This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
The CCF offices reopened on 3rd August and staff have been busy putting safety measures in place in preparation to welcome you all back as soon as possible, however, due to the restrictions imposed by Covid 19 we have had to make some changes.

We are currently open to visitors strictly on an appointment only basis until further notice. We are limited to the number of people we can accommodate safely at one time on the premises while maintaining social distancing as much as possible.

If you wish to meet with a member of staff, please telephone or email the office to arrange a suitable time to come in. Entry to the premises will not be granted without prior arrangement.

We realise that this is not ideal and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however, these measures have been put in place to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for our service users and staff.
Our office opening hours are currently
Monday                       9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Tuesday                      9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Wednesday                 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Thursday                     9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Friday                         9.30 am to 2.00 pm
To make an appointment during these hours please contact the office on 02893 359777 or email

2. Community News




Tanya – “Mindful Mondays in full flight with a brilliant demonstration video by Tanya. Taking time to focus on breathing, relaxing your body and letting your worries pass through the medium of physical movement. Try these out and let us know what you think”

Fantastic video demonstrations by our excellent and skilled project youth workers.
The link below is to Tanya's Mindful Mondays.
Northern Ireland’s Health service has launched this mobile phone App to help ‘contact tracing’ of people potentially infected by the virus. 

If you are in close contact with an app user who has added a positive COVID-19 test result to their app, this app will notify you. The app will never reveal your identity or location.

NICVA fully supports and encourages everyone to use the App. Read more

Can you spare 1-2 hours per week to help support our digital training?

Our ONSIDE project needs Peer Advocates to help support participants maintain their community connections during and after participating in the ONSIDE project.

Some of your responsibilities in this role will include supporting participants during digital training sessions, motivating participants to create and maintain community connections, providing ongoing support to participants including practical support, such as attending activities in the community with them. In return the ONSIDE team will support and train you. You will need to be over the age of 18 years to apply for this role.

If this interests you please contact Lisa Marie Ferris by email or download a 'Peer Advocate application pack' below.

ONSIDE will improve the health and well-being of disabled people living in Northern Ireland and the border regions by supporting and empowering participants to fulfil their potential as active citizens.
Read more about ONSIDE and download a Peer Advocate application pack

YOU ARE INVITED to JOIN US for the NI Energy Advice Service Launch Webinar on Tuesday, 25th August 2-4pm.

We want to ensure that your community have the opportunity to access free energy awareness and advice, grant information and a warmer home.

We would be delighted if you could join us online. Simply click picture above to Register. We will get back to you with your webinar link and more information.

These are stressful times for some of our students and feelings of uncertainty may be overwhelming at the moment.
But don’t bottle up your feelings, ask for help and find out more about what support is available. There are numerous self-help guides, helplines and resources to help you cope with any stress you may be experiencing.

Visit the CovidwellbeingNI hub @
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Many thanks to the Department of Health for extending the funding for our Advice Service so we can stay open 5 days a week!👍
3. Fundraising News
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The Housing Executives Social Enterprise Plus Programme went live today, with grants of;
  • Up to £10000 for Business Start-up, Education and Training awards (open year round until funds are depleted)
  • Up to £10,000 and up to £25,000 for Embryonic, Emerging and Established social enterprises (Deadline for applications 21st August)
Our team details are on the webpage for those who want to discuss potential applications.

Small grant funding
ACNI Small Grants: Rolling

The aim of this programme is to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from the widest possible range of organisations. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution.
• Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits
• Groups of organisations working together to deliver specific projects
• Formally constituted parent-teacher associations
Who Cannot Apply?

•  Organisations currently in receipt of Arts Council funding from its Annual Funding or Lottery Project Funding programmes
•  Individuals or Sole traders
•  Commercial trading companies
•  Companies that exist to distribute a profit
•  Statutory authorities or organisations governed by statutory authorities i.e. ELB schools
Maximum grant £10,000
Halifax Foundation:  Rolling
Our community grants programme will support charities to react to this pandemic, prepare to reopen services or adapt their services accordingly, and to restore/renew in order to deliver what may be for many a new way of life.
If you feel your proposed project can commence within the next three months, you are eligible to apply to the foundation or support.
Charitable Status
The following groups may apply:
  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission
  • Charities 'deemed' on CCNI's combined list
  • 'Non-deemed' on CCNI's combined list, provided they can supply their HMRC letter confirming charitable status
  • Constituted groups with a governing document, board of trustees/directors and a recent set of accounts (£1,000 max award)


Allchurches Trust: Growing Lives

Grants of up to £25,000 to equip and empower churches and Christian charities to engage more young people more regularly, forging lasting relationships that provide an opportunity for individual, family, church and community flourishing.

Community Foundation for NI: The David Cross Young People's Fund

Managed by CFNI, grants of up to £15,000 for community and voluntary sector organisations, youth groups, schools and colleges working with young people aged 12-25 in NI to support youth entrepreneurship; enhance young people’s skills and employment prospects; encourage cross community working and reconciliation and to support creative and innovative thinking and problem solving

Aviva Community Fund (New Round Closing Date 13th October)

Every three months, £250,000 is shared equally among their UK employees to donate to forward thinking projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for up to £50,000 for projects within their usual 2 key funding areas of community resilience and financial capability and inclusion.  

Community Foundation for NI: Techies in Residence

Techies in Residence is aimed at supporting VCSE organisations to explore digital innovation solutions to challenges they are trying to address. The programme adopts a design thinking approach bringing together social challenges from VCSE organisations with digital technology professionals to design, develop and test innovative digital products and services that have the potential for deep social impact.

COVID-19 Funding Currently Open


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