This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
A busy week for the Forum with 65 essential grocery parcels packed and delivered to local people in Windmill, Glenfield, Oakfield, Sunnylands, Woodburn, Carrick town centre and Larne. We are delighted to have been able to offer assistance across such a wide variety of areas. This was made possible thanks to the nominations which were submitted by our volunteer Board of Directors who collectively represent twenty local groups.

A huge thank you also to the volunteers that came to collect parcels on behalf of their groups. To all those who sent messages of thanks to our facebook page you are very welcome we are happy to help!


We held our first online bingo session on Friday night which was a great laugh. Well done everyone who played it was great fun 🥳 congratulations to all the winners and thanks to Stephen for organising it! Great time had by all and it passed a few hours for everybody....looking forward to next weeks big game 👏👏🤩
2. Community News
COLLECTION & DELIVERY SERVICE - 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. Department for Infrastructure

Thank You!

Volunteers’ Week 1–7 June normally sees hundreds of celebratory events take place around the country. It is organised as a partnership between Volunteer Now, NCVO, Volunteer Scotland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).
Volunteer Now would like to take this opportunity to update you on some decisions we have made about Volunteers’ Week 2020.
Each year, every organisation that takes part in Volunteers’ Week decides how best to mark the week in their own way however many of us are facing challenges we never imagined and due to social distancing, the usual events and celebrations will not be taking place.
This year we feel it is even more important to raise awareness of the vital role volunteers play in supporting society   We also recognise that many organisations may be facing difficult times and that their volunteers may not currently be engaging in their usual roles.  With this in mind we feel strongly that is it important to mark the week and to highlight it as a ‘Time to Say Thank You’ to ALL volunteers especially with so many people ‘stepping up’ to help in a wide variety of ways during this Pandemic.
Each day during Volunteers’ Week will focus on a difference aspect of volunteering to ensure we shine the spotlight on the many types of volunteers who play a significant role in our communities. 
To find out more about our Themes for the week go to:
Your organisation is best placed to decide what to do in your area. If you are going ahead with any Volunteers Week plans please use #VolunteersWeek message on social media. 
Keep telling volunteering stories. People are stepping up to help in ways we have not seen before. Telling their stories is great way to recognise and thank them for all the great things they are doing.  Volunteer Now has launched the #HelpEachOther campaign in Northern Ireland to offer guidance and support to Volunteer Involving Organisations and those who want to volunteer.  We would love to hear and share your volunteering stories as well as how you have been coping throughout this crisis.  Please tag us on social media or email your stories and pics to:
Let’s make 1-7 June a ‘Time to Say Thank you’ for the commitment of our volunteers
Twitter:  @VolunteerNow1
Facebook & Instagram:  @Volunteer Now

Wired for connection

Deirdre McAliskey, National Children’s Bureau, and Brendan Bonner, PHA, explain why understanding teenagers’ brains can help us to support them during COVID-19. To view our complete series of COVID-19 blogs, click here.

Healthcare Apps to help you with mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Health and Social Care (HSC) in NI has developed a library of high quality, convenient Apps to support health and social wellbeing during these difficult times. Advice is available on how to:
+ Manage stress
+ Improve wellbeing
+ Stay fit
+ Eat well
+ Improve sleep

Visit Healthcare Apps Library here:

For more information please visit

Storing your food properly could be the secret to keeping it fresh.

Love Food Hate Waste has plenty of advice, as well as a handy Food Storage A–Z to help make your food go further:

A 'Safer Schools' digital safeguarding app is now available for children and young people. The app, which was previously made available to teachers, parents and carers, gives advice on a range of issues, including safeguarding on social media platforms

Join Us!

An opportunity to network, learn and share!
A special COVID-19 related series of Volunteer Now Members’ Sessions to look at volunteering across a series of themes:
 2: Rethinking Volunteering in one to one and group support roles Post Covid-19
(specifically for those supporting people who are vulnerable through eg befriending, group activities)
 Thursday 21st MAY
11am - 12pm
Volunteers have been at the heart of the local community response to the Covid 19 Pandemic.  Whether helping out a neighbour to get some shopping, joining up with a community group to deliver food parcels or telephoning someone isolated, volunteers have been making a difference to how people are coping in these challenging times. Some organisations have had to rethink how they involve volunteers and unfortunately some have had to stop what they are doing completely. So what does this mean for volunteering as we move out of these difficult days? What will volunteering look like in the future? Will COVID-19 change how we think about and manage volunteering?  
The session will give you an opportunity to talk to colleagues working in a similar field about experiences of Volunteering in Lockdown and share ideas, tips and strategies for Volunteering after Lockdown

· Issues and challenges
· Existing and/or new roles
· Doing things differently
· Profiles of volunteers and implications for going forward
· Impact on volunteering
· Making the most of volunteer stories
If you interested in attending, please contact to book a place. You will then be sent a link and joining instructions.

It has not been possible to hold our annual service of remembrance this year but the Pregnancy Loss and Paediatric Bereavement Team have organised a virtual service for anyone who has experienced a pregnancy loss or death of a child.

The Virtual Remembrance Service for parents and families who have experienced loss will take place this Sunday and you can access it on our social media channels at 3pm.

🗓 Sunday 17th May

3. Fundraising News

New and Updated Covid-19 Grant Schemes from local Councils


COVID-19 Funds Closing Soon

Ofcom Community Radio Fund Emergency Funding due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak (Closing 11th May 2020 5pm)

Helps fund the core costs of Ofcom-licensed community radio stations. For 2020-21, grants will be provided as emergency cash funding to support stations facing severe financial difficulty due to COVID-19.

OneFamily Foundation: Community Grants (Nominations closing 12th May 2020)

Currently inviting customers to nominate a local charity, group or cause for a Community Grant of up to £2,500 to help them to continue providing support to those affected by the Coronavirus, or who themselves are struggling to maintain their usual services. Examples for nominations might include foodbanks, support groups or homeless charities.  
Examples for nominations might include foodbanks, support groups or homeless charities.  

Live Here, Love Here - Small Grants Scheme (Closing 12 Noon 18th May 2020)

Grants from £500 to £5,000 for volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs for civic pride projects. Also now funding community groups to support the needs of local people impacted through reduced contact with society.  

Henderson Group: Community Cashback Grant (Closing 20th May 2020)

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). 

Barclays Bank: Barclays' 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme (Closing 22nd May 2020)

A £10 million programme, offering 100 donations of £100,000 to UK registered charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19. Focuses on supporting charity partners meeting the immediate needs of people in their communities, including low income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people and key workers.  Applicants must have an income in excess of £1 million per year and be active in communities where Barclays‘ has a presence.  

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

Allocates the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. For 2020/2021 they welcome organisations delivering activities to address the consequences of COVID-19 for disadvantaged women and girls.

COVID-19 Funds Currently Open

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 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. (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
NB. Safeguarding guidelines changed on 27/03 to reflect the fact that groups want to respond to immediate COVID-19 issues and may not yet have full adult safeguarding policies and procedures in place.  

Community Foundation for NI: The McCall Social Care Fund

Five 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. (Closes 1pm 1st June 2020)

CWSAN: "Safety Equipment and Volunteers Fuel” Small Grants 

Limited number of small grants of £150 for safety equipment and fuel for volunteers for very localised and isolated communities in rural areas throughout Mid Ulster during COVID-19. 

Enkalon Foundation Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Moving focus to charities and community organisations helping people who are isolated and vulnerable in their local communities.  Now concentrating funding in the former Antrim Borough Council area.

Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation

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

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (More details coming soon)

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.

Halifax Foundation NI

Due to overwhelming demand, they are now offering weekly grant making decisions and 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.

Funded by M&S Family, Lidl, Aldi, Danone UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola European Partners, £500,000 fund to provide 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 11th May, 474K of the total 500K had already been allocated.

Rank Foundation (UK): Emergency and Resilience Funds 

Temporarily suspended its major grants programme and launched 2 funds to help existing network and current grant recipients (but public access may be given at a later date)  The Emergency Fund is for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships and the Resilience Fund provides grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income, and to help with increased demand for services.

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

A new fund for social enterprises and charities who are 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

Support Adoption For Pets provides funding to pet rescue organisations for purposes 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 Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Artist's Emergency Programme (AEP) NB for individuals

£500,000 Artists Emergency Programme (AEP), aims to support artists and performers during the COVID-19 crisis. Freelance artists, creative practitioners and performers can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

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

A £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package which consists of two 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. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.

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

£50 million is available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites they have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.  Open for applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000 until 30th June 2020. FAQ 

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 the coronavirus outbreak. The money raised is now available through the Community Foundation for NI's Coronavirus Community Fund - see above.   It released £2.5m to community foundations on 26th March.  (NB There is no separate fund.)​

The Plunkett Foundation (In Kind Support)

Thanks to Co-op funding, they are offering 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.   Includes support and guidance on developing short – medium term cash flow, reviewing business plans, applying for funding, etc.

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

A new £5million grant and one to one support and guidance fund for young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 affected by coronavirus. 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 Package (More details coming soon)

Aims to support the electrical waste reuse and recycling sector as a result of the impact of the coronavirus.  It will provide £5 million of interest free loans to electrical waste treatment facilities and £0.6 million of grants to charity sector reuse organisations.

COVID-19 Funds currently Paused or Closed but expected to re-open

Alec Dickson Trust: COVID-19 Funding (Still closed as at 11th May but expected to reopen)

ADT supports young people who through volunteering or community service, aim to enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.  To help young people to volunteer in response to COVID-19 they are now offering larger grants of up to £1000.

Aviva Community Fund (Current Round closed 5th May but will reopen)

Every 3 months, £250,000 is shared among UK employees to donate to projects that most matter to them. Each charity can apply for up to £50,000. In addition to the usual 2 key funding areas of community resilience and financial capability and inclusion, the May round broadened the eligibility criteria to include core running costs of those looking to adapt or continue their vital services throughout COVID-19.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund (Still paused pending more donations)

A fund specifically to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to whose providing much needed support to our communities across the UK. 

Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme (Had intended to reopen 4th May, but remains paused as of 11th May)

Small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within their programme areas

CRISIS: In This Together- Emergency Grants Programme (Still Paused as of 11th May)

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 COVID-19 and Awards of up to £50K for long term needs such as potential expansion and change of services.  

Greggs Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Appeal  (Currently closed with additional funding under review)

Urgent funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and small grants (average £500). They are also accepting donations for the appeal. To request support you send an email to them.  

Sport NI - Sports Hardship fund (Still closed pending additional funding)

New applications suspended pending confirmation of additional funding. The Department for Communities £500,000 fund, with an additional £250,000, managed by SportNI, aims to provide financial assistance through a £2000 grant to sports clubs and organisations to assist with essential overheads and the costs of maintaining their facilities during the Covid-19 lockdown period.   

The Fore: The RAFT Fund (Rapid Action by the Fore) (Still paused since 24th April pending more funding) 

Emergency grants of up to £5,000 to help small charities and social enterprises respond to the COVID-19 crisis and address the changing needs of their beneficiaries and increase their organisational resilience. Currently only open to existing grantees but they are aiming to raise £1 million funding to extend to other organisations. 

COVID-19 Funds now Closed (unlikely to reopen)


Details of our FREE GrantTracker Offer

We really want to help mitigate everyone's loss of income due to the current lock-down. So we're still offering NI's leading funding database free to everyone for a month. Join the 161 organisations who have already benefitted from this free initiative.

For the latest on Government, local Council and trust and foundation funding, keep checking our constantly updated articles on NICVA's COVID-19 Fundraising Hub

And keep up to date by following NICVA's Fundraising Advice Officer on Twitter.



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