This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
Protect our health service, support our health workers and save lives by staying at home.

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2. Community News

Funded by Comic Relief through the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, Greenisland FC has been delivering food parcels to the community since September and will continue this until May 2021. Check out our facebook page for more information

Have your say: Human Rights in Northern Ireland

Consultation on the creation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland


This consultation was set up by the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The Committee wants to hear your views and understand how you feel about the creation of a Bill of Rights in Northern Ireland.

Human rights are freedoms and protections belonging to everyone. A bill of rights contains human rights protections for everyone – it is a list of the laws a country agrees to make to protect all the people who live there. It can also contain guiding principles or ideas.  To get an understanding of what people who live here think about the creation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, the Committee needs to hear from lots of different people.
A short (& confidential) survey for ALL ages has been created to gather those thoughts.  It can be completed on-line at where you can also find further information.  Alternately you can go to and click on the Bill of Rights link under “Latest News”. 
Have your say: Human Rights in Northern Ireland (
There is a public right of way investigation currently being carried out in the Borough.

For your say, check the webpage below on how to get involved ⬇️
Run out of ideas to keep the kids interested? Need a break from homeschooling? Join us for a zoom session of Rhythm & Rhyme on Tuesday mornings at 11am - phone the branch on 02893 362261 to book your place. #Carrickfergus #bookandcollect
3. Fundraising News

2021/22 Central Good Relations Fund
Now open for online applications
The 2021/22 Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) is now open for groups who wish to apply online for a project funding grant (for projects over £1,500).
Applications must be submitted online by:
Friday 12 February 2021 at 6:00pm
To access the online application system, you must first register your organisation. However, if you registered last year, you do not need to register again and you can use the link below to access the online application system.
If you have not already registered, please use the link below to register your organisation. Please note, you must register your organisation by 12:00 noon on Friday 12 February 2021 to enable access to the online application system. Any registrations submitted after that time will not be accepted.
You should read the 2021/22 CGRF Guidance notes (attached) which include a step-by-step guide to registration and a step-by-step guide to the application form before you start.
To register (if you have not already done so), you will need:
  • Your contact information as the admin user (can be changed later);
  • Details of your organisation, including address and organisation type;
  • A copy of your organisation’s constitution (Word or PDF); and
  • A default password (used as the initial login for all of your organisation users).
Online Application
To apply online you will need:
  • The login link you will have received via e-mail when your registration was approved;
  • The e-mail address you used to register;
  • Your password;
  • Details of your proposed project including projected activities and costings; and
  • Copies of job descriptions (for any salary being claimed).
Click your individual ‘login now’ link, login, and follow the steps in the guidance notes attached.
Got questions?
Contact our team using the e-mail below:


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


New Funding This Week 🆕


Department for Communities (Via Cooperation Ireland): VCSE COVID Recovery Fund

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network is managing this now reopened fund.  Grants of up to 5K are available to purchase PPE and other items to enable the re-opening and continued delivery of vital community services.  

NB Organisations who were previously successful in applying to this element of the fund can reapply to receive up to £5k (e.g. if an organisation was awarded £2k from the 1st round of applications, they can apply for a further £3k).  

Covid-19 Community Support Fund (for Local Councils)

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced a further £2.75 million for Councils under the Covid-19 Community Support Fund to allow them to support the voluntary and community sector response to the continuing hardship created by the pandemic.  The funding boost will support local grassroots community and voluntary organisations across council areas working with individuals and communities during the pandemic to target need and alleviate poverty by:
  • providing assistance to those on low income and at risk due to financial stress
  • supporting access to food for those most in need
  • helping to connect those living alone or in a rural and border area that are likely to experience challenges in accessing services
Details will be available through individual local Councils, but will also be disseminated by NICVA as  information become available.

BMA Giving

BMA Giving is a committee of BMA members who meet annually to award BMA grants totalling £150,000 to charities whose research projects promote the medical and allied sciences, maintain the honour and interests of the medical profession or promote the achievement of high quality healthcare.  The committee also welcomes applications from charities where doctors play a key role in the charity’s work.

Anchor Foundation

Supporting Christian charities concerned with social inclusion, particularly through ministries of healing and the arts. Grants range from £500 to £10,000.

Radcliffe Trust: Music Grants

The Radcliffe Trust provides small grants in support of Music.  Grants are generally in the region of £2,500-£7,500.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


COVID 19 Charities Fund Phase 2 (Closing 5pm 22nd January)

The Covid-19 Charities Fund (phase 2) - £11.7m to provide financial support to charities that have lost income due to Covid-19 and are unable to cover unavoidable costs between 1 Oct-31 Mar 2021.

Groundwork NI: Whitemountain Programme (Next Deadline 12 Noon, 29th Jan)

Since 2007, the Whitemountain (formerly Alpha) Programme has distributed over £7 million through the Landfill Communities Fund. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging biodiversity and environmental improvements.

To see ALL new and updated funds and deadlines, plus over 860 other funding schemes in a one-stop format, subscribe to NI's Leading database, GrantTracker, for just £100 a year for NICVA members and £145 for non-members here.


You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub


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