1. CCF News and Events

2. Community News

3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News & Events
A big thank you to Mr Tommy Kirkham for taking the Aftermath of World War 1 group participants on a best practice visit to Co Cavan on the 23rd of February. It was a long journey but well worth it really bringing the whole thing together to see what life was like for the men and women who went off to fight and the impact on those at home. The trench was really interesting and it was amazing to see what it would have been like on the front line in the battlefields. We even got a brief talk on the Easter rising and the destruction that it caused in Dublin. A thank you again to Tommy Kirkham and Carrickfergus Community Forum for the opportunity to participate in such an informative and engaging programme.

On the 26th of February ten women from the Woodburn and Sunnylands Women’s Community Forum  got together and headed up to the Belfast Titanic Tour. They all thoroughly enjoyed the visit and said it was like traveling back in time, they all learned so much. But better than that they all felt the bonding and the friendships that were made that day were the best aspect of the trip. We
will be seeing a lot more from these girls! Well done to everyone involved.

Access NI Enhanced Checks
Carrickfergus Community Forum is a registered Umbrella Body with Access NI. This means that we submit enhanced criminal record checks for community organisations in Carrickfergus. Access NI authorises umbrella bodies to provide these services to organisations.

For more information on this service please contact: or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News
FINAL CALL for Young People who are interested in the Princes Trust Get Into Security programme!
FREE Training and FREE SIA License!!

The Prince’s Trust Get Into Security programme with Eventsec is BACK, starting in March in TWO locations - Antrim and Belfast, offering unemployed 18-30 year olds industry recognised training and support designed to give you a head start in landing a job!
Interested in a career that can give you access to some of the biggest gigs and sporting events in Ireland? Drop us a PM now for more information or contact The Prince’s Trust on Facebook
If you have any Young People interested, please contact our office on 028 90 895000.
Taster Day is on Tues 5th March @ Holiday Inn Express, Antrim!!
All training you need to get a job in Security
➔ Gain a NCFE Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events
➔ Support to get your SIA Licence
➔ Travel & lunch expenses paid on programme
➔ Doesn't affect your benefits.
➔ * Please note: Due to the nature of this programme, some convictions may not be accepted -
get in touch for more details.

3. Funding News

Irish Youth Foundation Funding Grants Now Open!

The Irish Youth Foundation are happy to announce the applications for their annual grants are now open.

Grants are awarded annually to a wide range of welfare, educational and cultural groups working with disadvantaged young Irish people and their families around Britain and Northern Ireland

Projects based in Northern Ireland should use the Northern Ireland Grant Application form. Applications can be made up to £10,000, however grants awarded are usually in the region of £5,000.

Click here for more information

   New or Updated Funding Initiatives

New or Updated Funding Initiatives


Church of Ireland Priorities Fund

Since 1980, the General Synod Priorities Fund (generally known as the Priorities Fund) has supported projects within the Church of Ireland. Every parish is asked to contribute to the Fund and the amount raised is allocated to the following categories:  Training (Lay and Ordained), Christian Education, Outreach Initiatives and Innovative Ministry in a Rural Context.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Imagine Democracy - You Decide

The ‘Imagine Democracy – You Decide!’ initiative offers up to £500 to fund creative actions by groups or individuals that re-imagine local democracy through activism, campaigning, creative expression, building public awareness, etc.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

John Ellerman Foundation

One of the largest grant-making trusts in the UK.  Don’t fund work that is just based in Scotland, Wales or NI, but will consider applications from organisations based in one of the countries if the work is of UK-wide significance, is so exemplary or pioneering that it will be of special interest and relevance elsewhere in the UK; or the work covers more than one UK country.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Greenhall Foundation

The objective of the Green Hall Foundation is to sustainably improve lives: among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged particularly in the UK. Overseas projects are also supported provided that the applicant charity is registered in the UK.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

National Churches Trust: Cornerstone Grants

The Trust supports places of worship of historic, architectural and community value used by Christian denominations in the UK. The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100k inc VAT. They will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30k inc VAT.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary

Community Innovators Programme opens for applications

Following the legacy of Building Change Trust who with WorkWest delivered two successful cycles of this programme in 2017 and 2018, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to announce the Community Innovators Programme will re-open for applications on 1st March thanks to funding from the Hospital Saturday Fund. The programme is free to access and is for organisations who would like support to explore and develop new solutions to a real world social challenge. The focus of this cycle will be on health and wellbeing related challenges. All organisations completing the programme will be eligible to apply for the Foundation's Social Innovation Seed Fund. Information workshops will be held in Belfast, Omagh and Newry in March and details can be found on the Social Innovation NI website.

Opening date: 1 March 2019. Find out more on the website

National Vegetarian Week

As part of National Vegetarian Week, small grants of up to £200 are available and larger grants of up to £2000 to help fund community activities and events by Not for profit organisations in the UK (e.g. community groups, schools, housing associations, youth clubs, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides).

Small Grant First Deadline 17 Mar 2019.  Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website
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