This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
Another busy week for the Forum with a further 54 essential grocery parcels packed and delivered to local people in Windmill, Glenfield, Oakfield, Sunnylands, Castlemara, Woodburn, Carrick town centre and Larne. Ensuring these resources are distributed to those in need of support would not be possible without our dedicated Board of volunteer Directors who have been able to identify and nominate those in most need of assistance.

Once again we would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers that came to collect parcels on behalf of their groups.

2. Community News
As COVID 19 continues to impact our lives in so many ways, we do hope you continue to stay safe and well.
Although we cannot deliver our usual Cook it! Programmes for now, we are really excited to offer the enclosed FREE online Zoom Workshops just in time for British Dietetic Association’s annual Dietitians Week 2020 which runs this year from Monday 01st to Friday 05th June 2020. These workshops are geared towards those individuals or families who would benefit from additional support in basic shopping skills and nutrition advice. 
Free Online Zoom Workshop Opportunities during June 2020 - Please ensure you have access to Zoom prior to registration / Workshops are also open to the general public.

To register please forward your Name and Email Address to the team here at or contact the office on 028 256 35276. When your place is confirmed the link will be forwarded to you.
At the moment we are limited to 10 available places. NB  Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

EA’s Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) team provides educational provision & support to children and young people who cannot otherwise access appropriate provision, helping them overcome barriers to learning. Check out this EOTAS resource - useful to all young people and families:
3. Fundraising News


COVID-19 Funds Closing Soon

£500 to £5,000 grants for volunteer and community groups, school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs for civic pride projects. Also now funding community groups to support  local people impacted through reduced contact with society.  
A ‘Community Cashback’ fund of £20,000 to support communities in need in NI.  Using an online public voting system , for 4 weeks from 20th April, each week will see groups receiving £2000 (1st place), £1500 (2nd place), £1000 (3rd place) or £500 (4th place).
As the world faces an unprecedented challenge, The North Face are committing €1 million through their COVID-19 Explore Fund to support the outdoor communities that make exploration possible during COVID-19.  Grant requests range from €1000 to €50,000.
 £250 to £1,000 grants for .small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship from the effects of COVID-19.
100 donations of £100,000 to UK registered charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19.  Applicants must have an income in excess of £1 million per year and be active in communities where Barclays‘ has a presence.  
The £6 million, single round Covid-19 Impact Programme is for Armed Forces charities and CICs to help them ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Office for Civil Society: Tampon Tax Fund (Closing Midnight 31st May 2020)

Allocates funds from VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Now also covering activities to address the impact of COVID-19 on  disadvantaged women and girls.

COVID-19 Funds Currently Open (Including this week's NEW funds)

Aviva Community Fund (New Round closing 28th July) 

Every 3 months, £250K goes to projects that matter to their employees Most. Each charity can apply for up to £50K.  In addition to the usual 2 key funding areas of community resilience and financial capability and inclusion, this round’s eligibility criteria include core running costs to adapt or continue services during COVID-19.

BBC Children in Need: COVID-19 Response Grant Programme (Full details TBC Soon)

The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme will open to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders from Monday 18th May 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a 6 month period.
The COVID-19 Large Grants programme will open to applications from 8th June 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18 month period.

Childs Charitable Trust: Emergency Funding 

An Emergency Funding programme to support charities experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. Particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations.

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 10.  (Managed by Community Foundation for NI)

Community Foundation for NI: Coronavirus Community Fund 

A key NI fund and aims to help constituted groups in NI to deal with the emerging issues of Coronavirus.  Now offering grants of up to 10K for  -  
  • Older people (aged over 50) 
  • Those at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing
  • Vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas, families where a parent/ both parents have lost their employment or where children are living in poverty
  • Children and young people’s projects, particularly focusing on the voice of young people and connecting through creative mediums.  
  • Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities

Community Foundation for NI: The McCall Social Care Fund (Closing 1pm 1st June 2020)

5 grants of £10,000 to VCS organisations delivering innovative and new projects offering additional value in social care, where statutory support is falling short, limited, or currently non-existent, as the public sector focuses on emergencies. County Antrim only. 

CWSAN: "Safety Equipment and Volunteers Fuel” Small Grants 

A limited number of small grants of £150 for fuel and volunteer safety equipment to assist very localised and isolated rural communities throughout Mid Ulster during COVID-19.

Enkalon Foundation Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Now focusing on funding charities and community organisations helping isolated and vulnerable people in their local communities at this difficult time. Focusing on the former Antrim Borough Council area. All potential applicants need to contact the administrator directly with an outline of the new or existing project.

Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation

Continuing to accept applications for funding from: i) charities struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and (ii) charities seeking funding for future projects/activities.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (More details coming soon)

Update: they will be making an additional £16 million of funding available this year in response to COVID-19.  £14 million will be in fast-response grants for organisations they currently support across all of their sectors: the arts, children and young people, environment, food and social change. £2 million will be for contributions to emergency funding schemes in collaboration with others.
They are currently closed to new applications so that they can concentrate support on the organisations they already fund and will reopen in May with their new funding strategy.

Halifax Foundation NI

Due to overwhelming demand, they are now offering a single grants scheme offering grants of up to £5000 for COVID-19 related projects.  The aim is to make it easier for charities to access aid quickly to provide vital services during the Covid-19 crisis. So far, they've awarded £439K to 80 charities and are hoping to help as many as they can.

Providing immediate micro-grants to community organisations that are helping the people most affected by the outbreak, including the elderly, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.   NB As of 18th May, more than 539K had already been allocated (The original funding pot was just 500K.)

Rank Foundation (UK): Emergency and Resilience Funds 

The Rank Foundation has temporarily suspended its major grants programme and launched 2 funds to help existing network and current grant recipients:
  • The Emergency Fund is for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships;
  • The Resilience Fund will provide grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income, and to help with increased demand for services.
Initially, funding will only be available to the Foundation’s RankNet members, but currently reviewing their Pebble Grants programme criteria to allow for wider, public access.

Resourcing Racial Justice Fund

Grants from £5K to £50K for organisations, community and grassroots groups working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as POC (which includes other terms such as BAME, racialised people, black indigenous, people of colour BIPOC).  £500K available for their first wave of funding.

Social Investment Business: Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (funded by Big Society Capital)

Fund for social enterprises and charities experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.  Established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.  The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

Support Adoption for Pets: Funding during COVID-19

Provides funding to pet rescue organisations which make a real difference to the welfare of UK domestic pets in rescue and aim to reduce the number of domestic pets in rescue.  Their grant programme has been redeveloped to support rescues throughout the short and medium-term impact of the Coronavirus.

The Barclays Foundation: COVID-19 Community Aid Package (More details coming soon)

A £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package with 2 strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees' personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding.)  Will be disbursed mainly in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including USA and India.

The Baring Foundation: Strengthening Civil Society: Supporting legal action related to Covid-19

In collaboration with the Legal Education Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, provides grants of up to £40,000 for one year to support legal action in all its forms – empowering, persuading, challenging – that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic from public authorities, businesses, and communities.  

The Freelands Foundation (England & Northern Ireland): Emergency Fund (INDIVIDUALS ONLY)

Hardship grants of between £1,500 and £2,500 to enable individuals, including those on short-term PAYE contracts, to survive financially while they explore other ways of sustaining themselves during COVID-19. £1 million will be available to applicants living in England, and £500,000 to those living in NI

The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund)

All funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, they are accelerating the cash part of this funding as much as they can, so that they can get money to where it needs to be. This is not new money, but it will be faster money.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Heritage Emergency Fund (New, larger grants now available –
opening 21st May 2020)

A new level of Heritage Emergency Fund grants worth £50,000-£250,000. For all past and current NLHF grantees to cover essential costs for up to 4 months.  Intended to help heritage organisations address immediate risks, become more stable and work towards longer-term recovery after the crisis.  These new grants are in addition to the existing £3,000-£50,000 Heritage Emergency Fund grants and will be open until 30th June.

The NET Fund

The National Emergencies Trust launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of COVID-19.  The money raised is now available through the Community Foundation for NI's Coronavirus Community Fund.   (NB There is no separate fund)​

The Plunkett Foundation (In Kind Support)

A dedicated package of free Covid-19 support for all forms of community business – including woodlands, farms, bakeries, pubs and shops, as well as those developing groups that have been affected by the pandemic.   

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund (Individuals only)

A new £5million grant and 1-1 support and guidance fund for young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 affected by COVID-19. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers

The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Fund: WEEE Support Grants and Loans
 (More details coming soon)

£5 million of interest free loans to electrical waste treatment facilities and £0.6 million of grants to charity sector reuse organisations.



For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker



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