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

Have you talked PANTS with your kids? Image may contain: text that says "NSPCC"

It's a simple conversation to help keep your child safe from sexual abuse. Watch our friendly dinosaur, Pantosaurus, with your child, sing along and learn the dance too - all while helping keep them safe. Will you #TalkPANTS this summer? Learn more:

Techies in Residence open for applications!
We believe that digital technology holds huge potential to help the VCSE sector develop new innovative solutions to address community challenges and issues. This has become even more evident in light of the outbreak of COVID 19 with many organisations grappling with the shift to digital working – and how best to respond to it.
Techies in Residence programme is free to participate in. It brings together social challenges from VCSE organisations with digital technology professionals to design, develop and test innovative digital products and services that have the potential for deep social impact.
We have a number of short online information sessions available so you can find out more about the programme. These will cover:
  • What is the Techies in Residence programme?
  • Who is it for?
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Examples of past projects
  • Programme details including key dates
  • The application process
  • Questions and answer session
These sessions will take place online on Zoom on the dates below:
Thursday 27th August 2020 2pm - 3pm
Thursday 3rd September 2020 11am - 12pm
If you have any questions please contact Gemma on


We are delighted to announce that FLAME is open once again!
Flame Gasworks will be open again from Monday 17th August 2020, every afternoon except Saturday from 2pm until 5pm. In view of the Covid-19 situation, you must pre-book your tour at least 36 hours in advance. Free tickets are available for the remainder of August at this link:

 A bookable one-hour slot is available every 20 minutes between 2pm and 4.20pm. Your one ticket per slot will enable you to book a family group or social bubble, thus avoiding social distancing issues. Rest assured all Covid-19 precautions are in place. Toilets will also be available Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your booking. If you find you cannot make it, we'd appreciate it if you would notify us on 028-9336-9575 ASAP so that we can reschedule or reallocate your ticket.
Our contact details are:
telephone: (028) 9336 9575 (24-hour)
Website –
Email –

If you're worried for yourself or the welfare of another older person, help is available. Call our helpline on 0808 808 8141 for free and confidential guidance and support. #SaferAgeing #OlderPeople #Abuse #Helpline 
There are over 80 tasty recipes on the Choose to Live Better website at which can be easily rustled up at home to provide variety across the week. #homecooking #healthyrecipes
Could someone you know benefit from a free home fire safety check?
You can book one through our website at
or by calling 02892 664221 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
3. Fundraising News



This Week's Funding News


All GrantTracker subscribers can simply sign in to GrantTracker to find all the schemes below in an easy access one-stop-shop format.


New COVID-19 Funding This Week 🆕


·         Consortium: LGBT+ Futures Grants Programme

Thanks to the National Emergencies Trust, a total funding pot of £350,000 is available to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects. The funding is available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

·         Tesco Bags of Help: COVID-19 Communities Fund (now reopened but closing again 18th September)

Single payment awards of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

·         The Covid Social Enterprise Fund

A new, £7 million fund aimed at covering losses and supporting liquidity to 30 September 2020 and building resilience for the future for social enterprises who meet the criteria.

·         BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund

The BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund is now open, with National Lottery funding available to exhibitors across the UK. It will support activity to re-engage audiences with collective, big screen film experiences at film festivals, mixed arts venues, and both community and traditional cinemas.

·         MOVEMBER Social Connections Challenge

For the Challenge, Movember is looking for digital/technology-based solutions that are being utilized to maintain men’s social connections and manage their isolation while needing to be physically apart. They are aiming to address the mental health risks of vulnerable men by exploring innovative solutions that can potentially be scaled for long-term impact.  

New, non-COVID-19 Funds🆕


·         NEW Community Foundation for NI: The North West Learning Fund

Grants of up to £400 for voluntary organisations in County Derry/Londonderry area only, supporting economically inactive people living in the North West, to find a route to employment, through training and learning initiatives.

·         NEW Scop Arts Trust

Grants of around £2,000 up to £30,000 to give people of all ages a better quality of life by enabling them to understand, participate in and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts: music, drama, opera and dance.  Potential for repeat funding up to 3 years (maximum award £90,000). Most grants are for specific projects but they will consider contributions towards the core costs of smaller organisations where a grant from them could make an impact.

·         Funding Available For Remote Healthy Eating Projects

safefood is inviting organisations to apply for funding to deliver a project, in their own local area, that meets the criteria of the CFI at Home Programme. The purpose of the CFI at Home Programme is to support families with children up to the age of 12 years in their own homes to develop their cooking skills and healthy eating habits. Interested organisations can apply for funding up to a maximum of £1,300. 

COVID-19 Funds Closing Soon​ 📅


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

This training aims to help charities boost online revenues.  It runs for 6 months from September and there are 500 places available.  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. 

·         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 August)

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 Extended from 12 Noon, 28th August to 25th September)

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 (Closing Date 4th September if applying through NI Museums Council)

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)

·         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.

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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