This week's content:

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

1. CCF News and Events 
Our ladies visited the ACT Initiative project and they all thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you to William and Jim for a brilliant and informative presentation.

Congratulations to Tina & Heather for organising a fantastic historical information session on the Elizabethan Era delivered by Kragfergus Living History Group.

2. Community News
We are looking for small groups of retired or older people with some time to spare all across the borough, who might like to get involved in an exciting new project.
We are starting an intergenerational scheme which will link up older people and young people from local schools to carry out environmental improvements in their areas.
There are many very well researched benefits of intergenerational activities including an increased sense of wellbeing, a reduction of isolation and loneliness, the learning of new skills, and last but not least - sheer good fun!😊
For further information or a chat about this please contact the Outdoor Recreation team on 028 93358271 or E:
BBC Two’s Mastermind is currently scouring the UK to find contenders for the next series which will be filmed in Belfast!
We would appreciate if you could please share our attached flyer and details on how to apply on your social media pages and amongst your organisation.
Although applications close on Monday 9th May 2022 at midnight, we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible as casting is currently underway.
Entry is open to UK residents (including Channel Islands & the Isle of Man) who are aged 18 or over.
Hat Trick/Hindsight are committed to making programmes as inclusive as possible.
Please email to request an application form (it takes just 10 minutes to complete).
CORONAVIRUS: Throughout the casting period, the safety and wellbeing of all applicants, contributors and members of staff remains our number one priority.
Filming will take place later this year adhering to government guidance.
Ahead of the Assembly election, the Action Group on Loneliness Policy will be hosting a virtual hustings on loneliness. Loneliness affects people of all ages and backgrounds. In Northern Ireland 20% of people report feeling lonely at least some of the time, which equates to around 380,000 people.
With the next Assembly election approaching, this virtual hustings will bring together representatives from political parties across Northern Ireland to discuss how loneliness can be tackled.
This will be a valuable opportunity to discuss the policy changes that are needed within the next Assembly mandate to ensure loneliness can be comprehensively addressed.
Find out more and register for the event here -
Spring has sprung! Are you feeling energised to learn a new digital skill or two?

Check out the free, online sessions we have planned for April:

#digitalskills #digitalinclusion #goonni #getconnected #getonline #onlinesafety #supportingcommunities #northernireland
Be Kind To Different Minds ❤️

Autistic people are our friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues. Together we want to build an inclusive society that works best for everyone and we hope that you can help us do that too.

For more information on how you can get involved in our World Autism Awareness Week campaigns and activities visit

The next Carrickfergus Artisan Market will take place on Saturday 2 April between 11am-3pm!🛍️
3. Fundraising News
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. Funding of £100,000 will be awarded to one group or partnership to build a bespoke garden for people and pollinators, creating a positive legacy for future generations.
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. Opens for registration at 10am on 19 April 2022.

Leathersellers Company Charitable Fund
The Fund’s Small Grant Programme is a fast-track grant assessment for one-off grants of up to £3,000 for funding small projects or to cover unexpected expenses. In 2021-22, they will consider applications from charities registered and operating in the UK (including Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)). Opens to applications 11 April 2022.
Cardfactory: Community Grant Fund
Card Factory Foundation will support projects and charitable causes to benefit the communities of our colleagues and stores. Grants are available up to £2500. The Charity Trustees’ current funding priorities are to provide support, financial or otherwise towards hardship caused by life changing events; provide support, financial or otherwise to projects that improve lives; and community projects which take place for Card Factory colleagues and or communities where Card Factory stores trade. Proposals welcomed from not-for-profit organisations, community groups and individuals based in the United Kingdom.
Benefact Trust (formerly Allchurches Trust)
Benefact Trust, a new name and brand, exists to make a positive difference to people's lives by funding, guiding and celebrating the work of churches and Christian charities; empowering the most vulnerable and giving people, communities and places a renewed opportunity to flourish. The Benefact Group, owned by Benefact Trust, includes Ecclesiastical funding schemes Movement for Good and Movement for Good: 12 Days of Giving

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


Upcoming Deadlines 📅

ESB Community Fund 
The Wind Farm Community Funds initiative was established by ESB Group with the intention of helping communities neighbouring ESB wind farms to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities. The initiative seeks to address current and emerging issues, needs and opportunities within communities, enriching lives and creating brighter possibilities for local residents. 
Extended deadline 12pm(noon) on 31 March 2022
Grow Wild: Community Project Funding
Grow Wild is offering grants of £2000 to five groups from across the UK who would like to help them make positive changes by transforming an urban space through planting and taking positive actions for nature.
Deadline 10am on 4 April 2022
Live here love here: Climate Challenge Fund
The Climate Challenge Fund, which can provide a maximum of £5,000 to each applicant, forms part of the £477,000 that Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful received from the UK Community Renewal fund to facilitate a greater local response to the threat of runaway climate change. The overall aim of the project is to (a) educate the wider community about climate change through free Carbon Literacy Programmes training, in order to (b) empower and inspire civic action that can help Northern Ireland tackle the climate emergency.
Deadline 8 April 2022.
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Numerous funding schemes with upcoming deadlines (see website for details).
  • The Gill’s Charity Fund – 1pm on 28 March 2022
  • RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Impact Grants Fund – 1pm on 1 April 2022
  • RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Community Grants Fund – 1pm on 1 April 2022
  • The Thomas Devlin Fund - – 1pm on 8 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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