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.