This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 

2. Community News
How can we recognise people volunteering their time in N Ireland?
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest civil Award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the Award. So many volunteer groups rose to the challenge during COVID-19, this is an amazing opportunity to recognise their efforts…….
An online information session to promote the Award and explain the nomination process, is being organised by Volunteer Now for potential nominators and interested groups. It will be an opportunity to hear from those involved in promoting the Award and from others who have been through the process.
Date: Wednesday 5th August
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Please pass this onto anyone who might be interested in hearing more about how volunteers can get recognition.  If you have a newsletter or email that goes out to your networks or other organisations please include this in it to help spread the word.
Closing date for nominations is 25 September 2020. Details can be found at
Please register your interest with and we will send you joining information
Good Relations Week 2020 is going to be a little different this year.
We have decided to run Good Relations Week 2020 as a free virtual, online experience, running from Monday 14th to Monday 21st September 2020 – and we’d really love you to get involved!

This is a big year for us: celebrating 30 years of outstanding community relations work. So we’re determined to deliver a giant online showcase and celebration of the work of people and communities in creating and sustaining good relations in Northern Ireland.

The theme for Good Relations Week 2020 is Celebrating Our Journey. Embracing Our Future.

We are encouraging local community groups and organisations, statutory bodies and local councils to get involved and host an online event or to create a piece of digital content that will demonstrate the spirit of good community relations in 2020.

This might be an online workshop, a Zoom lecture or panel discussion, a collaborative podcast, a virtual musical or dance performance, storytelling, a work of individual or community art or craft or a photography exhibition capturing the here and now of your community, or your vision for the future.


If you have archive material, it could be a compilation video of film footage, photography, or interviews from our 30-year history.

We need your help, so please get involved in making this year’s virtual Good Relations Week 2020 a modern celebration of Northern Ireland’s diverse culture and heritage.

Due to the legal consequences of the legal judgement against the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, charities which were registered up to and including May 2019 are no longer registered charities, but they are still charities in law.

NICVA is lobbying the Department for Communities to get a resolution to this situation, however, this will require a change to the Charities Act (NI) 2008. In the meantime, NICVA recommends that charities continue to operate as normal. 

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Imtac - Accessible Travel NI website

Imtac have updated their new Accessible Travel NI website with information about travel and transport during COVID-19.

The Accessible Travel NI is the place for you to find information about accessible travel and transport in Northern Ireland. During the current crisis they are providing updates about changes to transport and travel or you can tell them about your experiences.
Go to the Accessible Travel NI website
Play parks across Mid and East Antrim will commence reopening on Friday 10 July in line with guidance issued by the NI Executive. 

Prior to reopening, maintenance checks and risk assessments have been completed to ensure play equipment is safe and sites are ready for use. Following three months of closure it is expected play parks will be in high demand and Council would like to remind families that other spaces such as beaches, woodlands and open green spaces are also great places to play. Councils have been working with PlayBoard NI to develop guidance for parents to enable facilities to reopen. A range of measures aimed at minimising the risk of infection have been agreed and parents and children visiting play parks are asked to adhere to the following guidance: 
  1. Closed Play Parks; If the play park you wish to use has not yet been officially reopened, please do no attempt to use or access the equipment.
  2. Secured equipment; In some cases, pieces of play equipment may have been secured to prevent their use on safety grounds.  If an item has been secured to prevent use do not attempt to remove temporary barriers or use the equipment.
  3. Social Distancing; When visiting a play park make sure that you follow current government guidance on social distancing, encourage and support your children to do the same and keep a safe distance from others not in your household/social bubble.
  4. Busy Play Parks; Given that they are reopening for the first time in 3 months’ play parks may be busier than usual.  If the play park is busy, consider coming back at a later time and let your child know in advance that this may be a possibility to avoid disappointment.
  5. Hand Washing; Wash your hands and your children’s hand’s before and after visiting the play park. Take hand sanitiser with you and ensure you and your child use it frequently whilst in the play park.
  6. Waste Management; Make sure that any disposable tissues, PPE equipment etc. is disposed of in the litter bins provided or, if one is not available take it home for disposal.
  7. Be Sensible; If you or anyone in your household are showing any Coronavirus symptoms, stay home and do not visit the play park.
3. Fundraising News
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The Housing Executives Social Enterprise Plus Programme went live today, with grants of;
  • Up to £10000 for Business Start-up, Education and Training awards (open year round until funds are depleted)
  • Up to £10,000 and up to £25,000 for Embryonic, Emerging and Established social enterprises (Deadline for applications 21st August)
Our team details are on the webpage for those who want to discuss potential applications.

New Small Grants Programme opening - Monday 6th July

The Public Health Agency and the Northern Area Community Networks are pleased to announce a programme of investment that will provide support to communities in responding to the impact the COVID19 pandemic.
The PHA are encouraging groups to apply for the short-term funding programme which can be used to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities living through COVID-19.
The funding programme will also support a range of strategic themes and priorities including:
‘Making Life Better’ (A whole System Strategic Framework for Public Health 2013-2023) priorities
Protect Life 2 (PL2) 2019-2024, strategy for reducing suicides and the incidence of self-harm within Northern Ireland, Mental Health and Emotional Well-being.
Programmes eligible for funding should promote healthy lifestyle choices. Projects which benefitted from this programme in previous years have included workshops focusing on drugs and alcohol, autism and females, postnatal depression, stress management and programmes on personal development, first aid, Relax Kids, Hope ambassador training and parenting programmes. Activities such as gardening, yoga, mindfulness, arts &crafts, cooking, to mention a few.
This year the programme will allow groups to apply for a wider range of programmes to achieve better health and wellbeing as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
The PHA has commissioned the 4 Northern Community Networks, CRUN/Causeway Rural and Urban Network, NACN / Northern Area Community Network; CWSAN / Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network and Impact Network NI to facilitate this process in the Northern HSC / PHA locality areas. This short term funding programme is also available in the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast areas via The Clear Project.
Two types of awards are available under this scheme:
Award one programme of up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking community/ voluntary sector groups can apply for, and
Award two programmeof between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community/ Voluntary sector groups.

Any group interested in applying for the short term funding programmes for the Northern PHA/HSC area can find out more through contacting:
The Health Alliance Website(Northern Area),this provides an opportunity for communities, voluntary and statutory sections to network, share information and best practice, engage in evidence based health improvement, access training and capacity building opportunities and contribute to sharing the health improvement agenda. The short-term grant application will be available on the funding section of the health alliance website. To access the documents you will have to register to become a member of the Health Alliance, you can do this by following the link:
For further queries on this funding opportunity, please contact the appropriate Network for your project area:

Northern Area Community Network (NACN) & Causeway Rural & Urban Network (CRUN) Ballymena, Ballymoney, Larne, Causeway & Moyle
T: 028 21772100

Impact Network NI
Antrim, Newtownabbey & Carrickfergus
T: 028 9447 8645

Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN)
Magherafelt & Cookstown
T: 028 87 738845

The closing date for applications for these grants is Thursday6th August 2020 at 12 noon.
Any group interested in applying for the short term funding programmes for the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast areas can find out more at Further details are available from the CLEAR Project on (028) 7138 3386 or


Urgent Updates


Community Foundation for NI: The New Needs Fund (IMPORTANT CHANGES)

NB Now offering grants of £1,000 (initially minimum grant was £3000) to £15,000 to help organisations and communities to respond better, addressing new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus and where restrictions mean finding new ways of meeting existing needs and #build back better, helping to ensure organisations can thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities.  Can now also apply for capital only., 

D-Prize  (Deadline now extended to Midnight PT - Pacific time), 13th July

D-Prize supports new entrepreneurs who can distribute proven poverty interventions.  They will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch a pilot version of your new organization wherever extreme poverty exists. 

Nationwide Building Society: Community Grants (Was expected to close 29th June but extended & still open as of 5th July)

Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives making positive changes in their local areas can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000.


NB Crowdfunder is still cutting fees and have made it 100% free for social enterprises looking to raise funds through crowdfunding during the current crisis. 

New Funding This Week 🆕


The Big Give: Christmas Challenge

The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Christmas Challenge.  For 7 days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled. It has raised millions of pounds for thousands of charity projects since it launched in 2008.

Spring Impact: Scale Accelerator Programme

Scale Accelerator helps mission-driven organisations to maximise their impact on people’s lives by offering £30,000 worth of consultancy from a dedicated team of experts.

GSK Impact Awards

Designed to recognise and reward charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.  Up to ten winners will receive £30,000, with one overall winner receiving £40,000 and up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000.  Winners will also be offered training and development valued at around £9,500 and have a film made about their work.

BIFFA Award: Funding for Partnerships Projects

Currently welcoming online Expressions of Interest for their Partnership Grants Schemes, with funding of between £250,000 and £750,000 for inspiring environmental projects that will create a significant impact, 

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme (NB Rolling programme, but expecting high demand & may close the call for applications at very short notice)

Grants of up to £2500 for community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10 as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period.  (Managed by Community Foundation for NI)

The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19 Charities Fund (Closing 4pm 10th July)

The National Lottery Community Fund are distributing the COVID-19 Charities Fund with a grant from the NI Department for Communities. Will provide financial support to charities who have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are not able to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020.

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grant (Closing 5.30pm, 10th July)

Aims to get more people eating healthily, strengthen our communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation.   Offering small grants of £150 from June 2020 to April 2021 to support community led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.  



More Funding Resources

You can see all COVID-19 funding schemes including the latest on Government, local Council and trust and foundation funding, on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub
To see over 800 other funding schemes in a one-stop format, subscribe to NI's Leading database, GrantTracker, for just £100 a year for NICVA members here.
Also, see my latest article on “How to get the most out of GrantTracker during COVID-19 and beyond”

Funding at your Fingertips

Northern Ireland’s leading funding toolkit. Helping charities and communities thrive.


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