This week's content:

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

2. Community News

Carers UK's first ever digital State of Caring conference will focus on what has been learned during the coronavirus outbreak.

There's never been a more important time to keep up to speed with supporting carers in policy and practice so book now:…/state-of-caring-conference

Workable NI supports disabled people and employers to overcome barriers in the workplace

If you're about to start a new job or are having difficulties in your existing job we can support you and your employer through the Workable NI programme.
You can get support through Workable NI if:
  • You have a disability
  • Are aged 16 or over
  • Are about to start a new job or are having difficulties in your existing job
  • Your job is 10 hours or more on a minimum of a 6 month contract
For more information on Workable NI visit our website or contact:
Miriam Bacon: 07951 601993
Gillian Rainey: 07944 361393 

Workable NI is funded through the Department of Communities.
Read more about Workable NI

ONSIDE is focusing efforts on equipping and upskilling participants to get online

What the lockdown has taught us is the importance of ‘connection’ … connecting remotely with family and friends. Unfortunately, disabled people as a community have one of the lowest uptakes of digital engagement.

This coupled with the COVID-19 closure of social outlets available to disabled people means many have been left further isolated over the last few months. This is why ONSIDE is determined to focus our efforts on equipping and upskilling participants to get online. We are now focusing on providing support via telephone, email and on-line software.  We are now delivering digital training to participants via Zoom.

For more information on ONSIDE and how the team can help you stay connected telephone 028 9029 7880 or 00353 1873 0455 or email: 

ONSIDE is a free, impartial and confidential service.
Read more on how ONSIDE can help you get connected


Free public transport is accessible to those fleeing domestic abuse. This will be available in cases where refuge or emergency accommodation has been arranged through the 24hr Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or Women’s Aid.

Read more

Relate NI has launched it's first-ever Relationships Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of maintaining positive relationships and exploring how they have been getting us through the lockdown 💛

Check out these mental health guides on relationships on the #COVIDWellbeingNI Hub ⬇️

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3. Fundraising News
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The Housing Executives Social Enterprise Plus Programme went live today, with grants of;
  • Up to £10000 for Business Start-up, Education and Training awards (open year round until funds are depleted)
  • Up to £10,000 and up to £25,000 for Embryonic, Emerging and Established social enterprises (Deadline for applications 21st August)
Our team details are on the webpage for those who want to discuss potential applications.


Small Capital Grants Programme

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland announces the opening of the 2020/21 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.
The Programme, which has a total fund of £800,000, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.
Who can apply?
Applications must include a minimum of 2 organisations - the amount of grant available to groups is dependent on the number of partners to the application:
  • 2 partner groups                     =          can apply for £1,500
  • 3 - 4 partner groups                =          can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups                   =          can apply for up to maximum £5,000
To be eligible for grant assistance applicants must be constituted voluntary or community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland, with an annual unrestricted income of less than £100,000 per year.
("Unrestricted" income relates to funds that the non-profit organisation may use for any purpose. “Restricted” income relates to funds whose use is restricted by a particular purpose and must be used in a specified period e.g. grant offer from a Funding Body)  
Applicants must deliver the project, pay supplier(s) and submit a grant claim by 31st March 2021.
Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:
Completed applications should be emailed to, and must be received by 5pm Friday 14th August 2020. Interested groups are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible.


New Funding This Week 🆕


Allchurches Trust: Hope Beyond Grants programme

The Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by Coronavirus. Grants of up to £50,000, dependent on the cost of your project and the level of need, ranging from 10% to 80% of project costs.


Burg-Wächter Secure Communities Scheme

Offers a cash award and security products to community projects to help secure their success.  During the current national situation, Burg-Wächter is offering free security kits for community properties, equipment or outdoor areas that need extra security at this time and have limited funds to meet these needs.


United Kingdom Community Foundations (UKCF): BAME Intra Fund

UKCF is seeking applications from BAME-led infrastructure organisations to access its new fund to help more BAME-led organisations to apply for NET grants through their local Community Foundations.  Grants between £5,000 – £20,000 over a maximum of 3months are available.


COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund (Next Closing Date 3rd August)

5.5 million for 2nd round of grants distributed by Homeless Link.  £4.8 million is provided by NLCF and £680,000 from Comic Relief, which raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives, and will primarily be allocated to charities based in Scotland, Wales and NI.   Will provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to Coronavirus. Will also support those who have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness.

The Wolfson Foundation:  Covid-19 Support Fund (NB Not open for unsolicited applications - Invitations to apply will be sent out by Friday 21 August)

The Wolfson Foundation has allocated £10 million to provide unrestricted funding to organisations working in heritage and the arts; and health and disability.  The Foundation is offering to support organisations to responds to their own specific needs – at this critical moment and as they plan for the months to come.  The Foundation is planning  to use this funding to support organisations who they have been working with over the past few years (generally through supporting their capital infrastructure projects). The Fund will not be open to speculative applications, and the Foundation will be in contact directly with organisations who are eligible for funding. 


The Community Justice Fund

Grants of approx. 25-75K focused on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations. Aims to help them respond to COVID-19, with flexible support so organisations can respond to the challenges in ways that they feel best meets their needs but for which they do not currently have the funds.  May be about ‘keeping the doors open’, making necessary shifts to home working, maintaining services, adapting services to reach people in new ways/at greater scale, supporting the wellbeing of staff, or a combination of these and other responses.


Comic Relief: Changemakers

They’re looking for organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector – whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, or advocacy and campaigning work.  Looking for change making efforts relevant to their social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development. 150K to 600K grants over 3-5 years


ASDA Foundation: Covid-19 Grant

In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams. Hygiene grants are focused on personal hygiene dignity. Healthy holiday grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. Small grants of up to £500 are available.


Centre for Social Justice Awards

An annual, high profile award ceremony honouring the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain.  In 2021, four winners will receive a £10,000 grant and be profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country.

NFU Mutual Community Giving

Set up in 2005 to support community initiatives and charitable events, as well as to help boost staff fundraising   In 2019, it helped 88 community groups and charities across the UK.  Donations limited to a maximum of £1,000. Ideally like to fund something specific so they can measure the difference their donation has made – whether purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else to help people over a long period of time.


NIHE Social Housing Enterprise Plus Investment Scheme: Embryonic Awards & Emerging & Established Awards

Part of the Social Enterprise Plus Strategy 2020-2024 which sets out to assist individuals or groups living or working in Housing Executive estates to enable development of personal or organisational capacity and to improve develop economic activity in the area.  Provides grants of up to £25,000.  


NIHE Social Housing Enterprise Plus Investment Scheme: Education, Training & Business Start-up Grants

A second part of the Social Enterprise Plus Strategy 2020-2024 which sets out to assist individuals or groups living or working in Housing Executive estates to enable development of personal or organisational capacity and to improve develop economic activity in the area.  Provides grants of up to £1000. 

More Funding Resources

You can see all COVID-19 funding schemes including the latest on Government, local Council and trust and foundation funding, on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub

To see over 800 other funding schemes in a one-stop format, subscribe to NI's Leading database, GrantTracker, for just £100 a year for NICVA members here.

Also, see my article on “How to get the most out of GrantTracker during COVID-19 and beyond"

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