Grow Wild Community Project Funding 2018

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Have you got a ridiculously exciting idea for a project that brings people together through activities that help connect their community and celebrate UK native plants?

Awards of £2,000 or £4,000 are available for groups to transform their space,  do something new, or start creative projects that help communities and celebrate our native wildflowers, plants and fungi.


Applications are due 15th January 2018 for your chance to join Grow Wild’s project network.

What is it we’re looking for?

Grow Wild is awarding funding of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups and projects that:

  • Stand out from the crowd - think something creative, or even better something that hasn’t been done before!
  • Focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi, highlighting the importance of these species for the environment, and for quality of life.
  • Will engage one or more of these groups: 

        Young people aged 12-18
        Students and young people aged 18-25
        People living in urban areas
        People experiencing hardship and reduced access to services
        Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities

  • Will encourage large-scale community involvement, ideally in the hundreds!
  • Will deliver the project in a space or location that is accessible to the general public i.e. is not in a restricted or controlled area


The fund is open to:

  • Voluntary, youth or community groups that are constituted, not-for-profit, or charitable entities. In particular:

              Youth groups
              Secondary schools
              Parish, town and community councils
              Health authorities, health boards and prisons

  • A group that is able to deliver and be financially responsible for a community project.
  • A group that holds a bank account in the name of their group and can show evidence of this to Grow Wild.

Unfortunately, the following groups are not eligible to apply:

  • Local authorities
  • Primary schools
  • Organisations with a commercial focus and where Grow Wild funds may be directly involved with commercial activities.
  • Groups previously funded by Grow Wild during 2014-17

But you can team up to support a group that is eligible in delivering their project!

To Apply

Get more information and apply at

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.

Spaces for Change

For 16-24 year olds up to £5,000 Cash Award & Support
Expression of Interest deadline: 30th October 2017

Spaces for Change (S4C) is a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.
Awards will be available for young leaders consisting of up to £5,000 project funding, a dedicated award manager providing tailored support, cohort support, and peer to peer networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning.
Young people aged 18 – 24 will also have the opportunity to crowd fund alongside their award with support from
Spacehive. This will enable the young person to demonstrate tangible support from the local community for their idea, learn valuable skills, as well as increasing the chances of sustainability of the social venture.

  • Be between the age of 16-24
  • If over 18 be willing to crowdfund a minimum of £100 via Spacehive to support the sustainability of social venture
  • Live in the UK
  • Have an idea for a social venture that will unlock the potential benefits of unused or under-utilised spaces for the local community, especially other young people
  • Apply as an individual or an informal group of up to four people (with groups only the lead will complete the application form, the lead will also be responsible for the award)
  • Fulfil a clear demand and need, with clear outputs and goals

Next Steps: 
To apply for a Spaces 4 Change please go to and complete an Expression of Interest. 
The closing date for expression of interest is 30th October 2017.

UnLtd Grow It Award (£15,000 Cash Award & Support)
Expression of Interest deadline: 13th November 2017
You’re a social entrepreneur creating compelling impact and you want to scale.
The Grow It Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture providing tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash.
About you:

  • You have identified a social issue and developed a business model that works to solve it
  • You have already achieved a compelling performance in your venture
  • You are committed to delivering local, regional or national social impact at scale and have a track record of creating social impact.
  • You are experienced, ambitious and capable of growing your venture
  • You have a realistic growth plan to scale nationally or internationally
  • You are committed to working full time in your social venture

About your venture:

  • Your venture is ideally less than 5 years old
  • Your venture is dynamic and has been running for at least one year
  • Your venture is ready to grow to local, regional or national scale and has a logical and appropriate plan to deliver this
  • You have a compelling performance to date and/or a logical and appropriate plan for rapid growth to reach local, regional or national scale
  • Your principle objective for the year ahead is not to secure (significant) investment
  • Your venture targets beneficiaries predominantly based in the UK

Next Steps:
To apply for a Grow It Award please go to and complete an Expression of Interest.

UnLtd Do It Award ( up to £5,000 Cash Award & Support)
Expression of Interest deadline: 13th November 2017
Do you have an idea to address a social or environmental issue?
We may be able to help with an UnLtd Do It Award:
What we look for in you:

  • You have an idea that will create social impact
  • You’re passionate about making this happen
  • You’d like some help getting started

What we look for in your idea:

  • It can deliver a social impact
  • It meets a clear social need
  • It has the potential to become financially sustainable

Our UnLtd Do It Award can offer you:

  • A package of support and funding tailored to suit you
  • One-to-one guidance from your UnLtd Award Manager
  • Specialist advice from relevant experts
  • Access to resources to help get you up and running

Next Steps:
To apply for a Do It Award please go to and complete an Expression of Interest (EOI).  EOI’s can be submitted all year round.

For further information please contact:
Nuala Smyth, Award Manager
Room 112, City East Business Centre
Tel: 028 9094 1619 / 07545 933 816

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s UK Grant Programmes


The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is currently accepting applications for projects involving removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live. Generally, the Trust funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs and recognises that change can take many years to achieve. As a result, the Trust is willing to take the long view and to take risks.

Applications are accepted under the following priority areas:

  1. Peace and Security
  2. Power and Accountability
  3. Rights and Justice
  4. Sustainable Future
  5. Northern Ireland 
  6. Cross Cutting Themes


The deadline for applications for Power & Accountability, Rights & Justice, Northern Ireland, Sustainable Future and Cross Cutting applications is 4 December 2017 (12 noon).

The deadline for Peace & Security applications is 10 December 2017 (12 noon).

For further information visit:

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:

Comic Relief’s Core Strength – Local Communities Grants

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This programme offers grants to help cover the day to day costs of small locally led and based voluntary and community sector groups that are doing ‘much needed’ work in their local communities.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 or between £1,000 and £5, 000 are to be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions to address these needs.

The work and main focus of the applicant organisation should fit one of Comic Relief's priorities, which are:

  • Connected communities - seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities.
  • Productive communities - investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources.
  • Empowered communities - working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. We know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities.


The closing date for applications is on Monday 9th October at 1pm.

 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: