Change Something Fund - Youth Projects in Derry City and Strabane Council Area

What is the Change Something Fund?

The Change Something Fund has been established with support from Big Lottery Community Fund and Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC). The fund will provide young people aged 13 – 25 living in DCSDC area with an opportunity to take the lead in their communities throughout the district’s dedicated Year of Youth in 2019.

The Change Something Fund is led by two panels of young people aged 13-17 and 18-25 living in our local area. The panels were recruited from an open call to young people from the district.

Who can apply to the Change Something Fund?

  • Young people who are aged between 13-25 years old from Derry City and Strabane District Council area can apply.

  • Young people will require the support from a host organisation, such as a school, club or an organisation who supports the community.

  • If you have an idea but you have not got a host organisation, please contact us for advice.

  • Organisations can apply if they can ensure that a young person/s is the lead.

How much can I apply for?

There are two grant sizes:

  • Small grants from £200 -£500

  • Larger grants from £501-£3,000

What is important to remember?

The activity will take place in 2019 and will be led by young people with support from a host organisation.

The Change Something Fund will welcome applications to support activities or events which helps young people with:

  • Health and wellbeing

  • The world around us and our environment

  • Education

  • Skills

  • Employment

  • Youth democracy- get your voice heard

  • Disability

  • Inclusion

  • Arts activities

  • Any other ideas

Examples of the types of activities that may be supported:

  • Projects which promote activity between young people and older citizens

  • Projects which support young parents up to the age of 25

  • Projects which educate young people about the environment

  • Drama, art, sport and other cultural activities

  • Activities which bring young people together

  • Projects or activities which promote awareness of mental health

  • Projects which encourage and promote young people to find their voice

  • Projects which address bullying and cyber bullying

  • Projects which support young people with disabilities to feel included

  • Projects which support young people living in difficult family situations e.g: as carers or in care

The Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes.  Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

In addition to the above, it is important to remember the Change Something Fund cannot support:

  • Salaries

  • Individuals

  • Formal education fees for exams, degrees or professional fees

  • Travel and trips outside of Northern Ireland

  • Parties & Shopping Trips

  • Promotion of illegal substances and other mood enhancing drugs

  • Promotion of religion or politics

  • Projects or activities outside of the DCSDC area

  • Projects which do not have a young person/s as the lead applicant

  • Vehicles and related cost

How do I apply?

You will be required to submit an online application and, if you wish, supplement this application with a short video clip on what your project will help to change in their community.  This should be “WhatsApped” in your preferred language to Shauna Kelpie on 07796 264635.

If you are successful, you will be asked to keep a record of your budget and ensure you spend the right amount of money you receive.

Round two opens on Monday 11th March 2019 and closes on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 1:00pm.

Contact information:

Should you have any further questions you can either contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927 or Acorn Fund Officer Shauna Kelpie, telephone on 028 7137 1547, email: