This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
With lockdown easing, it is essential that we don’t become complacent and forget about important public health advice to help keep everyone safe. Take simple steps to help protect you and those around you and get tested if required.
2. Community News
If you want to have a better understanding of how prescription and OTC medicines are misused, harm reduction and supports available, then this course is for you👇

DECISION are looking for current drivers aged at least 65 to complete online questionnaires 

Driver Effect of Cognitive Impairment and Spatial Orientation and Navigation (DECISION for short) is a research study funded by the UK Department for Transport. The study investigates how everyday car driving can change in older drivers.

DECISION are asking older drivers UK wide to participate in some research.  To be able to participate you must be:
  • Over 65
  • Hold a UK licence 
  • Currently drive
The DECISION Study seeks to identify which age-related changes in thinking ability predict safe versus unsafe driving. They will use this information to develop new assessments that can help older people drive safely and independently as they age.
Read more and participate in the research
The Youth Assembly is back!
The Youth Assembly will be made up of 90 young people from throughout Northern Ireland aged between 13 and 17 years old. Three young people will be selected at random from each constituency, with the remaining 36 young people selected at random to ensure diversity and balance. We are delighted to inform you that young people can apply from 26 April 2021 to 21 May 2021.
Check out the brand new webpage with lots of information, including details on how to apply and what Youth Assembly Members will be expected to do.
Their social handles are listed below.
• Facebook @NorthernIrelandYouthAssembly
• Instagram @NIYouthAssembly
• Twitter @NIYouthAssembly
Download our #MEActive App to book your gym session!📱
Our fitness suites at Amphitheatre, #Carrickfergus, #Larne Leisure Centre and Seven Towers Leisure Centre, #Ballymena, are due to reopen tomorrow Friday 30 April for individual training.
We are working towards our swimming pools reopening on Friday 7 May.
Access to our leisure centres is strictly by bookable session only for both members and non-members.
Sessions can be booked 7 days in advance.
For details of opening hours and to book your session visit⬇️
Throughout 2021, Council is hosting a number of events under the #NI100MEA umbrella as part of our Northern Ireland Centennial Programme.
#ourMEA #PuttingPeopleFirst #GetMEActive
We are recruiting practitioners for our OCN Level 4 in Working with Parents. New course beginning Weds 5th May 2021!

To register or for more info >
The Carer and Family Support service is aimed at carers and family members of people who experience enduring mental health issues. The carers group is here to provide an opportunity for carers to speak to others in a similar situation and get advice from professionals.

For further information please contact Jennifer Devlin or 07739631664
3. Fundraising News

New Funding This Week 🆕


Solace Women's Aid: Empowering Women Fund

Part of the Labyrinth Project, (a Tampon Tax funded grant scheme) led by Solace Women’s Aid. Aims to help women get to an empowered position through the provision of holistic wide-ranging support that is needs-led, placing women at the centre of their own interventions. Seed funding available from £500 to £1,000, small grants from £1,000 to £5,000 and large grants from £5,000 to £25,000.


The Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants

Provides grants of up to £5000 for practical projects and initiatives, which aim to help registered charities to deliver good physical and mental health to individuals with, and recovering from breast cancer.  They expect projects that receive funding to be delivered within 12 to 18 months.


Live Here Love Here: Small Grants Scheme

Grants of £500 to £5,000 to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout NI.


Association of Independent Museums: Collections Care, Audit and Conservation Grants

Funded by The Pilgrim Trust, this scheme provides grants of up to £10,000 to support small to medium sized museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently and to meet the standards required for Accreditation.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


Co-Op Local Community Fund (Opening Date 4th May 2021)

Supports projects which help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.  Priority given to local charities and other organisations with an income of less than £1 million a year.


Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust (Application Deadline 5th May 2021)

The Trust gives grants in the UK, usually in London and in Northern Ireland and South Africa.  Grants are awarded twice a year, the total level of grants annually is approximately £80,000 and grants are generally made as single payments between £1,000 and £5,000.


ESB: Energy for Generations Fund (Round 2 Closing Date 5th May 2021)

Each year the Fund awards €1 million in direct funding through a quarterly fund to charities working in the area of suicide prevention, alleviation of homelessness and education access and support. The Energy for Generations Fund also provides support to ESB staff who volunteer within their own communities. 

Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants (Small) Scheme (Small Grants Application Deadline 7th May 2021)

Provides both small and large grants to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. For the small grants scheme, applications for up to £1,500 can be made for proposals which use creative and innovative approaches to engaging children and young people using the arts and creative media.  


Golsoncott Foundation Application Deadline (for events that can go ahead between July & September 2021, 8th May 2021)

Funding to support projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, be it in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour. Additionally, where applications concern young people, the trustees are interested in a long-lasting connection between them and the art, rather than a project offering little scope for further involvement.​ Their annual spend on grants is just over £80,000. 

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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