Live Here Love Here Small Grants - NOW OPEN

The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of pride in our local communities.

Launched by Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McDonald's UK and Coca-Cola and Keep Northern Beautiful, the Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of communities whilst helping to improve and/or maintain public spaces.

  • Use innovative ways to reduce littering and dog fouling where you live.

  • Improve the way your local environment is looked after, whether urban, rural or coastal.

  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement.

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects in supporting Council areas.

To learn more and to see an online video with lots of hits and tips and examples of successful projects, please visit

Application Deadline: 12 Noon on 29th May 2019

Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children

Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to a recreational holiday or outing for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation and who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

  • One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available.

  • Priority will be given to the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. This means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation.

  • Successful organisations are expected to send a short report on the trip within three months of it having taken place.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Trips outside of the UK.

  • Trips to theme parks or similar high cost attractions.

  • Trips for children over the age of 13 years.

  • Multiple trips with the same group of children.

  • Trips with a focus on education rather than fun.

  • Trips for families.

  • Trips for individual children.

  • Organisations that provide Children’s Holidays.

  • The running costs of play or holiday schemes.

  • Trips that have already taken place.

  • Trips to pantomimes.

  • Trips to sporting events.

  • Organisations with an income of expenditure of over £2 million (unless a school).

  • Organisations that have already received three years' funding, will not be considered for a further application until two years after the last grant was awarded.

How To Apply

The submission dates vary depending on when trips or holidays take place.

Applications for 2019 will be considered as follows:

  • Applications will be accepted between 1 March and 30 April 2019 for holidays taken between 1 May and 30 June 2019.

  • Applications will be accepted between 1 May and 2 July 2019 for holidays taken between 1 July and 31 August 2019.

  • Applications will be accepted between 3 July and 16 November 2019 for holidays taken between 1 September and 31 December 2019.

All applications should be received at least six weeks before the date of the trip to allow for administrative processing and decision making.

An online application form and a set of guidelines can be found on the Charity's website


Newry, Mourne and Down Council - Financial Assistance Grants

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council invites applications for financial assistance towards the programme areas outlined below.

  • Minor Grants Community Works Schemes

  • Community Capital Schemes

  • Sports Facility Capital

  • Christmas Illuminations

  • Policing and Community Safety Partnership

  • Good Relations

  • Minority Community Fund

Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from or can be collected from reception in O’Hagan House, Monaghan Row, Newry or Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick.

The closing date: 12:00 noon Monday 13th May 2019

Completed applications must be returned to either the reception in O’Hagan House, Monaghan Row, Newry or Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick.

Late applications will not be considered.

For further information on the application process, please contact: The Programmes Unit T: 028 3031 3024 or E:


Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Small Grants Programme

The Arts Council has designed this programme to encourage you to develop and deliver your ideas, linked to your artistic needs and to your future plans.

The aim of this programme is to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.

We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work. All applications should fit within the objectives stated in the Council’s five year plan and within its artform policies.

Note: It is the case that the Council’s programmes, priorities and criteria can change. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are using the most up to date guidance notes and application forms. If you are thinking of making an application please check the Council’s website to make sure that you are using the current guidance notes.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from the widest possible range of organisations. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution.

  • Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits

  • Groups of organisations working together to deliver specific projects

  • Organisations currently in receipt of an Arts Council Annual funding Programme award may apply for:

    • new commissions

    • equipment

    • projects of an exceptional nature which were not anticipated at the time of their AFP application

  • formally constituted parent-teacher associations

How to apply?

You MUST apply online at

We will not accept applications in hard copy, by email or by fax.

Online applications may be edited, saved and returned to at any time until you submit.  You MUST submit ALL mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time, ie. at the point at which you submit your online application.   These enclosures are listed within the online application and also in the sample application document (available for download on our website).

The online application allows you to upload and attach the necessary enclosures to your application. All such documents must be in Word, Excel or pdf format.  We cannot accept documents in other formats.   Total size of documents should not exceed 25 Mb.

All of the information you provide will be held on computer.  This information will be used for the administration of applications and grants, for producing statistics and information on successful applicants.  Remember to keep a copy of the completed form and enclosures for your own records.

Please note that due to the current demand for Small Grants funding, the maximum grant is unlikely to exceed £5,000

Rolling deadline

Active Belfast Grants

Active Belfast is calling on community, voluntary, statutory and private organisations across Belfast to apply for funding through the Active Belfast Grants 2019-20.

Active Belfast, part of the Belfast Strategic Partnership, aims to tackle health inequalities as well as improve the health and wellbeing of citizens by encouraging more people to get involved in physical activity and to eat more healthily to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The key priorities of the programme are to increase:

  • The skills and capacity of those working and volunteering in the physical activity sector.

  • The quality and accessibility of place to be active.

  • Levels of participation in physical activity.

  • Partnership working across the physical activity sector.

  • Promotion of the benefits of being more active and eating more healthily.

If your organisation has an innovative and sustainable project, which will include at least two partners and support people to be physically active and eat healthier, then you may be eligible for a large citywide grant up to £25,000 or a small grant up to £10,000. All activities must take place between 1 July 2019 and 31 March 2020.

How To Apply

For application forms and further guidance, visit

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1st May 2019 (noon).

The Wesleyan Foundation - Education projects; Health projects; Social projects

Aims of the Fund

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

  • Small Grants of up to £2,000 are available and must be spent within a year.

  • 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, for example:

  • Start-up costs for new organisations or projects

  • Extension and development of existing projects

  • Pilot projects (to gather research and evidence)

  • 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

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 Small Grants fund will close for applications on Tuesday 7 May 2019 at 1:00pm.

The Large Grants Fund will close for applications on Friday 17th May 2019 at 1.00pm.

Dept for Foreign Affairs and Trade - Reconciliation Fund

Update: The closing date has been extended to Tuesday 16th of April at 14.30. Though registration – the first part of the two-part process closes at noon the same day.

The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between traditions in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain.


Consideration for funding from the Reconciliation Fund will be based on the extent to which the proposed programme has the potential to contribute to:

  • Reconciliation through education, dialogue, culture and commemoration;

  • Promotion of tolerance and respect;

  • Challenging stereotypes of one’s own and other communities/identities;

  • Development and strengthening of meaningful and lasting cross-border links;

  • Academic research where the primary purpose relates to promoting reconciliation.

These areas of work will remain deliberately broad to remain accessible to a wide range of organisations and projects.

The Fund will focus its support through two thematic pillars, outlined as follows:

  • Repairing of those issues which lead to division, conflict, and barriers to a deeply reconciled and peaceful society;

  • Building a strong civil society that encompasses all communities, through the continued implementation of the Agreements and promoting a rights-based society, political stability and respect for all.

How to Apply

We provide grants on a once-off basis, but organisations may apply for funding in successive years or funding rounds.

Funding is generally awarded for project activities, but a contribution towards core running costs (salaries and overheads) and capital costs will also be considered, where they are directly attributable to the project or programme for which funding is sought. Where such costs are not directly related to particular projects, a contribution may still be considered if it is clearly demonstrated in the application form that the primary focus of the organisations’s work is in the area of peacebuilding and reconciliation, in line with the objectives of the Reconciliation Fund.

We do not generally give grants for events/activities that have already taken place, or travel off the island.

For further information and access to Grant Application Portal please visit

Deadline for 2019 applications: Sunday 14th April 2019*

*The closing date has been extended to Tuesday 16th of April at 14.30. Though registration – the first part of the two-part process closes at noon the same day.

The Victoria Homes Trust - to assist the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people under 21 years of age.

Grants are available for voluntary projects that assist the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people in Northern Ireland under 21 years of age. Examples of eligible areas include: alcohol and drugs abuse; homelessness; and counselling for those in need of guidance, advice and support.

Maximum value: £ 2,500

Application deadlines: 30th April 2019 and 30th November 2019

Objectives of Fund

The main objects of the Victoria Homes Trust are as follows:

  • To help and educate young people of both sexes under the age of 21.

  • To develop their physical, mental, spiritual and moral capacities so that they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions of life may be improved.

  • To assist in the training of young people to enable them to maintain themselves at the termination of their education and training.

  • To assist other non-statutory bodies in carrying out any of the above objects.

Who Can Apply

Applications are invited from voluntary organisations and ad hoc groups in Northern Ireland. Preference is given to applications from charities and voluntary organisations with a track record of handling grants and loans.


The following activities are not normally supported:

  • Projects whose beneficiaries are outside Northern Ireland.

  • Projects which do not target the needs of children and young people.

  • Projects for which expenditure has already been incurred.

  • Applications to support playgroups are discouraged.

  • The Trust is unlikely to contribute towards core running costs of charities and voluntary organisations.

  • It is not recommended to apply if a grant has been received within the previous two years.

Eligible Expenditure

The needs of young people are many and the Trust does not wish to overly restrict the scope of applications received by it, however, projects addressing the following needs of children and young persons are particularly welcome:

  • Alcohol and drugs abuse.

  • Homelessness.

  • Counselling for those in need of guidance, advice and support.

The Trust is interested to receive applications where the funding will have a multiplier effect by securing or promoting knock-on benefits, such as training and outreach programmes.

It is important that applicants demonstrate that the project they wish to gain assistance for is confined to the support of children and young adults under the age of 21 years.

The Trust has a preference for supporting short-term projects where visible benefits and outcomes are expected over a period of 3-12 months. This means that the Trust is less likely to assist with projects that involve the improvement of lands or buildings.

How To Apply

Application forms are available to download from

Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme - Launching 16th April

The Live Here Love Here annual Small Grants Scheme will open for applications on Tuesday 16th April 2019, from any group or organisation committed to improving our local environment and building a sense of community pride.

In partnership with Local Councils, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Choice Housing, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McDonald’s and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the small grants scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:

  • Use innovative ways to reduce littering and dog fouling where you live.

  • Improve the way your local environment is looked after, whether urban, rural or coastal.

  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement.

  • Enhance or attract tourism to your community through environmental improvements.

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects in supporting Council areas.
To learn more please visit

Applications will be available to complete online via from Tuesday 16th April 2019

Building the Community - Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP). Level 1 and 2 Grants available

The programme aims to promote and support local communities to work in partnership with community pharmacists to address local health and social wellbeing needs using a community development approach.

The programme works towards:

  • Increasing local people's skills, encouraging community activity and self help

  • Increasing local people's understanding of health issues

  • Encouraging local people to play a role in promoting health

Who can apply?

BCPP funding is open to constituted community/voluntary organisations and community pharmacies based in Northern Ireland.   Projects must be a partnership between a community/voluntary organisation and a community pharmacy. Either can be the lead applicant but both partners must be named in the application form.

  • A constituted community/voluntary organisation is a group which may be run on a voluntary basis and is set up as an organisation with a management committee, constitution and its own bank account.   A copy of the constitution will be required with the application.

  • The community pharmacy must hold a current contract with HSCB.  Qualified pharmacists not associated/affiliated to a pharmacy holding a HSCB contract are not eligible to apply.

What we fund?

  • Level 1 funding is for a grant up to £2,500 for a project that can last up to six months

  • Level 2 funding is for a grant of up to £10,000 for a project that can last up to one year.

  • A community/voluntary organisation and a community pharmacy to work in partnership to deliver a project to either one, two and in some circumstances three groups of people. Each group should have 12-15 people who participate in all sessions.

  • Projects which seek to address the social determinants of health using a community development approach.

What do we not fund?

  • Health fairs

  • Projects that work with a different group of people every session

  • Projects with more than 15 people in a group

  • Projects seeking to enhance sports performance or focus only on lifestyle issues

  • Capital equipment

What is the funding criteria?

  • A concise aim and summary of the proposed project.

  • An identified community need.

  • Clear partnership working between the pharmacy, the community and the participants (co-production).

  • External community/voluntary organisations co-delivering sessions.

  • A clear plan for recruiting participants and keeping them engaged.

  • A clear vision of the difference the project will make, which is in line with BCPP outcomes.

  • A clear activity plan, including, the number of people in each group, how often they will meet and an idea of topics you hope to cover.

  • Realistic costings that relate to your overall application and activity.

  • Overall value for money regarding what the project aims to achieve.

For more detailed guidance on funding levels visit the website

How to apply

For further information and an application form go to the BCPP website

To contact a member of the BCPP Team, call 028 3026 4606 or email

 Level 1 Closing date for applications is 2 May 2019

Level 2 Closing date for applications is 12 September 2019.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council - Revenue Grants 2019-20

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.

Our second call for Revenue Grants will open on Monday 8th April 2019 and will close at 12.00 noon on Friday 3rd May 2019. 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

To assist groups a number of Information Sessions will be held, details of which are as follows:

  • Banbridge Old Town Hall, Tuesday 9th April, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

  • Craigavon Civic Centre, Wednesday 10th April, 3.00pm - 5.00pm and 7.00pm - 9.00pm

  • Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Thursday 11th April, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Places must be booked in advance by contacting:

Mairead McCavigan

 Tel: (028) 3831 2589


All applications are to be submitted online using the link:

The ARN Foundation - Mental Health Fund

The ARN Foundation is an independent Charitable Trust set up with the intent of supporting good causes across Northern Ireland.  The fund will be managed by the Community Foundation.  The ARN Foundation’s Mental Health Fund will support organisations to deliver projects in support of people affected by poor mental health.  There are a wide variety of ways to address mental health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland. Within this fund the ARN Foundation would like to continue to support projects that particularly encourage self-help initiatives, befriending schemes, and additional counselling resources in isolated areas, where there is limited access to such services.

With grant sizes of between £10,000 and £50,000, it is the ARN Foundations expectation that organisations working to address these issues will be able to plan for, and provide services over a two year period, enabling a more long term impact.

Examples of types of projects that may be supported by the ARN Foundation:

  • Suicide prevention activities and/or other preventative measures for people living in isolated and disadvantaged areas, in particular rural areas with limited access to services and facilities

  • Self help Initiatives that may teach relevant skills to overcome and better self-manage symptoms and related difficulties, generally with a cognitive, behavioural or problem solving approach, for example, mindfulness, Mood Matters; enabling individuals to better cope with and manage difficulties

  • General initiatives to improve access to community facilities for those with poor mental health including transport provision, if appropriate


  • Projects that promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide

  • Initiatives that directly support those most at risk, in particular, rurally isolated individuals, people who suffer from drug and alcohol misuse, LGBTQ, those suffering from financial stress, the bereaved, refugees and asylum seekers

  • The Fund will prioritise organisations with income levels of below £500,000 per annum

 Who can apply?

  • Registered charities within Northern Ireland


 The ARN Foundation will not support:

  • Individuals

  • Salary Costs - Sessional costs for projects such as tutor costs, venue hire  will be eligible

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

  • Funding for projects that have already started. The Trustees will, however, welcome proposals for financial support to continue an existing successful project, where funding is coming to an end, or to further develop an existing project to enable further impact.

How to apply

The application process will follow two stages:

  • Stage One: Initial online application via the Community Foundation’s website by 1:00pm on 7th May 2019.

  • Stage Two: Shortlisted applications will be invited to present their project to the ARN Foundation Trustees on 6th June 2019, at the Community Foundation’s Offices in Belfast.  This will consist of a ten minute presentation, followed by approximately ten minutes of discussion and questions from the ARN Trustees.

Guidance for applicants:

  • Applications must be completed online at

  • (Additional documents must be uploaded online along with the completed application, or emailed to or posted to Community Foundation for NI, Community House, City Link Business Park, 6a Albert Street, Belfast, BT12 4HQ)

  • If you require any help with this application, please contact the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Grants and Donor Care Team at 028 9024 5927.

Groundwork NI: Alpha Programme

Since its inception in 2007, the Alpha Programme has distributed over £5 million of Landfill Communities Fund funding to over 140 community and biodiversity projects, helping communities bring their plans for positive change to reality.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to fund projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging bio-diversity and environmental improvements.

Scheme details

The Alpha Programme, administered by Groundwork NI, distributes Landfill Tax Credits generated from the Mullaghglass Landfill site just outside Lisburn.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to fund projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging bio-diversity and environmental improvements.

Funding is available under two grants strands during 2019:

  • Alpha Main Grants Programme (£10k to £50k)

  • Alpha Small Grants Programme (£3k to £10k)

The Small Grants Programme was introduced in 2017. This initiative is designed to support smaller community amenity and biodiversity projects, with between £3k and £10k available. It recognises that in many cases a relatively small amount of capital funding, allied to local commitment and enthusiasm, can make a significant difference to communities and the environment.

The Main Grants Programme remains, with between £10k and £50k available under this strand. However applicants must now be able to reimburse Alpha Resource Management for 10% of any grant awarded. This reflects the element of the Landfill Communities Fund funding which is not a tax rebate.

Another key change in 2017 is the extension of the eligible project location radius from 10 miles to 15 miles from Mullaghglass landfill site. This brings places such as Antrim, Lurgan, Ballynahinch and Comber into the area eligible to receive funding.


Prior to submitting an application, all potential applicants are advised to contact Richard Rogers, Groundwork NI at  to discuss their proposal and to confirm its eligibility.

How to apply

Applications are considered by the Alpha Programme Steering Committee on a quarterly basis.

Application forms and a map showing the eligible project area are available from

The next application deadline is 12 noon, Friday  12 Apr 2019

Change Something Fund - Youth Projects in Derry City and Strabane Council Area

What is the Change Something Fund?

The Change Something Fund has been established with support from Big Lottery Community Fund and Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC). The fund will provide young people aged 13 – 25 living in DCSDC area with an opportunity to take the lead in their communities throughout the district’s dedicated Year of Youth in 2019.

The Change Something Fund is led by two panels of young people aged 13-17 and 18-25 living in our local area. The panels were recruited from an open call to young people from the district.

Who can apply to the Change Something Fund?

  • Young people who are aged between 13-25 years old from Derry City and Strabane District Council area can apply.

  • Young people will require the support from a host organisation, such as a school, club or an organisation who supports the community.

  • If you have an idea but you have not got a host organisation, please contact us for advice.

  • Organisations can apply if they can ensure that a young person/s is the lead.

How much can I apply for?

There are two grant sizes:

  • Small grants from £200 -£500

  • Larger grants from £501-£3,000

What is important to remember?

The activity will take place in 2019 and will be led by young people with support from a host organisation.

The Change Something Fund will welcome applications to support activities or events which helps young people with:

  • Health and wellbeing

  • The world around us and our environment

  • Education

  • Skills

  • Employment

  • Youth democracy- get your voice heard

  • Disability

  • Inclusion

  • Arts activities

  • Any other ideas

Examples of the types of activities that may be supported:

  • Projects which promote activity between young people and older citizens

  • Projects which support young parents up to the age of 25

  • Projects which educate young people about the environment

  • Drama, art, sport and other cultural activities

  • Activities which bring young people together

  • Projects or activities which promote awareness of mental health

  • Projects which encourage and promote young people to find their voice

  • Projects which address bullying and cyber bullying

  • Projects which support young people with disabilities to feel included

  • Projects which support young people living in difficult family situations e.g: as carers or in care

The Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes.  Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

In addition to the above, it is important to remember the Change Something Fund cannot support:

  • Salaries

  • Individuals

  • Formal education fees for exams, degrees or professional fees

  • Travel and trips outside of Northern Ireland

  • Parties & Shopping Trips

  • Promotion of illegal substances and other mood enhancing drugs

  • Promotion of religion or politics

  • Projects or activities outside of the DCSDC area

  • Projects which do not have a young person/s as the lead applicant

  • Vehicles and related cost

How do I apply?

You will be required to submit an online application and, if you wish, supplement this application with a short video clip on what your project will help to change in their community.  This should be “WhatsApped” in your preferred language to Shauna Kelpie on 07796 264635.

If you are successful, you will be asked to keep a record of your budget and ensure you spend the right amount of money you receive.

Round two opens on Monday 11th March 2019 and closes on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 1:00pm.

Contact information:

Should you have any further questions you can either contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927 or Acorn Fund Officer Shauna Kelpie, telephone on 028 7137 1547, email:

The Ballygrainey Fund - Youth projects - Greater Belfast area


The fund will support the provision and advancement of educational and developmental opportunities for young people in the Belfast Metropolitan Area.


The fund has identified the following priorities:

  • Educational activities supporting young people (priority will be given to projects supporting young people aged 18 and younger) from disadvantaged areas.

  • Projects that provide enhanced sporting or cultural benefits and opportunities for young people who are particularly disadvantaged.

  • Projects that will directly benefit those disaffected from mainstream education.

  • Early years intervention, particularly in disadvantaged areas.

  • A partnership approach involving multiple agencies, working with parents and teachers and community based organisations.

Amount available

Awards will be available of up to £2,000 to support small community projects.

Who can apply?

Constituted organisations based within and to support beneficiaries in the Belfast Metropolitan Area which includes the following:

  • Belfast urban area

  • Lisburn urban area

  • Newtownabbey urban area

  • Bangor

  • Castlereagh urban area

  • Carrickfergus

  • Holywood urban area

  • Carryduff

  • Greenisland

  • Groomsport & Crawfordsburn

  • Helen’s Bay

  • Milltown

  • Seahill

Examples of projects that may address some of these issues include:

  • Addressing expectations of young people, teachers and/or parents, giving people hope  e.g. urban villages digital literacy giving a sense of energy, developing something new and exciting    

  • Projects building self-esteem with young people disaffected from mainstream education

  • Sporting and/or cultural projects for disaffected young people

  • Provision of after school/homework clubs in disadvantaged areas where there are none

  • Community based youth clubs in areas where there are none

  • Community based apprenticeships for young people

The fund is interested in adding value and offering hands on support through advice, mentoring and/or meeting grantees where appropriate.  At the panel’s discretion additional support may be offered.

Opening/closing dates

The fund is open for applications and will close on Monday 29th April 2019 at 1:00pm.

How to Apply

Please read the guidance in detail and apply at

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council - Community Grants 19/20

Grants Support Scheme

The scheme is open on a rolling basis, subject to the availability of budget.

The aim of the scheme will be to provide financial support through various grants categories for organisers of events as well as community groups, sports clubs, arts groups in the Borough undertaking projects which are of benefit to all of the citizens of Mid and East Antrim Borough area.

Grants are available towards community-based projects including:

  • Setting up of New Groups

  • Equipment

  • Public Liability Insurance

  • Community Events

  • Civic Representation

  • International Events

  • AED / Defibrillator


Community Festival Fund

The Community Festivals Fund is open for festivals taking place before 31 March 2020. Council would particularly welcome applications for festivals which promote equality, target poverty and social exclusion and encourage cultural expression.

The Community Festivals Fund is a competitive scheme and festival organisers will be required to demonstrate how their festival meets the assessment criteria. There is no guarantee that successful applicants will receive the amount applied for.

  • Single Day Festivals - 100% funding up to £1,500

Festivals must last more than 3 hours and must consist of more than one element. For example BBQ, children’s entertainment, music etc.

  • Multi-day Festivals - 100% funding up to £2,000

Festival activities must take place over two or more consecutive days and have a common theme. Each day must contain activities lasting more than 3 hours per day.

The closing date for applications for the Community Festivals Fund is 12pm Friday 10 May 2019.


Everybody Active Grants

The Sport NI Every Body Active 2020 Small Grants Programme 2019-20 for projects taking place before 29 January 2020 is now open.  The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, community groups and governing bodies of sport, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver increased sports participation.

Priority will be given to projects which aim to increase participation among traditionally underrepresented groups which include:

  • Women and girls

  • People with a disability;

  • Those living in areas of greatest social need (specifically people living within the top 25% of wards designated by NI Multiple Deprivation Measure Index 2010)

Council will consider up to 100% funding of total eligible costs up to a maximum of £2,500.  Projects must be completed by 29 January 2020.


Good Relations Grant Support Scheme

The Good Relations Grants Scheme is open for the 2019-2020 financial year.

This scheme is aimed at projects taking place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 and will operate on a rolling basis (subject to available budget) until the closing date of Friday 31 January 2020.  Should the scheme go over-subscribed, Council may reduce the amount offered on a pro-rata basis.

Applications should be submitted prior to the commencement of the project or expenditure incurred in relation to the project.

The Good Relations Grant Scheme is a 100% funded opportunity, for constituted groups, up to a maximum of £2,500. This can be applied for through one large application or through a series of smaller applications.

How to Apply

Before completing an application, applicants should make sure that they are eligible to apply and have read the guidance notes in full which can be downloaded below.

Applications can be made online at Council's Funding Hub

Manual applications can be requested by contacting the Grants Office on the contact details below and may be returned to any of the following Council buildings.

  • Ballymena – Ardeevin, 80 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1AB

  • Larne – Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RU

  • Carrickfergus – Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG

Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office on T: 028 2563 3148 or 028 9335 8240 or E:

Youth Intervention Programme Funding 2019-2020

The Executive Office, in partnership with the Education Authority (EA), are inviting applications from groups, who are registered with the EA, to deliver a youth programme as part of the Youth Intervention Programme in 2019. 

The programme aims to target young people living in interface areas and areas where there is potential for heightened social unrest during the summer period of June, July and August.  A particular focus of the programme is in engaging young people on weekends, evenings and during times of high community tensions. 

The main outcomes of Youth Intervention Funding is to improve attitudes between young people from different community backgrounds and to reduce the number of crime and anti-social behaviour incidents carried out by young people in areas where the participants come from.

The application form and guidance notes are available at The application form is available in both PDF and Word format and once completed should be emailed to

Hard copies can be returned by post to Youth Intervention, Youth Service, Education Authority, Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, BT16 2HS.  Groups can also contact the EA Youth Office by telephone on 028 9056 6952 or 028 9056 6429.

Deadline for applications - Thursday 11th April 2019 at 4pm.

A number of support workshops have been arranged to provide advice, support and guidance to organisations who are considering applying for funding under the Youth Intervention Programme for 2019-2020.  Due to changes in the application forms this year we strongly recommend groups attend.  To register visit

Awards will be made to successful groups subject to the availability of funds.

For further information contact:

Education Authority

Verity Morrison   Tel: +44 (0)28 9056 4167   Fax: +44 (0)28 9033 1714  

Email:    Web:


The Enkalon Foundation

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

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

  • Applications must be submitted one month before the relevant meeting date. The Trustees meet quarterly and the next closing date for applications is Wednesday 22nd May, 2019.

  • The trustees will assess these applications in June 2019.

  • 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

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) - Project Development Grants

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.  The AHF is an independent charity that was established to encourage and support the work of organisations dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market.

Objectives of Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund's grants are designed to help deliver its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities:

  • Objective One: to support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, to repair and to adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses.

  • Objective Two: to attract more investment for the conservation and sustainable re-use of the UK’s architectural heritage.

  • Objective Three: to inspire the start up and growth of new community enterprises that utilise historic buildings and places for public benefit.

  • Objective Four: to demonstrate the value of a well-managed historic built environment by championing and showcasing the impact of the projects AHF have supported.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work.

Who Can Apply

To apply for a grant, organisations must be a formally constituted and incorporated charity or social enterprise whose members have limited liability. This scheme is currently only open to applicants in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  This includes:

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).

  • Charitable Companies Limited by Guarantee.

  • Not-for-private-profit Companies Limited by Guarantee.

  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) Limited by Guarantee.

  • Charitable Community Benefit Societies

  • Community Benefit Societies.

Applications are welcome from organisations working in partnership, including joint applications from voluntary sector groups with commercial partners. A not-for-profit organisation must be nominated as the lead applicant. Applicants must provide a signed partnership agreement indicating the involvement of each partner and how the project will be managed.

In exceptional cases applications will be accepted from third parties applying on behalf of unincorporated organisations but normally the organisation applying for a grant must be the one intending to carry out the building’s repair and conversion to new use.

Eligible Expenditure

All applications must concern projects that have recently involved or will result in a change of ownership and/or a change of use. The development work should enable the organisation to make measurable progress towards the goal of acquiring a historic building and/or adapting it for a new use.

How To Apply

Applications from organisations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland can be submitted with the following deadlines:

Grants of up to £7,500 - 5pm on the last day of each calendar month (decisions usually given within eight weeks).

Grants of more than £7,500 - 23 April 2019 (9am), 29 July 2019 (9am), and 21 October 2019 (9am).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss any potential application with the relevant Support Officer in their area before submitting an application. 

Rita Harkin (Northern Ireland) - - Tel. 0300 121 0342

A full list of criteria and restrictions, as well as applications forms are available to complete online at the Fund's website



B&Q Community Re-use

B&Q stores have been donating unsellable materials and products to their local community groups for many years. It's a great way to reduce waste whilst helping out the community.

The types of material includes:

  • Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets

  • Plastic plant pots and trays

  • Part filled cans of paint. This might be used for a mural or for covering graffiti as well as for decorating

  • Broken tiles and slabs

  • Ends of wallpaper rolls

  • Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials

  • Old products that have been written off

The scheme used to be called Waste Donation – but has been renamed B&Q Community Reuse.


Community painting project

If your charity, community group, college or school would like to find out more, get in touch with us. We will add your details to our database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area.

Please note that we cannot guarantee what will be offered or when due to the nature of the materials we are donating.

We expect that materials donated will not be sold on – and that the group collecting will take responsibility for responsible disposal if necessary.


The community groups we have worked with for B&Q Community Reuse have included:

  • Community garden projects

  • Registered charities

  • Schools and colleges

  • Community Repaint

  • Youth groups, Scouts and Guides

  • Hospices

  • Preschool groups and registered child minders

Please note that these are unsellable items. B&Q cannot guarantee the suitability for re-use. No electrical or dangerous products can be donated e.g. broken ladders, faulty chairs or lights. We do not donate items to individuals.


For more information please contact your local store or email