1. CCF News and Events

2. Community News

3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News & Events

We currently have two vacancies for part time Community Development Workers. One post is for Sunnylands and one is for Greenisland. Both are 20 hours per week. If you are interested in applying please download the relevant job description and complete the relevant application form (available from our website click here) and return to CCF by 4.00pm on Tuesday 28th May 2019.

CV's will not be accepted.

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 telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June is a UK wide campaign now in its 35thyear!   It’s a time to celebrate the wonderful contribution which volunteers make to so many charities and communities. During the Week, hundreds of organisations will thank and recognise their own volunteers – from trustees to carers, sports coaches to volunteer drivers – they all make a huge difference!  In Northern Ireland, Volunteer Now takes the lead in promoting and encouraging volunteer involving organisations to get involved and our partners include NCVO (England), Volunteer Scotland and WCVA (Wales). Volunteer Now has a range of merchandise available to help groups in Northern Ireland to celebrate the Week. Banners, branded balloons and DIY Bunting are available for collection from various locations – contact: Sandra on 028 9023 2020 or email

Download our Volunteers’ Week Resource Pack HERE

or visit the National Volunteers’ Week site:

We are also asking organisations to share their stories, activities and pics with us on social media and to use #VolunteersWeek


Fraud warning for the sector

NICVA have had a report via DfC (Neighbourhood Renewal team) regarding a fraud involving an organisation being asked to refund a payment to BT via their online banking facility.  PSNI have advised that the fraudsters may target other organisations with the same scam. Please remember that financial institutions, utility companies, law enforcement, HMRC, internet & telecoms providers or other public bodies will never ask for transfers of this nature. General advice is never to respond to this type of phone call, but to authenticate the source.

For more info on scams checkout the PSNI ScamwiseNI partnership's Little Book of Big Scams or join Scamwise on their Facebook page for their live Q&A event this Thursday evening from 6.30pm until 8pm.

June 2019 Photography Courses

Various dates
Venue: Belfast Exposed, Belfast

Belfast Exposed are running a range of upcoming Photography courses throughout June:
  • Level 2: Develop Your Photography Practice - Sat 1 & 8 Jun
  • Level 3: Street Photography - Sat 1, 8 & 15 Jun
  • Wet Plate Collodion - Sat 22 Jun
  • Level 3: Landscape Photography - Sat 29 Jun, 6 & 13 Jul
Find out more and register here
3. Funding News

   New or Updated Funding Initiatives


New or Updated Funding Initiatives

The Marsh Christian Trust

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. The nature of their funding is to support established charities and not to provide start-up costs.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Comic Relief: Bridging the Gaps: Strengthening Mental Health Support for Children and Young people

Comic Relief are seeking proposals from those working on providing mental health support to children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop.   The country focus for funding is Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nigeria, United Kingdom or Zambia, with funding available for a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 years from £150k up to £700k.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation: Young People Leaving Care

Spending over £2m a year for at least 5 years, the Young People Leaving Care programme will support projects that see care leavers supported by the system and by their networks to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, ultimately making a successful transition to independence.  

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary

Social Justice Small Grants Programme

The Social Justice Small Grants Programme, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, aims to support local community groups with projects and initiatives that contribute to peacebuilding, tackle the impact of poverty and austerity measures and/or give voice to excluded groups.

Closing Date (1pm)  31 May 2019.  Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

The Acorn Fund: Giving Circle

Established by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland to harness the energy and enthusiasm uniquely expressed by people living in Derry/Londonderry, the Acorn Fund is focused on channelling local and overseas giving and collaborating with others to direct giving where it will most impact.

Giving Circle Closing Date (1pm) 31 May 2019.  Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Thomas Wall Trust

The Trust consider applications for grants of up to £1,000 for small registered charities, running specific projects that address the educational and social needs of their communities.  They can also provide small grants to assist individuals with the cost of training courses that improve their chances of employment. 

Application Deadline for July 2019 Meeting 31 May 2019.  Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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