Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI); Small grants for volunteering

The LCDI (Limavady Community Development Initiative) Small Grant for Volunteering Programme is a grant programme designed to encourage and support volunteering by funding a wide range of volunteer-involving projects within voluntary and community groups.  Grants of from £200 up to £1200 are available.

To be eligible for grant assistance (minimum award £200 – maximum award £1,200) organisations must not have an annual income exceeding £100,000 per year.

Note: These grants are only eligible for expenditure incurred from the date of award until 31 March 2018.  Also, any group who applied in November 2017 does not need to re-apply!!

What can be funded?

The 2018/2019 grants are being limited to £1,200 and can only be used for the following:

  • Volunteer Recognition Event / Thank-You Event (Subsistence)
  • Travel
  • PPE (Protective Clothing)
  • Training – the Volunteer Centres are the ideal choice to do the training through and they will help you through all stages from choice of training, to getting the correct paperwork for your small grant 
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Rent
  • Insurance

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, organisations must demonstrate how their proposal delivers on at least two of the programme outcomes set out below.

  • Objective 1 – Increase Volunteer activity by groups under-represented in the volunteering population, including people not in paid work.
  • Objective 2 – Innovation – Increasing Diversity and Numbers
  • Objective 3 – Increase in numbers of new Volunteers
  • Objective 4 – Benefit to your local community

How to apply

For 2018/2019 due to the tight deadline (and to enable quick turnaround) application forms are available only through LCDI rather than an online portal.

The application form should be completed and emailed along with all the supporting documents (constitution; volunteer policy; bank statement; accounts/income & expenditure) to the following email address:

Deadline for return of completed applications is 12noon Monday 3rd September 2018. 

2017/2018 Small Grants Application Form

If you require any further information, please contact Johnny McShane, Small Grants Manager

LCDI, 24d Benevenagh Drive, Limavady BT49 0AQ

Tel: 028 777 65438

Mob: 07834 150401


Latest Assets Recovery Scheme

The Department of Justice is inviting public sector bodies, voluntary and community sector organisations to bid for a share of a £700,000 fund made available from recovered criminal assets to help in crime prevention or help reduce the fear of crime in the community.

The 2018/2019 Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) which opened today (6 August) will result in the total amount of criminal assets distributed to the community reaching a total of £5million since the scheme began in 2012.

Department of Justice Permanent Secretary Nick Perry CB said:  “The department strives to help create a community where everyone respects the law and each other.  I encourage eligible groups to consider how, working together, we can make best use of this year’s funding.

“The support available in the Assets Recovery Community Scheme is the result of successful prosecution and convictions of criminals.  Those who disregard the law, cheat and rob victims have no place in our society.”

Law enforcement agencies are continually improving their efforts to identify and confiscate profits and assets gained through illegal activity such as drug dealing, benefit and tax fraud, and money laundering; these are criminal profits that might contribute to further harm in communities if no action was taken. 

The scheme allows monies received from the payment of confiscation orders to be invested into projects tackling crime in communities across Northern Ireland.  Organisations applying for funding must clearly demonstrate how they will directly benefit victims, communities or the environment.

Applications are invited from innovative and transformational justice initiatives.  Funding will be available for short-term projects and also for longer, strategic interventions up to a maximum of three years.  Applications are particularly invited for projects from voluntary and community organisations.  Futher information on the scheme is available here.  The closing date for applications is 3 September 2018.

Last chance for rural businesses to bag £90k of grants

This is the final call for rural businesses across Mid and East Antrim to apply for grants up to £90,000.

The funding is being rolled out through the Rural Development Programme’s Business Investment Scheme.

Information workshops being held across the borough this month will highlight the support available. Businesses interested in applying for funding must attend one of the mandatory workshops being held on 20 August in Ballymena, 21 August in Larne and 22 August in Carrickfergus.  Morning and evening sessions are available at 8am and 6pm and staff will be on hand after the workshops to answer any individual queries.

Grants range from £5,000 to up to £90,000 and can support capital works, equipment, technical support and marketing. 

Mid and East Antrim Local Action Group (MEA LAG) is the body tasked with administering Rural Development Programme funding in the Mid and East Antrim area. 

MEA LAG Chairman Victor Hart, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer businesses in rural areas within the Mid and East Antrim Borough, the opportunity to apply for grants.  To date we have allocated over £850,000 of funding to applicants and are confident that the grants available have the potential to create further employment opportunities within rural areas.

“We hope that rural businesses will avail of this final opportunity to apply for grant support to assist their businesses to grow and become sustainable.”

MEA LAG is funded under Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Union.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Lindsay Millar said, “This extra funding is extremely welcome to help maintain and develop livelihoods that not only prop up our economy, but make up our fantastic rural communities here in Mid and East Antrim.

Supporting Rural business is one of council’s priority sectors which we’re committed to supporting and growing as part of the Integrated Economic Development Strategy for Mid and East Antrim, Amplify”.

To register your place at the workshop or find out more about the funding available contact the Investment and Funding Office on T: 028 2563 3266 or E: Please note the Rural business Investment Scheme is for non-agricultural business activities.

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Kelly Family Charitable Trust was founded in 2004 as a grant-giving body.  The Trust is interested in funding charities whose activities involve the whole family in initiatives that encourage and nurture a supportive structure within the family unit, and whose aims include the development of strong and supportive family bonds by helping all elements of the family unit to grow together and support each other.

Scheme details

The Trust has decided to prioritise its funding in favour of charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members. 

The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other.

The three areas that the charity wishes to support are: 

  • Interventions and support that help families to manage better and prevent the fracture of the family unit, eg relationship counseling, mediation
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drugs abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment 

The Trust prefers to support charities whose income is  below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. 

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants.  The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. 

Applications are also welcomed from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria.

For more information about the Kelly Family Charitable Trust, please contact Stuart Armstrong:


The following will not be considered:

  • Non-registered charities
  • Requests for grants for individuals
  • National projects
  • General appeals
  • Organisations with specific religious or political agendas

How to apply

Applications should be made on the Kelly Family Charitable Trust’s official application form, which can be found on the How To Apply page.

Applications must be supported by annual accounts where available.

Applications should be send by email to the Grants Administrator -

Grants are awarded twice a year to charities whose aims fall within the criteria of the Trust.  Applications must be submitted by 1st March and 1st September to be considered at the subsequent meeting.  The Trustees will ask for more detail for those applications that pass the initial screening and may visit the projects they wish to support.

If a grant is awarded, the charity will be asked to provide a report on its progress and the effective use of its grant during the funding year.  The Trust may consider repeat funding requests on receipt of satisfactory progress reports. 


Telecommunity Fund


Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects across Northern Ireland.  It prioritises work with young people, older people and people with disabilities.  Priority is also give to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000. Grants range from £500 to £1,500.

Scheme details

Who can apply:

  • Constituted grass roots community and voluntary groups


  • 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:

        o    Young people

        o    Older people. 

        o    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:

  • 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
  • Out of school projects for young people 


The Telecommunity Fund will not support:

  • Individuals
  • Salary Costs and ongoing running costs
  • Capital projects and large equipment
  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away and one-off residentials
  • Playgroups
  • Sports activities
  • Promotion of religion or party politics
  • Projects that have already started
  • Replacement for statutory funding
  • Portable IT equipment (except in exceptional circumstances and at panel's discretion)

How to apply

For further information and online application form, visit the website

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

For full detailed guidance see Telecommunity Guidelines

It is recommended that you also read the funder's Grant FAQs before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions you can also contact the Grants Team on 02890 245 927.


BBC Children in Need - Main Grants


BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. 

Scheme details

The scheme gives grants for children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

They fund organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.  There is no upper limit for Main Grants but they make very few grants over £120,000 and most grants are for much less.  Each year they are asked for much more money than they are able to give. Requests for larger amounts are always more competitive.

If you are looking for any amount up to £10,000 for one year, see Small Grants.

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.
  • If you currently have a Main Grant, as long as your funding is coming to an end within the next 12 months you can apply for further Main Grant funding to keep running the same project, or on a different project. You will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences our grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people you have worked with.
  • If you currently have a Small Grant you can also apply for a Main Grant as long as it is for work with a different group of children and young people. 

Core Principles

BBC Children in Need expects all grant applications to reflect these principles

  • Being focussed on outcomes for children and young people
  • Addressing disadvantage
  • Safeguarding children
  • Enabling participation by children and young people
  • Avoiding statutory overlap or substitution

Focus on Outcomes for children and young people

They fund projects focused on differences made to the lives of disadvantaged child and young people.  Applicants must therefore provide clear evidence that disadvantaged children and young people:

  • will be the primary beneficiaries of the project and;
  • will experience positive changes in their lives from the activities or services provided.

Contact details

BBC Children In Need Appeal

028 9033 8221

Email -


Coleraine Borough Arts Committee - Arts Funding


The Coleraine Borough Arts Committee seeks to encourage the arts and creative activity for everyone living in or visiting the borough of Coleraine. 

Scheme details

They offer financial assistance to local groups and individuals to develop local arts activity. The committee has a modest budget to allocate for this purpose and consequently awards usually range between £50 and £500, with lower sums being more typical.


The funding should be used to encourage creative and arts related activity in dance, drama, music, presentations, workshops, lectures, publications, education, film, visual art, craft, community arts activity and arts courses, etc.  The Committee is unable to consider applications for grant aid to fund full time or part time, undergraduate or post graduate courses. The committee will consider applications for short specialised arts courses where they see evidence of excellence in a particular field

The Committee is keen to support projects that will substantially benefit people living in the Borough.


  • The Committee may recommend deficit funding of projects or events with up to £200 and no more than 50% of the overall costs.  This will be awarded after submission of satisfactory final accounts of the project.
  • Retrospective funding may also be considered in exceptional circumstances.


  • Applications will only be considered from individuals who are permanently resident in the Borough of Coleraine or groups who are based in this area.
  • Applications will not be considered for hospitality or catering.

How to apply

Deadline dates and application forms with guidance notes, are downloadable on the website as PDF document  orDOC document

You can also request an application form by e-mailing Flowerfield Arts Centre on, or by ringing the centre on (028) 7083 1400.

Requests for grant aid will be considered at two points in the year and submissions must be made before either the 1st of March or the 1st of September.  The Committee will meet during these months to consider the applications.  Decisions are made on the above criteria and the availability of funds.

All completed forms must be returned to the committee at Flowerfield Arts Centre before the deadline - 1st Sept 2018 


Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500, £750, £1000 and £10,000 available, Cash 4 Clubs gives away real money that can help your club.

  • Cash4Clubs opens on 1st May 2018 and will run until 6th August 2018
  • Winners will be contacted in September 2018
  • The top prize is an award of £10,000. There is only one top prize winner.
  • Awards of £500, £750 and £1,000 are available.
  • If for any reason any aspect of Cash for Clubs is not capable of operating as planned, we reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion, or invalidate any affected entries, at any time.
  • Promotion is open only to registered sports clubs who are based and operate in the UK. Entrants submitting an application on behalf of their clubs must be aged 18 or over and may be required to produce evidence of identity and age.
  • Entrant’s personal information will be used by Paddy Power Betfair for the administration of the promotion and for communicating with entrants. Paddy Power Betfair have also engaged third party service providers to assist in administering the Cash 4 Clubs website and promotion. Your personal details will be transferred to these companies for this purpose only, and will be deleted on completion of the promotion.
  • Grants are awarded at the discretion of Paddy Power Betfair and the judging panel. The judging panel's decision is final.
  • Entries which are incorrect, illegible, or incomplete will be invalid.
  • By entering, grant applicants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • If you are selected as a winner, you will be asked to take part in publicity. If you accept, you agree that we may use your name and image to promote Cash 4 Clubs

You can choose to upload your application as a video (2 minute limit) or submit a written application -


'Take 5' Steps to Wellbeing Small Grants

Small grants Scheme 2018-19
Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention - 'Take 5' Steps to Wellbeing
Western, Belfast, Southern and South-Eastern

Date: Thursday 5th July 2018
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified funding for a small grants scheme to address the themes of Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being, Suicide Prevention and Self- Harm, and have commissioned CLEAR to facilitate this process. The PHA are keen to fund programmes founded on evidence based practice with a particular focus on those using one or more of the ‘Take 5’ Steps to Wellbeing.
The PHA are inviting community and voluntary sector organisations, through the CLEAR Project, to apply for non-recurring small grants to address the outlined themes.

The PHA has commissioned the CLEAR Project to facilitate this process in the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast Local Commissioning Group areas. Small grants have already been allocated in the Northern area via the four community networks

Two types of awards are available under this scheme.

  1. Award one grants of up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking Community / Voluntary Sector groups can apply for.
  2. Award two grants of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community / Voluntary sector groups.

If you are interested in applying for the small grant please download the following documents:

 For further details please contact:
The CLEAR Project, Unit 13, Strabane Enterprise Agency, Orchard Road Industrial Estate, Strabane, BT82 9FR. Tel: 028 7138 3386 Email:  

Closing date – Wednesday 1st August 2018 at 3.00 pm

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.