This week's content:

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

Would you be interested in taking part in a series of workshops focussed on how womens lives have changed and evolved over the years. These would be facilitated by Sharon McKnight.

About Sharon and the programme:

In my early years I studied the History of the Women's Movement (Early years and fight for the vote) at University..
Later in my career I delivered classes to YTP teenage girls looking at the 80s and 90s era.
( I took my lead from )My source material was an excellent production by the BBC called The Doll's House. This In captured life   From Edwardian days to the  freedom /emancipation of the 60s. 
I have met with, held workshops and collected material from older people many born in the 1920s and 30`s topics where  on courtship, romance and marriage. They gave me oral stories I recorded and documented  for them, hoping  they will never be lost to the next generation . In my workshops  
I use photographs as visual aids and posters on A4 laminated card. It is very ad hoc in approach and really up to you the  individual  participating in the workshop .

If you think you would like to take part please contact Janice or Lucy at the Forum on 02893 359777 or email

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

How can we recognise people volunteering their time in N Ireland?

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest civil Award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the Award.

An information session to promote the Award and explain the nomination process, is being organised by Volunteer Now for potential nominators and interested groups. It will be an opportunity to meet those involved in promoting the Award and hear from someone who has been through the process.

Date: 22nd April 2020
Time: 10.30am – 12pm
Venue: Youth Action, 14 College Square N, Belfast BT1 6AS
Please pass this onto anyone who might be interested in hearing more about how volunteers can get recognition.  If you have a newsletter or email that goes out to your networks or other organisations please include this in it to help spread the word.
Volunteering is at the heart of our communities; why not raise its profile and achieve recognition for the difference that volunteers make? Nominations are open for the Award from April – September each year.   
RSVP by 20th April 2020 to
Council has rolled out an innovative Community Play Rangers programme in partnership with PlayBoard NI and funded by the Public Health Agency.  Volunteers from communities across the Borough received training from PlayBoard NI experts and successfully qualified as Play Rangers. All volunteers who successfully completed the training received a Play Pod for use in their community. A play pod takes the form of a secure storage unit filled with play equipment and loose parts that offers outdoor play opportunities for local children all year round.
There are now 20 play rangers and 10 play pods in place across the Borough for community use.
For more information email here.
3. Fundraising News

Mid and East Antrim Grants Support team will be hosting a number of Grants Information Sessions in February to advise groups in the borough of the various schemes and levels of funding available. 
The information sessions are open to constituted groups, sports clubs and individuals as well as anyone who may be considering forming a constituted group to avail of funding.
The aim of the grants schemes are to provide financial support through various categories for organisers of events as well as community groups, sports clubs and  arts groups in the Borough undertaking projects which are of benefit to all of the citizens of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.
There are limited places available at the sessions and interested groups should nominate a maximum of two representatives to attend on their behalf.  Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  
Purpose of the Information Sessions:
  • An opportunity to meet with the Grants Team, Good Relations, PCSP, Sports Development Officers, Economic Development Officers, Marketing and Branding Officers, Peace IV Funding Officers and more
  • To identify what funding is available through Council
  • Opening and closing dates of various schemes
  • Changes to the scheme
  • What other funding opportunities are available 
The Grants Information Sessions will take place as follows:
  • 6.00pm on Tuesday 11 February, Studio Theatre, The Braid, Ballymena
  • 6.00pm on Wednesday 12 February, McGarel Hall, Larne Town Hall
  • 6.00pm on Thursday 13 February, Jubilee Hall, Carrickfergus Town Hall
To book a place on an information session, please contact the Grants Office at the email address below with a preferred date to attend by 12noon Friday 7 February
If required, additional dates may be added.
To book a place on an information session or to obtain further information on the scheme, please email or phone 028 2563 3260.
Grants Officers

DCSDC – Funding Information (Arts and Culture)

Funding to Facilitate Accessibility and Inclusion Activities in Arts Programming


The Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Pilot Premium Payments Programme, which is provided through investment by the Department for Communities, offers funding to smaller not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 to enable them to provide a wider and more diverse group of people access to a high-quality arts experience.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to assist with activities that will encourage the engagement of one or more of the groups of people who fall under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in exchequer- or lottery-funded arts activity (regardless of the programme that the support was provided under).
Under this legislation equality of opportunity is promoted between the following groups: people of different religious beliefs, political opinions, racial groups, ages, marital status or sexual orientation; between men and women generally; between people with a disability and without; and between people with dependants and those without.
This pilot programme aims to:
  • Increase engagement in the arts by each of the nine Section 75 categories.
  • Support arts organisations diversify audiences/participants.
  • Respond to project-level need in a timely and systematic way, enabling engagement with existing or planned arts activity.
  • Target small- to medium-sized arts organisations without dedicated capacity or resources to facilitate the engagement of Section 75 categories.
Any applications that seek to increase access to Section 75 groups will be considered and funding can be used towards any relevant costs including signage, captioning, transport, childcare, translation or support worker costs. Funded projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.
For more information, guidance and application forms, see:
Please see information below from SEUPB who have appointed the consultant outlined to link in with Community Organisations who were successful or unsuccessful in receiving funding under current programme.
The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) with Changing Perspectives Consulting (CPC) is conducting research to identify a wide range of interest groups that have not availed of funding from SEUPB Peace Funding in the past. 
This research will inform the development of the “Peace Plus” programme which will become active in mid-2021. By identifying the groups that have not yet availed of SEUPB funding and the reasons why, the SEUPB hope to put in place capacity building supports to help those groups have access to funds. 
We hope that ANY group or organization that identifies as local, regional, national and international groups who HAVE NOT yet but might have interest in availing of SEUPB FUNDING through the new 2021 Peace plus funds, will fill out this simple 10-15 minute survey via an online google form: 
Groups not availing of SEUPB funding in the past will be identified on a list of groups/organisations which will be provided to SEUPB. Eligible projects will involve participants from Northern Ireland and the 6 adjacent border counties of Ireland.
The research is trying to identify a range of interests related to Good Relations work. Please feel free to pass along this link to any groups or organisations whom may be interested in this survey and future EU Peace funding. 
For any questions please contact, Martina Paloheimo via email at:


New and Updated Funding Initiatives 🆕


The Inman Charity

A small trust making annual distributions of over £325,000 in grants to a wide range of UK Registered Charities.  Particularly interested in supporting medical research, care of the elderly, general welfare, hospices, the Deaf and Blind, care of the physically & mentally disabled and the Armed Forces.

Find out more on the website

George Best Belfast City Airport: Community Fund

Minor Grants of less than £2,500 and Major Grants of more than £2,500 for Community, Education and Training, Health and Wellbeing Social (including sport, leisure and recreation) and Environmental and Sustainability projects, ideally based within Ards and North Down Borough Council or Belfast City Council or the Greater Belfast area.   

Find out more on the website

The Honourable The Irish Society

Supports a County Londonderry Fund offering grants of up to £250 for individuals and up to £1000 for groups across County Londonderry.
Also supports a Northern Ireland Fund offering a limited number of grants between £1,000 and £2,000 to smaller charitable organisations elsewhere in NI (outside County Londonderry) with an operating income below £250,000 per annum.

Find out more on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary 📅


Good Things Foundation: BT Skills for Tomorrow 2020/21

A partnership between BT and Good Things Foundation designed to empower 10 million individuals to benefit from the digital world. Contracts of £3000, £5000 and £10,000 are available (depending on the number of learners) with NI’s eligible areas for applications being Belfast (priority), County Antrim, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Enniskillen (priority).

Application Closing Date (5pm) 14 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website

Aviva Community Fund

Every three months, £250,000 will be shared equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000. This funding scheme aims to mix crowdfunding and awards of funds.

Submission Closing Date (23.59pm) 11 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website

Probation Board for NI: Community Service & Supervised Order Placements Grants

PBNI invites applications from organisations in the VCS sector to provide local, meaningful work placements with supervision for individuals who are subject to Community Service / Supervised Activity Orders imposed by the Courts. 

Application Deadline (4pm) 14 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website



For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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