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 Funding Opportunities

Woman to Woman Fund

Grant Value: up to £25,000
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year, to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women: from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making – and much more besides. To apply click here.

Transform Foundation

Grant Value: up to £18,000
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Each £18,000 grant covers strategy, design and development to build an amazing website. The grant covers 100% of the upfront costs. Your organisation will only need to fund ongoing costs. Read our FAQs if you'd like more details. To apply click here.

BCPP Level 1 & 2 Funding

Grant Value:
 Level 1 up to £2000 & Level 2 up to £10,000
Deadline: Level 1 - 9th Feb 2017, Level 2 - 17th Nov 2016
Details: 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. Level 1 funding of up to £2000 is for those interested in developing ideas and a community pharmacy partnership, whilst Level 2 funding of up to £10,000 is for those seeking to develop a community-pharmacy partnership that will address a range of locally identified health and well-being needs. To apply click here.

Aviva Charity Fund

Grant Value: £25,000
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Whether you’re looking to solve a problem, speed up an ongoing project or help in some other way, this is your chance to make a real difference to your local community. And it all starts with your great idea. For more info click here.

Guardian Charity Awards 2016


Grant Value: Up to £3000 and other benefits
Deadline: Rolling

Details:The Guardian Charity Awards 2016 are open to UK social welfare charities that can demonstrate excellence and achievement in what they do. Eligible charities must also have been registered in the UK for more than two years and have an annual income of between £5,000 and £1.5 million. For more info click here.

Hallifax Community Grant Programme


Grant Value:
 Up to £3000
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Hallifax operate a rolling grant programme. This means an organisation can apply to the Foundation at any time. We ask that you give us at least 4 months for the decision process to take place. For more info click here.

NIE Networks Charities Fund 

Grant Value: Up to £750
Deadline: Ongoing until funds all allocated.
Details: NIE staff and pensioners have been contributing to the NIE Networks Charities Fund’ for more than 20 years and during that time in excess of £20million (including annual support from the company) has been distributed to local charities. The charities committee is made up of six employees and two pensioners and it meets quarterly to allocate funds. Donations to the fund are received directly via salaries or pensions and it currently has 940 members. For more information and to apply click here.

Celebrate Northern Ireland

Grant Value: Up to £5,000
Deadline: Ongoing until funds all allocated.
Details: Six out of ten people surveyed* say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with their Celebrate programme. They are offering grants of between £500 and £5,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community. You could also celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it’s a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better. For more information click here.

St Stephen Greens Trust

Grant Value: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing
Details: St Stephen’s Green Trust is a charitable foundation which respects human dignity and is committed to identifying and responding to issues of social injustice in Ireland. Click here.

Big Lottery Fund: Empowering Young People

Grant value: Between £100,000 and £600,000
Deadline: 31st March 2021 (applications assessed as and when submitted)
Details: The Big Lottery Fund’s Empowering Young People programme will invest up to £50 million over 6 years into supporting projects that give young people aged 8 – 25 the ability to cope with challenges in their lives. Visit the website here for more info.
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Creative & Cultural Skills: Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme

Grant value: up to £5,000
Deadline: Rolling
Details: The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme (NI CEP) is a £450K Arts Lottery fund that aims to support the creation of 100 apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities for 16 – 24 year old unemployed people wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. NI CEP provides wage incentives of up to £5,000 to creative and cultural businesses who recruit young people as paid interns and apprentices. Find out more on the website.

Lush Charity Pot

Grant value: £4,000 (average grant) £10,000 (max)
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Lush, the high street handmade cosmetics company has a Charity Pot Programme that supports small, grassroots organisations around the world working in the following areas: environment, animal protection and human rights. All applications within these fields will be considered irrespective of their geographical location or how the organisation is registered. More info available here.
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Paul Hamlyn Foundation: New Youth Fund

Grant value: £10,000 - £60,000
Deadline: Rolling
Details: The Youth Fund is designed to help organisations to become better prepared for achieving more by providing funding to cover core operating costs. They have a strong interest in and will prioritise support for those working in areas of social and economic deprivation elsewhere in the UK. Size of Award: between £10,000 and £60,000 for up to two years. Find out more on the website.
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MSE Charity Fund

Grant value: Varies
Deadline: Rolling
Details: The MSE Charity provides grants to constituted groups and charities to promote financial literacy through education or other activities. If you’ve an innovative idea to help lots of people, or you're an established charity wanting funding for such a project grants may be available as long as it helps educate and inform people about financial literacy, consumer or debt issues. Application process and further info available here.

Erasmus+

Grant value: Varies
Deadline: Variable
Details: Erasmus+ is the current EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It is set to run for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities. Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work throughout Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. Many different areas of funding are offered. Learn more by visiting the Erasmus+ website.

Big Lottery Fund: People and Communities

Grant value: £30,000 – £200,000 and £200,000 - £500,000
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Big Lottery Fund are opening a new funding programme called People and Communities in January 2016. The programme aim will be ‘People work with their communities to bring about positive change’. They anticipate that this aim will allow groups to support people to make changes that improve their lives; and allow communities to build on their strengths and share learning. Find out more on the website.

Santander Community Plus Awards

Grant Value: Up to £5,000
Deadline: None
Details: For small local charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Grants must directly help disadvantaged people in your local area. To apply, complete a Community Plus Nomination Form and leave it into your local Santander branch. There are no closing dates. To download a PDF copy of the Community Plus Nomination Form, please visit the following link: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/community-plus.aspx.
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The Allen Lane Foundation

Grant value: £500-£15,000 for projects lasting up to three years
Deadline: None given
Details: The Allen Lane Foundation is a grant-making trust set up in 1966 by the late Sir Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books, to support general charitable causes. Currently, the foundation is supporting projects that will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms; reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination; and encourage or enable unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community. More information can be found on this webpage.
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Joan Trimble Bursary Awards (Fermanagh area)

Grant value: £1,000 per academic year
Deadline: None given
Details: Administered by the Fermanagh Trust, this awards scheme is currently providing grants to individuals under the age of 25 to support training and education in the fields of creative/performing arts and Irish culture. Applications can be found on the Fermanagh Trust website. Applicants will be notified about whether or not they have been successful within twelve weeks.
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Asda Foundation

Grant value: None given
Deadline: None given
Details: The foundation offers a number of different funding categories, including Significant Local Community Projects and Top-up Funding Grants. Interested organisations should first visit the Asda Foundation website and check if they are eligible for funding. The next step is to approach the nearest Asda store and try to gain its backing.
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Mars Sports Fund

Grant value: £300 or £1,000.
Deadline: Decided on a month by month basis
Details: Every month Mars will be donating cash awards to sports individuals and clubs in need of extra funding. Whether you need new kit, travel costs, extra pitch time, coaches, training or competition entry fees, you are welcome to apply. Members of the public then vote for their favourite profile online. The entry with the highest number of votes at the end of the month will win a £1,000 cash award. Mars’ panel of judges will select a further ten applicants to receive a £300 cash donation. Visit the Mars website to learn more.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Funding for Anniversaries

Grant value: Varies
Deadline: None given
Details: Grants totalling at least £10m will be made over the next four years to fund projects exploring the heritage of some of the UK’s most important anniversaries. Funding will be available to help groups, communities and organisations mark significant anniversaries by exploring, conserving and sharing their heritage. Apply via the Heritage Lottery Fund website. Alternatively please call the anniversaries enquiry line on 020 7591 6044 or email anniversaries@hlf.org.uk.
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Clothing Allowance Grant Scheme

Grant value: From £15-£56 depending on need/school attended 
Deadline: None, but only one application will usually be granted per year 
Details: Grants to help with buying school uniforms are available from Education and Library Boards across NI. The scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools, and seeks to support families on benefits or low incomes. Eligibility is assessed on a similar basis to free school meals. For further information on the grant and how to apply, please visit this webpage. p
The Belfast Connection Vouchers Scheme

Grant Value: £250-£3,000
Deadline: None given
Details: Run through Belfast City Council, the vouchers scheme provides financial support towards the cost of high-speed connectivity solutions. It supports SMEs and third-sector organisation within the Belfast City Council area that have slow or incompatible broadband service. Full details can be found on the Council’s website.

The Arts Council Small Grants Programme

Grant value: £500 to £10,000
Deadline: Rolling
Details: The Arts Council has designed this programme to encourage organisations to develop and deliver ideas linked to their artistic needs and plans for the future. It will support creative projects that are in need of financial backing and in turn contribute to the growth of arts in the Northern Ireland community. Full details of the scheme, which is supported by the National Lottery Fund, can be found on the Arts Council website.
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UnLtd Do It Awards

Grant Value: Up to £5,000
Application Deadline: Rolling, with three NI funding rounds per year
Details: UnLTD supports individuals who are have an idea that will have a real social impact, are not part of an established organisation and are aged 16 or over and living in the UK. To be eligible, your idea must fulfil a clear need and demand, have clear outputs and goals, and provide a learning experience or opportunity. See more here.

The Prince’s Trust Development Awards

Grant value: £50 - £500 (average £180)
Deadline: Rolling
Details: Development Awards are cash grants to help young people who are struggling to access education, work or training due to a lack of funds. This money can be used to help with a range of education or work-related costs, such as workwear, equipment, childcare or costs associated with volunteering. Applications are welcome from young people who are aged 14 – 16 and at risk of underachieving at school. Youths aged 16 – 25 and unemployed or working less than 16 hours may also apply. IContact Marion Kerr on 028 9089 5031 or marion.kerr@princes-trust.org.uk for further info. Alternatively, further details are also available via the Prince’s Trust website.
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Women's Brighter Futures Fund for Northern Ireland

Grant Value: Up to £500
Deadline: Closed at present, but will reopen shortly
Details: This fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and provides financial support to women to help them fufill their potential. Applicants must be affiliated to a constituted community/women’s group and have the support of that organization. For more information contact Bryony Livesey at blivesey@communityfoundationni.org or visit www.communityfoundationni.org.
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Santander Foundation Central Fund

Grant value: Up to £10,000 
Deadline: Ongoing 
Details: The Central Fund offers funding to organisations with charitable status to support projects within the UK. Grants must meet one or both of Santander’s charitable priorities - Education & Training or Financial Capability - and must directly help disadvantaged people. All funding is for one off donations. Santander do not offer multi-year funding. To find out how to apply, click here.

The Biffa Award

Grant value: Variable
Deadline: Ongoing
Details: The Biffa Award supports a wide range of community and environmental projects across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It awards funding through four different themes: rebuilding biodiversity; community buildings, cultural facilities, and recreation. Visit the website for more info.

Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances (SALRC) – Grants for Individuals

Application Deadline: Ongoing
Grant value:  Not stated, but regular allowances will be paid monthly
Details: The Society was founded in 1886 by the late Miss Edith Smallwood. It assists women domiciled and habitually resident in the United Kingdom who are living alone in their own home (either owned or rented) and in genuine need, irrespective of age or social status. Find out more here.

Tudor Trust Grants

Application Deadline: Ongoing
Grant value:  No minimum or maximum
Details: Financial assistance is available to support voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. The Tudor Trust which exists to enhance people's quality of life and is keen to support organisations and groups which help people to fulfil their potential and make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live. Access the website and application form here.

John Moores Foundation – Northern Ireland Grant

Deadline: Ongoing
Grant Value:  £5,500
Details: Grant for third sector organisations (TSOs) in Northern Ireland undertaking a variety of general charitable activities and aims to improve social conditions for marginalised groups, tackle discrimination, support small volunteer-led organisations, encourage relationships between organisations and different social groups. For further information visit the website.
 

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