This week's content:

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

You need an nidirect account to apply online for a standard check. You can only apply if the organisation that asked you to get the check gave you a personal identification number (PIN). Your application must approved by the AccessNI-registered organisation before being submitted to AccessNI for processing.

For more information on this service please contact: or or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
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Funding news & deadlines

NEW!!! Bank of Ireland: Begin Together Fund

Administrated by the Community Foundation for Ireland, the Begin Together Fund will support new and existing project-based activities with grants of up to €5,000 (or the sterling equivalent) for local, not for profit groups with an income under £500,000 working to improve the physical and/or mental and/ or financial wellbeing of the communities they serve across all counties on the island of Ireland. Find out more on the website

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Youth Fund

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging. Offering 2 year grants of £30,000 to £60,000 for core operating costs to help grow an organisation’s impact.   Find out more on the website

The National Lottery Community Fund: Great Ideas

The Great Ideas programme is designed to support great ideas that don’t necessarily involve people at every stage but if implemented would contribute to putting people in the lead and enable organisations to work with local people to bring about positive changes in their communities. Funding from £10,001 to £500,000 is available. Find out more on the website
Upcoming dates

Arts Council NI: Pilot Premium Payments Programme
This pilot programme seeks to provide grants of up to £5000 to facilitate the engagement and inclusion of all Section 75 groups in funded arts activity to ensure a wider and more diverse group of people have access to a high quality arts experience. 
Closing Date (4pm) 13 Mar 2020. Find out more on the website

Ulverscroft Foundation

Supports projects (both UK and overseas) which will have a positive effect on the quality of life of visually impaired people, or people with a print disability.  Applicants need not necessarily be a charity: they can be a CIC or social group. The Ulverscroft Foundation supports a wide range of grants from around £100 to £500,000.  Closing Date 15 Mar 2020. Find out more on the website

Help the Homeless
Provide grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum).  All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.
Closing Date 15 Mar 2020. Find out more on the website


For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker



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