This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
The CCF offices reopened on 3rd August and staff have been busy putting safety measures in place in preparation to welcome you all back as soon as possible, however, due to the restrictions imposed by Covid 19 we have had to make some changes.

We are currently open to visitors strictly on an appointment only basis until further notice. We are limited to the number of people we can accommodate safely at one time on the premises while maintaining social distancing as much as possible.

If you wish to meet with a member of staff, please telephone or email the office to arrange a suitable time to come in. Entry to the premises will not be granted without prior arrangement.

We realise that this is not ideal and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however, these measures have been put in place to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for our service users and staff.
Our office opening hours are currently
Monday                       9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Tuesday                      9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Wednesday                 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Thursday                     9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Friday                         9.30 am to 2.00 pm
To make an appointment during these hours please contact the office on 02893 359777 or email

2. Community News

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced new restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19.

The measures, which come into force from next week, include:

🔴 Indoor gatherings in a private property reduced from 10 people to 6 people (from 2 households).

🔴 Outdoor gatherings reduced from 30 people to 15.

Mr Swann also said the PSNI will take enforcement action in ‘hotspot areas’.

The latest Covid-19 reproduction number (R) in Northern Ireland is estimated to be between 1.0 and 1.6.

The Department of Health said this means R is likely to be about 1.3 at present.

Speaking at today’s Executive news conference, Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said it is important that a "clear consistent message goes out to every citizen in Northern Ireland".

"This pandemic is not over, this pandemic is far from over and that is the central fact that must continue to guide all of our actions and behaviours and adherence to the guidance.

“That is why we can't return to the normality that we all took for granted at the beginning of this year because we owe it to each other and we owe it particularly to the most vulnerable members of our community.

"That is why these ongoing restrictions must sadly and unfortunately must remain a part of our ordinary lives for the greater good."

Please continue to follow Public Health Guidance⬇️

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WRDA is offering the Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness Programme Online
Women’s Resource and Development Agency have been working hard to adapt and overcome barriers to delivering the important information within the Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness Training Programme.
The online training programme consists of 3 sessions:
  • Breast Screening and Breast Awareness, including a practical demonstration on how to correctly check your breasts and explains the signs and symptoms to look for.
  • Cervical Screening, what happens at a smear test, and includes the types of results and what they mean.
  • Bowel Cancer Screening raises awareness of bowel cancer screening, what signs and symptoms to look out for, ways to reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer and how to take the screening test.
Online training is available via:
  • A communication platform which enables participants to access a virtual group using their laptop, tablet or phone.
  • We have 3 webinars, 3 short films on breast screening awareness, cervical screening awareness and bowel screening awareness which individuals and groups can view on their laptop, tablet or phone in their own home.
If you are in contact or associated with a local community or women’s groups that would benefit from this training email or call 077 8361 1744. If your group/organisation works with or supports people with additional support needs contact or 
The Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness Training Programme is available across Northern Ireland.


National Emergencies Trust announce first new charity partners to enhance support for at risk groups


The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is announcing plans to distribute £12million of funds from its Coronavirus Appeal to a range of charity partnerships offering targeted support to some of the UK’s most at risk groups.

Each partner will provide support to a disproportionately impacted group that NET believes may have been underserved through the pandemic so far, according to its own detailed gap analysis. This analysis reviewed Coronavirus Appeal grants data to-date, as well as other funding made available to groups from external sources, to identify key areas of unmet need. 

In its first wave, just over £2million of funding will be distributed to two onward grant partners: a disability support network, DPO COVID-19 Coalition, led by Disability Action NI, and LGBT+ Consortium. Decisions on awarding of these onward grants will be made by people with lived experience of the issues faced.

If you need help with getting food, medicine or supplies please call Mid and East Antrim Community Advice Service.
            Tel       028 96 001 333- advice line open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
                        (closed 12-1 for lunch)

This support is being offered by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and other partners. We are working together to ensure our residents can stay safe and well at home.
Are you or anyone you know struggling to heat your home, have difficulty understanding energy bills, or how to work your heating controls? 
If so Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have a free home energy service to help with these issues around the home.  We can:
  •          Refer you to energy efficiency grant schemes available for a range of home improvements (includes wall & roof insulation and heating) to maximise the energy efficiency of your home (eligibility criteria apply).
  •          Provide advice on current household energy use and managing your heating system.
  •          Provide advice on budgeting for fuel.
Should you require further information, please contact one of our Community Health and Wellbeing Officers.
Email  (giving your name, address and a contact telephone number)
Tel       028 28 262 498 - open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Community Health & Wellbeing Team Larne Office
Smiley Buildings
Victoria Road
Larne    BT40 1RU
(Public Protection, Health and Wellbeing)
We look forward to welcoming pupils back on board Home to School Transport.

Before you travel make sure you’ve read our advice for parents and pupils -

Pupils using Translink services should check their schedule before travelling
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 grant funding
ACNI Small Grants: Rolling

The aim of this programme is to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from the widest possible range of organisations. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution.
• Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits
• Groups of organisations working together to deliver specific projects
• Formally constituted parent-teacher associations
Who Cannot Apply?

•  Organisations currently in receipt of Arts Council funding from its Annual Funding or Lottery Project Funding programmes
•  Individuals or Sole traders
•  Commercial trading companies
•  Companies that exist to distribute a profit
•  Statutory authorities or organisations governed by statutory authorities i.e. ELB schools
Maximum grant £10,000
Halifax Foundation:  Rolling
Our community grants programme will support charities to react to this pandemic, prepare to reopen services or adapt their services accordingly, and to restore/renew in order to deliver what may be for many a new way of life.
If you feel your proposed project can commence within the next three months, you are eligible to apply to the foundation or support.
Charitable Status
The following groups may apply:
  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission
  • Charities 'deemed' on CCNI's combined list
  • 'Non-deemed' on CCNI's combined list, provided they can supply their HMRC letter confirming charitable status
  • Constituted groups with a governing document, board of trustees/directors and a recent set of accounts (£1,000 max award)


New Funding This Week 🆕


Community Foundation for NI:  The IFA Inclusive Clubs Women’s Programme - New Needs

Managed by the Community Foundation for NI, The Inclusive Clubs New Needs Funding Programme provides grants of up to £1000 to support Women’s Clubs to respond to COVID-19, addressing the new needs appearing for football clubs, and where restrictions mean finding new ways of meeting continuing to support development of the women’s clubs.  The aim of the fund is to enable clubs to continue to play and develop the game, safely.


Allchurches Trust: Growing Lives

Grants of up to £25,000 to equip and empower churches and Christian charities to engage more young people more regularly, forging lasting relationships that provide an opportunity for individual, family, church and community flourishing.


Ebay Charity Connect:  Advance (NB In Kind Support Only - Applications Close 23.59pm, 24th August)

This training, which aims to help charities boost online revenues, runs for six months from September and there are 500 places available. Dedicated eBay specialists will guide charities through everything they need to know about selling on eBay through a mix of 1:1 sessions, group surgeries, webinars and access to learning materials.


Road Safety Trust: Small Grants Plus Programme (Opening 15th September, Closing Date 21st October)

They are relaunching their popular Small Grants programme in a slightly different format to 2019. For this round they have increased the minimum amount that can be applied for to £20K and the maximum amount to £50K.  They particularly encourage applications that respond to changing road use and emerging road safety issues as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. All applications must include a focus on evaluation of effectiveness.  The total funding pot is £300,000.  


The Theatres Trust: UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme (Repurposed as the Theatres Reopening Scheme)

A capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profits that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.  In response to COVID-19, they have repurposed this scheme to help theatres cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure, including making adaptations for increased hygiene and social distancing measures.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change Programme (Round 1 Closing Date, 12 Noon on 11th September, Round 2 Closing Date, 12 Noon on 30th November)

A new local grant programme, awarding grants up to £20,000 to projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area.  Grants up to £20k available.  NB The two rounds of funding they are running this year will support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of Covid-19.


NIHE: Rural Community Awards (Closing Date 4pm, 11th September)

Aims to improve community spirit within rural neighbourhoods and encourage rural communities to protect the physical asset of the rural landscape and to celebrate their communities. On offer are 4 prizes of £1,000 being awarded to help and support those communities working to improve their respective area.  This year, there’s also a focus on how they have helped support residents throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


Community Foundation for NI: The New Needs Fund (NB Now Closing 1pm on 21st August instead of 28th)

Grants of £1,000 to £15,000 to help organisations and communities to respond better, addressing new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus and where restrictions mean finding new ways of meeting existing needs and #build back better, helping to ensure organisations can thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities.


Art Fund: Respond and Reimagine Grants (Round 2 Closing Date, 5.30pm on 17th August, Round 3 Closing Date 5.30pm on 12th October)

Respond and reimagine grants provide funding to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future. Respond and Reimagine Grants offer grants from £10,000 to £50,000. They will consider 100% funding. 


The COVID-19 Charities Fund (Reopened 3rd August, Closing Date 4pm 21st August)

This fund reopened on 3rd August for a further 3 weeks to allow charities that may not have had time to gather the required information and approvals in time to apply.  Criteria remain unchanged – still providing financial support to charities who have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are not able to cover unavoidable costs until 30th September 2020. 

Local charities can apply for up to £75,000, although the majority of groups applied for less than half of that and the average request was for £21,000.  Over a third of applications to date have been for less than £10,000 so this fund is for local charities of all sizes facing different levels of financial hardship.  Having free reserves also doesn’t exclude a local charity from applying for this fund.  For more information click here. And see who has already been funded Here.

Final call for Housing Executive Social Enterprise Plus Funding (Deadline for funding requests is 21 August)

Funding window for Social enterprises based in or serving Housing Executive tenants/ estates. The Funding Programme will support social enterprises to develop; new and sustained job creation; new and improved services for Housing Executive Communities. Awards range from £1,000 up to £10,000 and £25,000.


Bank of Ireland: Begin Together Awards (Closing Date 24th August)

In its 5th Year, The Begin Together Awards are recognising the towns and urban places across the island of Ireland demonstrating exceptional leadership during these challenging times.  There are over 21 financial recognition awards available from a total prize fund of €210,000/ or sterling equivalent.  2020 also sees the introduction of ‘special  initiative’ awards – a local town promotion initiative, a local community enterprise initiative and a local  business and community response initiative – reflecting the challenge that communities and businesses currently face from the Covid-19 pandemic.


The Armed Forces Covenant Trust: Positive Pathways (Round 4 Closing 12 Noon 25th August)

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme will award fixed grants of £35,000 for projects developed by and for veterans. Projects should aim to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing by getting veterans out and active.

The Edge: Rapid Response Fund (Closing 5pm, 25th September)

A new grant fund set up by the Edge Foundation to provide 30 grants of £750 to all groups that are working towards systemic change, and whose work is in line with Edge Fund's values.  They will award 30 grants. Of those, at least 15 grants will go to groups working on anti-racist struggles, and at least 10 of those 15 will go to groups fighting for Afrikan (Black/African) liberation and made up of African (Black/African) activists.


Comic Relief: Changemakers (Closing Date, 12 Noon, 28th August)

This funding opportunity is about looking to the future and making a bigger change. 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.  They are looking for change making efforts that are relevant to their social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development. 150K to 600K grants are available over 3-5 years

Do It Now Now: Common Call (COVID Fund)  (Closing 7pm, 31st August)

Specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities to survive and even thrive in the COVID period.   Provides grants between £1K and £3K to UK based organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black and with beneficiaries who primarily identify as Black or Mixed with Black. ​


Department for Communities: Access and Inclusion Programme

The Access and Inclusion programme provides capital grant funding, through local Councils and the Northern Ireland Museums Council, aimed at promoting a more inclusive society by enabling disabled people to participate more fully in arts, cultural and active recreation activities.  The maximum project cost must not exceed £30,000 and each applicant must provide match funding of at least 10% of the total project cost. (Waived for 2020/21)

 NB Accessing this funding through the NI Museums Council (Closing Date 4th September if applying through NI Museums Council)

Museums accredited with the NI Museums Council may submit applications to the Programme through the Museums Council who will be responsible for the assessment, scoring and ranking of projects. In the case of a council owned museum, venue operators must seek the agreement of the relevant Council before submitting an application to NI Museums Council. This must include confirmation of where the letter of offer should issue ie to NI Museums Council or the parent Council.  Councils may still bring forward projects for museums not accredited to the NI Museums Council. 

NB Accessing this funding through local Councils

NOTE It is wholly a matter for Councils to decide if they wish to accept applications from external organisations through an open call. Councils will, however, be responsible for the delivery of all projects they promote, whether internal or external.  (You will need to contact your local Council for further information about the programme and its closing dates).

NB To see over 850 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 COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub

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