This week's content:

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

1. CCF News and Events 
The office will be closed on
Friday 15th April and will re-open on Monday 25th April

2. Community News
Calling all Mums To Be 🤰
We are excited to be hosting a new series of Antenatal Classes on Zoom, starting on Tuesday 3rd May at 10am. All expectant Mums in the Sure Start wards are invited to attend. Text our Midwife Andrea to register: 07783 801188 #mumstobe #antenatalclasses
In partnership with Rutledge Training, we are looking for local people to participate in an intensive 10-week welding training programme, followed by a guaranteed interview with a local company who are recruiting in the engineering sector.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪?
• A chance to improve employability
• Level 1 City & Guilds Certificate in Engineering, including ARC and MIG welding techniques
• Access a range of personal development and training including
effective communication and teamwork
𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙥𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝘾𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙖
• All applicants must be available to attend training Monday to Friday in Larne for 10 weeks
• Opportunity to apply for an Apprenticeship on programme completion, if eligible
• All applicants must be at least 18 years old and based in Mid and East Antrim
• All applicants must be currently eligible to work in the UK
If you would like to participate in the programme contact⬇️
E: or T: 028 2563 3563
🐰🥚Easter Bin Collections🐰🥚
⚠Please note: there are updated changes to our bin collections on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 April!⚠
#Ballymena's Black/Brown bin collections for Monday 18 April will take place on Saturday 16 April.
Due to unforeseen limitations in staff resourcing:
#Carrickfergus’s Black/Brown bin collections for Monday 18 April will now take place on Saturday 16 April and Black/Brown bin collections for Tuesday 19 April will now take place on Saturday 23 April.
Kerbie box collections by Bryson Recycling for Ballymena and Carrickfergus residents on Monday 18 April will be collected on Saturday 16 April.
These are the only changes and all other collections remain normal.
Our Household Recycling Centres will also be closed on Monday 18 April.
Please set your bins and boxes out by 7.30am for collection.
It is just under a week until Whitehead once again hosts the oldest road race in Northern Ireland.
Easter Monday Road Race is renowned for it's hospitality and support from the local community and having been unable to hold the race in 2020 and 2021, we are asking for your help to make 2022 the biggest and best yet!!
If anyone would be willing to make or provide sandwiches and tray bakes for runners and spectators, we would be delighted for you to do so!!
Whitehead is famous for the post-race spread and we would love for you to help us continue this tradition.
Please let us know if you would be willing to help out and provide a little something to support the race.
Please also get in touch if you would like to get involved as a volunteer on the day.
Comment here, email or call 028 9337 8077.
3. Fundraising News

This Week's Funding News

Live Here Love Here: Small Grants Scheme – opened today
The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme forms part of a wider programme aimed at promoting civic pride within communities and improving environmental quality. The Small Grants Scheme is a partnership between 10 Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McAdam and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The Small Grants Scheme is about encouraging practical, local action towards building more sustainable communities.  Grants are available from £500 to £3,000 and are open to unconstituted groups, volunteer, community groups and NGOs, all schools and third level education organisations, Youth groups, sports clubs, churches, and not-for-profit organisations.
Community Relations Council – small grants now open
The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake. Grants are up to £10K maximum and for project costs only. Average grant is £2K – £5K.

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland: The Ultach Fund / An Ciste Ultach
The Ultach Fund exists to support the work of communities across Northern Ireland who wish to use and promote the Irish language. Open to registered charities and constituted grass roots community and voluntary groups based in Northern Ireland.  Priority is given to applications from small groups, typically with an annual revenue income of less than £250,000 (excluding capital income), as evidenced in the most recent set of accounts.  Priority is given to Irish language organisations, should the fund be oversubscribed.
Sea-Changers: Grants Programme
Sea-Changers welcome applications from a wide variety of groups and entities for one-off grants towards tackling marine conservation. Small grants – up to £500, Main Grants – between £500 and £2,500, and their Tackling Ocean Plastics Fund will be open for applications, as part of Sea-Changers' Main and Small Grant Funds, in 2022 (select the option on the application form). The latter funding stream aims to address the increasing problem of plastics that are damaging the marine environment and the species that call it home.​
NI Policing Board: Police Property Fund Grants Scheme
The Police Property Fund Small Grants Scheme 2nd Call is now open and will offer eligible projects grants of between £1000 and £10,000. The Fund, made up of assets recovered by the PSNI as a result of criminal investigations, and administered by the Board in line with the Police (Property) Regulations NI 1997, supports projects that engage with local police, contributes to building community safety and/or confidence in the police in your area, and is aligned to a charitable purpose.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Announces Three Funding Programmes
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has announced three funding programmes which will open in Spring and Summer 2022. All the three programmes have a focus on providing targeted support for veterans, Armed Forces families and serving personnel. All the three programmes have a focus on providing targeted support for veterans, Armed Forces families and serving personnel. This can be for new and additional support; or could build on work that organisations have already done.  Read more here.

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Upcoming Deadlines 📅

Allen Lane Foundation
The Allen Lane Foundation funds small registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations across the UK. They are interested in funding charitable causes which they believe to be unpopular both in society, and with other funders.  They aim to help organisations to become sustainable, supporting running and core costs to enable them to have flexibility, security and longevity.  Over a typical year, they make around 150 grants, to a total value of between £750,000 and £800,000.  The average grant is £5000 to £6000. 
Deadline 14 April 2022
The Fore
For its Spring 2022 funding round The Fore is offering 6-18 month grants of up to £15,000. They make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. Transformational impact includes helping organisations become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind. They see their grants as investments in the organisations they support.
 Opens 10am for registration on 19 April 2022.
Aviva Community Fund
Funding is available for fresh ideas looking to secure up to £50,000. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000 and Aviva employees will decide how the funding is distributed.  Funding themes are: Climate Action - Promoting healthy, thriving communities by preventing, preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change, and Financial Wellbeing - Helping people take control of their wellbeing by giving them the tools to be more financially independent and ready for anything. Projects must be raising funds to help: Develop a new approach, product or technology; or implement a new initiative or pilot a new scheme; or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group; or adapt services to meet today's needs without compromising those of future generations.
Deadline 23:59 on 20 April 2022.
Live Here Love Here: Platinum Jubilee Pollinator Garden Award
As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022, Live Here Love Here is administering an Award to a group or partnership to create a bespoke community pollinator garden as a legacy of the occasion. The Award is being wholly provided by the Department of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs and managed by the Live Here Love Here programme.
Deadline noon 22 April 2022

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Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - Funding OPEN!
In order to ensure groups are not penalised in their normal two grant applications, Council permits an additional application only to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Applications should be submitted through one of the following categories:
Small Event Category (100% funding up to a maximum of £1,000) for events with up to 500 people in attendance (participants and attendees combined) taking place between 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022.
N.B. Funding for the event will be reduced on a pro-rata basis if profit** exceeds £200.
Medium Event Category (75% funding up to a maximum of £2,500) for events with more than 500 but less than 2,000 people in attendance (participants and attendees combined) taking place between 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2022.
N.B. Funding for the event will be reduced on a pro-rata basis if profit** exceeds £500
Single Commemorative Piece (100% funding up to a maximum of £1000)
Consideration will be given in this category to a commemorative item in celebration or recognition of Her Majesty the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee Year. To be applied under the Small Event Category by 31 August 2022.
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