This week's content:

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


Monday 16th September 2019 


1st Floor, 31 Lancasterian Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7AB
Under Article 11 (1) (a) of the Articles of Association of Carrickfergus Community Forum:
“twenty one clear days for an Annual General Meeting or a General meeting called for the passing of a special resolution;”
We hereby serve notice of our Annual General Meeting giving more than a minimum of 21 days notice. All member groups are entitled to nominate one person from their group to join the Board of Directors.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Carrickfergus Community Forum

Tel 02893 359777 or email or
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 or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News

Join the Great Northern Irish Beach Clean at Brown’s Bay and help turn the tide on marine litter 



Brown’s Bay Beach in Islandmagee will be receiving a thorough clean on Saturday 21st September as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual Great Northern Irish Beach Clean events.  


The UK’s leading marine charity is urging local volunteers to join Elena Aceves-Cully at Islandmagee on one of hundreds of clean-ups taking place on beaches along the UK coastline.  


Volunteers taking part in the Great Northern Irish and British Beach Cleans will also record the litter they find, contributing to valuable data which has helped MCS change policy and behaviours. The carrier bag charge, a ban on microbeads in wash-off products and the reduction in the use of plastic straws have all been informed by compelling evidence gathered over decades by volunteers at MCS beach cleans. 


Elena Aceves-Cully, from Islandmagee, is organising the Brown’s Bay clean-up and this is her 13th consecutive year. “I would like to see more volunteers than ever before lend a hand to make this latest clean the biggest yet. The event is more than just a beach clean – it’s a fun and informative social occasion to spend time enjoying and caring for the UK’s coast.”  


Lizzie Prior, MCS Beachwatch Officer said: “Beach litter is a serious environmental problem, but the solution is in our hands. We want the 26th Great British and Northern Irish Beach Clean weekend to be the biggest ever. The BBC’s Blue Planet II and subsequent programmes have given the UK public a real understanding of the pollution crisis facing our oceans and now people want to make a difference. The more volunteers we have, the better it’ll be for our seas.”   


MCS beach clean surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994. The four main sources of litter found on our local beaches come from the public, fishing, sanitary waste (particularly cotton bud sticks) and shipping. 


Join Elena at Brown’s Bay on Saturday 21st September at 10:30am and take part in an event that will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where the litter comes from and try to stop it at source. The meeting point is the car park.


Volunteers can register online at or contact its organiser at

We are holding an information session for organisations and volunteers to brief them about our new website.  Both sessions will be held on Tuesday 24 September 10.00am to 1.00pm for organisations and 2.00-5.00pm for volunteers at our new location, Skainos Centre (address below).  If you are able to attend please contact my colleague Lynne Jardine
3. Fundraising News
Small Capital Grants Programme
Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2019/20 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.  The purpose of this fund is to promote Partnership and Collaboration within the voluntary and Community sector.
Who can apply?
Applications must include a minimum of 2 organisations. Those applying must nominate a lead partner to whom the whole of the grant will be paid. The Lead Partner should complete the application form.   The amount of grant available to apply for will be dependent on the number of partners within the application:
  • 2 partner groups                     =          can apply for £1,500
  • 3 - 4 partner groups                =          can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups                   =          can apply for up to maximum £5,000
To be eligible for grant assistance applicants must be constituted voluntary or community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland, with an annual unrestricted income of less than £100,000 per year.
("Unrestricted" income relates to funds that the non-profit organisation may use for any purpose. “Restricted” income relates to funds whose use is restricted by a particular purpose and must be used in a specified period e.g. grant offer from a Funding Body)  
Applicants must deliver the project, pay supplier(s) and submit a grant claim by 31st March 2020.
Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:
Completed applications should be emailed to, and must be received by 5pm Wednesday 9th October 2019


New and Updated Funding Initiatives

Public Health Agency: Elevate Mentoring & Grants Programme

Funded through the Public Health Agency, Elevate will provide £5000 grants and mentoring for 5 local groups/organisations in each Health & Social Care Trust area to take part in a five-month programme from October 2019 to February 2020 tackling health inequalities.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

The Tampon Tax Community Fund

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for work throughout the UK which aims​ ​to​ ​support​ ​women​ ​who​ ​are​ ​most​ ​marginalised​ ​to​ ​overcome​ ​barriers that​ ​prevent​ ​them​ ​from​ ​fulfilling​ ​their​ ​potential. ​

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Social Justice Small Grants Programme

Aims to support locally based community groups and locally based ‘communities of interest’ with an interest in promoting or embedding human rights and social justice in their day to day work for and with their chosen communities.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Genetic Disorders UK: Jeans for Genes Grants

Genetic Disorders UK organises the annual Jeans for Genes Day fundraising event, when children and adults are encouraged to wear their jeans to school or to work in exchange for a small donation. Monies raised on Jeans for Genes Day fund grants for charities and support groups that care for children affected by a genetic disorder. Applications are invited for grants up to a maximum of 5,000.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Esme Mitchell Trust

The Esme Mitchell Trust funds general charitable purposes in Ireland as a whole but principally in Northern Ireland. It has a particular interest in heritage, culture and the arts. NB this is administered by Cleaver Fulton Rankin and you will need to contact them directly for more information if you do not subscribe to GrantTracker.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website


Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary

GSK Impact Awards

The IMPACT awards are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

Closing Date (5pm) 23 Sep 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

National Churches Trust: Foundation Grants - for Maintenance

The Foundation Grant Programme offers grants of between £500 and £3,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should not exceed £10,000.

Next Deadline 26 Sep 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker


For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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