This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
While staff are working remotely you can still contact us for assistance on 02893 359777  just leave a message and someone will return your call

We are here to help with any issues you may be facing as a result of the current lockdown. If you are in difficulty as a result of isolation or loss of income please send us a message on our Facebook page or contact a staff member directly.

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2. Community News
Information on testing is available at Testing for COVID-19 | HSC Public Health Agency ( It includes where to find drive through and walk through test sites.
The Department of Health has published a phased plan for NI. It can be found here.
PHA information leaflets include:
COVID-19 vaccination - Why do I have to wait?

What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination

A guide to COVID-19 vaccination - all women of childbearing age

You can view our full range of COVID-19 vaccination leaflets here.
Keep following public health advice after your COVID-19 vaccine
It is not yet known whether the vaccine will stop you from passing on the virus, but we do expect it to reduce this risk.

So to protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues, you still need to:
Sign up for the Carer Collective!

Part of the #WarmWellConnected initiative delivered by the Healthy Living Centres Alliance, Dept for Communities and Carers N,I this 6 week programme offers carers zoom education sessions to help take care of themselves and learn activities to do with loved ones they care for.

To book your place email:
Team AWARE are SO excited to have this many schools across Northern Ireland entering this competition! Unbelievable!

We are launching and open for submissions this Monday (1st of Feb 2021) and are so looking forward to reading your poems!

There is still time to enter your school. Teachers and principals email to register.


3. Fundraising News
Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund Call 2
On Friday 29th January 2021, at 9am, Council will open the Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund Call 2 for applications up to £1000 funded at 100%.
This scheme is only open to formally constituted groups with a current committee and based in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area. Please refer to the Guidance Notes attached for the definition of a constituted group. Groups who have applied to or were eligible to apply to the Covid-19 Business Revitalisation schemes when open, are not eligible to apply to this scheme.
In addition to the previous Covid-19 Community Support Scheme which was opened to organisations in April 2020, and the Covid-19 Community Recovery Scheme (Call 1) communities across Mid and East Antrim will now be able to access further critical financial support during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic situation.
The scheme will be available to all constituted groups across the borough, and is in addition to the usual two grants per annum available to community groups along with the previous Covid-19 Grant Schemes.
The scheme will help community groups in the borough to deliver to their own areas. Groups will be asked to work in partnership where possible, to ensure a fair and equitable geographical reach and to avoid duplication of effort.
The vital funding package, is among a raft of practical, immediate measures being undertaken by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council as they continue to provide emergency and frontline services to its people, has been set up in response to local needs.
• Groups who are currently in arrears to any Council Grants Support Scheme
• Groups with a live Covid-19 Community Support Scheme application
• Groups who have applied to the Covid-19 Business Revitalisation Scheme
Applicants must adhere to the Governance Standards document and Invoice standards document attached to this email.
Full details of the scheme are available on the Council Funding Hub at
More information on other sources of advice and support can be found on Council’s dedicated Coronavirus Covid-19 web page at
Please note that applying for a grant is a competitive process and awards are subject to the availability of funds. Council reserves the right to close the scheme before 31 March 2021 should funds become exhausted
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
PCSP Grants Schemes for 2020/21 is still open for applications until 31 Jan 2021 or until funds are exhausted (whichever comes first).
PCSP Small grants are for projects between 24 August 2020 - 7 February 2021 only. The award available is £500 - £2,500. Projects can be supported to a maximum of 80% of the total project cost.
All applications are submitted through the funding hub at
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council


All GrantTracker subscribers can simply sign in to GrantTracker to find all the schemes below in an easy access one-stop-shop format.

Victoria Homes Trust

A NI-based funder which funds only registered charities in NI.​ Aims to assist the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people under 21 years of age. The Trust's policy is to provide small grants in support of local projects which benefit children and young people.


The Honourable The Irish Society

Any individual or organisation in County Londonderry may apply to the Honourable Irish Society for assistance providing their objectives are in line with the Society's aim of promoting the welfare of the County and in particular its two principle centres, the city of Londonderry and Coleraine.  A second Fund created in 2014 in association with The Clothworkers’ Company also provides grants on a NI basis.


Dunhill Medical Trust

The Dunhill Medical Trust is a UK-based charitable trust which invests in innovation in the care of older people and research into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty relating to ageing.


Ulster Garden Villages: The Common Fund

Ulster Garden Villages Limited primarily allocates funds to projects within NI that in general will improve the quality of life in the local community.  As one of the largest grant-making trusts in NI, UGV gives grants totalling in the region of £1.5m each year.

Some Key Dates for This Week 📅


(LOANS) Social Investment Business: Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (funded by Big Society Capital)  (New extended deadline, 11.59pm, 31st March)

A fund for social enterprises and charities experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. Established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.  The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.


Music for All (Next Deadline 1st February)

Music for All provides grants for both individuals and groups to enable more people to access musical instruments and lessons and music programmes for the community.


Comic Relief: Tech for Good 'Build' (Closing Date 12 Noon, 12th February)

Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation is running the final round of their joint UK Tech for Good funding programme.  The Tech for Good 2021 ‘Build’ programme will enable organisations or partnerships to define, test and develop digital solutions over nine months that meet a social need or challenge.  Funding is available for up to £70,000 over a period of nine months (June 2021 - Feb 2022). 


Voice4Change England: The Windrush Community Fund (Phase 1 Application Deadline, 11.59pm, 12th February)

The Windrush Community Fund is up to £500,000 of financial support available to charity, community or grassroots organisations across the UK to fund projects which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.  This support is available to fund activities across the UK. Awards will range from a minimum of £2,500 to a maximum of £25,000.  Voice4Change England will oversee the Windrush Community Fund application process. 

To see ALL new and updated funds and deadlines, plus over 860 other funding schemes in a one-stop format, subscribe to NI's Leading database, GrantTracker, for just £100 a year for NICVA members and £145 for non-members here.

You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub


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