This week's content:

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


Week three of our cookery group sessions and the dishes being produced just keep getting better!! Everyone put their own twist on steak night and the results are amazing! 👨‍🍳
From stir fry to steak n mash the lads have really impressed us with their skills and its great to see them staying connected and staying positive during isolation. Huge well done everyone keep up the great work 😁😁👏👏👏


2. Community News

Community Gift Vouchers

Lidl are pleased to introduce Community Gift Vouchers for customers who are not able to frequent our stores at present as they are isolating and cocooning at home.

You can now purchase a Lidl Community Gift Voucher, up to the value of £200 in 3 simple steps:

  1. Call our dedicated team on 0800 008 3016. (Lines are open Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 18:00)
  2. Tell us your required voucher value and pay via card over the phone.
  3. We’ll post your gift voucher directly to your door, which you can share with family members, friends or a volunteer who can utilise this voucher to purchase your shopping at any Lidl store. (Please allow up to 5 working days for delivery)

Click here to read our Gift Vouchers FAQ.

Putting People in the Lead through Quality PB – PB Works

PB Works would like to hear from you about how best we can stay in touch and continue to develop quality participatory budgeting. Please take two minutes to complete this short survey to help us plan and be more responsive to your needs
Processes like PB which strengthen community connections and resilience and empower local communities will be even more important in the new world which we will all find ourselves in and can play a part in #buildbackbetter. To find out more visit

3. Fundraising News

New & Updated Grant Schemes from Trusts and Foundations

Community Foundation for NI: Coronavirus Community Fund 

A key NI fund which aims to help constituted groups in NI to deal with the emerging issues of Coronavirus.
NB. This fund has been continually widening its focus.  This week the priority of "Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities" was added and the fund is now offering grants of up to 10K for the following:  
  • Older people (aged over 50) 
  • Those at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing
  • Vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas, families where a parent/ both parents have lost their employment or where children are living in poverty
  • Children and young people’s projects, particularly focusing on the voice of young people and connecting through creative mediums.  
  • Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities
NB. Safeguarding guidelines changed on 27 March to reflect the fact that groups want to respond to immediate Covid-19 issues and may not yet have full adult safeguarding policies and procedures in place.  Organisations with an income of up to £1 million are now also within fund priorities.

The Plunkett Foundation (In Kind Support)
Offering a free, tailored package of free Covid-19 support for all forms of community business – developing short – medium term cash flow, reviewing business plans, applying for funding, upholding good practice governance and utilising community shares and accessing government support.

Aviva Community Fund
In addition to the usual 2 key funding areas of community resilience and financial capability and inclusion, for the current round of funding they have broadened the eligibility criteria to include core running costs of causes looking to adapt or continue their vital services throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.  NB Applications for the current round closing 5th May.

Social Investment Business: Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (funded by Big Society Capital)
A new £25 million fund for social enterprises and charities experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of Covid-19.  Part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Artist's Emergency Programme (AEP) NB for individuals
Grants of up to £5,000 for freelance artists, creative practitioners and performers.

Community Foundation for NI: The McCall Social Care Fund
5 grants of £10,000 to VCS organisations delivering innovative and new projects in social care at this time, where statutory support is falling short, limited, or currently non-existent.  County Antrim only.  (Closes 1pm 1st June 2020)

Henderson Group: Community Cashback Grant
£20,000 to support communities in need in NI using an online public voting system , for 4 weeks from 20th April.  Each week will see groups receiving £2000 (1st place), £1500 (2nd place), £1000 (3rd place) or £500 (4th place). 

Standard Life Coronavirus Funding
Grants from £5,000 to £50,000  for Covid-19 work addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change to tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes.

The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund)
All funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, they are accelerating the cash part of this funding as much as they can, so that they can get money to where it needs to be. This is not new money, but it will be faster money.  

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Heritage Emergency Fund
£50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis. Now accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000, and closing 30th June 2020. FAQ 

Live Here, Love Here - Small Grants Scheme
Grants of £500 to £5,000 for volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs for civic pride projects. Now also funding community groups to support the needs of local people impacted through reduced contact. Closes 18th May at 12 noon.

Enkalon Foundation Coronavirus Community Support Fund
Now focusing their modest funding pot on charities and community organisations helping people who are isolated and vulnerable in their local communities.  Focusing now on the former Antrim Borough Council area.  All potential applicants need to contact the administrator directly with an outline of the new or existing project.

Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme
Grants of up to £2500 for community based food provision responses that support local families with children under  10 as a result of the Covid-19 . Keen to support programmes providing support in the coming summer.  (Managed by Community Foundation for NI)

CWSAN: "Safety Equipment and Volunteers Fuel” Small Grants 
A limited number of small grants of £150 for safety equipment and fuel for volunteers to groups assisting very localised and isolated communities in rural areas throughout Mid Ulster during Covid-19.  

Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme (Was paused temporarily, but now reopening 4th May)
Small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to Covid-19. Priority given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within their programme areas.  NB Note: last week they had suspended applications temporarily. They now intend to re-open on Monday 4th May. 

The NET Fund
The National Emergencies Trust launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The money raised is now available through the Community Foundation for NI's Coronavirus Community Fund - see above. It released £2.5m to community foundations on 26th March.  (NB. There is no separate fund.)​

Halifax Foundation NI
HFNI had initially focused Covid-19 funding on their SMALL and MEDIUM grants, with Large and Special Initiatives grants on hold for now due to the activity based nature of these programmes. Due to overwhelming demand, they are now offering a single grants scheme offering grants of up to £5000 for Covid-19 related projects.  The aim is to make it easier for charities to access aid quickly to provide vital services during the Covid-19 crisis. So far, they've awarded £439K to 80 charities and are hoping to help as many as they can. #WeStandWithTheSector
Funded by M&S Family (including M&S Bank and M&S Energy), Lidl, Aldi, Danone UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola European Partners this new fund worth £500,000 supports community organisations helping those most at risk during Covid-19, including older people,  those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.   NB As of 1st May, 389K of the total 500K had already been allocated.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund (Still paused pending more donations)
A fund specifically to help smaller charitable organisations affected by Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 for those providing much needed support to our communities.  Intended as a rapid response fund, aiming to make payments within 14 days to successful applicants.
Sport NI - Sports Hardship fund (Still closed pending additional funding)
£2000 grants to sports clubs and organisations to assist with essential overheads and the costs of maintaining their facilities during the Covid-19 lockdown period.  

*Greggs Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Appeal  (Was closed but now reopened)
Urgent funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and small grants (average £500). To request support you send an email to them. UPDATE: They had closed this programme to new applications but have now reopened.   Decisions for Round 1 applications already submitted will be announced on the 5th May 2020.

The Fore: The RAFT Fund (Rapid Action by the Fore) (Now paused pending more funding) 
Emergency grants of up to £5,000 to help small charities and social enterprises respond to the COVID-19 crisis by addressing the changing needs of their beneficiaries and increasing their organisational resilience. Currently only open to existing grantees but they are aiming to raise £1 million funding to extend to other organisations. NB. Paused since 24th April pending further funding becoming available.

CRISIS: In This Together- Emergency Grants Programme (Still Paused)
Awards of up to £5k for short term responses to Coronavirus emergency, and Awards of up to £50K for long term needs such as potential expansion and change of services for charities tackling homelessness.

NB The following grant schemes are now closed
The Princes Countryside Fund (Closed 15th April)
Remote Family Engagement Fund - Arts and Business (Closed 24th April)
Legal & General Coronavirus Emergency Charity Fund (Closed 20th April 2020)
Leathersellers Coronavirus Focussed Small Grants (Closed to new applications)
Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund (Now closed in Northern Ireland)
Thomas Pocklington Trust Emergency Fund for the sight loss sector (Now closed)
MoneySavingExpert (Now closed to new applications) 

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary 📅


Details of our FREE GrantTracker Offer

We really want to help mitigate everyone's loss of income due to the current lock-down. So we're still offering NI's leading funding database free to everyone for a month. Join the 161 organisations who have already benefitted from this free initiative.

For the latest on Government, local Council and trust and foundation funding, keep checking our constantly updated articles on NICVA's COVID-19 Fundraising Hub

And keep up to date by following NICVA's Fundraising Advice Officer on Twitter.



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