the Rural Support Network in your council area, details below.

Key objectives

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018 has been designed to: 

  • Help rural community-led, voluntary groups to address local issues of access poverty, financial poverty and social isolation; and
  • Improve the lives of rural communities, and in particular the wellbeing of isolated individuals.

Projects must focus on one of the following three themes:

  • Modernisation  (of premises / assets)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Health and Wellbeing

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018 will be open for applications from  Monday 10 September until 4pm on Friday 5 October 2018.

For further information about the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018, please contact the Rural Support Network for your council area. 

Rural Support Networks
NACN Tel: 028 2177 2100     e-mail: 
TADA  Tel: 028 3839 8888     e-mail: 
RAPID Tel: 028 7133 7149       e-mail: 
Dennett Interchange Tel: (028) 71 397990    e-mail:     
Omagh Forum  Tel: 028 8825 1559      email: 
CWSAN Tel: 028 8773 8845      e-mail: 
COSTA Tel: 028 8555 6880      email: 
Co Down RCN Tel: 028 4461 2311     e-mail:

Fermanagh & Omagh PCSP Community Cash Fund

Fermanagh & Omagh PCSP are delighted to announce that the PCSP Community Cash fund is now open for the Lisnaskea area. 

Through the scheme groups can bid for up to £500 towards a community project that will bring people together or make the community safer for all.

All eligible entries to be received by Monday 24 September will be invited to pitch their idea at a community event on Monday 8 October at the Castle Park Centre, Lisnaskea where votes will be cast to determine the winning bids.

For more information visit our webpage at:…/polic…/community-cash-fund/

Look out for Community Cash launching in Enniskillen and Omagh in the near future.

Awards for All NI

Giving groups a quick and easy way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.

Area - Northern Ireland

Suitable for - Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations

Funding size - £300 to £10,000

Application deadline – Ongoing


Who is eligible?

  • All voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations are eligible to apply.
  • Funding is available between £300 and £10,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months.
  • Awards for All is an open programme, which means there are no closing dates for applications.
  • Applications from groups who have received an Awards for All grant within the last 2 years will be lower priority.


We want all the projects we fund to embrace the three key themes of:

  • People-led – This means the people you’ll be working with will be meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of your project. Have you spoken to people in your local community about what they need and what’s important to them? Have you listened to what they've said & used it to develop your project
  • Strengths-based – We’d like to support people and communities to build on the knowledge, skills and experience they already have to make the changes they want. What is working well in your community? How will your project help to build on these successes and make the most of the resources the community already has?

For more information or to apply -

B&Q Waste Donation Scheme

B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all stores.

The scheme is in place to donate unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. These items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they aren't used.

Eligible groups include:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Child minders, playgroups and nurseries
  • Allotment associations, community gardening projects
  • Youth groups including scouts, guides and cadets
  • Registered charities
  • Hospices
  • Conservation groups including The Conservation Volunteers and Forest Schools
  • Community projects organised by local churches and other religious groups
  • Women's Institute, Lions Clubs, Rotary, Townswomen Guilds
  • Royal British Legion
  • Adult education projects, University of the Third Age
  • Other local community groups

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.

Community Repaint

B&Q works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, re-usable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups. In 2014, Community Repaint saved over 446,000 litres of paint from going to waste.

For more information please contact your local store directly and speak to a duty manager.

Comic Relief - Intermediary funding to reach grassroots, Community led organisations

Comic Relief believe that community-driven change is critical both to support individuals in need and to develop a vibrant, strong civil society. They also believe that funders who are rooted in their communities are best placed to understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing grassroots organisations. To this end they wish to invest in, and partner with intermediary funders who have the expertise, networks and local knowledge to work with community-led grassroots organisations to bring about change in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  (A funding opportunity for intermediaries working in England will follow later). 

Scheme details

What they will fund

Initial funding is available for 2 years up to the following amount = Northern Ireland £1,000,000

The Intermediary Funder will make grants to small grassroots organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less, producing a portfolio of projects across their 4 strategic themes:

  1. Children Survive & Thrive
  2. Fighting for Gender Justice
  3. A Safe Place to Be
  4. Global Mental Health Matters

The Intermediary Funder should have an in-depth understanding of the context in the nation where they will be funding and be able to manage their grantees across a broad geographical spread, reaching both rural and urban communities.

Applicants should have a strong track record with previous experience of grant making and be able to demonstrate their capacity to deliver this kind of work at scale. They should be more than just ‘re-granting intermediaries’; they should also be able to support and strengthen grassroots groups, building civil society and the relationships and networks that underpin it.

As this work is part of a new approach to how they can best support grassroots, community-driven change through intermediary funders, they want to have a strong focus on learning what works within and across the intermediary funders and Comic Relief. They will consider core funding for capacity development as part of the budget if appropriate.

They will consider proposals from organisations working in partnership to deliver this programme if they can evidence how that partnership would benefit the delivery and outcomes. One organisation will need to be identified as the lead organisation. 

In summary, they are looking to partner with intermediary funders who:

  • Reach grassroots organisations with a good geographical spread across Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Are committed to community-led development
  • Share Comic Relief’s core values in terms of inclusion and diversity 
  • Have a participatory approach to all aspects of their work and puts people with lived experience at the heart of decision-making
  • Have robust grant making and governance policies and processes, including those for safeguarding and risk management
  • Have a strong learning culture and clear monitoring and reporting processes
  • Will provide other forms of support to their grantees beyond just grant funding (convening, networking, technical assistance and capacity building, for example)
  • Can support them in gathering and telling compelling and innovative stories of change


For more information -

Closing date – 1st October 2018

Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP)

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.

Scheme details

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

Two Levels of funding are currently available.

Level 1 funding is for those interested in developing a local community-pharmacy partnership that will explore some locally identified issues with a group.  You may have already established a relationship with your pharmacist and/or community but this funding can also help you establish a local partnership and develop a small project to begin to address local issues.

Grants of up to £2,000 will be awarded for projects that can last for a maximum of 6 months. 

Level 2 funding is for those who will work in partnership on a project that will address a range of issues.  There will be clear aims and objectives and a plan of work that will respond to locally identified needs and the needs of the target group.  This community–pharmacy partnership will be core to the planning, delivery and evaluation of the project.  This partnership will also seek to connect with other relevant organisations.

Grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded for projects lasting approximately 1 year.  You do not have to complete a level 1 before applying for a level 2 project.  Applications are made jointly by the pharmacy and community/voluntary partners.

Funding Critieria

In order to qualify for funding, project proposals must fulfil the following criteria which will be used to assess the applications. It is important you provide them with necessary information on the application form to enable us to establish the criteria have been met.

Establishing Need:

  • Satisfy a real community need
  • Show benefit to the Health and Social Services and other Government priorities

Meeting BCPP Objectives:

  • Demonstrate commitment from and partnership working with community pharmacists and the local community
  • Show evidence of working to a social model of health, giving consideration to the broader determinants of health
  • Use a community development approach
  • Demonstrate partnership working
  • Have clear aims and objectives

Management and Monitoring Arrangements:

  • Structured action plan and targets
  • Plan effective outcome measurement

Financial Costs:

  • Provide realistic costings

Value for Money:

  • Provide value for money

Modernisation/Service Development:

  • Demonstrate innovation and transferability
  • Provide evidence for potential service development and sustainability
  • Where possible, extend existing projects and build on existing skills


Level 1 funding is for those interested in developing ideas and a community pharmacy partnership.

Grants of up to £2,000 will be awarded for projects lasting up to 6 months.

This fund can only be accessed a maximum of 2 times by applicants.

Closing Date:  Thursday 25th October 2018


Level 2 funding is for those seeking to develop a community-pharmacy partnership that will address a range of locally identified health and well-being needs.

Grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded for projects lasting approximately 1 year.

Closing Date: Thursday 13th September 2018

For more information -


Community Relations / Cultural Diversity Scheme

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

There are a number of changes to the 2018/19 Scheme which include a new application form.   

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submitting an application please contact a member of the Funding & Development Programme. Phone 028 9022 7500 or email

See for more information.

Community Foundation for NI - Micro Grant Programme

The Micro Grant Programme has been established in recognition and celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.

Area: Northern Ireland
Grant Size: Up to £1,000
Priorities: Low capacity groups who have limited access to funding

Who can apply:

You do not have to have a constitution to apply to this fund.

If you’re thinking about a project that does one or more of  the following we might be able to help.

  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability
  • Focus on the positive contribution of people within the community
  • Enable  active participation of a community in decision-making and addressing of local issues
  • Help get people engaged in taking community action where it hasn’t happened before

Examples of the types of activities that may be supported:

  • Basic training support materials – books for example
  • Interview training
  • Mentoring
  • Travel costs to access relevant training (public transport for up to six months)
  • Childcare during employability training (up to six months)
  • Access course

The Micro Grants Programme will not support:

  • Groups with income over £30,000 per annum
  • Trips outside of Northern Ireland 
  • Individual applications
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Running costs of large organisations
  • Holiday schemes
  • Parties and shopping trips
  • Promotion of religion or political activity
  • Applications from statutory organisations

The fund is open for applications on a rolling call basis, subject to fund availability.

Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 02890 245 927 or to read more visit