This week's content:

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

1. CCF News and Events 
What a lovely wee afternoon tea party for our Ladies Craft Group yesterday thank you to all the lovely ladies for coming along !
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 🙂
2. Community News
FREE Training Places with Halifax Foundation NI!
We are delighted to be able to offer FREE training places, in partnership with the Halifax Foundation NI! If you are an organisation with an income of less than £250k and in receipt of a Halifax Foundation NI grant, than we can offer you a FREE place on the training below.

The Leadership Series:
• Thinking of Myself as a Leader: Do you think of yourself as a leader? Are you communicating like a leader? This session covers communication, assertiveness, learning styles, and why it matters. Tuesday 21 June 2022 | 10am-1pm

• Leadership & Why it Matters: Why does leadership matter? What is the difference between management and leadership? We will examine these questions and more including management styles, what is leadership and what can be most difficult and challenging about leadership. Thursday 23 June 2022 | 10am-1pm

• Leadership & Working with Teams: This leadership session will look at how to get the best from our teams, dealing with resistance and how to effectively plan for, manage and implement change within an organisation, programme, or project. Tuesday 28 June 2022 | 10am-1pm

• Leadership & Dealing with Conflict: Join us for this session to examine the principles of conflict management, recognising the real problem, active listening, challenges, support and supervision and more. Wednesday 29 June 2022 | 10am-1pm

The Building Foundations Series:
• The New Environment: Volunteer Induction: What do you need to include in a volunteer induction? How do you make it visually appealing? Have you considered moving volunteer induction online? This 1-hour session will cover this and more, followed by a Q&A session. Tuesday 5 July 2022 | 10-11am

• The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers: We understand volunteering has changed for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. Join us for a short session to look at volunteering and what the future holds in terms of recruitment, retention and recognition. Tuesday 2 August 2022 | 10-11.30am

• The New Environment: Support & Supervision of Volunteers: Do you value volunteers, recognise they have other commitments, give them a voice? This session will examine why support and supervision is important for volunteers and your organisation. We will look at good practice, how we ensure we are being proactive and new ways to carry out support and supervision remotely, as well as face to face. Wednesday 3 August 2022 | 10am-12pm

• The New Environment: Volunteers & the Law Do you know the difference between a volunteer agreement and a contract of employment? Or the difference between an employee and a volunteer? We will explore these differences and more, including legal boundaries and clarify best practice when involving volunteers. Thursday 4 August 2022 | 10am-12.30pm

To book your place on any of these courses, please email
We have more offers throughout the year so keep an eye on our website and social media channels!


Join us in #Carrickfergus Town Centre for Walk the Plank!
MayWe supported by Council and Department for Communities is hosting a day of family fun on Thursday 2 June from 11am - 2pm!🎉
A number of notorious characters have escaped from Carrickfergus Castle - can you help us find them?
Collect your map at the Castle and make your way around the Town Centre looking for them, make sure to watch out for face painting, music and more on the way!🎵
More information can be found on the ShopMEA App, download today on Google Play or the Apple app store.
As the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend approaches, the public are being reminded of the different healthcare services available in Northern Ireland - and how to access them.
If you or some of your family members feel unwell, it is important to choose the service most appropriate to your symptoms.
👉Find out more at
🎊Council will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen with major events across the Borough this week.🎊
On Saturday, June 4 Platinum parties will be held in #Ballymena, #Carrickfergus and #Larne, featuring the cream of local music and entertainment talent ahead of the televising on large screens of the #Buckingham Palace concert celebrating the historic occasion.
💃Local celebrations will begin in the early evening and then livestream the concert from London!🕺
All event details are on our website at:
Join us on Wednesday 8 June at 11am for a relaxing #CarersWeek online meetup. We’ll start with meditation and breathing exercises, before having a chat and a cuppa over Zoom ☕ Email to register.
3. Fundraising News
Funding News

Arts Council NI: Arts and Older People
The Arts & Older People Programme aims to strengthen the voice of older people and promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing through the arts. In conjunction with the delivery partners the priority areas for this next round of funding are projects being delivered within care homes, carers and people living with dementia. The proposed projects should reflect the partnership approach with the care homes and have the support from them in the delivery.
The year 2023 will see Biffa Award celebrate its 25th year of funding vital community and biodiversity projects across the United Kingdom. In celebration of this landmark event, Biffa Award is inviting Expressions of Interest from charitable organisations for a one-off grant of up to £2.5million. They are looking for one exciting, innovative and regionally, nationally or internationally significant project that will leave a lasting legacy for the next 25 years through one or both of the following themes.
Department for Communities confirms funding totalling more than £1million for built heritage
Aimed at conserving heritage assets, tackling social isolation, poverty, and increasing knowledge and public awareness, several schemes are now open for applications, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has confirmed.
  • Historic Environment Fund District Council Heritage Development Support Stream - This is a fund of up to £10k per council to help them carry out heritage development activity. This can be wide ranging and follows a successful pilot last year where talks, walks, heritage trails, maintenance work and signage associated with buildings and monuments were all supported.
  • Historic Environment Fund - Roof Repair Stream - The Historic Environment Fund Roof and Window Repair Stream is currently open to most types of listed building. Applications must be received by 20 June 2022. Up to £6,000 per roof (£12,000 for thatched buildings) is available help owners to keep listed buildings watertight.
  • Village Catalyst - The Village Catalyst is a partnership of Department for Communities (DfC) with Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera), The Housing Executive and the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) focused on enabling village communities to develop new uses for historic buildings at risk that tackle social isolation and rural poverty.
    • Village Catalyst Project Viability Grants - up to £10,000
    • Village Catalyst Project Development Grants - up to £20,000
    • Available to charities and social enterprises seeking to find uses for historic buildings which are either listed, or in conservation areas, in villages with a population of under 5,000.  
    • The proposed uses need to address DAERA's Targeting Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Framework objectives.
·  Also available in Northern Ireland from AHF is Heritage Transformed programme offering:
  • Project Viability Grants - up to £10,000
  • Project Development Grants - up to £20,000
  • These are available across NI to charities and social enterprises seeking to find uses for historic buildings. There is a restricted budget.
Burg-Wächter Secure Communities Scheme
Win a Security Kit for Your Community Worth £150 to £200* All regional community leaders and volunteers could be in line to win a security kit for your organisation as part of Burg-Wächter's 'Secure Communities Scheme'. Any regional initiative that is run by or supports the local community can apply. The Secure Communities Scheme is an on-going initiative, and they aim to award two deserving community projects/initiatives with a security kit every quarter. *Reward value based on recommended retail price inc. VAT.

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Upcoming Deadlines 📅

UK Government Levelling Up Fund Round 2
The UK Government recently announced the second round of the  Levelling Up Fund, which focuses on capital investment in local infrastructure and published a refreshed prospectus, inviting bids from all eligible organisations from Northern Ireland and across the UK. 
Opens to applications 31 May 2022.
National Lottery Awards 2022
The National Lottery Awards celebrate the people and projects who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding. They want to hear about those people who have stood up against adversity and stood out for their caring commitment to their causes. Their judging panel, made up of members of The National Lottery family and partners, will decide the winners of the individual categories. All winners will receive a National Lottery Awards trophy and a £5,000 cash prize for their project.
 Deadline midnight 1 June 2022.
The Pilgrim’s Trust: Young Women's Mental Health Plus
The Young Women’s Mental Health programme to help improve the mental health of women aged 16-25 in the UK. They’ve committed £5 million in funding over five years (2021-2026). In 2022, your work or project must take place in Northern Ireland or the North East or North West of England to be eligible. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1: Book a telephone conversation with their Grants Manager to talk through your proposal and answer any questions you might.
Stage 1 opens on 1 June and closes on 29 July.
BBC Children in Need: We Move Fund: Youth Social Action Fund
The We Move Youth Social Action Fund is a £1m scheme aiming to empower Black children and young people through Youth Social Action. They define youth social action as when children and young people use their voice to tackle subjects that matter to them. Up to £15,000 for unregistered organisations and up to £50,000 for registered bodies
Deadline to register 10 June 2022; deadline to submit applications is 20 June 2022 at 11.59am.

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