John Moore Foundation - Grants available

John Moores Foundation is a registered charity, established in 1964, that gives money to community organisations doing charitable work. We focus on funding projects based in Merseyside (including Skelmersdale, Halton, and Ellesmere Port) and Northern Ireland.

They aim to enable people who face barriers, as a result of social, educational, physical, economic, cultural, geographical or other disadvantage, to improve their social conditions and quality of life. 

They do this by making grants to local groups that fall within our areas of interest for items such as, running costs, volunteers' out-of-pocket expenses, one-off projects, equipment and salaries.  Priority is given to small, grass-roots and volunteer driven organisations.  They are an enabling funder and would like to help groups achieve their targets and outcomes in their own way.

How to Apply

Application should be made by letter of no more than four A4 sides accompanied by a completed organisational details form (obtainable from us by letter, phone, email or the link on our website). Please refer to the guidance notes provided with the form and enclose a copy of the information requested. If your project is in Northern Ireland, Click Here to request the form from our Northern Ireland office or alternatively call us on 028 2888 6161.

Applications may be handwritten, but please use black ink as these are photocopied. Many groups who apply to us for funding are visited by us, but we may simply phone for more information. Decisions about which projects to fund are made by the Trustees who meet 5-6 times a year. 

As a general rule applicants should allow 3-5 months for a decision to be made. Once the application is submitted, applicants are welcome to contact the office to find out at which meetings their application may be considered.

For further information please visit

Housing Executive - Rural Community Awards NOW OPEN

Villages across Northern Ireland are being urged to enter the Housing Executive’s Rural Community Awards to be in a chance of winning prizes worth £1,000.

With a total prize fund of £6,000 available, community and residential groups in rural areas can apply for three awards;

  • Cleaner and Greener,

  • Rural Community Spirit  

  • Sustainable Village of the Year.

Each of these awards will have two categories, one for villages with a population of less than a 1,000 and one for villages with between 1,000 and 5,000 residents, with a prize of £1,000 up for grabs for each category.

The awards, which are now in their sixth year, recognise rural communities that have gone the extra mile to make their neighbourhoods a better place to live. This could be by organising a community clean-up, introducing health and well-being initiatives or developing projects that improve community relations.

How to Apply

We have made applying for the awards as simple as possible. All you have to do is complete a short form.  This form can be downloaded from! or by contacting the Rural and Regeneration Unit on 028 95 982 502.

To be considered for the Sustainable Village of the Year award, groups must apply for both the Rural Community Spirit and Cleaner and Greener awards. They should also write a 500 word statement that outlines steps that they have taken to shape the future of their village.

For example, this could be projects that encourage biodiversity, protect local wildlife, create new jobs in the community or help residents lower their carbon footprint.

Completed forms should be emailed to or sent to Rural and Regeneration, Housing Executive, the Housing Centre, 2 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8PB.

The deadline for submission of applications is 4pm Wednesday 31st July 2019.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund - New 5 Year Funding Programme

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (previously the Heritage Lottery Fund) has recently rebranded and launched their new 5 year framework and funding programme which aims to simplify the process to fund all kinds of heritage projects.

The difference we want to make with our funding

All of the projects we fund need to achieve one or more of our nine outcomes. We want to fund projects that make a difference for heritage, for people and for communities. The number of outcomes you need to achieve will depend on what you want to deliver and should be proportionate to the size of grant you are requesting or the specific focus of your project.

All projects must achieve the mandatory outcome ‘wider range of people will be involved in heritage’ as a minimum.

What we can fund

Heritage can mean different things to different people.  It can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations.

As a guide, this could include:

  • oral history

  • cultural traditions

  • nature and wildlife

  • natural and designed landscapes

  • community archaeology

  • historic buildings, monuments and archaeology

  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives

  • histories of people, communities and/or places and events

  • heritage of languages and dialects

  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Our Grant Programme

We fund heritage projects of all sizes via our grant programme ‘National Lottery Grants for Heritage’

  • Grants of £3,000 to £10,000 – no deadline, apply when ready

  • Grants of £10,000 to £100,000 – no deadline, apply when ready

  • Grants of £100,000 to £250,000 – quarterly deadlines, 28 May, 20 Aug and 19 Nov.

  • Grants of £250,000 to £5m – quarterly deadlines, as above. Apply by 28 May 2019 to receive a decision by the end of September 2019

Support we offer

We provide advice and support to help potential applicants. Groups can read the grant programme information and then submit a Project Enquiry Form for projects between £10,000 and £250,000. We can then provide some advice about whether the project is suitable for the Fund and how to shape your project to make a strong application.

All projects seeking funding of over £250,000 need to submit a mandatory Expression of Interest (EoI) form. We will review the EoIs and advise whether or not we would invite an application for the project. If we invite you to apply then we can provide some advice to help you strengthen your project and application.

Both these forms can be submitted at any time.

How to apply (links to the grant programme and application information)

The True Colours Trust - For projects that work with disabled children and their families

The Trustees are committed to supporting a large number of excellent local organisations and projects that work with disabled children and their families on a daily basis. This is done through the Trust’s small grants programme. It provides grants of up to £10,000 to help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for children, their siblings and families.

The Trustees are particularly keen to support:

  • Hydrotherapy pools

  • Multi-sensory rooms

  • Mini buses

  • Sibling projects

  • Bereavement support

  • Specialised play equipment / access to play and leisure

  • Family support / parent-led peer support

Please note the following:

  • Trustees are keen to make the grant programme available to as many organisations as possible; it is therefore unlikely that they will fund organisations in consecutive years.

  • The Trustees are unlikely to fund the following:  condition specific organisations; residential play schemes; residential special schools; and free schools.  Also, organisations whose annual income exceeds £300,000 are unlikely to be considered.

  • Organisations wishing to apply must adhere to the Trust’s safeguarding policy.

How to Apply

For further information and access to online application form, please visit

Applications can be submitted at anytime. 

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council - Good Relations and Cultural Identity Grant Scheme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is now inviting applications for its ‘Good Relations & Cultural Identity’ grant scheme from community groups and organisations based in the Council area. For the first time there will be funding available for projects over a three-year period, 2019 - 2022 that improve community relations in terms of religion, politics and culture.

This scheme welcomes applications from local groups committed to demonstrating peace and cultural understanding within Lisburn Castlereagh communities for the opportunity to receive up to £3,000 of grant aid per annum for projects that meet the objectives of the scheme.

The grant documentation is available to download at  Alternatively hard copies of the application form or further information can be received from the Community Services team at: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP, by phoning 028 9244 7713 or emailing

The Council’s Good Relations Officer is hosting two public information workshops on this revised grant scheme to provide applicant groups and organisations with information on how to complete applications for this revised grant scheme.  You must register your attendance by emailing Lynsey Gray at or by phoning 028 9244 7713.

The workshops will take place on:

  • Tuesday 21st May 6:30pm Bridge Community Centre, Lisburn

  • Wednesday 29th May 6:30pm Moneyreagh Community Centre

Please ensure all applications are submitted in hard copy by 12 noon on Wednesday 12th June to Bridge Community Centre.

Coca Cola Thank You Fund 2019

The Fund was launched in 2011 to mark The Coca-Cola Company’s 125th anniversary and has run every year since.   The €100,000 Thank You Fund seeks to fund projects that inspire and support young people in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Any Irish non-profit organisation aimed towards promoting healthy, active lifestyles and environmental leadership in young people can enter, with monetary prizes from a €100,000 total fund. 

The 2019 theme is ‘Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.’

Any organisation – big or small – aimed at transforming the lives of people aged 16-25 can enter, with a judging panel and people’s vote helping to determine who’ll be the lucky recipient of individual prize funds worth €5,000, €10,000 or €20,000.

Think that sounds like your organisation? They're looking for inspiring work in the following areas:

  • Educational and training programmes for young people

  • Programmes that support diversity and inclusivity in young people

  • Programmes that take an innovative approach to demonstrating sustainability to young people

Who can apply?

A) In order to be eligible, your organisation must fulfil all of the following criteria:

(i) The organisation must be a not-for-profit, voluntary and/ or charitable organisation classified under one or more of the following headings:

- Charitable organisation with a registered charity number working within a community

- Voluntary organisation working within a community

- Not-for-profit community organisation

- A foundation or a trust for the benefit of a community

ii) The organisation must submit details of a proposal which it will put in place if successful, which demonstrates the following - Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.

(iii) The organisation must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months prior to the date of submission of this application.

(iv) Proof of organisation’s operations must be made available to Coca‑Cola Ireland if requested.

(vi) Any individual applying on behalf of an organisation must be aged 18 years or older.

(vii) The proposed project must exclusively benefit people aged over sixteen years of age and under twenty-five, and activities using money received from the Fund must be based on the island of Ireland.

(viii) The proposal must be for a NEW project. The funding is not for initiatives already up and running.

(ix) Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate the innovative nature of the proposal.


Applications will not be considered from the following:

  • Individuals

  • An organisation that discriminates based on race, gender, marital status, family status, religion, sexual orientation, membership of the travelling community, age or disability

  • Religious endeavours

  • Political, legislative or lobbying organisations

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted online as they aim for this to be a paperless and environmentally friendly scheme.

Applications must strictly comply with the terms and conditions of the Fund

Applications are open until 12th July 2019, after which point the expert panel of judges will choose a shortlist of 20 organisations who’ll make it through to the next stage.

From there, those on the shortlist will also have the chance to win the People’s Choice Award – an extra €5,000 for the cause the public loves the sound of the most. You can learn all about the huge difference that kind of money can make here.

For further details and the online application visit

Hunters Hill Wind Farm Community Fund -

Hunters Hill Wind Farm Community Fund was established by ESB with the intention of helping communities to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities. The fund makes grants available to community and voluntary organisations for projects located in close proximity (7.5 km’s) to Hunter’s Hill Wind Farm, (between Fintona and Fivemiletown) Co. Tyrone.  Omagh Forum for Rural Associations administers the fund on behalf of the ESB.

The Fund seek to address current and emerging issues, needs and opportunities within communities, enriching lives and creating brighter possibilities for local residents.  Typically, the award value is between £500, and £5000. However, the suggested award value is neither a minimum nor a maximum, rather an indication of the scale of resources available annually.

We support projects which focus on the following themes;

  • Education and skills.

  • Health, safety and wellbeing.

  • Environment and habitat conservation.

  • Energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • Culture and heritage.

  • Recreation, sport and social inclusion.

How to Apply

Visit for further guidance and access to the application form.

If you need further information, please contact Omagh Forum via: Telephone: 028 8225 1559 or


Closing date for applications is 12 Noon on Tuesday 28th May 2019

Acorn Giving Circle Fund - Children and Young People, Older People and Local Impacts of Climate

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) is made up of a group of women who aim to make a positive contribution to improving the lives of people from Derry - Londonderry in a small but meaningful way.  It was formed in 2012 as a response to the establishment of the Acorn Fund (AF), a fund within the Community Foundation for NI (CFNI).

The funds generated by AGC are now available in the form of small grants for charitable or community groups / organisations.  Grant size is up to £500.

AGC aims to prioritise its support to where the need is greatest and where it can make a significant difference.

Who can apply:

  • Constituted groups who have management committee and current bank account

  • Individuals can be supported through an organisation – please contact us for clarification

While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications for projects that address the following:

  • Children / young people who live in the Derry~ Londonderry city and environs

  • the project should demonstrate that it is a new initiative within your organisation/group and not your normal business

  • Projects that allow older people to stay connected within their communities and can also have an intergenerational element.

  • Projects and activities which are concerned with raising awareness about local impacts of climate change on vulnerable people in our community e.g. older people and children

Examples of the types of activities that may be supported:

  • Supporting children through bereavement; play and learning projects; health and well-being projects; fun and play projects; social awareness projects.

  • Projects that bring older people together in activities that are fun and unique e.g. silent discos, more than the normal luncheon clubs.

  • Could be a project that you have developed through learning from previous work you’ve done.

 How to Apply

For further information and access to the online application visit

For further information please phone Shauna Kelpie on 07796 264635 or email at

Closing Date - Friday 7th June 2019 at 1:00pm.

Slieve Divena Wind Farm Community Funds

Omagh Forum in association with Greencoat Capital invites applications for funding for community based projects which must be within a 10km radius of Slieve Divena Wind Farm, near Ballygawley, County Tyrone. 

Slieve Divena Wind Farm Community Fund was established by Greencoat with the intention of helping the communities neighbouring the wind farm to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities. The Fund seek to address current and emerging issues, needs and opportunities within communities, enriching lives and creating brighter possibilities for local residents.

The maximum award value is £3000 with the minimum value being £500.  The suggested award value is neither a minimum nor a maximum, rather an indication of the scale of resources available annually.

The fund will prioritise applications from local community groups and organisations from within the area of benefit. However, applications from outside this area may be considered if a project directly addresses a current or prospective need / issue / opportunity of the communities nearest the wind farm.

How to Apply

Visit for further guidance and access to the application form.

If you need further information, please contact Omagh Forum via: Telephone: 028 8225 1559 or


Closing date for applications is 17 May 2019.  Successful applicants will be notified by end of June 2019.

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 June meeting must be submitted by 31st May 2019 and for the November meeting they must be submitted by 1st November 2019.


Women's Fund for Northern Ireland: Individual Bursaries

The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland's Individual Bursaries have been set up to fill a gap in funding opportunities for individual women who require a small amount of financial aid to support them towards fulfilling their potential.  It is a NI-wide scheme which prioritises bursaries to support women to re-enter the workplace.

Scheme details

The Fund will offer small grants (normally between £300 and £500) for individual women aged 18 and over, living in Northern Ireland, who are striving to get into, or back into employment.

Who can apply?

Individual women aged 18 and over, living in Northern Ireland, who are striving to get into, or back into employment.

Applicants will preferably be affiliated to a constituted community/women’s group and have the support of that organisation, however if you are not you will still be eligible to apply.

What can you apply for?

While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications for Bursaries that address the following:

  • Personal development & confidence building

  • Overcoming barriers to employment or training

  • Making the first steps towards re-entering the workplace

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 fund will not support:

  • Salaries

  • Formal education fees for long term courses eg: Degrees, Masters, courses over one year in length

  • Travel outside of Northern Ireland

  • Holidays/Residentials

  • Vehicles or related costs

  • Large items of equipment such as IT equipment *unless absolutely essential

  • Parties & shopping trips

  • Promotion of religion or politics

How to Apply

Further information and application form visit,

It is recommended that you read the Grant FAQs at before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 02890 245 927.

Closing Date - Friday 24th May 2019 by 1.00pm

Children in Need - Small Grants and Main Grants - upcoming deadlines

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

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

  • Main Grants are open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

Objectives of Fund

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

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

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.

  • Any kind of disability.

  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.

  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

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

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

Who Can Apply

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

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

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

How to apply

Please visit for further information on available grants and access to application forms. 

Applicants should refer to the A-Z Guidance document before making an application.


Main Grants next deadline for applications – Friday 17th May 2019

Small grants next deadline for applications – Monday 27th May 2019

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on the deadline date.

Bupa UK Foundation - Mental Health Funding Programme 2019

Grants up to a maximum of £20,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for practical projects that tackle critical challenges in health and social care, make a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing and address the Foundation's theme for that year.

Objectives of Fund

The Bupa UK Foundation's mission is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. The Foundation's funding programmes are developed around clearly defined themes and reflect important factors that underpin health and wellbeing. Among others these include mental health, ageing well, managing long-term conditions, behaviour change and healthy living.

In 2019, the Foundation is inviting applications for practical, community focused projects that aim to support and improve people's mental health in mid-life (age range from 30s to 50s).

How To Apply

There are three stages to the grant-making.

  • Stage 1 - the summary information provided in the project outline by the applicant is reviewed.

  • Stage 2 - applications that most clearly fit the application criteria are then invited to submit more detailed information.

  • Stage 3 - a small number of applications will be considered by the Bupa UK Foundation's Board of Trustees, who make all final funding decisions.

The Foundation aims to advise applicants whether they have been successful in progressing to Stage 2 within six weeks of the closing date.

For further information and access to the online application form please visit

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.

£840,000 Comic Relief Investment to be available in Northern Ireland - Additional Information sessions announced for Garvagh and Dungannon

Additional information sessions will be held across Northern Ireland commencing with the following:

Tuesday 14th May  

7-9 pm: Garvagh Community Building, 85 Main Street Garvagh BT51 5AB

Wednesday 15th May

2-4pm and 7-9 pm: First Steps Women’s Centre, 21a William Street Dungannon BT70 1DX

Numbers at each session are limited and registration is required via the Eventbrite links as follows:



First Steps 2-4pm:

First Steps 7-9:

 Year one applications will open 11.00am Monday 3rd June 2019 and will close 5.00pm Wednesday 10th July 2019. Applications can only be made via the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland website:

For further information on the Comic Relief Programme, please contact Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities at the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland via email or by phone 9024 5927


Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council - Revenue Grants 2019-20 - Deadline extended to 9th May

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

This call relates to projects taking place 1 August 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Programmes facilitated by us in this call will include:

  • Community Grants

  • Arts, Culture and Events Grants

  • Good Relations Grants

  • Sport NI's Every Body Active 2020 Small Grants

All applications are to be submitted online using the link:

Deadline – Thursday 9th May at 12noon

Halifax Foundation Future Grant-Making Survey

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is a grant-giving foundation, supporting charities throughout NI with small grants.

Last year, they awarded over £1.2m to over 350 charities.

They were hoping that you could take a few minutes to complete a survey to help them shape their future grant-making and improve the application process.

The survey can be found below and should take around 2/3 minutes to complete.

Thank you in advance. Any questions, feel free to contact them at

Social Justice Small Grants Programme - peacebuilding, tackling the impact of poverty and austerity and/or giving a voice to excluded groups.

The programme is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies as part of its Human Rights legacy fund in Northern Ireland.  The fund aims to support local community groups with projects and initiatives that contribute to peacebuilding, tackle the impact of poverty and austerity measures and/or give voice to excluded groups.


Applications must demonstrate that their proposal will contribute to at least one of the following objectives:

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

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

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

Grant Size:

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

Who can apply:

To be eligible for consideration for grant, the applicant groups must:

  • be constituted and based in Northern Ireland or working towards being constituted

  • have an active committee and bank account

  • maintain financial records and present accounts to your AGM

  • provide minutes of committee meetings

  • have at least three cheque signatories who are unrelated

  • have an income of £250k or less

In Addition, We Will Not Fund:

  • Activities that duplicate existing services;

  • Retrospective funding;

  • Capital build projects or large equipment purchases;

  • Promotion of religion;

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

  • Party political activity;

  • Individuals;

  • Substitution for statutory funding;

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

  • Initiatives that involve redistributing the funding as small grants;

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

  • International trips;

  • Sole Traders or Private Business/Companies

For further information and how to apply, please visit

The fund closes for applications on Friday 31st May 2019 at 1:00pm

Belfast City Council Grants - NOW OPEN

The following small grants are now open for applications. Our grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit Belfast.

  • Community Festivals Fund

  • Arts and Heritage Project Grant

  • Policing and Community Safety Grant

  • Good Relations Grant

  • Saint Patrick’s Celebration Grant

  • Parks Events Grant

  • Support for Sport: Large Development Grant

  • Support for Sport: Small Development Grant

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

We’ll be holding funding information sessions across Belfast to advise applicants on funding and assessment criteria during May. Check the online funding hub for more details

  • Monday 13 May 2019

    10:00am - 11:30am

    Balmoral Hotel

    Blacks Road,

    Belfast BT10 0NF

  • Tuesday 14 May 2019

    6:00pm - 7:30pm


    241 Newtownards Road,

    Belfast BT4 1AF

  • Wednesday 15 May 2019             

    2:00pm - 3:30pm


    61 Duncairn Gardens

    Belfast BT15 2GB

  • Thursday 16 May 2019

    10:00am - 11:30am

    Belfast City Hall (Reception Hall)

    Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS

  • Friday 17 May 2019

    10:00am - 11:30am

    Malone House

    Barnett Demesne

    Belfast BT9 5BP

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 date - Friday 5th July 2019 at 12noon

£840,000 Comic Relief Investment to be available in Northern Ireland

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has been appointed as an Intermediary Grant Maker on behalf of Comic Relief. 

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Comic Relief both believe in the importance of

  • Directly investing in communities

  • Lived Experiences of people in shaping and improving lives is key in shifting the power.

  • Partnering with others who have greater experience, knowledge and connections

  • Adapting to change learning from lived experiences;

  • Influencing future policy and programmes from a lived experience perspective.

From these shared perspectives the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland will over the next two years invest £840,000 of support from Comic Relief across four strategic development areas as follows:

  • Children Surviving and Thriving

  • Global Health Matters

  • Fighting for Gender Justice

  • A Safe Space To Be

To support community and voluntary sector groups with a potential application, a series of information sessions will be held across Northern Ireland during the month of May commencing with the following:

Wednesday 1st May

3-5 pm: Loughgiel Community Association, 38 Lough Road, Loughgiel, Ballymena BT44 9JN

Tuesday 7th May

7-9 pm: Tara Centre Omagh 11 Holmview Ave, Omagh BT79 0AH 

Numbers at each session are limited and registration is required via the Eventbrite links as follows:



Year one applications will open 11.00am Monday 3rd June 2019 and will close 5.00pm Wednesday 10th July 2019. Applications can only be made via the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland website:

For further information on the Comic Relief Programme please contact Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities at the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland via email or by phone 9024 5927



The Tree Council’s Tree Futures Grant Scheme.

Funding is available to assist schools and community groups in undertaking well-planned tree planting projects across the UK during National Tree Week.

Application deadline: 17/05/2019


The Tree Council was founded in 1973 with major support from the then Department of the Environment and in 1978 became an independent registered charity. The Tree Council's aims are to:

  • Improve the environment in town and country by promoting the planting and conservation of trees and woods throughout the United Kingdom.

  • Disseminate knowledge about trees and their management.

  • Act as a forum for organisations concerned with trees, to identify national problems and to provide initiatives for cooperation.

  • Work through and on behalf of its member organisations, the Tree Council aims to create an awareness of the value of trees and of the need for more trees and their better management.  It uses every opportunity to inform people about trees, to alert them to national tree problems and to seek solutions.

Each November, the Tree Council organises National Tree Week at the start of the tree planting season.  National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual tree planting campaign and a nationwide festival of trees. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of trees and to encourage tree planting and good management.

The Tree Futures Grant Scheme combines and replaces three previously established funding schemes provided by the Tree Council - Trees for Schools, Community Trees and Orchard Windfalls. This new scheme offers a single grant which encompasses all the elements of the three older schemes in order to simplify the application process.

Objectives of Fund

The scheme assists schools and community groups in the UK to conduct educational tree- and hedge-planting projects during National Tree Week, which involve young people under the age of 16, with the aim of working towards a greener future.

Grants of between £300 and £1,000 are available.

If the cost of the planned project is likely to exceed the £1,000 limit, the Tree Council suggests that a funding application is made for a standalone section of the project.

The Tree Council will fund 80% of the amount awarded, applicants must find the remaining 20% from other sources.

Applicants are advised to check with their county, district or borough council to see if they might provide match funding.

Proposed planting sites must be on public/trust or charity-owned/leased land and must not be in close proximity to buildings. The soil quality must be suitable, and the site must be properly protected from wild and farmyard livestock. Written permission to plant on the site must be provided from the person with the authority to grant it.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Retrospective applications.

  • Bushes and shrubs.

  • Willows.

  • Fan-trained, espalier or step-over fruit trees.

  • Trees planted in tubs.

  • Expensive guards and cages that are not justified.

  • Associated costs for external planting advice/advisers.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for well-planned, educational projects to plant trees and hedges in the UK during National Tree Week (23 November – 1 December 2019) or as near as possible afterwards, depending on when trees are available from the suppliers (seasonal variations affect this date).

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 17 May 2019 (5pm). Planting must start during National Tree Week (23 November – 1 December 2019) or as near as possible afterwards, depending on when trees are available from the supplier (seasonal variations affect this date).

An application form and guidance are available at . Applications should be submitted by email to Geraldine Creaven and include the following information:

  • Tree details: names, height, root type (all this information is available from the supplier).

  • Number and price of each tree.

  • Number, price and type of support and aids; justification for using this particular type of support.

  • An email from the person responsible for granting consent to plant on the site and a guarantee that the site will be secure for at least five years.

  • Site map.

  • Location plan, which must include positions, numbers and species of the trees to be planted.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 June 2019