The Telecommunity Fund

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:

    • Young people

    • Older people

    • 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:

  • Individuals

  • 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

  • Sports activities

  • 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 before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927.