This week's content:

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

2. Community News
Please think of the 80,000+ of our community, neighbours, friends and family within NI who from today can pause their 'shielding'. As the most vulnerable to Coronavirus, they have been taking extreme precautions for many months.

We can all play our part in supporting each other, especially those for whom today onwards may be quite anxious coming out and into shops etc again.

Some ways we can all help each other 👇🏻

▶️ Keep 1-2 m distance where possible
▶️ Wash hands regularly
▶️ Wear a mask/face covering in shops
▶️ If you have any symptoms self isolate for 10 days and book a free test
▶️ Download and use the new #StopCovidNI app

And most of all be respectful, caring and mindful of each other!
Health Minister Robin Swann has urged the public to download and activate the new mobile phone app which will alert users if they have been in close contact with other users who have tested positive for #COVID19.

The app is available from both the Apple App store and the Google Play store 👇

Apple App store:
Google Play:

Read more:
Get Work Ready and Find a Job
Ready to kick-start a new career, but not sure where to start? Or are you in a job but want to try something new?

We help 16 to 30 year-olds to get a job and achieve their goals. Last year we helped almost 6,000 young people find jobs through our Employability courses. You could be next.

Unlock Skills for Work gives you skills and confidence to find job opportunities and get into work. This free online programme from The Prince’s Trust gives you workshops and 1-2-1 support to help you succeed.
*Unlock Skills for Work is a new programme from The Prince's Trust. Currently it is only available in Northern Ireland to young people aged between 16-30 who are working 16 hours per week or less.

Open for Applications - apply today for courses starting on the 10th August

Interested? Start something today. Tell us more about you and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible to talk you through the next steps.
Apply online now

What's Involved?

Unlock Skills for Work includes seven online workshops. Starting with an induction session with other young people on your course. The programme also gives you guidance and support to help boost your skills and plan for the future.
To complete the programme, you’ll need to attend a minimum number of workshops. You’ll have the chance to pick workshops that are right for you. And, at the end of the programme, we’ll come back together to think about your next steps.

The Futures Project is a Youth programme delivered by Belfast Met in partnership with the NIHE and Start360. The course is for 16-24 year olds and will be run over 2 days per week for around 4 hours per day. Participants will receive £8 for each day of the course and will also obtain an OCN Level 2 Qualification in Personal Success and Wellbeing (comparable to GCSE A-C) upon completion. The course can offer a taster for life at Belfast Met and support is also offered with transition into education, employment or training at the end of the programme.

Due to the current pandemic the course will be run as an online programme. The project is delivered in an informal environment involving fun activities with weekly tasks while the course content will focus mostly on team building, understanding feelings & emotions, communication skills, drugs and alcohol, cyber-bullying, peer pressure, discrimination and so forth. Aside from qualifications and other incentives - this is an enjoyable course which offers a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and the chance to work on a community project.
For more information, please contact the Eoin
(Project Outreach Co-Ordinator) on or 07920518125.

Share your experience of mental health services during COVID-19 pandemic at
It’s HIGH FIVE Friday! #EAHighFive

Being generous doesn’t always have to mean giving things! We can also be generous with our time. Who have you been giving your time to? Let us know at
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.


Small Capital Grants Programme

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland announces the opening of the 2020/21 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.
The Programme, which has a total fund of £800,000, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.
Who can apply?
Applications must include a minimum of 2 organisations - the amount of grant available to groups is dependent on the number of partners to the application:
  • 2 partner groups                     =          can apply for £1,500
  • 3 - 4 partner groups                =          can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups                   =          can apply for up to maximum £5,000
To be eligible for grant assistance applicants must be constituted voluntary or community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland, with an annual unrestricted income of less than £100,000 per year.
("Unrestricted" income relates to funds that the non-profit organisation may use for any purpose. “Restricted” income relates to funds whose use is restricted by a particular purpose and must be used in a specified period e.g. grant offer from a Funding Body)  
Applicants must deliver the project, pay supplier(s) and submit a grant claim by 31st March 2021.
Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:
Completed applications should be emailed to, and must be received by 5pm Friday 14th August 2020. Interested groups are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible.


New / Updated Funding This Week 🆕


The Childcare Recovery Support Fund (Opening 27th July) 

Aims to provide financial assistance (tiered levels of awards depending on the childcare provision offered and the opening/operational dates following endorsement from the HSC Trust. Administered by Early Years – the organisation for young children on behalf of the Department of Education. 

Department for Communities: Small Capital Grants Programme

£800,000 fund with 1.5K to 5K grants for groups to buy equipment to enhance and sustain their community activities and services. Includes IT equipment, sporting equipment, catering equipment & material to support arts & cultural activities.  Open to constituted organisations with  an annual income of no more than 100K.  (Managed by Co-operation Ireland).

ESB COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Administered by Groundwork NI, the NEW COVID-19 Recovery fund aims to support communities within the Area of Benefit of ESB windfarms. The fund is open to initiatives and activities addressing the aftermath impact of coronavirus in the community.  Suggested awards of £1,000 per application.

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust: Positive Pathways

(Round 4 Closing 12 Noon 25th August)
Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme will award fixed grants of £35,000 for projects developed by and for veterans. Projects should aim to improve veterans’ 

Thomas Wall Trust: Grants for Registered Charities

Grants of up to 5K for specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects.

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.  Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000. Focus is on arts and heritage, education and training, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare and social welfare.

Community Foundation for NI: The New Needs Fund

Grants of £1,000 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.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅



Community Foundation for NI: Techies in Residence (Opens 28th July)

Funded by Comic Relief and managed by CFNI, the Techies in Residence (TiR) programme is focused on creating powerful change within communities through digital technology.  Open to any VCSE (voluntary, community or social enterprise) organisation registered or operating in NI.

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 and £145 for non-members here.

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker


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