Small Capital Grants Programme 2018/19 - Call for Applications

Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2018/19 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland. 

The purpose of this Programme is to promote Partnership and Collaboration among Voluntary and Community organisations. As such the amount of grant available to applicants will be dependent on the number of partners included on an application:

  • 2 partner groups  = can apply for £1,500

  • 3 - 4 partner groups = can apply for up to £3,500

  • 5+ partner groups  =  can apply for up to maximum £5,000

To be eligible for grant assistance organisations must:

  • be constituted voluntary/community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland

  • have an annual income of less than £100,000 per year.  

This grant is only eligible for expenditure on capital items and groups must be able to incur the expenditure before 31 March 2019.

Completed applications should be emailed to, and must be received by 6.00 pm on Sunday 17th February 2019.

Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:

Mid Ulster District Council Grant Aid Programme 2019 – 2020

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Grant programmes for the new financial year are now open.  Rolling grant programmes will be ongoing throughout the year. Grant Advice Clinics will be held on the following evenings between 7 – 9pm as detailed below:




You can book a 10 min appointment slot to talk directly with an officer on any of the evenings mentioned above. Please call the number below to confirm a time and the grant(s) you are interested in. Alternatively if you would like a daytime appointment please call and request.

Tel: 03000 132 132 Ext: 22125 or email: 

Grants available in the following categories:

  • Small Arts, Culture, Heritage & Community

  • Community Venues

  • Strategic Arts & Culture Development

  • Strategic Community Development

  • Sports Representative Individuals

  • Sports Representative Teams

  • Community Festivals

  • Good Relations

  • Small Sports EBA

  • Strategic Sports Development

  • Sports Capital

  • Strategic Events Grant

Prior to completing an online grant aid application, it is essential that you read and familiarise yourself with the Grant Aid Guidance Document 2019. This contains critically important information which you need to be aware of to avoid not complying with specific conditions on the various grant programmes.  Restrictions apply to grant categories which will be detailed in this document. It is also conditional that you speak to the relevant officer responsible for the grant you wish to make a submission to. You will find officer contact details listed in the guidance document.

To apply for a grant please click here.

Closing date – Friday 15th March 2019 at 3.00 pm

The Big Lottery Fund has changed its name to The National Lottery Community Fund

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The Big Lottery Fund has changed its name to The National Lottery Community Fund just last week.

As a result, the email addresses, website links and the logos have now changed.

For information on available grants check out, call 028 9055 1455 or email

Look out for local information sessions in different Council areas where you can speak to funding officers about your project ideas. 

 When people are in the lead, communities thrive.


Circle of Change - Greater Belfast area

Purpose of the Fund

The Circle of Change is a group of people from all backgrounds across Northern Ireland who have come together to talk about and learn from each other about the root causes of issues affecting our communities, and over 6 months to pool some of their own money and make grants to organisations working on those issues.

The Circle of Change Fund can provide unrestricted ‘core’ funding, based on us seeing evidence that the funding will contribute to the work of the organisation that is aligned to the criteria.

The Circle of Change particularly seeks to fund projects that are innovative or new, and that could not be funded by statutory sources of income.  We want to support projects that are addressing the systemic causes of poverty in Northern Ireland; or that recognise the legacy of underlying sectarianism that influences many of our social problems.

We will fund:

  • Charities and constituted organisations but not individuals

  • Core funding (if the organisation could demonstrate how what they were doing met our criteria) and project funding

  • We will fund organisations with a turnover of up to £300K

  • We will fund projects in the Belfast Metropolitan Area (a grouping of council areas which include commuter towns and overspill from Belfast, Northern Ireland, combining the Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, North Down, Castlereagh and Carrickfergus districts).

Grants available:

Grant size: typically £7,500 or below; but in exceptional circumstances the group may offer an award of up to £10,000


We will fund organisations and projects under the following themes:

  • Mental health and the associated risks of suicide and addiction

  • Homelessness and housing

  • Minority communities – including LGBT+ people and migrant communities

  • Projects that are enabling leadership and positive role models amongst groups that are vulnerable

Applicants must have a signed, locally adopted governing document as well as associated paperwork such as accounts, current account, management committee, relevant policies, in the name of the applicant organisation.

The Fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and will open for applications on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 and close for applications on Monday 18th February 2019 at 5:00pm.

For more information and to apply please visit

Micro Grant Programme

Updated Information: This fund has now closed for applications but is due to reopen in April 2019.

The Micro Grant Programme has been established in recognition and celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.

Area: Northern Ireland
Grant Size: Up to £1,000
Priorities: Low capacity groups who have limited access to funding

Who can apply:

You do not have to have a constitution to apply to this fund.

 If you’re thinking about a project that does one or more of  the following we might be able to help.

  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability

  • Focus on the positive contribution of people within the community

  • Enable  active participation of a community in decision-making and addressing of local issues

  • Help get people engaged in taking community action where it hasn’t happened before

The fund is open for applications on a rolling call basis, subject to fund availability.

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

To apply please visit:

The Prince's Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has grants of up to £50,000 available for projects that will provide a long-term positive impact to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.

They provide funding towards projects affecting areas of greatest need in rural England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Grants aim to sustain rural communities, improve the prospects of viability for farm and rural businesses, and support aid delivery in an emergency and build resilience. 

Applications close on the 21st February at 4pm.

For grant eligibility, guidance documents and to apply please visit

Cregganconroe Community Benefit Fund - Cappagh, Galbally, Pomeroy, Carrickmore, Kileenan and the Rock areas!

Purpose of the Fund

This local community fund has been set up by Gaelectric, and recently acquired by CGN:A leader in Clean Energy.

The Cregganconroe Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and will provide a fund available for local projects that educate, raise awareness and demonstrate community involvement in work that promotes environmental issues and healthier lifestyles.

Funding will be available to local community projects within a 10km/6 mile radius of the wind farm.  Cregganconroe wind farm is based just off the Loughmallon Road, Pomeroy, Co Tyrone.  The areas located within a 10km radius of the wind farm are largely rural, having a rugged mountaineous terrain within the Sperrin Mountains and comprises dispersed rural settlements including the hamlets and villages of Cappagh, Galbally,  Pomeroy, Carrickmore, Kileenan and the Rock.

To view a boundary map, click here

The Fund is open for applications on Monday 14th January 2019 and will close for applications on Monday 11th February 2019 at 1:00pm.

For more information and to apply please visit

Brighter Communities - Power NI

Apply for up to £1,000 in funding to help your group reach its maximum potential – whether that is for equipment, kits or for a special project that will make a BIG impact!

In order to apply please read the full Brighter Communities Terms and Conditions.

Your group must:
1. Be based in Northern Ireland
2. Not have any political links
3. Use the money for a tangible cause such as equipment or an activity rather than running costs
4. Agree to all PR & marketing activity following the journey of spending your Brighter Community funding

To apply please visit:

UK's largest community funder to change its name

The Big Lottery Fund will be changing its name in the New Year.

The UK’s largest community funder, which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players, will from 29th January be called The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Fund has been working to put people and communities at the heart of its grantmaking since introducing its People in the Lead Strategic Framework in 2015. Last year alone the Big Lottery Fund gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to community projects across the UK. Over 11,000 projects benefitted from this, enabling people and communities to bring their ideas to life.

Changing the name to The National Lottery Community Fund makes it clearer what the organisation is and does and will support the long-term health of The National Lottery.

The Telecommunity Fund

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

Area: Northern Ireland
Grant Size: £500-£2,000
Priorities: Young people, older people and people with disabilities

Who can apply:

  • Constituted grass roots community and voluntary groups


  • 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

  • Projects must aim to support one of the following groups:

    • Young people

    • Older people

    • People with disabilities

  • 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 

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 5th March 2019, therefore applications submitted after 5th February 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.

To apply and for more information please visit:

Grant Aid - 1st call for applications

Applications for grant aid & bursaries opens on Wednesday 16 January 2019 and will close at 5pm on Thursday 7 February 2019. Bursaries are also open to individuals for Arts, Culture & Sport. Grant Aid & Bursaries funding relates to projects/activities in the 2019-2020 financial year.

Applications are invited in the categories listed below:-

Grant Aid:

  • Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Community Services - General

  • Community Services - Revenue

  • Culture Night - 2019

  • Festivals & Events - Large

  • Festivals & Events - Small

  • Good Relations

  • Irish in the Community

  • Remembering & Commemoration - Decade of Centenaries

  • Seeding Grants

  • Sport NI - Everybody Active 2020 Programme

  • Sports Events

  • Summer Schemes


  • Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Irish Language

  • Sports

Drop In – Grant Aid Information Sessions for Funding Streams will be held in the following locations:-

  • Tara Centre, Omagh Monday 21 January 2019 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm

  • Enniskillen Library Tuesday 22 January 2019 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm

If you are unable to attend any of the above information sessions, Council Officers will be available by appointment to provide information.

Please contact the Funding & Investment Unit; see telephone number below.

Grant Aid information sessions will be held in conjunction with the Council’s Community Services Funding and Advice Fair, the aim of which is to offer a wide range of funding information to Community and Voluntary organisations on available financial support.

Where possible applicants are asked to complete the application online, the link can be located on the Council’s website:

Council Officers are available to assist with this process. Grant Aid Code of Conduct and Guidance Notes are also available to download.

For further assistance contact the Funding & Investment Unit, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council:

T: 0300 303 1777

Late, incomplete or retrospective applications will not be considered.

Grant Aid - for Older Peoples Groups

Applications are also open for Older Peoples Groups which must apply directly to the South West Age Partnership (SWAP) for the Council’s Grant Aid, with the exception of Good Relations Grant Aid.

Closing date is 5pm on Thursday 7 February 2019.

For further information or to apply for Grant Aid please contact:- Allison Forbes

Tel: 028 8225 1824 or Email:

For more information and to apply please visit

Financial Assistance Call 1 2019

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council invites applications for financial assistance towards the programme areas outlined below. 

  • Service Level Agreements for Community Facilities 

  • Minor Grants Community Works Schemes 

  • Community Capital Schemes 

  • Summer Schemes 

  • Irish Language 

  • Local Biodiversity Enhancement 

  • Tourism Events 

  • Sports Active 

  • Community Engagement 

  • Community Events and Festivals 

Application forms can be downloaded from or can be collected from reception in O’Hagan House, Monaghan Row, Newry or Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick. 

The opening date: Monday 14 January 2019 
The closing date: 4pm Friday 15 February 2019 

Completed applications must be returned to either the reception in O’Hagan House, Monaghan Row, Newry or Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick. 

Late applications will not be considered. 

Workshops on the application process will take place at 6.30pm at the following venues: 

  • Tuesday 22 January Kilmorey Arms Hotel, Kilkeel 

  • Thursday 24 January Canal Court Hotel, Newry 

  • Tuesday 29 January Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch 

For further information on the application process, please contact: 
The Programmes Unit T: 028 3031 3024


For further information on the application process please contact:

Programmes Unit
9 Monaghan Court
Monaghan Street
Newry BT35 6BH

Telephone: 028 3031 3024

Walking Group Grants - Western Trust Area

The Public Health Agency has provided funding to support Walking for Health Groups delivering walking programmes in the Western Trust area.

Funding will be allocated by the Western Health and Social Care Trust Health Improvement Department, Equality and Involvement Department as small grants of approximately £100 per group, depending on the number of successful applicants.

The purpose of the grant is to support new or existing walking groups through the provision of transport, access to facilities, promotional materials or items which will enhance and promote walking groups.


  • Only Walk Leaders trained through the Walking for Health scheme are eligible to submit a grant application;

  • Only one grant will be allocated per Walking Group/Walk Leader;

  • Groups applying for grants must have at least one trained walk leader facilitating all walks;

  • Your walking group or host organisation must have a bank account in place in order to access funds as personal cheques cannot be issued;

  • Your group must deliver a walking programme of at least 12 walks during 2019, including at least one walk as part of Walking Month in May;

  • The Walking for Health logo should be used on all promotional materials and is available on request;

  • Funding cannot be used to support one off or fundraising events;

  • Funding cannot be used to pay individuals to lead walks, as it is expected that trained walk leaders lead walks in a voluntary capacity or as part of their core work role in line with the Walking for Health Programme ethos.

Contact for a small grants application form which should be returned no later than Wednesday 6 February.

You will be required to complete a brief evaluation form to confirm how funding has been used. Please keep all receipts. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Lesley on 028 7186 5127 ext 217127

The Pathway Fund

The Pathway Fund is open to all facilitators or registered providers of early years education and learning provision focused on children 0-4 such as:

  • Registered Sessional Day-care Settings (Out of Schools, Summer Schemes, Playgroups, Crèches)

  • Registered Full Day Care Settings (Day Nurseries)

  • Registered Childminders

In 2019/20 the Pathway Fund will be administered over two streams and applicants can apply to one or the other, not both. Only one application per organisation will be accepted.

Stream A applications open on Thursday 3rd January 2019 and close on Monday 4th February 2019 at 4:00pm.

Stream B applications open on Thursday 3rd January 2019 and close on Monday 28th January 2019 at 4:00pm.

For further information please contact The Pathway Fund office on 028 9066 2825 (option 2) or email

2019-20 applications now open

The Executive Office, in partnership with the Education Authority (EA), are inviting applications from groups who wish to deliver a Camp, as part of the T:BUC Camps Programme in 2019 - 2020. The programme is about building positive relations among young people across all parts of our community.

A number of funding forums have been arranged to provide advice and guidance to organisations who are considering applying for funding under the Camps Programme 2019-2020. Interested groups can register to attend one of the information events at this link -

The application process is now open and closes at 4.00pm on Thursday 31st January 2019. For more information on the T:BUC Camps Programme 2019 - 2020 visit -

Grants and Funding available - Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Details of the 2019/20 Grant programmes can be found by visiting -

How to Apply

To apply for any of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Councils   grants please apply online here.

Please note that applying for a grant is a competitive process and awards are subject to the availability of funds and may be subject to change.

Please do not wait until near the closing time to submit your application.

Be aware of the speed of your internet connection, your system configuration and the volume of general web traffic that may impact on the time required to upload your application.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for transmission delays.

Your completed application must be received before the deadline.

Applications received after the advertised deadline will not be accepted.

BBC Children in Need Main Grants

Main Grants: Should I apply?

The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply. But first – have you read about how, together, we improve children’s lives in the UK.

If you are looking for any amount up to £10,000 for one year, see Small Grants.

They give grants for...

Children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

  2. Any kind of disability

  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties

  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Who can apply?

  • Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

  • If you currently have a Main Grant, as long as your funding is coming to an end within the next 12 months you can apply for further Main Grant funding to keep running the same project, or on a different project. You will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences our grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people you have worked with.

  • If you currently have a Small Grant you can also apply for a Main Grant as long as it is for work with a different group of children and young people.

How much to apply for?

  • The Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years.

  • There is no upper limit for Main Grants but they make very few grants over £120,000 (or £40,000 per year) and most grants are for much less.

  • Each year they are asked for much more money than they are able to give. Requests for larger amounts are always more competitive.

  • If you wish to apply for a smaller amount their Small Grants Programme or our Emergency Essentials Programme may suit you better.

Initial application deadline - 11:59pm 13th January 2019

When is the final decision due? June 2019

For more information and to apply please visit -

John Moores Foundation

John Moores Foundation is a registered charity, established in 1964, that gives money to community organisations doing charitable work. We focus on funding projects based in Merseyside (including Skelmersdale, Halton, and Ellesmere Port) and Northern Ireland.

They aim to enable people who face barriers, as a result of social, educational, physical, economic, cultural, geographical or other disadvantage, to improve their social conditions and quality of life. 

They do this by making grants to local groups that fall within our areas of interest. Priority is given to small, grass-roots and volunteer driven organisations.  

 They are an enabling funder and would like to help groups achieve their targets and outcomes in their own way. If a group receives a grant from the Foundation, additional support may be offered to the group by our Community Groups Development worker in areas such as fundraising, strategic planning and trustee development, and by our Monitoring & Evaluation Worker to set up systems that best meet their needs, capacity, etc.

Application forms are only available from our offices. Click Here to request the form from the Northern Ireland office.

Programme of Community Food Initiatives

SECAD, on behalf of safefood, is seeking applications for funding under the Community Food Initiatives Programme 2019-21.

The Community Food Initiatives Programme aims to positively influence the eating habits of families in low income communities by making food skills more mainstream and healthy food more accessible. safefoodwill be funding 13 projects through the course of 2016-18. As well as increasing awareness and knowledge around healthy eating, these projects will promote healthy shopping, improved meal-planning and budgeting as well as enhanced cooking skills. All of these are tangible, transferable skills that can benefit an entire community.

The Community Food Initiatives will be administered at a local level by South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD). Each Community Food Initiative will receive funding annually over a period of three years to set up, manage and sustain their project with safefood investing up to €30,000 in each of the 13 projects over the lifetime of the initiative.

In total, 17 projects on the island of Ireland have already received funding since the first three-year Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives from 2010-12 and successive programme from 2013-15. Key learnings and experiences from these previous programmes will be shared among the new projects and they will be encouraged and supported to enhance the long-term sustainability of their project from the outset.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 30th January 2019 at 5.00 pm

For more information please contact For further information contact:

 Sinead Conroy (SECAD)

Joana Caldeira Fernandes da Silva

BCPP Funding Level 2 now open

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.

Who is not eligible?

  • Private companies and statutory organisations.

  • Third party applicants e.g. an organisation applying as lead partner to deliver the project in a different community organisation.  The community organisation itself or the pharmacy must be the lead partner. 

What they 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 they 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.

When are grants refused? 

Grants may be refused for the following reasons:

  • The proposed project does not meet with BCPP funding criteria.

  • The application form is incomplete.

  • An old BCPP application form has been submitted.  Please ensure you have downloaded the correct application for the funding round.

  • The application form is a copy of a previous form submitted to CDHN

  • The application does not meet the minimum scoring.

  • Previous BCPP project outcomes and/or reporting requirements were not satisfactory.

  • The lead partner has an open BCPP project.

  • Sometimes demands on BCPP grants outstrip the funds available and this means that some good applications, while meeting the criteria may not be successful.   In this case, funding will be awarded first to those with the highest overall score.

If you would like to find out more about BCPP, please contact a member of the BCPP Team on 028 3026 4606 or

Level 2

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that will last up to 1 year.  You do not have to complete a level 1 before applying for a level 2 project.  

Applications are made jointly by a pharmacy and a community/voluntary partner.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new application form and new guidance notes.  Old application forms will NOT be accepted.  To apply please visit -

Closing date for Level 2 applications is THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2019