Guidance Notes and Fund Criteria
The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects.
Area: Northern Ireland
Grant Size: £500-£1500
Priorities: Young people, older people and people with disabilities
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:
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 within Fund themes:
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
Inclusion and involvement of disadvantaged communities
Out of school projects for young people
The Telecommunity Fund will not support:
Salary costs and ongoing running costs
Capital projects and large equipment (generally over £1,000)
Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away and one-off residentials are ineligible, however, trips may be eligible within Northern Ireland at the panel's discretion as long as they are essential to a longer term project
Promotion of religion or party politics
Funding for projects that are already taking place and looking for retrospective funding
Replacement for statutory funding
Portable IT equipment (except in exceptional circumstances and at panel's discretion, for example IT equipment for disabled beneficiaries which is specialised and necessary for their development)
The Telecommunity Fund is open on an ongoing basis. The applications are assessed at panel meetings held approximately 3-4 times per year.
The next panel meeting will take place on 4th December 2018, therefore applications submitted after 5th November 2018 will not be considered in this round.
It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs at https://www.communityfoundationni.org/telecommunity-fund before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927.