The Ballygrainey Fund - Youth projects - Greater Belfast area


The fund will support the provision and advancement of educational and developmental opportunities for young people in the Belfast Metropolitan Area.


The fund has identified the following priorities:

  • Educational activities supporting young people (priority will be given to projects supporting young people aged 18 and younger) from disadvantaged areas.

  • Projects that provide enhanced sporting or cultural benefits and opportunities for young people who are particularly disadvantaged.

  • Projects that will directly benefit those disaffected from mainstream education.

  • Early years intervention, particularly in disadvantaged areas.

  • A partnership approach involving multiple agencies, working with parents and teachers and community based organisations.

Amount available

Awards will be available of up to £2,000 to support small community projects.

Who can apply?

Constituted organisations based within and to support beneficiaries in the Belfast Metropolitan Area which includes the following:

  • Belfast urban area

  • Lisburn urban area

  • Newtownabbey urban area

  • Bangor

  • Castlereagh urban area

  • Carrickfergus

  • Holywood urban area

  • Carryduff

  • Greenisland

  • Groomsport & Crawfordsburn

  • Helen’s Bay

  • Milltown

  • Seahill

Examples of projects that may address some of these issues include:

  • Addressing expectations of young people, teachers and/or parents, giving people hope  e.g. urban villages digital literacy giving a sense of energy, developing something new and exciting    

  • Projects building self-esteem with young people disaffected from mainstream education

  • Sporting and/or cultural projects for disaffected young people

  • Provision of after school/homework clubs in disadvantaged areas where there are none

  • Community based youth clubs in areas where there are none

  • Community based apprenticeships for young people

The fund is interested in adding value and offering hands on support through advice, mentoring and/or meeting grantees where appropriate.  At the panel’s discretion additional support may be offered.

Opening/closing dates

The fund is open for applications and will close on Monday 29th April 2019 at 1:00pm.

How to Apply

Please read the guidance in detail and apply at