This week's content:

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


Connect Well Antrim – Building Strong Communities through mental health counselling

Disability Action has been successful in securing £10,000 funding through The McCall Social Care Fund to deliver a bespoke mental health counselling service 'Connect Well Antrim' to support disabled people aged 65+ in the County Antrim area.

In April last year we undertook a survey on 'The impact of COVID-19 on disabled people in NI' which showed that 72% of people reported an impact of their social isolation on their mental health and emotional wellbeing and pre-existing mental health conditions and anxiety worsened due to being unable to access support from their GP, health and/or social care contacts.

The Connect Well Antrim pilot project aims to go some way to rectifying this by providing 1:1 mental health counselling support to 25 people aged 65+ in the County Antrim area, delivered by Maria Morgan, our BACP* registered Integrative Mental Health Counsellor. Maria also provides a counselling service to some of Disability Action’s current service users in education, training and in work.

Using well established tools and theories, Maria will work with individuals, over the course of six one hour sessions, to remove loneliness and create better connections; improve confidence and self-worth, personal growth and self-awareness, and improve emotional resilience.

For more information contact Maria Morgan MBACP, Disability Action Mental Health Counsellor & Connect Well Antrim (Pilot) Project Co-Ordinator T: 07483 981220  E:

This pilot project has been supported by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland through The McCall Social Care Fund and is managed by Disability Action Northern Ireland.

*British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Read more about Connect Well Antrim bespoke counselling service
More information is available on their website
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In partnership with Greenisland FC there are a number of free physical activity programmes available to book onto.
Running each Wednesday until 30 June
Female class – 9:30 -10:15am and Male class – 10:30 -11:15am
Inclusive Chair-based Class🪑
Each Wednesday until 30 June 11:30am – 12noon
Running from Friday 4 June – Friday 25 June 12noon – 12:45pm
For more information or to register contact⬇️
Throughout 2021, Council is hosting a programme of events under the NI100 umbrella to celebrate 100 years since the formation of Northern Ireland.
#GetMEActive #NI100MEA
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As part of our work to improve our services children with special educational needs and their families, we are proud to launch the online referral form for Statutory Assessment. Find out more here:
As you finish up school, now is the time to consider your options for September. We offer a range of A-Level equivalent courses and training opportunities in subject areas such as music, sports, digital media, science, travel and tourism and much more. Why not take that next stage of your career journey and register for our on-campus subject information session to discover more about your chosen topic.
Register Now at
(Places limited and registration essential). 
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Free online mental health courses for June! 🌟
The Mood Matters for Adults course is 2 hours long and is suitable for anyone (over 18) who would like to learn more about minding their mood. It can also help to manage feelings of stress & anxiety.
For more info & to register, visit
These will fill up fast!
3. Fundraising News

  • £11.25 million to be made available for charities working with disadvantaged women and girls
  • Threshold for applications reduced to £350,000
Charities can now apply for funding to support projects helping thousands of women and girls across the UK, as part of the latest and final round of the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund. 
A pot of £11.25 million has been made available to charitable organisations to bid for, with priority given to those working to end violence against women and girls, as well as organisations that support a network of charities. 
For this round of funding, the grant threshold has been reduced from £1 million to  £350,000. This means that more organisations will be able to apply, increasing accessibility to organisations that support this vital work. 
The Tampon Tax Fund was introduced in response to VAT being imposed on sanitary products by the European Union, and following this round will have provided more than £90 million of funding supporting women and girls charities. 
As per the government's manifesto commitment, the Chancellor announced at the Budget in March 2020 that the tax would end on 1 January 2021 following the UK’s exit from the EU, as per the government’s manifesto and wider government strategy to make sanitary products affordable and available for all women. 
Minister for Civil Society and Youth, Baroness Barran, said:
“The Tampon Tax Fund was launched in 2015, and since then has reached disadvantaged women and girls across all four nations, tackling an extremely wide and diverse range of issues.
“The support provided through this final round will ensure specialist charities who receive grants can support women and girls in need, and help to become more sustainable and plan for the future.
“We remain as committed as ever to ending violence against women and girls which is why this category is a priority for this round of funding, and we will continue to tackle the issue as a priority.”
The government is particularly encouraging applications from specialist women’s networks whose projects include making onward grants to other women’s’ charitable organisations. This will make use of the expertise in the charitable sector, ensure this round of funding reaches as many disadvantaged women and girls as possible and help the country to build back better following the pandemic.  
Grants may be for 12 or 18-month projects, and all activities must be concluded and funds spent by 31 March 2023. 
The deadline for applications is Sunday 4th July 2021.
Charities can find out more here.


All GrantTracker subscribers can simply sign in to GrantTracker to find all the schemes below in an easy access one-stop-shop format.


New Funding This Week 🆕


Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Halls refurbishment Scheme

Grants available to rural community and voluntary organisations to deliver capital refurbishment works to rural halls, with the intended aim of keeping community facilities viable and to support existing rural organisations to remain sustainable and identify new volunteers.

Department for Communities (DfC): Historic Environment Fund - Roof Repair Stream

The fund is open to all listed buildings except churches. Work to historic slated roofs, leadwork, chimney repairs, modern flat roofs, thatch roofs, and ‘tin’ roofs are eligible. Up to £5k per roof (£10k for thatched buildings) is available to support owners to carry out minimum work to keep listed buildings watertight.

Power NI: Brighter Communities Fund

Power NI has donated £40,000 to community groups since April 2018. The fund exists to make groups shine a little brighter – whether that is with equipment, a revamp of their space or resources for their service users. There is £10K to give away to 10 groups.  Applications are welcomed from small or large communities, sporting, charity and all age groups.


CRC Community Relations/Cultural Diversity Grant

The CRC, with the support of Government, has established an annual fund to help community/voluntary groups throughout NI to 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.


Do It Now Now - Common Call: Fund 2 (Deadline 5pm, 25th June 2021)

Do it Now Now (DINN) is offering grants of £5,000 or £12,500 through Comic Relief’s Global Majority Fund via their Common Call grant fund.  This is financial support for Black-led charities and social enterprises disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in the UK.  The £300,000 fund includes contributions from Barclays, National Emergencies Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Clothworkers’ Foundation and Comic Relief.


Thomas Wall Trust: Digital Skills 2021 Grants Programme

A second year of this new programme running throughout 2021.  Providing grants of up to £5000 for organisations working towards equipping adults with basic digital skills for work and life, helping them access the online world.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


National Churches Trust: Grants for Northern Ireland (Application Deadline 1st June 2021)

National Churches Trust' s new Treasure Ireland project provides a new Community Grants Programme which offers your church or chapel funding of between £500 and £10,000 for church maintenance or urgent repair work.


Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA): Environment Fund (Closing Date 1st June 2021)

A £2million Fund for not-for-profit organisations and councils to deliver natural heritage projects that support Covid-19 Recovery and Green Growth across NI.  Grant awards of over £30,000 are on offer with the maximum amount of DAERA funding available under the competition normally being up to 85% of eligible project costs.

King George VI Youth Awards (Application Deadline 3rd June 2021)

The King George VI Youth Awards funds youth work projects in NI for young people aged 14 to 21 up to £500 for travel, sport and equipment. Applications are welcome from both groups and individuals. Youth clubs, voluntary youth organisations and groups can also apply.


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust: Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities Programme (Round 1 Deadline, 12 Noon, 4th June 2021)

This programme awards grants of up to £100,000 for existing charitable projects to help charities to sustain activities and services that people from Armed Forces communities use and value.


National Lottery Awards (Nominations Closing Date, Midnight, 7th June 2021)

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.  Winners in each category receive a £3,000 prize for their project .

You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's COVID-19 Fundraising Hub

You can also see all key funding dates listed on GrantTracker here


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