Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Financial Assistance

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council is offering financial
assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social
enterprise sector for the period 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021 for:

  • Running costs (for eligible organisations)

  • Programmes

  • Events

Funding is available through the following grant programmes:

  • Community Grants

  • Arts, Culture and Events Grants

  • Good Relations Grants

  • International Linkages Grants

  • Commemorative Events Grants


Further information, including details of how to apply, is available from
Groups wishing to be notified of future funding opportunities and other relevant
information should request their details be added to the Council’s database by
contacting Mairead McCavigan as below.

To assist groups a number of Information Sessions will be held as follows:

• Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre,
Thursday, 7th November, 3.00pm – 5.00pm and 7.00pm – 9.00pm

• Banbridge Old Town Hall
Tuesday 12th November, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

• Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre Armagh,
Wednesday 13th November, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Places must be booked in advance by contacting Mairead McCavigan (028) 3831 2589 or

Funding for Musical Instruments Scheme set to open in November 2019

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is set to open a number of funding opportunities in the coming month as part of a Musical Instruments Scheme.

Thanks to capital investment from the Department for Communities, three funding programmes will be opened in early November 2019 with a procurement process to be completed by early March 2020.

The scheme will be good news for marching bands, non-professional and professional performing groups, community groups, professional musicians and schools that may be eligible to apply to purchase instruments and music-making equipment. The Musical Instruments scheme has been designed to increase the quality of music-making in Northern Ireland and to ensure as many groups and individuals as possible have an opportunity to purchase new instruments.

Programme one: Musical Instruments for Bands
This existing fund will be ring-fenced and grants of between £500 and £10,000 will be available. This funding is designed to help marching bands replace worn –out instruments and purchase new ones. It is open to bands based in Northern Ireland, which are constituted, including accordion, brass, concert, flute, pipe and wind bands

Programme two: Professional and Non-Professional Performing Groups
Grants of between £500 and £30,000 will be available. This strand is open to schools and to professional and non-professional performing groups in any genre of music, including community, youth and resource organisations. All organisations must be constituted and instruments applied for must be used for rehearsal, tuition and performance. Instruments must be owned by a constituted group which operates as not-for-profit, that is, a voluntary or charitable body with its own separate bank account.

Programme three: Individual Professional Performing Musicians
Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be available. This strand is designed to provide support for highly-skilled performing musicians based in Northern Ireland, working at a professional level, who seek support for the purchase of high quality instruments that are central to their performing career.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “With much appreciated capital investment from the Department of Communities, the Arts Council is delighted to announce the Musical Instruments Scheme. It will offer bands, musical groups, schools and professional musicians the opportunity to buy new instruments.   We think there will be a high demand for these funding opportunities and we really want to alert organisations and artists to be ready to apply when the fund opens. Keep an eye open to the Arts Council’s website and get set! “

Please note the three funding programmes in the Musical Instruments Scheme are scheduled to open in week commencing November 4th 2019. Please visit for more information

T:BUC Funding Forums for 2020/21 applications

The 2020/21 competitions for T:BUC Camps, and Central Good Relations funding programmes are due to open at the end of November 2019. To help you apply, the Executive Office will be hosting three T:BUC Funding Forums in local council areas.

The T:BUC Funding Forums are a great way to find out more about the good relations funding that is available and how to apply for it. Executive Office staff will be available at each forum to talk about your good relations project, with timed slots available each day between 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Register now at

Representatives from the Community Relations Council and Education Authority will also be in attendance.

Places are limited so you must register to attend and early registration is recommended. When you register, you will be asked to choose a time slot, between 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm, 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm or 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm. You can come any time in your chosen slot.


A list of dates and forum venues is available below.


The Braid, Ballymena

27 November 2019

1.00 pm – 7.00 pm


Market House, Ballynahinch

28 November 2019

1.00 pm – 7.00 pm


Tullylagan Country House Hotel, Cookstown

2 December 2019

1.00 pm – 7.00 pm



You can find out more about our funding programmes at the links below.




Wind Farm Community Funds

The Wind Farm Community Funds initiative was established by ESB Group and is managed by Groundwork Northern Ireland. The initiative seeks to support the communities neighbouring wind farms part of ESB group to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities.

The fund is open until Friday 22 November 2019 at 12 noon.
To find out more please visit

Who can apply?
Any registered charity; voluntary/community sector organization; sports or recreation club; or school.

What can you apply for?
The ESB Community fund is to support community projects which clearly address current and emerging local issues, needs and opportunities, while also seeking to develop and build upon existing initiatives.

From equipment to hire venue charges; from painting lessons to science books, you can apply for items that will help you address at least one of the following themes:

  • EligibilityEducation and skills

  • Health, safety and wellbeing

  • Environment and habitat conservation

  • Energy efficiency and sustainability

  • Culture and heritage

  • Recreation, sport and social inclusion

To be eligible to apply, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • Your project must address at least one of the above themes

  • Your project must be located within:

  • 10 km of Crockdun Wind Farm

  • or 10 km of Crockagarran Wind Farm

  • or 7 km of Carrickatane Wind Farm

  • or 7 km of Curryfree Wind Farm

  • or 7 km of Eglish Wind Farm

OR the primary beneficiaries of your project must be drawn from one of the above areas of benefit.

Contact: Angelica Florez, Groundwork Northern Ireland
Telephone: 028 9099 2544

Biffa Awards - grants available for projects located within the vicinity of a Biffa operation

Grants of £10,000 to £75,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations to improve the quality of life and foster vibrancy in communities located within the vicinity of a Biffa operation.


Biffa Award is part of the Landfill Communities Fund, a Government tax credit scheme that enables landfill operators to contribute money to organisations for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.

The Biffa Award Recreation theme provides grants to support projects that will benefit people within their free time who are living in communities within five miles of a significant Biffa Group Ltd operation or within 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site in England or Northern Ireland.

The total cost of the project must be less than £200,000 including VAT.

Match Funding

Projects that have already secured the majority of match funding needed to deliver the project will be given preference.

Who can apply

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in England and Northern Ireland.

Applicants must:

  • Be applying for a project site located within five miles of a significant Biffa operation or 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site.

  • Be applying for a project site located within 10 miles of any landfill site (not necessarily owned by Biffa Group Limited) in England and Northern Ireland.

  • Be eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme's regulator ENTRUST.

  • Have a project site open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.

  • Own the project site or have signed a lease agreement with the landowner of more than 10 years.

Applicants should check their project location's eligibility using Biffa Awards Postcode Checker, which can be found on the Biffa Award's website.

Eligible expenditure

Recreation grants are available to fund site-based improvement work on projects that will benefit people within their free time who live in the vicinity of Biffa operations. Many projects under this theme also have elements of the other Biffa Award themes within them (Community Buildings, Rebuilding Biodiversity). Applicants will have to show evidence of wider community use, involvement and consultation.

Projects might include:

  • Green spaces.

  • Woodland walks.

  • Nature reserves and nature trails.

  • Community gardens.

  • Play equipment.

  • Landscaping including boardwalks, trees and shrubs.

  • Skateparks.

  • Outdoor gym.

  • Building work (eg communal space, kitchen and toilets) within wider community areas of sporting clubhouses that have a wider community use and are not for the sole use of sports club members.

Biffa Award tends to receive more applications under this theme than others.

How to apply

Expression of Interest applications are accepted at any time.

Further details and an expression of interest form is available to complete online at the Biffa Award website. Applicants who are successful at this initial stage will then be invited to submit a full application form.

The Trust meets four times a year to review applications - in February, May, July and November.

Derry City and Strabane District Council - Cultural Grant Aid Programme Open

Derry and Strabane Council are calling on groups in the city and district to apply to their ‘Cultural Grant Aid programmes’ including festivals, heritage animation, cultural organisations, artists and cultural practitioners and access support.
The following funds are now open,

  • Community Festival Fund 2020/21

  • Headline Events Fund (formerly Tier 2 Festivals) 2020/21

  • Cultural Organisations Fund 2020/21

  • Heritage Animation & Visitor Servicing Fund 2020/21

  • Access Programme Fund 2020/21

  • Artists and Cultural Practitioners Fund 2020/2021

This is a competitive scheme and applications will be determined on the basis of merit.

For further information on the Grant Aid programme and to apply please  visit

Closing Date on Friday 15 November 2019 at 12:00 noon.

CAF Tourle Foundation Fund - grants for small, place based charitable organisations

The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund seeks to award grants to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people in all parts of the UK. This 10 year programme is funded through the generosity of a £4.5m legacy left for CAF to distribute for this purpose. Organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people, whilst demonstrating the need and difference it will make.

Who can apply?

Our target audience are small place based charitable organisations providing a service to the heart of their community within the UK. 

An example would be a charitable organisation set up by the community in a village, providing services to older people in isolation; a small community group on an estate providing drop in sessions for teenagers etc.
Organisations applying must:

  • be applying for up to £5,000

  • be providing a service to the heart of your community

  • be a community charitable organisation whose reach is within a localised catchment area

  • be able to demonstrate the need of the project

  • have an annual income below £75,000

  • have charitable aims and objectives

  • operate within the UK

  • complete the project a year from the date of award.

Eligible projects

Areas considered may include:

  • projects with a community led ethos – this may be born from a community challenge or idea and run by members of the local community

  • organisations that find it difficult to attract mainstream funding

  • projects demonstrating the organisation is providing something which would not otherwise be available locally

  • projects demonstrating the organisation is doing great work that they are not recognised for.


  • Organisations not providing local services for local people

  • Organisations that are regional and national

  • Organisations that are not charitable

  • Organisations based outside the UK and/or delivering outside of the UK

  • Organisations that have an annual income over £75,000

  • Organisations in receipt of a grant from this programme within the last 2 years

  • Political organisations or those promoting one faith/religion

  • Requests for retrospective funding

  • Applications from individuals. We can only accept applications on behalf of a charitable organisation.

  • Full cost or contribution towards capital build – although refurbishments may be considered

  • Core costs - these are costs that enable your organisation to function

  • Salaries may be considered in exceptional circumstances

  • Projects whose total project costs exceeds £25,000.

How to Apply
The latest round of funding is now open. Please read the guidance document before you start your application. The application form can be accessed from the link below and you will need to register before you can start the process.

Deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 11 November 2019. You will be notified of the outcome of your application in January 2020.

IFA Inclusive Clubs Funding Programme – Disability or Women’s Clubs

 Through the Community Foundation NI, the IFA are offering grants of up to £1000 for football clubs who are developing a disability or women’s section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society, particularly those most marginalised, and including the BME community, as well as those with a disability.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from eligible Disability or Women’s Clubs – Mainstream Clubs who are starting or developing an already existing Disability or Women’s section.

What can be supported?

Options for applications may include:

  • IFA Level 1 Coaching Disabled footballers Award – £40pp – Open to All Clubs

  • IFA Level 1 – £240pp – Open to All Clubs

  • UK Disability Inclusion in Sport Course (Disability Sport NI) – £80pp – Open to All Clubs

  • 6 Session Mentoring – £120 – Open to Clubs starting a Disability Section only

  • £300 Facility Support – Open to All Clubs

  • £300 Equipment Support – Open to All Clubs

  • OCN football Administration – £220 per person

  • Tournament planning (how to run, pre-planning, fixtures, facility booking, clubs registering interest, risk assessment etc.) – £50 – open to all clubs

  • Media Training – £80 per person – open to all clubs

  • IFA Level 2 Coaching Disability Footballers Award- £150

  • Safe guarding course – £25

  • Child welfare- £25

  • First Aid- £50

All receipts must match the funding awarded at the end of the funding period.

They will particularly reward clubs who can demonstrate clear policy against racism and sectarianism and links with BME participation. This should be clear and detailed within the Equality Policy and added as a supporting document to the online application.


There are some general things that their grant aid cannot be used for.

The fund will not support:

Applications from Individuals

Salary Costs

Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away, and one-off residentials

Funding for projects that have already started

Promotion of religion or party political activity

How to apply

You can apply online on the website if -

  • You are a locally based not-for-profit, voluntary or community group working in Northern Ireland to improve the quality of life for local people

  • You have an active management committee

  • You have a current in credit bank account in the name of your organisation

  • You have up to date annual accounts

  • You have complied with the conditions of previous grants including submission of monitoring returns.

If you have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail

The fund will will close at 1pm on 11th November 2019.

Belfast City Council - Grants Available

Belfast City Council grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit Belfast.  Grants in the following areas are now available,

  • Community Festival Fund

  • Arts and Heritage

  • Policing and Community Safety

  • Good Relations Grant

  • Summer Intervention Grant

  • Park Event Grant

  • Support for Sport: Sports Event Grant

  • Support for Sport: Large Development Grant

  • Support for Sport: Small Development Grant

  • Support for Sport: Hospitality Grant

  • Support for Sport: Individuals Grant

  • Community Development Project Grant

  • Community Development Summer Scheme

Applicants are advised to attend an information roadshow to find out more details.

Drop-in Information Roadshows

Venue Date Time

  • Malone House                                   Monday 11 November 2019                        10am - 11.30am

  • Belfast City Hall                                 Tuesday 12 November 2019                        10am - 11.30am

  • Balmoral Hotel                                  Wednesday 13 November 2019                 6pm - 7.30pm

  • Skainos                                                 Thursday 14 November 2019                      2pm - 3.30pm

  • NICVA                                                   Monday 18 November 2019                        2pm - 3.30pm

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

If you have any questions, would like some advice on completing your application, or have a project you'd like to discuss, please contact our Central Grants Unit on 9091 8748 or email us at

Closing dates – Friday 10th Jan 2020 at 12noon

Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

The Enkalon Foundation Grants available

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

  • Applications must be submitted one month before the relevant meeting date as the Trustees meet quarterly. 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

  • An online application form is available from the Enkalon Foundation website

    Next deadline for applications – Wednesday 13th November, 2019.

The Telecommunity Fund - Priorities: Young people, older people and people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects with grants between £500 - £2,000.


  • Priority will be given to applications from small groups, typically with  an annual income of less than £200,000, as evidenced in most recent set of accounts

  • Projects must aim to support one of the following groups:

    • Young people

    • Older people

    • People with disabilities

  • Priority will be given to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.

Examples of types of projects that may be supported within Fund themes:

  • Community education and training opportunities

  • Communication and leadership skills

  • Local initiatives to improve resources and community facilities 

  • Creativity and self-expression through drama, music or a range of arts activities

  • Inclusion and involvement of disadvantaged communities

  • Out of school projects for young people 

Top tips 

  • Read the guidance notes and ensure you are eligible to apply and your project meets the funding criteria

  • Talk to the Grants Team – to confirm eligibility and iron out any queries you may have

  • Think about the long term value of your project. The fund does not prioritise one off trips, or very short term projects. Ensure what you are applying for you would like to apply for is eligible

  • Have your supporting documentation ready to upload (in one file rather than separate pages, per document) as part of your application, before the final closing date

How to Apply

The Telecommunity Fund is open on an ongoing basis. The applications are assessed at panel meetings held approximately 3-4 times per year.

The next panel meeting will take place on 26th November 2019, therefore applications submitted after 31st October 2019 will not be considered in this round.

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.

To apply and for more information please visit the website

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council - Large Scale Capital Project Grants available

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.


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.

  • 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.

Eligible expenditure

To be eligible for capital works funding, projects must address at least one of the following aims:

  • Addressing disadvantage.

  • Promoting tolerance and social inclusion.

  • Contributing to the reduction of poverty at local level.

  • Improving health and wellbeing.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding of at least 75% of the total cost is required for Large Scale projects

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.


Funding is not available for projects which:

  • Have no significant benefit to the Council area.

  • For projects relating to one venue even if submitted by different groups.

  • Provide no potential benefit to the public, either in the short or long term.

  • Could be carried out on a commercial basis.

  • Have already taken place or are already under way at the time of the assessment.

  • Duplicate what already exists.

  • Are fundraising events or activities.

  • Are of a party political nature.

  • Promote a particular religion.

  • Are against Council policy.

How To Apply

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. Further information and guidance also available online.

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

Wind Farm Grants available - areas of benefit incude Dunloy/Rasharkin, Broughshane and Drumquin areas

These local community funds have been set up by energy companies managing wind farms in various locations in Northern Ireland . These companies are committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community where they operate.

The Funds listed below will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and will provide funding for local projects:

  • Long Mountain Community Benefit Fund

  • Rathsherry Community Benefit Fund

  • Thornog Community Benefit Fund

Grants are available between £500 and £10,000 (amounts vary for each fund). Grants are only awarded to groups within a specific catchment area of each wind farm.

How to Apply

For further information on each Community Benefit Fund and access to the online application, please visit the Community Foundation NI

Closing Dates - Monday 11th November at 1.00pm

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council - Community Grants Now Open

Applications for Community Development and Festivals Grants for the period 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021 are now open.

Interactive Grant Workshops will take place on,

  • Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm in Antrim Civic Centre and

  • Tuesday 5 November 2019 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm in Mossley Mill.

Please register by contacting Dawn Leonard at or Wendy Donaldson at or via telephone on 02890340060/61.

Visit the Council’s online funding hub for further details.

Deadline for applications is Friday 13 December 2019.

The Wesleyan Foundation Grants for Education projects, health projects or social projects - NOW OPEN

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

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

  • Health – Promote health and wellbeing.

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

Funding available

  • Large Grants are available between £2,000 - £10,000 and must also be spent within a year.

We Will Fund

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

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

Grants can be made for a wide range of purposes, including consumables, project or activity costs, for example:

  • Start-up costs for new organisations or projects

  • Extension and development of existing projects (though Wesleyan may give a lower priority to projects they have funded before)

  • The purchase of equipment and resources

The Wesleyan Foundation is in favour of funding:

  • Homework clubs / Education and upskilling

  • Employability – supporting people to move towards employment

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


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

  • Registered charities

  • Constituted Community groups

  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims

  • Community Interest Companies

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

  • Social Enterprises

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

How to apply

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

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

The Large Grants fund will close for applications on Friday 25th October 2019 at 1:00pm.

The Small Grants Fund is not currently open.

FREE Equipment and Training for Sport Clubs - Western Trust area

The CLEAR Project, in conjunction with the Public Health Agency, are offering constituted, voluntary sector sports clubs in the Western Trust area the opportunity to avail of training which will help them support their members and get £300 worth of relevant sports equipment for the club.
In order to receive this aid Clubs must:

  • Be a constituted voluntary sector sports clubs and enclose copy of this document and a list of committee members;

  • Have a bank or building society account in the name of the club;

  • Be appropriately insured or prepared to obtain appropriate insurance if awarded;

  • Enclose the most recent annual accounts or statement of income and expenditure which must be approved and signed by an office-holder;

  • Operate within the Western Trust area;

  • Have a significant impact upon or involvement from their local community;

  • Have a minimum of five members** attend SafeTALK training. Please note this must be 5 members who have not previously attended safeTALK;

  • Attendance at Mental Health First Aid training; (Optional)

Equipment requested should help the club develop activities that meet the needs of the local community and support the delivery of the Five Ways to Well Being, simple steps to improve your mental health through the themes of ‘Connect’, ‘Be active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning’ and ‘Give’.

Clubs will be asked to seek out a quote for the equipment, pay the chosen supplier directly and then submit original invoices relating to the purchase of the equipment to claim back the finance. If the Club does not have the finances, then requests for advance payment will be considered on a case by case basis.
**who have a significant input in / involvement / role with the club
Any relevant club within the Western Trust area can apply for the funding however preference will be given to:

  • Groups operating in the top 20% most disadvantaged Super output areas.

  • Those with lower capacity.

Please note: Funding award will not be released until members have completed safeTALK training; All training must be completed by Tuesday 4th February 2020

How to Apply

Please visit our website for details of training dates and access to the application form and training booking forms

Closing date: Thursday 7th November 2019 at 12pm (noon)

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust - Funding available

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998, to promote and support charities in the United Kingdom working in agriculture, rural development and insurance.  Since then they have made a positive difference to education, research, social welfare and poverty relief through making one off donations and grants to charitable initiatives connected with agriculture, the countryside and the insurance industry.

Scheme details

Applications for funding for projects and initiatives may be made where these fall within the Objects of the Trust. 

The objects of the Trust are as follows:

  • To advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to agriculture

  • To advance the education of young people within rural areas

  • To relieve poverty within rural areas

  • To promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other organisations to advance education and leisure

  • To promote research into agriculture associated activities

  • To advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to insurance

Following a recent strategic review, the Trust now focuses on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

How to Apply

Please visit for further details and to download an application form.

Applications for the November meeting they must be submitted by Friday 1st November 2019.

The Community Relations Council - Cultural Diversity Small Grant Scheme - Now open

About the 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.

  • All projects in receipt of CR/CD funding must be completed within this financial year

  • Grants up to £10K maximum for project costs only

  • Average grant is £2 - £5K

How to Apply

There are a number of changes to the 2019-20 Scheme which includes a new online application process.   

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

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submitting an application please contact a member of the Funding and Development Programme.

Phone 028 9022 7500 or email

Closing date: 13 December 2019 at 4pm.

St Stephen's Green Trust - Supporting Inter-community Practice and Activism (SIPA). Grants Available

St Stephen’s Green Trust (SGGT) has supported organisations working on issues of social justice in Ireland, north and south, over the past 25 yrs.  It believes that the strengthening of collaborative and supportive relationships within and between communities is essential for peace-building. This three year grant programme follows on from a two-year pilot for work focused on people working collaboratively on an inclusive and inter-community basis to address common issues and identifying barriers to inclusive work, and relationship-building, within and between communities and learning how these can be overcome. An interim report on the pilot is available on SSGT’s grant programme reports section.

The three-year programme - 2020-2022 – will focus on the following outcomes:

  • Supporting groups for grassroots work at a neighbourhood level that helps build confidence, relationships and effective activism amongst women and women’s groups; and/or young people and youth groups; and/or people involved in place-based activism around issues of common interest;

  • Work that builds confidence of participants and groups and builds and strengthens relationships within and between communities;

  • Work undertaken by geographical and/or thematic clusters of organisations that might be further developed with grant support.

SSGT aims to be flexible in the type of inter and/or intra-community work which might be supported but groups will need to clearly state why they believe their proposed programme of work will result in the outcomes sought by the grant programme.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 per year will be available for work starting in Jan 2020 for three years. Annual reports are required and we will prioritise work which cannot be funded from other sources.

The programme includes a focus on learning and grantees will be required to gather information which allows them (and SSGT) to reflect on progress – if needed, support will be given for this.  Grantees will also be required to participate in a learning network of funded groups to share their experiences and reflections, both with each other and with SSGT.  This will involve two half-day meetings a year. 

Criteria for selection

Applicants must provide evidence that the proposed work offers,

  • the potential to provide a step change in ongoing work or work already taken,

  • the potential for the proposed work to strengthen local confidence, leadership and participation on an inclusive basis,

  • a willingness to engage in sharing and critical reflection,

  • evidence of the need for funding for the project

  • and the potential for long-term impact.

How to apply:

For further information and to download the application form, visit the website.

Enquiries and completed applications to: Orla O’Neill, Tel: +353 (0) 45 480 666 or email

Closing Date Friday 8th November 2019.

A decision will be made by Friday 13th December 2019 on the final selection of funded applications and work can start in January 2020.