This week's content:

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

1. CCF News and Events 
2. Community News
Pictured is Mayor Cllr William McCaughey and Lynsey Poole from Larne Area Community Support Group launching Councils 'In Bloom Community Competition'.

To coincide with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) National Gardening Week, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has officially launched the 2022 Mid and East Antrim in Bloom Community Competitions and is encouraging green-fingered citizens to help make the Borough beautiful.

Mayor Councillor William McCaughey said: “Mid and East Antrim has won numerous horticultural awards thanks largely to our Mid and East Antrim In Bloom campaign, which encourages everyone who lives in the borough to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants, trees and gardens can enhance it for people and wildlife.

“As well as environmental benefits, gardening has many health and wellbeing benefits.Over the last couple of years we’ve come to rely on our gardens and green spaces more than ever. Many of us have rediscovered the importance of connecting with nature for our mental and physical wellbeing, resulting in millions more people rediscovering the uplifting power of plants and gardening.

“National Gardening Week is the UK’s biggest celebration of gardening and raises awareness of the difference that gardens and gardening can make to the lives of everyone. It aims to inspire more people, particularly the next generation of gardeners, to experience the joy of growing and creating beautiful green spaces. Council supports this RHS initiative annually with the launch of our own local competitions.”

A RHS spokesperson said: “Whether it’s sowing seeds together, taking a moment’s break to nurture your houseplants or kicking back with a cup of tea in your favourite green space, there’s so much joy to be found in gardening – and that’s exactly what we’re celebrating during this year’s National Gardening Week.

“Ever since the first celebration in 2012, the annual event has grown in popularity. Each year National Gardening Week sees thousands of people sharing their love of gardening.
“Take part in National Gardening Week by simply finding your own joy in gardening. Whether you’re taking a walk through your local green space, sowing seeds with the little ones in your life or getting on top of the pruning, capture your love of gardening with a photo and share it on social media using #RHSGardenDay.”

Cllr McCaughey concluded: “Our Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Community Competitions are a great chance for residents to be recognised and rewarded for their gardening skills. Applications are welcome from all residents of the Borough and entry is free of charge. Why not consider nominating a neighbour or friend you think deserves recognition?”
There are twelve community competitions in total with great prizes for winners and runners up in each.

General categories include Best Kept Front Garden, Best Kept Front Container Garden, Best Kept Allotment Garden, Best Kept Commercial Premises, Best Kept Community Planting Scheme, Gardening for Wildlife Award, Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to In Bloom. There are also four competitions specifically for our young residents – Young Volunteer of the Year, Blooming Creative, Best School Gardening Project and the Tallest Sunflower Competition.

Closing date for the General Categories is 20 July.
Closing date for Tallest Sunflower, Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding contribution to In Bloom is 1 September.
Closing date for Blooming Creative and Best School Gardening Project is 30 September
Competition categories and details can be found at For more information contact
The College offer essential skills courses in 'Application of Number' which will give you the opportunity to use your skills in working with figures and numbers. These courses are designed to help you:

▪️get the most out of life
▪️engage easily with others
▪️solve problems
▪️develop personally and improve self confidence
▪️help with homework
▪️manage your finances
▪️access the internet and exchange emails
▪️get a job
▪️get promotion
▪️study for other courses and get good results.

Find out more at

May is National Walking Month! Walking is a simple, free way you can get active and enjoy some fresh air as a carer. It can also have a great impact on your mental and physical wellbeing.
We have lots of resources on the Carers Active Hub to help you find the perfect route for you, including links to accessible routes, information on local walking groups and tips to build more walking into your routine. Check it out:
If you're interested in a career in business services working in areas such as financial crime and compliance testing, training opportunities are now available.
Apply for the #AssuredSkills Professional Services Academy now.
3. Fundraising News
Health and Safety Capital Programme now open for applications
The programme has been designed to enable organisations to purchase equipment and/or carry out minor works to their premises which will address any health and safety issues that has been created due to Covid-19 or has been an outstanding maintenance issue which has rendered the space not fit for purpose.
📅 Closing date for applications: Thursday 9th June 2022 at 12pm

This Week's Funding News

ROSA: Stand With Us Fund
The Stand With Us fund has been set up to support the many organisations run by and for women who stand up and take action every single day to address violence against women and girls (VAWG). The Stand With Us fund aims to empower and strengthen frontline VAWG organisations to build safer futures for women and girls. Through this fund, one-year grants of up to £25,000 will be offered to fund organisational development work.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF): Emerging Futures Fund
JRF is creating a new funding programme that will invest in nurturing and building fairer futures. They would like to build a community of interest around this kind of work. If you’d like to be invited to monthly gatherings to share learning, ideas and practice in relation to the question of how we nurture and grow alternative futures, please let them know via the Expression of Interest Form.
Get ready for new funding: giffgaff emergency fund
The rise in the cost of living is affecting everyone up and down the country. giffgaff have teamed up with The Neighbourly Foundation to create a giffgaff emergency fund, donating to causes that will support those most affected. Each grant donated will be up to the value of £1000. giffgaffers have been voting for the causes they’ll support; more information to follow.
Money Saving Expert Charity bring forward September deadline
In response to the Cost-of-Living Crisis, MSE Charity have brought forward their September grant round. Now opening Monday 20 June and closing Friday 22 July, the theme for this round is 'Developing Resilience' and will focus on supporting organisations who provide urgent money guidance and emergency debt help.
Centra: Community Grant
Northern Ireland’s leading convenience brand Centra has launched a region-wide Community Fund to the value of £5,000 as part of its latest marketing campaign. Community groups are encouraged to apply for Centra’s ‘Choices’ fund, with five individual pots of £1,000 available. Applications are open from now and will remain open until 12 August 2022.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅

Veterans' Foundation Grants
The Veterans’ Foundation provide support to those in need among serving armed forces personnel, veterans, operationally qualified seafarers and their immediate families, awarding grants to those at a disadvantage compared with non-armed forces citizens due to their service and someone who is suffering from challenges such as: unemployment, homelessness, mental and physical ill-health, injuries, poor welfare, old age, a child's loss of parent, addiction, and lack of education.  
Deadline 20 May 2022.
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.
Deadline 1pm, 20 May 2022.

BBC Children in Need: Youth Social Action Fund
This funding will support organisations to bring social action and youth empowerment opportunities to children and young people, to help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.
 Deadline 11:30am, 23 May 2022.
Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants
Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for original, innovative projects that promotea healthy heart and help reduce the risk of developing heart disease in your area and across the country. They award up to £10,000 in 12 regions in the UK every year.
 Deadline 5pm, 23 May 2022.

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📢Calling all constituted groups📢
Good Relations Grant Scheme – 2022-2023
The Good Relations Grants Scheme is NOW OPEN for submissions until 30 June 2022.
Groups are invited to make application for good relations projects up to a maximum of £2,500, 100% funded.
All programmes must be complete by end of February 2023.
There is a limited budget this year, so we would advise you to submit early to avoid disappointment.
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