This week's content:

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

1. CCF News and Events 
2. Community News
Great way to make new friends, connect with old friends and enjoy the craic…
We would especially like to invite elderly or vulnerable people in Greenisland community to avail of this wee club .
You might not see it, but loneliness can be as bad for your health as 15 cigarettes a day. Why not reach out to someone from a different age group today? building more intergenerational connections during #IntergenerationalWeek. #endlonelinessnow #allagesapril
Does anyone have any questions ❓

Whether it's a question for you, or for your group, get in touch so we can help you to get on the water, and experience the benefits of #Sailability


Belfast Mela Participation Opportunities for Community Groups

The Belfast Mela is back with a week long programme of events from the 20 – 27 August including the spectacular festival finale at Botanic Gardens on 28 August.

What does it involve for my group?

  • Five free arts workshops with a professional artist to produce props and costume for the parade on 20 August 2022
  • A chance to learn new skills, meet new friends and be part of a celebration of our city’s cultural diversity
  • Free entry to the Belfast Mela at Botanic Gardens on 28 August for all parade participants
To find out more and apply to take part in the carnival parade please contact or tel 028 9023 138.
𝑭𝑹𝑬𝑬 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝑴𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒆 𝑨𝒏𝒙𝒊𝒆𝒕𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒏

Our Level 2 and Level 3 Mindfulness courses are due to start again this month. These courses will help develop your knowledge of mindfulness techniques to help reduce anxiety and stress in children and young people. Apply today to secure your place on these very popular courses.

𝗟𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝟯 𝗨𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝘅𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲
📅 28 April 2022
⏰ 7-9pm
📚 Online

𝑳𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍 2 𝑴𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑹𝒆𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑨𝒏𝒙𝒊𝒆𝒕𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒏
📅 27 April
⏰ 7-9pm
📚 Online

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3. Fundraising News

This Week's Funding News

Community Foundation Northern Ireland: AXA PARKS Fund
AXA is working to make a difference in local communities through AXA PARKS – a new environmental grants programme, supporting local community projects that demonstrate a real commitment to improved outcomes for our environment and our communities’ wellbeing. The €1m project will see AXA support projects across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Grants from £3,000 to £20,000.
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Celebrating the outstanding work of local volunteer groups across the UK, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups. Created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation, it is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life.
Nomination deadline 15 September 2022.
UK Government: Levelling Up Fund
The Levelling Up Fund is designed to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. The £4.8 billion fund will support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets. In addition to local authorities, the UK government will accept bids from a range of local applicants in NI, including but not limited to businesses, universities, voluntary and community sector organisations, district councils, the Northern Ireland Executive, and other public sector bodies. The Fund will run until 2024/25. The Department will be hosting an information webinar to promote the second round of the Levelling Up Fund on 26 April 2022 15:00-15:45. Registration is not required- the meeting on Teams can be accessed at this link 
Royal London Changemakers Programme 
Supporting innovative solutions that help people build financial resilience or support a transition to net zero, UK and Ireland social ventures/entrepreneurs can apply for a grant of £20,000 as well as further two-years of support and networking opportunities. 

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


Upcoming Deadlines 📅

The Wheel: Training Links
Training Links offers funding opportunities to groups of organisations that choose to come together to form Training Networks and work collaboratively to address their shared training needs as a training network.
Deadline 5pm, 29 April 2022.
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Trust gives grants to UK registered charities that work with communities in the UK. For 2022 they have decided to focus on The Arts for all grants.
Deadline 30 April 2022.
Speaking Volumes
Funding to allow public bodies and community groups to purchase books and DVDs about the Christian faith, to be placed anywhere they can be borrowed and enjoyed.
Deadline 30 April 2022.
A B Charitable Trust: Open Grants Programme
Grants are awarded to charities registered and working in the UK and the Trust is particularly interested in charities that work with marginalised and excluded people in society, with a focus on migrants and refugees , criminal justice and penal reform, and human rights, particularly access to justice.
Deadline 30 April 2022.

Live Here Love Here: Platinum Jubilee Pollinator Garden Award
As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022, Live Here Love Here is administering an Award to a group or partnership to create a bespoke community pollinator garden as a legacy of the occasion. The Award is being wholly provided by the Department of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs and managed by the Live Here Love Here programme.
New extended deadline noon 4 May 2022

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Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - Funding OPEN!
In order to ensure groups are not penalised in their normal two grant applications, Council permits an additional application only to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Applications should be submitted through one of the following categories:
Small Event Category (100% funding up to a maximum of £1,000) for events with up to 500 people in attendance (participants and attendees combined) taking place between 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022.
N.B. Funding for the event will be reduced on a pro-rata basis if profit** exceeds £200.
Medium Event Category (75% funding up to a maximum of £2,500) for events with more than 500 but less than 2,000 people in attendance (participants and attendees combined) taking place between 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022.
N.B. Funding for the event will be reduced on a pro-rata basis if profit** exceeds £500
Single Commemorative Piece (100% funding up to a maximum of £1000)
Consideration will be given in this category to a commemorative item in celebration or recognition of Her Majesty the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee Year. To be applied under the Small Event Category by 31 August 2022.
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