This week's content:

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

1. CCF News and Events 
Veterans Families and Carers are invited to a coffee morning on Thursday 30th June 11am - 1pm in Carrickfergus Community Forum.
If you would like more information please contact Brenda or Ricky on 02893 359777
All welcome 🙂
This is a 6 week course delivered in Carrickfergus Community Forum

Please contact us on 02893 359777 to register
or email

Join us on Tuesday 5th July from 11am - 2pm for this informative workshop

Please contact us on 02893 359777 to register
or email

See below for full details
2. Community News
Everyone is welcome to call into the Community Health and Wellbeing Pop Up shops being held in July in Carrick, Larne and Ballymena

Lots of useful information will be provided on a variety of issues including PCSP, Community Development, Good Relations, Community Planning and Community Services
Our next Carrickfergus Artisan Market will take place on Saturday 2 July from 11am-3pm in Market Place.
We currently have spaces available for local traders, if you would like to get involved in our monthly market please send an expression of interest to with the following information👇
• Name & Contact information
• Intro to your product
📢 Applications for Free School Meals and Uniform Allowance for the upcoming school year are now open!

Click here to apply:

Please note, as well as new applicants, parents/guardians of children who are already in receipt of Free School Meals and Uniform Allowance will need to apply again for this school year.

You will need to register an account to apply. You will then be able to log back in to check your application.

For more information, visit our Free School Meals and Uniform Allowance page on our website:
Social needs such as work, money, housing problems, the challenges of managing long-term conditions and feeling lonely or isolated are just as important to our health and wellbeing as our physical health needs. Can you help?

If you are:

- Aged 18-26
- Living in the Northern Trust area
- Living with or affected by cancer, dementia, mental health or palliative condition

We would like your help in developing materials to guide people to the right support.

Location: Dunadry Hotel, Antrim
Date: 7 & 28 July 2022
Time: 10am to 12 noon

For more info & to register contact:
Elaine 07747765729 or Julie 07747765637 /

Registration closes Monday 4th July 2022
Schools are finishing up for the summer holidays and parents and guardians are being encouraged to talk to their children and young people now about the dangers of using alcohol and drugs.
Find out top tips at
3. Fundraising News

Funding News

Branching Out Fund – Re-opens in July!
This Tree Council grant fund supports schools, community groups and Tree Warden Networks to plant trees, hedges and orchards.  Grants can be between £200 and £2000.  The projects must involve young people up to the age of 21. If you would like to be notified when the Fund re-opens in July 2022, for projects who want to plant from the start of tree planting season in 2022, until early Spring 2023, please sign up HERE ..

Laughology: The Happiness Fund
Funding grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects throughout the UK. The Happiness Fund is available to enable and support projects which improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities. Ultimately it creates happier people and neighbourhoods - think Holly Willoughby meets Sponge Bob Square Pants. They will open again on the 1 July 2022.
Help the Homeless
Help The Homeless' main funding remit is the regular allocation of grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum).  All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation:
The Foundation support a number of programmes around key strategic areas: Nurturing ideas and people, Arts access and participation, Education & learning through arts, and Investing in Young People. The following have a rolling application cycle – no deadlines
  • SHARED GROUND FUND - The Shared Ground Fund supports organisations to influence migration system reform, improve access to support services, strengthen civic participation and inform public understanding of migration and integration narratives. Grants from £30,000 – £400,000 for work lasting up to 4 years.
  • YOUTH FUND - The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. Core funding grants up to £150,000 over three years.
Matthew Good Foundation: Grants for Good Fund
Grants for Good invites local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have an average annual income of less than £50,000 to apply to them for funding. Every three months, the Foundation will share £10,000 between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅

The Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children 2022
The Holiday Grants programme provides access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities.  Please note they have removed some of the temporary changes they made last year to the types of trips they will fund, please read the funding guidelines carefully to make sure your trip is eligible. Grant size: £500-£2,500.
 Application deadline 30 June 2022.
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland: Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund – Cushendun
This funding is for a renewed coastal village project, funded by the UK Prosperity Fund. The project aims to work with the people, businesses and community/voluntary groups using Cushendun to renew the economic heartbeat of the village, fulfilling the hopes and ambitions expressed by local people through successive Village plans over ten years. Only projects which take place within the Glendun District Electoral area, are eligible to apply.
Application deadline 1pm, 1 July 2022.
National Churches Trust: Cornerstone Grants
The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers their largest grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of major urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. Grants of £40,000 to £50,000 are extremely limited and reserved for cases which demonstrate a very high case for investment. They will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost.
 Application deadline 4 July 2022.
Social Enterprise NI: Social Enterprise Awards
The annual Awards promote and showcase some of the best examples of social enterprise across Northern Ireland. Each year the Social Enterprise Awards attract a diverse range of applications from organisations tackling some of society’s biggest challenges. The awards recognise and celebrate the excellence in social enterprise and the outstanding achievements using trade to deliver social impact.
Submit your nominations to the 15 award categories by midnight 8 July 2022

Get ahead with GrantTracker and access over 900 funding schemes in NI's leading database.  Just £100 a year for NICVA members
and £145 for non-members here.


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


Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants support thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK.
The scheme is open to all registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.

Examples of eligible applications with a focus on food security, children and young people could be:

  • A local school needing support to buy food for a children’s breakfast club, 
  • A voluntary organisation working with families to run a food bank,
  • A charity supporting  young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
  • A brownie or scout group needing new camping equipment,
  • Kitchen equipment for a youth project  to set up a holiday club,
  • Supporting a community centre wanting to put on a Christmas lunch or Meals on Wheels service,
  • A healthy eating project that supports families to cook healthy meals on a budget,
  • A local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area.

If you are a Tesco customer or colleague, you can also nominate a cause that you’d like to see supported and we’ll contact them to encourage them to apply.

Tesco colleagues in each store will help select those needing a little help in your local area and when our customers are given a blue token, in any of our Tesco stores at the checkout, they can vote for their favourite charity to receive a grant.

Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for the PHA short-term funding programme. Closing date for applications is Thursday 21 July at 3pm.
The funding can be used to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities with a particular focus on improving mental and emotional wellbeing.
To apply for the short term funding opportunities for Western, Belfast, Northern, South Eastern and Southern Health Social Care Trust areas please go to:
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