Belfast City Council Small Grants 2018/19 Tranche 2


These grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit Belfast.

You can find information on available funding, get guidance on the application process and complete your application online.

The following Small Grants are now open for applications. The submission deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 6 July 2018.

  • Community Festivals Fund
  • Arts & Heritage Project Grant
  • Policing and Community Safety Small Grant
  • Good Relations Grant
  • Saint Patrick's Celebration Grant
  • Parks Events Grant
  • Support for Sport Small Development Grant
  • Support for Sport Large Development Grant
  • Support for Sport Hospitality Grant
  • Support for Sport Sporting Individual Grant

For guidance notes and to apply online please visit 




PBNI's Community Service Work Placements Funding Bid – Imminent Deadline


The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) is currently accepting applications from the community and voluntary sector to provide community service placements to offenders in the community, but groups will need to act fast as deadline is 28 February.

PBNI allocates grants to NI based community and voluntary sector organisations so they can provide meaningful work placements in the community to people subject to Community Service/Supervised Activity Orders imposed by the Courts, with the overall aim of changing the lives of offenders for safer communities.

There is no agreed budget for the PBNI for the 2018-19 financial year. Decisions on the number and size of grant allocations will be based on the number of suitable applications, available placements and the final 2018-19 budget settlement.

To be eligible, applicants must be able to show that they meet the following criteria:

  • Provide a local need for Community Service supervision placements, demonstrating the ability to provide work placements within the local community.
  • Ability to supervise Community Service clients.
  • Demonstrate robust administration systems in place.
  • Proven track record of working with offenders including the ability to provide recent examples (within the past three years).

Please note that the 2018-19 application form has been updated, and PBNI recommends that applicants read and fully understand the contents before submitting an application for funding.

The 2018 deadline for applications is 28 February 2018 (4pm).

For more information and to apply go to

2018 Baldwins Kick Start Award Offers £20,000 to Young Entrepreneurs in the UK


Baldwins Kick Start is an annual award programme for young entrepreneurs who have a good idea and would like to start their own business. The programme was established by Baldwins Accountants to find and develop the ‘Youth Entrepreneurs’ of the future.

Baldwins hopes to reach those young people who have talent, drive, ambition and ideas but who lack access to the necessary funding and business support needed to start up in enterprise.

The programme has a total budget of £300,000, running over ten years.

The winner of the award will be given a grant of £10,000 coupled with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice. Two runners-up will be presented with £5,000 worth of accountancy advice and mentoring.

The scheme is open to UK-based young people aged between 18 and 25 who either have an idea and a business plan but are yet to start trading, or a newly founded start-up business where trading commenced on or after 31 August 2017.

Applications for the current round close on 31 August 2018.

For more information and to apply go to

Entries Open for National Lottery Awards 2018


The Awards are open to authorised representatives of projects that have received Lottery funding at any time since the National Lottery began in 1994. The main beneficiaries of the project must be based in the UK.

Entries can be made in the following Award categories:

  • Best Arts Project
  • Best Education Project
  • Best Environment Project
  • Best Health Project
  • Best Heritage Project
  • Best Sport Project
  • Best Voluntary/Charity Project

The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of £5,000 (an increase from £3,000 offered in previous years), which can be put towards their project. 

Winners will be determined by a public vote and will appear at a BBC One Awards Ceremony.

Entry is free and the deadline is 6 April 2018.

For more information go to :

Tudor Trust Grants

Tudor makes grants and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations which support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards.

As an independent grantmaker, an important part of their role is to support work which is untried and which has uncertain outcomes. However, innovation is not the be all and end all: they also recognise the need for sound, practical work which seeks to bring stability and wellbeing into difficult places and situations. They trust the groups they fund and their funding guidelines are broad because they want to support the work that you really want to do. They seek to give you the opportunity and practical tools to do the work that you know is needed and they try to offer high levels of support and engagement when this is helpful and appropriate.

Their two-stage application process gives them more time to work creatively with applicants who reach the second stage. Through careful listening and constructive dialogue they hope to give you the opportunity to think about your options and develop a proposal which focuses on the real needs of your organisation and the people you are working with.

Who do they fund?

They are particularly interested in supporting smaller, under-resourced organisations which they believe are particularly well-placed to deliver positive change because they know their communities and can be highly responsive to need, providing an individualised and holistic response to the people they support.

The best smaller-scale organisations also encourage participation and inclusion and contribute to the resilience of communities by offering opportunities for connection and engagement. They are therefore much more likely to fund groups with an annual income of less than £1 million. In practice the majority of the organisations they support are much smaller than this: last year 77% of their grants went to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000.

If you are from an organisation with an income of more than £1 million and want to discuss whether it is worth making an application please call the Information Team on 020 7727 8522 for advice.

About their grants

Many of their grants take the form of core funding: funding which goes towards the core costs of running an organisation, including salaries, overheads, and day-to-day running costs. Sometimes they may decide to offer unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation’s charitable objectives. They can also provide project grants, capital grants for buildings or equipment and grants to help strengthen your organisation.

In some situations they may look at making a short-term loan if this is the most helpful solution and you can demonstrate how you can pay it back: if you are interested in loan funding please ring the Information Team on 020 7727 8522 for advice before making an application.

There is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for them to make a grant of less than £10,000. At the first stage of the application process they don’t ask you to specify exactly how much you are looking for, though it is fine to do so if you wish: if your application progresses to the second stage they will discuss your funding requirements in more detail then.

For more information on how to apply, go to

Money Saving Expert Charity

The MSE Charity provides grants to promote financial literacy through education or other activities.

Who can apply?

  • UK registered charities
  • Community interest companies
  • Credit unions
  • Not-for- profit companies limited by guarantee  
  • Social enterprise companies.

    NB You must demonstrate that the people delivering the project have appropriate qualifications and experience to work with the people group targeted by the project. In addition, they must be qualified and experienced in delivering financial education.

What funding is available?

The majority of the revenue-only grants made are for activity costs although some grants fund salaries and running costs. The majority of grants given are under £5k but exceptional applications could go up to £10k. As the Charity's resources are modest, the Trustees prefer to fund small to medium-sized non-profit organisations. Organisations should have an income under £500,000 and have less than six months free reserves.

Grant Rounds 2017 – 2018

Raising the Next Generation

  • Projects focused on children, youth and families – schools-based work, migrants, lone parents, victims and survivors of domestic abuse, NEET, family outreach services

Life Changing Transitions

  • Projects focused on bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, resettlement

Living with Long-Term Challenges

  • Projects focused on dementia, autism, learning difficulties, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury, stroke.

Building and Developing Resilience

  • Projects focused on mental health, well-being, cook well for less, training others, independent living skills, peer mentoring

For full details on applying and FAQs see the website

Arts Council NI: SIAP - Mike Moloney Award

In 1985, Mike Moloney and Donal McKendry founded the Belfast Community Circus School as a tool for personal development and creative expression for young people. Sadly, Mike Moloney passed away in 2013, but he left a legacy forged by an unfaltering belief in the value of the arts in impacting positively in the lives of young people.

Reflecting Mike’s passion for Circus and Street Theatre and his work with young people, the Arts Council administers an annual Mike Moloney Award. The Mike Moloney Award has a total dedicated budget of £5,000 and aims to support the development of young people working in the field of Circus Arts and Street Theatre.

Scheme details

You may apply for an amount between £1,000 and £5,000. Depending on the quality of applications received the Council may choose to make a number of small awards or one larger award.

Who can apply?

Young people between the ages of 16-25 who wish to enhance the quality of their performances of Circus/ Street Theatre. The award is targeted at young people at the beginning of their artistic career and/or those who already have some accomplishment under their belts.

What is the fund designed to support? 

The award will be based on the impact of the funding for the applicant; how the funding will make a difference to the applicant’s engagement with Circus/Street Theatre; and the potential for the quality of work that follows. This award will support the development of new shows; learning new skills which can be applied to performance or teaching; or gaining inspiration from other artists or organisations. The award aims to support formal or informal courses, mentoring, coaching, supervision, research and cultural/research visits.

For further guidelines and online application form visit the SIAP funding scheme on the Arts Council website.

Central Good Relations Funding Programme

The Central Good Relations Funding Programme supports the achievement of the Executive’s strategic objectives relating to good relations. The Fund supports productive, time-bound projects which contribute to the promotion of good relations and to building a united and shared community. The programme will support productive time-bound projects which contribute to the promotion of good relations. 

The fund does not and will not replace mainstream core or project funding. Ministerial priorities aimed at building a united, shared and reconciled community are identified in the good relations strategy, Together: Building a United Community, published on 23 May 2013.


The 2018/19 Central Good Relations Funding programme is now open for applications. The application process for project funding will close on Friday 23 February 2018 at 2.00pm.

The application process for small grants remains open throughout the year. All successful project and small grant applicants under the 2018/19 funding programme will be required to deliver projects by 31 March 2019.

The guidance notes, application forms and a list of frequently asked questions are available to download via the links below:

Heritage Lottery Fund Funding Workshops

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Heritage Lottery Fund are working in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to host 45 minute 1:1 workshops with potential applicants aware of HLF Grant Programmes on:

  • Thursday 23rd November - 10-1pm, Enler Centre Ballybeen
  • Friday 24th November from 10-4pm - Bridge Centre Lisburn

Heritage is more than old buildings. Heritage is about people and places, local community history, archaeology, wildlife and biodiversity, museum and archives.  Come and find out more about Heritage Lottery Fund support groups to explore their heritage.

Booking is essential, please contact Bridge Community Centre on 028 9244 7713 or by email on to avoid missing a place.

Acorn Flood Fund


The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has launched the Acorn Flood Fund to assist with the severe impact of summer flooding on the lives of people living in the North West.

Community Foundations are uniquely placed to support communities with a wide range of issues, and we have many years of experience and connections to local community groups and local government bodies.

It is our intention to support groups who apply to us for this emergency funding with grants of between £1000 up to a maximum of £2500 to those who are eligible.

Funding Criteria

  •  We will prioritise groups who are working to provide emergency support
  • We will fund groups providing ongoing support to those affected by the floods
  • We will fund groups whose work is in line with the charitable purposes of the Foundation and whose work has been impaired by the flooding
  • Typically we will be able to provide grants of £1k but will consider applications for up to £2,500

 For further information, please visit:

Micro Grant Programme

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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.

 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
  • Enableactive 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

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

 For further information, please visit: