DfC Volunteering Small Grants Programme for 2019/2020 - NOW OPEN!

We are happy to announce that DfC have managed to secure funding towards the Volunteering Small Grants Programme for 2019/2020.  These small grants are a lifeline to the voluntary/community sector and we welcome this encouraging development.  Limavady Community Development Initiative Ltd (LCDI), acting as lead for the Association of Independent Volunteer Centres (AIVC) & North West Volunteer Centre, are responsible for administering the Volunteering Small Grants programme as part of NI's Volunteering Strategy "Join in, get involved: build a better future".

The 2019/2020 grants are being limited to £1,200 and can only be used for the following:

  • Volunteer Recognition Event / Thank-You Event (Subsistence)

  • Travel

  • PPE (Protective Clothing)

  • Training – the Volunteer Centres are the ideal choice to do the training through and they will help you through all stages from choice of training, to getting the correct paperwork for your small grant (details of Volunteer Centres on link below)

  • Heat

  • Light

  • Rent

  • Insurance

Please Note: It is anticipated that the eligible grant period will run from January 2020 - March 2020. Any group applying should be made aware of this and advised not to apply for a full years rent/insurance etc. as this will be pro-rated down to three months.

How to Apply

We are only accepting applications through the application form (see link below) rather than through an online portal.  The application form should be completed and emailed along with all the supporting documents (constitution; volunteer policy; bank statement; accounts/income & expenditure) to the following email address: smallgrants@lcdi.co.uk  

Application Form

Guidance Notes

List of Volunteer Centres

The deadline for return of completed applications is 12noon Monday 28th October 2019