Building the Community - Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP). Level 1 and 2 Grants available

The programme aims to promote and support local communities to work in partnership with community pharmacists to address local health and social wellbeing needs using a community development approach.

The programme works towards:

  • Increasing local people's skills, encouraging community activity and self help

  • Increasing local people's understanding of health issues

  • Encouraging local people to play a role in promoting health

Who can apply?

BCPP funding is open to constituted community/voluntary organisations and community pharmacies based in Northern Ireland.   Projects must be a partnership between a community/voluntary organisation and a community pharmacy. Either can be the lead applicant but both partners must be named in the application form.

  • A constituted community/voluntary organisation is a group which may be run on a voluntary basis and is set up as an organisation with a management committee, constitution and its own bank account.   A copy of the constitution will be required with the application.

  • The community pharmacy must hold a current contract with HSCB.  Qualified pharmacists not associated/affiliated to a pharmacy holding a HSCB contract are not eligible to apply.

What we fund?

  • Level 1 funding is for a grant up to £2,500 for a project that can last up to six months

  • Level 2 funding is for a grant of up to £10,000 for a project that can last up to one year.

  • A community/voluntary organisation and a community pharmacy to work in partnership to deliver a project to either one, two and in some circumstances three groups of people. Each group should have 12-15 people who participate in all sessions.

  • Projects which seek to address the social determinants of health using a community development approach.

What do we not fund?

  • Health fairs

  • Projects that work with a different group of people every session

  • Projects with more than 15 people in a group

  • Projects seeking to enhance sports performance or focus only on lifestyle issues

  • Capital equipment

What is the funding criteria?

  • A concise aim and summary of the proposed project.

  • An identified community need.

  • Clear partnership working between the pharmacy, the community and the participants (co-production).

  • External community/voluntary organisations co-delivering sessions.

  • A clear plan for recruiting participants and keeping them engaged.

  • A clear vision of the difference the project will make, which is in line with BCPP outcomes.

  • A clear activity plan, including, the number of people in each group, how often they will meet and an idea of topics you hope to cover.

  • Realistic costings that relate to your overall application and activity.

  • Overall value for money regarding what the project aims to achieve.

For more detailed guidance on funding levels visit the website

How to apply

For further information and an application form go to the BCPP website

To contact a member of the BCPP Team, call 028 3026 4606 or email

 Level 1 Closing date for applications is 2 May 2019

Level 2 Closing date for applications is 12 September 2019.

Money Saving Expert Charity

The MSE Charity provides grants to promote financial literacy through education or other activities.

Who can apply?

  • UK registered charities
  • Community interest companies
  • Credit unions
  • Not-for- profit companies limited by guarantee  
  • Social enterprise companies.

    NB You must demonstrate that the people delivering the project have appropriate qualifications and experience to work with the people group targeted by the project. In addition, they must be qualified and experienced in delivering financial education.

What funding is available?

The majority of the revenue-only grants made are for activity costs although some grants fund salaries and running costs. The majority of grants given are under £5k but exceptional applications could go up to £10k. As the Charity's resources are modest, the Trustees prefer to fund small to medium-sized non-profit organisations. Organisations should have an income under £500,000 and have less than six months free reserves.

Grant Rounds 2017 – 2018

Raising the Next Generation

  • Projects focused on children, youth and families – schools-based work, migrants, lone parents, victims and survivors of domestic abuse, NEET, family outreach services

Life Changing Transitions

  • Projects focused on bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, resettlement

Living with Long-Term Challenges

  • Projects focused on dementia, autism, learning difficulties, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury, stroke.

Building and Developing Resilience

  • Projects focused on mental health, well-being, cook well for less, training others, independent living skills, peer mentoring

For full details on applying and FAQs see the website