The Telecommunity Fund - projects for young people, older people or people with disabilities

The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects.


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.

Grants between £500 and £2,000 available for projects which must aim to directly support one of the following specific groups:

  • Young people

  • Older people

  • People with disabilities

The Fund will not support projects targeting all ages.

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 within Fund themes:

  • 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

  • Inclusion and involvement of disadvantaged communities

  • Out of school projects for young people


  • Individuals

  • Salary costs and ongoing running costs

  • Capital projects and large equipment (generally over £1,000)

  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away and one-off residentials are ineligible, however, trips may be eligible within Northern Ireland at the panel's discretion as long as they are essential to a longer-term project

  • Sports activities

  • Promotion of religion or party politics

  • Funding for projects that are already taking place and looking for retrospective funding

  • Replacement for statutory funding

  • Portable IT equipment (except in exceptional circumstances and at panel's discretion, for example IT equipment for disabled beneficiaries which is specialised and necessary for their development)

How to Apply

The Telecommunity Fund is open on an ongoing basis. The applications are assessed at panel meetings held approximately 3-4 times per year.

The next panel meeting will take place on 3rd September 2019, therefore applications submitted after 5th August 2019 will not be considered in this round.

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927.

Next deadline – Monday 5th August 2019