This week's content:

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


Monday 9th September 2019 


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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

Carrickfergus Community Forum would like to congratulate all those involved in organising and running the family fun days held across the Borough on 11th July. All were a great success and provided a fabulous day of events for local familys.

A lot of hard work and dedication is required from local volunteers to make these events a success and ensure that they are well organised, safe and inclusive. Each group involved in hosting a fun day received support, funding and guidance from Carrickfergus Community Forum Celebrating Culture Programme and the Carrickfergus Peace Impact Project.

A great day was had by all with fun rides, go-karts, bouncy castles, animal petting farms, play bus, candy floss and pop corn etc all making the festivals another great success.

Without the input from volunteers these events would not be possible and they deserve a huge thank you!! Well done
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

The Grand Opera House is giving 800 people access to the dress rehearsal performance of "Die Fledermaus / The Bat" on Friday the 13th of September at 1pm in the Grand Opera House. 
Tickets to the opera are normally between £20 and £50 but are FREE for this performance. 
To find out more or request tickets for your group contact 


Inspiring communities of Mid & East Antrim
Community groups are being encouraged to think ‘Social Economy’ after the launch of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Inspiring Communities Programme.

The pilot programme, delivered by social economy experts LEDCOM, will help support community groups from across the borough to build capacity and stimulate their interest in social economy.
The initiative will be open to 6 community groups who can demonstrate their appetite in social economy practices and who have innovative ideas that can be developed.

Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow said: “Amplify, the integrated economic strategy for Mid and East Antrim sets out key strategic priorities to achieve economic growth within the borough. Promoting social economy is key to this by encouraging inclusion and wellbeing. Council is delighted to partner with LEDCOM to deliver the Inspiring Communities Programme. I would strongly encourage local community groups to apply for this support as it is a great opportunity to explore social economy models, learn from best practice and grow.”
Audrey Murray MBE, Business Development Manager at LEDCOM said: “We’re delighted to be working with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council on the Inspiring Communities Programme. As a social enterprise ourselves, we’ve a track record of over 34 years helping more than 100 social enterprises start up. We will apply all our learning, skills and networks to help these local community groups enhance their capabilities and make the journey towards potential new social enterprise projects.”

Participants will benefit from a baseline assessment focusing on generating ideas and identifying project ideas that can be developed into a social enterprise. Other benefits include best practice visits and tailored mentoring support.

For further information and to apply, groups should contact LEDCOM on T: 028 2826 9973 or E:
The Inspiring Communities Programme has been developed to inspire community groups to explore entrepreneurial ideas and find out more about the social economy. Groups can access a range of support which is tailored to their individual needs. The Inspiring Communities Programme is funded by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council under Amplify, the integrated economic development strategy and is delivered across the borough by LEDCOM.
The programme will:
  • Assess the current skills, capabilities and vision of the group and generate enterprise ideas.
  • One to one mentoring support to help explore the ideas including product development, planning, market research and finance.
  • Development exchange workshops providing an opportunity to meet all the participating groups on shared topics.
  • Inspiring best practice visit to widen knowledge and develop learning.
Programme criteria
To apply groups must be:
  1. Based (headquartered) within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area. This pilot programme is open to six groups (2 groups selected from Larne, Carrickfergus and Ballymena areas).
  2. Must have a legal identity (Either: A constituted group; A not for profit company with articles of Association; An industrial and Provident society; A trust with charity status).
  3. Commitment to the time requirements and involvement in the joint sessions and best practice visit (ideally sending at least two representatives to these events).
  4. Participants will be selected based on those who demonstrate the greatest need and potential for project development.
3. Fundraising News


New and Updated Funding Initiatives


NEW!!! The National Lottery Community Fund: Great Ideas

The Great Ideas programme is designed to support support great ideas that don’t necessarily involve people at every stage but if implemented would contribute to putting people in the lead.organisations to work with local people to bring about positive changes in their communities. Funding from £10,000 to £500,000 is available.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

The Magdalen Hospital Trust

Makes grants to promote the welfare of young people under 25, who suffer from various effects of social deprivation, abuse, mental and physical handicap, inadequate housing, lack of education or training, and the problems derived from unemployment and broken families.  Grants are normally within the range £500-£2,000 and are usually one-off and project-based.  
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

The Henry Smith Charity - Christian Projects Grants

Provides grants for projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith in the UK.  They value projects that set out to nurture and grow people’s journey in Christian faith and grow churches, and only support work that comes from a Church of England context, or, that is fully ecumenical. Grants are usually 10,000+ per year.  Grants can be for up to 3 years but most are for 1-2 years.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

The Honourable The Irish Society

Individuals from County Londonderry can apply for grants up to £250 and Community Groups, Clubs, Associations in County Londonderry can apply for grants up to £1,000.  A new Fund created in 2014 in association with The Clothworkers’ Company also offers a limited number of grants between £1,000 and £2,000 to smaller charitable organisations elsewhere in NI.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Cash 4 Clubs

Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.   
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary


Northern Ireland Screen: Creative Animation Scheme

The Creative Animation scheme is designed to develop Northern Ireland resident junior creators/animators through the production of animated short films providing an opportunity to develop their own ideas with support from established animation companies.

Application Deadline: Friday 16 Aug 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Comic Relief: Ahead of the Game - Sport and Mental Health

Grants to support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental wellbeing and to contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts.

Second stage application deadline: 1200 GMT, Friday 09 Aug 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website
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