This week's content:

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

We will be closed from Monday 5th April until Friday 9th April for the Easter holidays.

Staff will return to the office on Monday 12th April.
 As before please contact us to arrange an appointment before visiting.


2. Community News
Adults aged 45 years and older can now book their #COVID19 vaccination at a participating community pharmacy or at a mass vaccination centre.
Book here ➡ 💻
Remember, you must have the following to get a vaccination in Northern Ireland:
✔ A Northern Ireland HSC number
✔ You must be registered with a Northern Ireland GP
✔ Produce photographic ID
❗️Please do not book if you are not eligible. ID checks will be carried out.
The Independent Review Panel of Charity Regulation seeks your views on how well the charities regulatory framework, which is administered by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, is working and what could work better. 

The Panel has set up a series of online consultation meetings for various stakeholders including trustees, workers and advisors of charities of different sizes, as well as specific sessions for funders, solicitors, accountants, governance advisors and the general public. 
Find full details and book your place here
Whether it’s your home, your business premises or your garden shed – make sure your security measures are working and effective.
Test alarms, set your CCTV, activate security lights, and always remember to close, lock and check all windows and doors.

Due to the pandemic, Action Cancer is now offering VIRTUAL CANCER AWARENESS SESSIONS for your workplace or community group!
This 60 minute session will cover signs and symptoms of common cancers that affect men and women, how to self-check, screening programmes and how to reduce your cancer risk.
💻 Our online sessions are interactive and delivered in a relaxed way to help your staff or community group members really get the most from this online learning experience.
Early detection saves lives, so get in touch today!
☎ 028 9080 3344

As part of our Northern Ireland Centennial year plan, we are running a competition! 🖍
This is the first in a series of art competitions for children of primary school age.
For your chance to win a #MEA goodie bag all you have to do is show why you love where you live! ❤️
This year has been a bit different than expected, but we have been able to enjoy and explore our home surroundings.
Use the link below to access the template ⬇️
You can send entries to
We will be choosing 2 winners from each year group.
Entries close at 9am Tuesday 6 April and winners will be contacted after this date.
For full terms and conditions, please see👇
#NI100MEA PLUS Public Consultation

PEACE PLUS Programme (2021-2027) Public Consultation – Share Your View!

We are seeking your view on the draft content of the European Union funded PEACE PLUS Programme (2021-2027), worth approximately €1bn. It has been designed following a comprehensive cross border stakeholder engagement process, early last year that included 16 different consultation events, with over 1,000 people in attendance. Over 300 survey responses were submitted. A full report of the survey’s findings can be found here.

PEACE PLUS is a new funding programme designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, building upon the work of the previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes. The design reflects the importance of peace-building activity, but also the importance of actions that will contribute positively to the economy, building prosperity and adjusting to the new environment and challenges we face.

The consultation started on Wednesday 10 March 2021 and will end at 5pm on Wednesday 12 May 2021.

The purpose of this public consultation is to provide citizens, and other key stakeholders, with an opportunity to share their views on the content and administrative arrangements of the PEACE PLUS Programme, findings from the Equality Screening exercise and the Strategic Environmental Assessment.

The PEACE PLUS Consultation Information Document, which gives full details of the draft content of the new programme is available below. Please read this document before completing the survey. 

An infographic illustrating the main themes of the PEACE PLUS Programme as well as an overview of the development and consultation process is available below.

To help us gather your views, the SEUPB will be using an online survey which was developed using an online survey development software called Survey Monkey. See link to the survey below: 

An animated video giving an overview of the draft content of the PEACE PLUS Programme (2021-2027) is also available below.

Documentation relating to this consultation can be requested in other languages and accessible formats such as MS Word, easy-read, large print, audio-CD and braille by emailing: or Text: 07841 367052. 

PEACE PLUS Consultation - Privacy Notice


The BIG Spring Clean is Northern Ireland's largest community clean-up campaign and although it will not look like it has in previous years, we can still make a difference to our local area.

If you organise your own cleanup between 1 April and 31 May and register it on the
Live Here Love Here
website before 30 April, you'll receive their free starter kits* - this includes information on planning your event, a high visibility vest, a pair of gloves and bin bags.

Please ensure that when you are organising or taking part in a clean up that you adhere to current Covid-19 government guidelines.
*Kits are limited.
Please register your clean up at least one week in advance to ensure delivery.
3. Fundraising News
Community Relations Council - Equity, Diversity, Interdependence
Get help for voluntary & community groups to do more Good Relations work.
Up to £10k in our CR/CD Small Grants Scheme.
Apply here:
#grants #funding

New Funding This Week 🆕


Community Foundation for NI & Community Foundation for Ireland: New All Island Fund Launching Soon

The Community Foundation for NI is partnering with Community Foundation for Ireland for a new and exciting All Island fund.  To find out more about this fund they are inviting you to attend a special VitalTalks on this new fund at 1 pm on Thursday 1st April 2021.
To register click here.


Community Fund for NI: Telecommunity Fund (Ongoing)

Provides grants of £500 to £2000 for small, locally based grass roots community projects across NI.  Prioritises work with young people, older people and people with disabilities.  Also prioritises organisations with an annual income under £200,000 dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and involving the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.


National Churches Trust: Wolfson Fabric Repair Grants

From 2020 grants made by the Wolfson Foundation to churches will be awarded by the National Churches Trust. Grants will be awarded towards essential fabric repairs at churches in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Grants are usually up to £10,000. 


VSB Foundation: Good Governance Awards for Northern Ireland (Nominations Close 12pm, 16th April)

Run by the VSB Foundation, in partnership with CO3 and Volunteer Now, the awards showcase how good governance and driving social change are essentially interlinked and celebrate what is best in the sector.  There are 3 awards this year, one for smaller organisations with an income of under £500,000, one for medium-sized organisations with an income of £501,000 - £999,999 and one for larger organisations with an income of over £1m.  


The National Lottery Community Fund: People and Communities (Ongoing Programme – No Deadlines)

The People and Communities programme is designed to support organisations to work with local people to bring about positive changes in their communities. A community could be in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences. Funding from £10,001 to £500,000 is available for projects from one to five years.


The National Lottery Community Fund: Empowering Young People (Ongoing Programme – No Deadlines)

Empowering Young People funds projects that give young people in Northern Ireland aged 8-25 the ability to cope with challenges in their lives. Funding of between £10,001 to £500,000 is available for projects that last between one to five years.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


Aviva Community Fund (Round 2 Submission Closing Date, 11.59pm, 7th April 2021)

Every 3 months £250,000 is shared equally among Aviva employees to donate to the forward thinking projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for up to £50,000. Eligible causes can submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder.

The National Lottery Community Fund (UK Office): Climate Action Fund (Initial Application Deadline, 5pm, 8th April 2021)

CAF is part of The NLCF’s Environment Strategy which since 2013 has funded over 7,500 projects that focus on improving the environment to enhance communities and people’s lives. This second round  focuses on supporting medium-scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption.  There are 2 two types of funding in this round - development funding up to £150,000 and full awards up to £1.5 million.

The Ireland Funds: Heart of the Community Grants (Closing Date 3pm, 8th April 2021)

This new fund aims to provide critical and timely funding to a wide range of not-for-profit and community organisations across the ROI and NI.  The fund offers awards up to €5,000 for small, not-for-profits and community organisations with an annual turnover of less than €/£500,000.

Woodward Charitable Trust: Playschemes (Closing Date (12 Noon, 8th April 2021)

One of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years. Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000. Around 35 grants are made each year.

To see ALL new and updated funds and deadlines, plus over 860 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.

You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub



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