This week's content:

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

Would you be interested in taking part in a series of workshops focussed on how womens lives have changed and evolved over the years. These would be facilitated by Sharon McKnight.

About Sharon and the programme:

In my early years I studied the History of the Women's Movement (Early years and fight for the vote) at University..
Later in my career I delivered classes to YTP teenage girls looking at the 80s and 90s era.
( I took my lead from )My source material was an excellent production by the BBC called The Doll's House. This In captured life   From Edwardian days to the  freedom /emancipation of the 60s. 
I have met with, held workshops and collected material from older people many born in the 1920s and 30`s topics where  on courtship, romance and marriage. They gave me oral stories I recorded and documented  for them, hoping  they will never be lost to the next generation . In my workshops  
I use photographs as visual aids and posters on A4 laminated card. It is very ad hoc in approach and really up to you the  individual  participating in the workshop .

If you think you would like to take part please contact Janice or Lucy at the Forum on 02893 359777 or email

Access NI Enhanced Checks
Carrickfergus Community Forum is a registered Umbrella Body with Access NI. This means that we submit enhanced criminal record checks for community organisations in Carrickfergus. Access NI authorises umbrella bodies to provide these services to organisations.

For more information on this service please contact: or or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News
  An exhibition at Carrickfergus #Museum running from 13 January to 26 February.

From August to October, members of the public joined Carrickfergus and District Historical Society to investigate the conditions and lives of the women interred in Carrickfergus Gaol.

This was part of a larger Peace IV funded project ‘Making the Future’.

The #exhibition highlights some of our key findings, and why not come along to the #Historical Society Talk on:

29 January at 8pm in Carrickfergus Town Hall

where Dr Elaine Farrell will be talking about 19th century #Crime and #Punishment across the Borough.

#peaceIV #makingthefuture #carrickfegusmuseum #carrickTHI #heirtagelottery #builtheritage #heritagetown #ourMEA
Carrick Connect have been awarded funding for our mentoring service from #TheNationallotteryCommunityfundNorthernIreland if you feel like you need to talk, please feel free to contact us by pm through our Carrick Connect fb page or by emailing us on carrick Connect is a not for profit organisation aimed at interacting with young people from the ages of 11-25 years. We offer many programmes and our mentoring service is expanding rapidly. It is a known fact that a problem shared is a problem halved. All mentoring services are confidential
Its good to talk #carrickconnect #TheNationallotteryCommunityfundNorthernIreland

New series of cyber security sessions funded by The Halifax Foundation

These FREE workshops are being offered in 5 locations throughout NI between December 2019 and March 2020. The sessions will include: overview of current cyber threats, risk assessment practices, practical, low cost, risk-mitigation controls  and signposting to resources and further guidance. 
There are limited places available so please book today for one of the following sessions:
  • Belfast - 5 Feb 2020 | 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Newry - 26 Feb 2020 | 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Ballymena - 4 Mar 2020 | 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Omagh - 25 Mar 2020 | 7:0pm to 9:00pm
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Cllr Maureen Morrow and the Chair of Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership Alderman John Carson invite you to attend the HERE2HELP Roadshow.

Following a number of tragic events over the past number of months MEA Council have developed this Roadshow to demonstrate our commitment to our communities and to raise awareness of Support Services available for those affected by Mental Health and Wellbeing issues and Drugs and Alcohol concerns.

We would encourage everyone to attend this FREE event

To register please E Mail or call
3. Fundraising News

📣 Have Your Say on the development of the new PEACE PLUS Programme 2021-2027

Date/Time: Tuesday 18 February 2020 | 9:30am to 12:00pm
Venue: NICVA | 61 Duncairn Gardens | Belfast | BT15 2GB

Don't forget, EU funding isn't ending after Brexit. Come and have your say on the new EU PEACE PLUS programme replacing PEACE IV and INTERREG 2014-2020 programmes.

Register now for NICVA's sector consultation event on 18 February 2020. Senior representation from The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) responsible for consulting on development and delivery of the new programme will be in attendance.

For more details on the PEACE PLUS programme or how to respond directly to this consultation via online survey visit this link. The survey closes at 5pm on 25 February 2020.

For any queries on this event or NICVAs consultation contact Kathy Maguire


New and Updated Funding Initiatives 🆕

Halifax Foundation NI have developed a new strategy for 2020–2023, ‘A Vision for the Future’. An interview with Brenda McMullan, Executive Director, looks at what this means for the vital work of NI charities

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


Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Ideas and Pioneers Fund

Supports people with unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. Grants of up to £10,000 (and up to £15,000 in exceptional circumstances) are available to individuals, partnerships or small organisations.
Find out more on the website

Arts & Business NI: Investment Programme

Funded by the Arts Council of NI, the programme aims to increase private sector investment into the arts by supporting arts organisations in developing sustainable relationships with business.  Cash and in kind support is available.
Find out more on the website

Department of Education: Pathway Fund

Delivered through Early Years, the Fund supports the improved development of children aged from birth to four years at risk of not reaching their full potential within the school system and aims to deliver an enhanced more sustainable early years sector.  2 grant streams (A) up to £15,000 and (B) £15,0001 to £30,000 are available.
Find out more on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary 📅


G&H Roberts Community Trust

Deadline for Submissions 31 Jan 2020

Focuses on funding small community projects that support the advancement of education, community development, human rights, environmental protection, conflict resolution and reconciliation.  Distributes around £12000 per annum. Usually awards are between £250 - £2,000. 
Find out more on the website

Anchor Foundation

Application Deadline 31 Jan 2020

Supporting Christian charities concerned with social inclusion, particularly through ministries of healing and the arts. Grants range from £500 to £10,000.
Find out more on the website

Arts Council NI: Creative Industries Seed Fund

Deadline for Applications (4pm) 27 Jan 2020

Aims to encourage Cross-Sectoral Collaboration, drive innovation in technologies and create new content, products, services and experiences and assist entrepreneurs, businesses, or organisations for projects that contribute to the growth of the creative industries and unlock future income generation.  100% grants are available to cover costs of between £500 and £10,000 for a project.
Find out more on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker




For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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