Launch of TBUC Camps Programme 2019/20

The Executive Office, in partnership with the Education Authority, are inviting applications from groups who wish to deliver a Camp, as part of the T:BUC Camps Programme in 2019-2020. The application process opens on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 4pm and closes on Thursday 31st January 2019 at 4pm.


The T:BUC Camps Programme is one of the headline actions described in the Together: Building a United Community strategy.  The programme is about building positive relations among young people across all parts of our community and must have ‘good relations’ at the core of them.  Camps must be held between 1 April 2019 and 29 February 2020, they are not limited to the traditional summer period and can take place throughout the year. 


Applications are invited from;

  • Registered  youth organisations

  • Bona fide voluntary and community organisations including (churches, sports groups, art groups)

  • Schools

  • Regional organisations

  • District Councils


Young people taking part in the camp must be aged between 11 and 19 years.  Each camp must be run on a cross community basis and consist of three phases.

  • Pre camp engagement

  • Camp

  • Post camp engagement

A number of funding forums have been arranged to provide advice and guidance to organisations who are considering applying for funding under the Camps Programme 2019/20.  Visit to register.

For more information please visit

Funding Opportunity for Coastal Communities

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced that Round 5 of the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) in Northern Ireland is now open for applications. The aim of the CCF is to support the economic development of UK coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, so that people are better able to respond to the changing economic needs and opportunities of their area.

The Department is holding CCF information events on the following dates:

• Tuesday 4 December, 3pm and 7pm in Market House, The Square, Ballynahinch

• Wednesday 5 December, 3pm and 7pm in the Ecos Visitor and Conference Centre,  Ballymena

• Thursday 6 December, 2pm in Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Dundonald, Belfast

Interested parties are invited to attend to learn more about the support available, application process and an opportunity to discuss their proposals with officials.
The minimum and maximum levels of grant available under Round 5 are £50k and £100k respectively and details, including the application form and guidance notes can be found on the DAERA Website at


Coastal Communities Fund
Sea Fisheries Policy and Grants Team
First Floor, Rathkeltair House
Market Street
Co. Down
BT30 6AJ


Tel: 028 4461 8093 or 028 4461 8094

2019/20 Central Good Relations Funding Programme (CGRF) now open

The 2019/20 Central Good Relations Funding Programme (CGRF) is now open for applications.

The programme supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects where there is evidence of identified good relations need. Successful projects must contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities.

There are two streams of funding available: project funding and small grants.

The deadline to apply for project funding is 2.00pm on 31st January 2019.

Small grants are open throughout the funding year. Access the links below to download the application forms and guidance.

Free equipment and training for Sports Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

  • Operate within the Western Trust area;

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

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

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

Equipment requested should help the club develop activities that meet the needs of the local community and support the delivery of the Five Ways to Well Being, simple steps to improve your mental health through the themes of ‘Connect’, ‘Be active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning’ and ‘Give’.
Clubs will be asked to seek out a quote for the equipment, pay the chosen supplier directly and then submit original invoices relating to the purchase of the equipment to claim back the finance.  If the Club does not have the finances, then requests for advance payment will be considered on a case by case basis. 

*who have a significant input in / involvement / role with the club

Any relevant club within the Western Trust area can apply for the funding however preference will be given to:

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

  • Those with lower capacity.

Please note: Funding award will not be released until members have completed safeTALK training; All training must be completed by Tuesday 5th February 2019.  

To apply, please read the information below and complete an application form by clicking on the links below: 

  1. Sports Grant Flyer 

  2. Application form 

  3. MHFA Flyer with dates 

  4. Process for purchase of Sports Equipment 

  5. safeTALK Flyer with dates 

  6. List SOA’s 

  7. Take 5 Flyer 

  8. Sports Coaches – Booking form 

Closed: Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 12 noon

For more information please visit

Community Grants 18-19

Community Development and Festivals Grants for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 will open for applications from constituted Community/Voluntary Sector organisations working within the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey on Tuesday 16 October 2018 from 17:00.

The grants will include Community Outreach and Involvement, Summer Schemes, Technical Assistance, Premises, Festivals and Small Grants – Seeding and/or Insurance and Activity and/or Insurance. The closing date for completed applications will be 12noon on Friday 14 December 2018.  

If you have any queries please contact your grants officer or a member of the Community Development Team on 9034 0060/61.

Peace IV Grants

Lisburn & Castlereagh PEACE IV Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of its PEACE Grants Programme. The overall PEACE IV Programme will enhance reconciliation between communities, promote tolerance and respect, helping to reduce levels of sectarianism and racism. The project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Applications from groups in the Lisburn Castlereagh area are welcomed under one of the following themes - Children & Young People or Building Positive Relations. PEACE Grants start from £15,000 and a total of £78,700 is available under the theme of Children & Young people and £72,500 is available under the theme of Building Positive Relations. Projects can run from January to October 2019 (with the possibility of an extension to December 2019).

The grants will support locally-based projects and initiatives that will promote positive relations between people from different backgrounds and communities. The funding will allow local community groups and organisations to engage in and promote cross community relations.

Announcing the PEACE Grants Programme, Councillor Jonathan Craig, Chair of the Lisburn & Castlereagh PEACE IV Partnership said: “I am delighted that more local groups will have the opportunity to apply for Peace funding. We already have some great projects being delivered across the Lisburn and Castlereagh area and this funding will open up opportunities for those who have not yet got involved. I would urge interested groups to make a pre-application appointment by 30th November to get independent advice and guidance on their project idea.”

Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added: “This grant money will give more groups and organisations a chance to deliver peace building projects that will enhance cross community relations and make a real impact locally”.

To get an application form, you must first make a pre-application appointment where you will receive advice, guidance and support about your project idea. To arrange a meeting, please contact Niamh O’Carolan by phoning 028 9244 7537 or emailing by 30th November 2018. Completed applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 11th January 2019. To see an interactive information video and get further details, please visit

Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

Small Capital Grants Programme

Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2018/19 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland. 

The purpose of this Programme is to promote Partnership and Collaboration among Voluntary and Community organisations. As such the amount of grant available to apply for will be dependent on the amount of partners within the application:

·         2 partner groups  = can apply for £1,500

·         3 - 4 partner groups = can apply for up to £3,500

·         5+ partner groups  =  can apply for up to maximum £5,000

To be eligible for grant assistance organisations must

·         be constituted voluntary /community sector organisations

·         have an annual income of less than £100,000 per year.  

This grant is only eligible for expenditure on capital items and must be incurred from the date of award until 31 March 2019.

Applications should be emailed to, and must be received by 12noon Wednesday 19th December 2018

Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed below:

Small Capital Grants Application Form

Small Capital Grants Guidance Notes

T:BUC Funding Forums

Register now for T:BUC Funding Forums in November and December

TBUC Funding Forum Flyer - November 2018.PNG

The 2019/20 competitions for T:BUC Camps, and Central Good Relations funding programmes are due to open at the end of November 2018. To help you apply, the Executive Office will be hosting T:BUC Funding Forums throughout November and December, in local council areas.

The T:BUC Funding Forums are a great way to find out more about the good relations funding available and how to apply for it. Executive Office staff will be available at each forum between 1pm to 6pm and, once registered, you can call in at any time to speak to staff about your particular good relations projects.

Representatives from Peace IV, Planned Interventions Fund, District Council Good Relations Programme, Community Relations Council, Education Authority and the local council’s Good Relations Officer will also be in attendance.

Places are limited so early registration is recommended. A list of dates and forum venues is available below:

  • 13 November - Ranfurly House, Dungannon

  • 14 November - Ballymoney Town Hall

  • 19 November - Innovation Factory, Springfield Road, Belfast

  • 21 November - Fermanagh House, Enniskillen

  • 22 November - Ards Arena, Newtownards

  • 26 November - Larne Town Hall

  • 27 November - Lagan Valley Island, Chestnut Suite, Lisburn

  • 28 November - Newry Conference& Banqueting Centre, Newry

  • 29 November - Antrim Civic Centre, Antrim

  • 3 December - Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road, Belfast

  • 4 December - Holywell Trust, Londonderry

  • 6 December - Armagh City Hotel, Armagh

Find out more and register on our Eventbrite page at the link below:

Further information on T:BUC Camps and the Central Good Relations Fund, is available via the links below.

Further details on applying will be available when the schemes open.

12 Days of giving

£120,000 | 120 Charities | 12 Days

Each weekday from 6 to 21 December, 10 charities will win £1,000. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities in 12 days!

Last year to celebrate their 130th anniversary, 130 charities benefited from donations. It was so successful, they’re doing it all again!

You can nominate any UK or Irish registered charity you choose and nominations will remain open until 12 midnight the day before each draw, with those charities not drawn carried over to the next.

The more nominations a charity receives, the greater the chance of them winning. So make sure you tell your family, friends, work colleagues and anyone else you can think of!

To nominate please visit

Teacher Development Fund

Grants up to £150,000 are available to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to 10 schools to support arts-based teaching and learning in primary classrooms.

The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

Each year they expect to make around five grants of up to £150,000 to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years.

Applications are now open for projects beginning in September 2019. The deadline is Wednesday 5 December 2018 at 12pm. The Fund has one deadline per year.

The focus is on:

Primary schools

Supporting children and young people experiencing disadvantage

Approaches which involve learning through the arts

Long-term, inquiry-based projects which support teachers’ professional development and learning

Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners

The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum

Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.

For more information and to apply please visit

Community Support Grant

Applications are now invited for the 2019/20

The Community Support Grant Programme aims to financially assist Community & Voluntary Organisations working within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area on the promotion and implementation of community development related programmes


To access a copy of the scheme application and guidance please visit;

alternatively for hard copies of the applications or for further information contact the Community Services team at:

Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP

028 9244 7713 or E.


FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER, 2018, at 4.00 pm


Organisations interested in applying to the Community Support Grant Scheme are invited to attend one of the information workshops (places are limited so groups are asked to book in advance using the contact details above):

Venue Date Time Bridge Community Centre Monday 26th November 7.00pm

Maghaberry Community Centre Wednesday 28th November 11.00 am

Enler Community Centre Monday 3rd December 7.00 pm

Education Authority announce public consultation on a new proposed funding scheme

The Education Authority has launched a 12 week public consultation programme and invites people of all ages from across Northern Ireland to share their views on a proposed new funding scheme for Regional and Local Voluntary Youth Organisations.

The consultation is now open and will close at 4pm on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

To have your say, please view the proposal and complete an online questionnaire at

It also possible to respond in writing to; Education Authority, Regional Youth Support Services, Block 1, Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald BT16 2HS or via email to

£30k for Tyrone community projects near windfarm

Community groups and charitable organisations can now apply for grants between £500 - £5000 from the Energia Thornrog Windfall Community Benefit Fund.

Applications for the fund, whoch has a total value of £34,000 are being accepted until 1pm on Friday 16th November 2018.

Drumquin, Lack and Ederney all fall within the seven mile boundary of the windfarm

For more information and to apply, please visit

PCSP Community Cash Fund

Fermanagh & Omagh PCSP are delighted to announce that the PCSP Community Cash fund is now open for the Mid Tyrone area. 

Electoral areas: Beragh, Drumnakilly, Gortin, Owenkillew, Sixmilecross and Termon.

Through the scheme groups can bid for up to £500 towards a community project that will make the community safer for all.
All eligible entries to be received by Monday 26 November 2018 will be invited to pitch their idea at a community event on Monday 3 December at The Flaxmill Centre where votes will be cast to determine the winning bids.
For more information visit our web page at:…/polic…/community-cash-fund/

Grow Wild Grants

Grow Wild are awarding grants of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups across the UK, whose project ideas will help people connect, learn and give back in their community, with a focus on UK native wildflowers, plants or fungi.

Full details of the grant, including a suitability checker, can be found on the

Grow Wild website:

Or you can contact Stephanie Baine on 07920 477 553 or at

Wind Farm Community Fund

The Wind Farm Community Funds initiative was established by ESB Group with the intention of helping the communities neighbouring our wind farms to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities.
The initiative seeks to address current and emerging issues, needs and opportunities within communities, enriching lives and creating brighter possibilities for local residents. As a part of the initiative, Groundwork NI administers five Northern Ireland community funds which surround wind farms owned by subsidiary companies of ESB.

If your project meets the essential criteria outlined in the fund guidelines, please complete and submit the online application form, ensuring that all relevant sections are addressed and that all the required supplementary documentation is uploaded.

The application deadline is Friday 7th December 2018 at 12 noon.

For more information and to apply please visit

the Victoria Homes Trust

At present, the Trust considers grants twice in the year and should be received on or before the 30th April or 30th November. Applications will only be consider after these deadlines twice a year.

The main objects of the Victoria Homes Trust are: 

·         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


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

Grant Level

The amount of grant available is variable. For guidance it should be noted that the majority of grants are in the range of £500 to £2,500. When applying please remember that the approximate grant total per annum for all projects is £50,000/£60,000.

The Trust assists projects within Northern Ireland only. It is not recommended to apply if you have been successful in receiving a grant within two years

For more information and to apply please visit

Funding Oppurtunities - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council is offering financial assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector for the period 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 for:

Running costs (for eligible organisations)



Funding is available through the following grant programmes:

- Community Grants

- Arts, Culture and Events Grants

- Good Relations Grants

- International Linkages Grant



Further information, including details of how to apply, is available from

Groups wishing to be notified of future funding opportunities and other relevant information should request their details be added to the Council’s database by contacting Mairead McCavigan as below.

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

• Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Tuesday 13th November, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

• Craigavon Civic Centre, Wednesday 14th November, 3.00pm - 5.00pm and 7.00pm - 9.00pm

• Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre,Thursday 15th November, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Places must be booked in advance by contacting Mairead McCavigan (028) 3831 2420 or

Small Sports Grant

Incorporating Sport Northern Ireland’s Every Body Active 2020 Small Grants Programme

This grant supports recognised Sport NI sports clubs (affiliated to their governing body of sport) to develop activities that seek to promote specific sporting interests/activity to the wider community. This may include, but is not limited to coaching, come try it sessions, events, activities which seek to increase participation and sports development. The programme also seeks to actively promote sports and physical activity to the following target groups:  Women & Girls, People with Disabilities and People in Areas of Social Need, visit  and type in your postcode to find statistics on your area.

The grant threshold will be up to a maximum of £1,500.  Previous successful applicants who received a Small Sports Grant earlier this year are not eligible to re-apply.

Application will open online from Monday 29th  October  and close on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 3.00pm

Apply online by visiting

Applicants are encouraged to contact Council staff below for advice and guidance on this grant programme: