This week's content:

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

Candidate Information Booklet

Community Project Coordinator
end March 2022

Closing date for applications:
By email to
Wednesday 22nd January 202
Interviews on Friday 31st January 2020


Job Title:Community Project Coordinator

Duration: Fixed Term Contract ending 31st March 2022

Hours:30 hour per week post

Salary: £22K per annum plus pension

Responsible to: Management committee of the Cithrah Foundation
Location: Carrickfergus


The Cithrȃh foundation manages a portfolio of funds and programmes that aim to tackle the impact domestic abuse has on the person and family and community The Cithrȃh foundation provides services to meet this need through services to individuals and families without prejudice. We are a client led service provision.

Selah temporary supported housing (Separately managed)
Forget-me-not counselling
Cithrah Advice service
Support and befriending
Education and training and “The Keep” app

Job Purpose

The Community Project Coordinator is a new initiative to develop the Cithrah Service They will be part of a team that will be proactively be responsible for developing services to clients,
Services in Drop in;
• Counselling (volunteers)
• Support (volunteers)
• Advice and information (volunteers)
• Education and training
• Keep app (worker in post)
Grant management, project monitoring and providing support and guidance to The Cithrah Services volunteers and staff. she/he will also engage in collective work with the project. The Community Project Coordinator will take our services out and engage with stakeholders, network with partners and develop new contacts and broaden our opportunities to deliver our service and network with others in the community and further afield


Summary of Main Responsibilities

• To monitor services, liaise with funders and manage Letter of Offer and the targets and objectives of the funding agreement and terms, and to provide guidance if difficulties arise; to seek new and additional funding streams for services and encourage service growth, development and service provision. Strengthen and develop new connections with other service providers statutory and voluntary

Carry out Reviews and manage statistics, impact studies and outcomes on. Meet with services to ensure that all necessary policies and procedures are in place alongside other service Coordinators working for clients and services, liaising with staff and volunteers and service lead keeping up with best practice and statutory changes

• To engage in work with Cithrȃh services other service providers and attend relevant promotional events event’s to represent Cithrah as required;

• To assist in the identification of training and support needs of Cithrȃh Services, including the support needs of project staff volunteers and committee members;

• To contribute to the compilation of monitoring data and project information for submission to the funders and to the Board of The Cithrȃh foundation using tailored data base program

• To assist in the overall administration of the funded project and with related financial, monitoring and evaluation processes;

• To ensure that Cithrȃh Service providers who have completed their part of the project have complied with all of the relevant requirements required and that all financial and non-financial monitoring information has been submitted and is correct using the programs in place


• To write reports relating to the funding and to contribute to policy initiatives related to the projects;

• To encourage contact and networking between local groups and relevant agencies and promote good community development and community relations practice. To liaise with other relevant social action, community relations and community development support agencies to maintain up to date information on what is available and to avail of networking opportunities;

• To work closely with finance staff to ensure that Cithrȃh Service providers are meeting the financial monitoring requirements of the project. To work as part of the project team staff/volunteers to ensure that the requirements of the Letters of Offer from the funders and relevant government departments are met;

• To undertake any relevant training that may be recommended and to carry out all other duties in furtherance of the post as may be required by the Cithrah Foundation

This Job Description is not intended to comprehensively list the responsibilities of the post, but to indicate at this stage what appear to be the essential requirements of the post.

full Job Description available by email @

Calling all budding builders! Have you ever wanted to build you own castle?

Then join us at #Carrickfergus #Museum to create your very own colourful castle. And what is a #castle without a king and queen?

Little ones will also have the opportunity to make their very own medieval puppets! Lots of fun for everyone.

Ages 1-5

Saturday 15 February

Free drop in session

For more information contact Carrickfergus Museum:

T: 0289335 8241
3. Fundraising News

New and Updated Funding Initiatives 🆕


Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Ideas and Pioneers Fund

Supports people with unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. Grants of up to £10,000 (and up to £15,000 in exceptional circumstances) are available to individuals, partnerships or small organisations.
Find out more on the website

Arts & Business NI: Investment Programme

Funded by the Arts Council of NI, the programme aims to increase private sector investment into the arts by supporting arts organisations in developing sustainable relationships with business.  Cash and in kind support is available.
Find out more on the website

Department of Education: Pathway Fund

Delivered through Early Years, the Fund supports the improved development of children aged from birth to four years at risk of not reaching their full potential within the school system and aims to deliver an enhanced more sustainable early years sector.  2 grant streams (A) up to £15,000 and (B) £15,0001 to £30,000 are available.
Find out more on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary 📅


G&H Roberts Community Trust

Deadline for Submissions 31 Jan 2020

Focuses on funding small community projects that support the advancement of education, community development, human rights, environmental protection, conflict resolution and reconciliation.  Distributes around £12000 per annum. Usually awards are between £250 - £2,000. 
Find out more on the website

Anchor Foundation

Application Deadline 31 Jan 2020

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

Arts Council NI: Creative Industries Seed Fund

Deadline for Applications (4pm) 27 Jan 2020

Aims to encourage Cross-Sectoral Collaboration, drive innovation in technologies and create new content, products, services and experiences and assist entrepreneurs, businesses, or organisations for projects that contribute to the growth of the creative industries and unlock future income generation.  100% grants are available to cover costs of between £500 and £10,000 for a project.
Find out more on the website



For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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