Social Justice Small Grants Programme - peacebuilding, tackling the impact of poverty and austerity and/or giving a voice to excluded groups.

The programme is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies as part of its Human Rights legacy fund in Northern Ireland.  The fund aims to support local community groups with projects and initiatives that contribute to peacebuilding, tackle the impact of poverty and austerity measures and/or give voice to excluded groups.


Applications must demonstrate that their proposal will contribute to at least one of the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness of and contribute to building a culture of rights within and between communities, particularly those most marginalized from decision making

  • Support communities and marginalized groups to find solutions to contentious issues

  • Strengthen local capacity to advocate by building relationships/connections between communities, policy makers, politicians and funders

Grant Size:

Size of Grant:  Up to a max of £5,000 per annum.  An additional £1k to £1.5k Mentor support will also be provided. It will be a condition of the award that you work with a Mentor in the development of you project and issue(s).

Who can apply:

To be eligible for consideration for grant, the applicant groups must:

  • be constituted and based in Northern Ireland or working towards being constituted

  • have an active committee and bank account

  • maintain financial records and present accounts to your AGM

  • provide minutes of committee meetings

  • have at least three cheque signatories who are unrelated

  • have an income of £250k or less

In Addition, We Will Not Fund:

  • Activities that duplicate existing services;

  • Retrospective funding;

  • Capital build projects or large equipment purchases;

  • Promotion of religion;

  • Dinners, fund-raising promotions or other ticketed events;

  • Party political activity;

  • Individuals;

  • Substitution for statutory funding;

  • Projects where the Foundation’s contribution is a minor part of a larger funded initiative;

  • Initiatives that involve redistributing the funding as small grants;

  • Organisations that did not comply with reporting requirements of previous grant aid;

  • International trips;

  • Sole Traders or Private Business/Companies

For further information and how to apply, please visit

The fund closes for applications on Friday 31st May 2019 at 1:00pm