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This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
Carrickfergus Community Forum engaged with a number of individual men from the local area with a focus on health and wellbeing to promote a positive mental attitude, building confidence and maintaining positive healthy relationships.
We have supported the individuals to take part in a variety of mens health sessions and also offered support and encouragement for employment opportunities and mentoring for all.  They have really bonded over the sessions but the current situation has meant they were unable to undertake a series of planned activities.
Not to be disheartened they have started a weekly online cookery session where they are able to have a virtual meeting and learn some new skills while maintaining their contact to support each other through a difficult period of isolation. They had their first cookery session on Wednesday night and all logged in to a face time app to make fresh burgers together. They had a brilliant laugh, made some delicious food and stayed connected!!
Have to say we are very impressed with the quality so far.
Although many people are finding it difficult at this time these men have adapted to this new way of staying in touch really well and have a series of weekly sessions planned where they can still enjoy each others company and learn some skills at the same time. They hope to make a variety of recipes over the next few weeks and this will build their capacity as individuals with the added benefit of learning to cook for the family!!
We at CCF are really proud of the guys for sticking at this and making sure they continue to stay in touch during what is a challenging and unfamiliar time for everyone. Well done everyone!!!
 
2. Community News
Disability Action Transport Scheme (DATS) are offering a FREE collection and delivery service to both members and non-members during this very difficult COVID-19 period. Collection and delivery of pre-paid shopping from any of the shops included in our operational area (Belfast / Bangor / Carrickfergus / Holywood / Newtownabbey / Newtownards). Collection and delivery of prescriptions (arrangements to be made by Client/Doctor/Pharmacist prior to collection). Transport for essential key workers who work at Belfast Hospitals. To book please contact our office on 028 9029 7870 between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday. 
PHA tips on healthy eating and meal planning http://pha.site/uw6q
3. Fundraising News


                         

New and Updated Funding Initiatives 🆕

 Standard Life Coronavirus funding
Funding for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. Examples are analysis of key issues, modelling of new proposals (such as enhanced sick pay, help with utilities, high cost credit payments, and changes to pensions), recording impacts on low-to-middle income groups and specific advocacy and policy work on a range of issues related to income, spending and assets. Projects funded may last only a few weeks or months but some may be longer. Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts.

Live Here Love Here: Small Grants Scheme
Grants are from £500 to £5,000 for volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout NI.  This year also sees funding available for an additional strand of work, i.e.  supporting actions that help care for those in need as a result of COVID-19.
See more on the website  

Leathersellers Coronavirus Focussed Small Grants
In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, their small grants programme invites applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence or nursing care to vulnerable patients.  Grants of up to £3000.

Legal and General: Coronavirus Emergency Charity Fund
A £500,000 emergency community fund providing grants of £5,000-£10,000 for charities and voluntary organisations which are supporting elderly and vulnerable people through the COVID 19 crisis.  Open to charitable organisations who generate under £1.5m  of income.


Enkalon Foundation Coronavirus Community Support Fund
The Enkalon Foundation will move the focus of their modest funding pot to charities and community organisations helping people who are isolated and vulnerable in their local communities at this difficult time. As a small funder they focus their funding based on their core objectives in the former Antrim Borough Council area.

Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme
Grants of up to £2500 for community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10 as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period.  (Managed by Community Foundation for NI)

The Fore: The RAFT Fund (Rapid Action by the Fore)
Emergency grants of up to £5,000 to help small charities and social enterprises respond to the COVID-19 crisis.  Currently this is only open to existing grantees but they are aiming to raise £1 million funding to extend to other organisations
 
CRISIS: In This Together- Emergency Grants Programme
An emergency grants fund to support local groups financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK. Two types of grant - Awards of up to £5k for short term responses to Coronavirus emergency, and Awards of up to £50K for long term needs such as potential expansion and change of services.

 

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

         

       

 
  
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