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1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
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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.

For more information on this service please contact: or or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
DCSDC – Funding Information (Arts and Culture)

Funding to Facilitate Accessibility and Inclusion Activities in Arts Programming


The Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Pilot Premium Payments Programme, which is provided through investment by the Department for Communities, offers funding to smaller not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 to enable them to provide a wider and more diverse group of people access to a high-quality arts experience.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to assist with activities that will encourage the engagement of one or more of the groups of people who fall under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in exchequer- or lottery-funded arts activity (regardless of the programme that the support was provided under).
Under this legislation equality of opportunity is promoted between the following groups: people of different religious beliefs, political opinions, racial groups, ages, marital status or sexual orientation; between men and women generally; between people with a disability and without; and between people with dependants and those without.
This pilot programme aims to:
  • Increase engagement in the arts by each of the nine Section 75 categories.
  • Support arts organisations diversify audiences/participants.
  • Respond to project-level need in a timely and systematic way, enabling engagement with existing or planned arts activity.
  • Target small- to medium-sized arts organisations without dedicated capacity or resources to facilitate the engagement of Section 75 categories.
Any applications that seek to increase access to Section 75 groups will be considered and funding can be used towards any relevant costs including signage, captioning, transport, childcare, translation or support worker costs. Funded projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.
For more information, guidance and application forms, see:
Please see information below from SEUPB who have appointed the consultant outlined to link in with Community Organisations who were successful or unsuccessful in receiving funding under current programme.
The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) with Changing Perspectives Consulting (CPC) is conducting research to identify a wide range of interest groups that have not availed of funding from SEUPB Peace Funding in the past. 
This research will inform the development of the “Peace Plus” programme which will become active in mid-2021. By identifying the groups that have not yet availed of SEUPB funding and the reasons why, the SEUPB hope to put in place capacity building supports to help those groups have access to funds. 
We hope that ANY group or organization that identifies as local, regional, national and international groups who HAVE NOT yet but might have interest in availing of SEUPB FUNDING through the new 2021 Peace plus funds, will fill out this simple 10-15 minute survey via an online google form: 
Groups not availing of SEUPB funding in the past will be identified on a list of groups/organisations which will be provided to SEUPB. Eligible projects will involve participants from Northern Ireland and the 6 adjacent border counties of Ireland.
The research is trying to identify a range of interests related to Good Relations work. Please feel free to pass along this link to any groups or organisations whom may be interested in this survey and future EU Peace funding. 
For any questions please contact, Martina Paloheimo via email at:

New and Updated Funding Initiatives 🆕


Community Foundation: Micro Grant

Offers grants up to £1000 and was established in recognition and celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.   You do not have to have a constitution to apply.  Preference is for groups with an income level under £10,000.  The maximum annual income level for applicants is £30,000.

Find out more on the website

PRSF: The Open Fund for Organisations

The Open Fund for Organisations offers grants of up to £10,000 to support new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups (e.g. 12 + performers).

Find out more on the website

PetPlan Charitable Trust

Petplan Charitable Trust awards grants for the benefit of the health and welfare of dogs, cats, horses and rabbits.  To date they have distributed over £11,500,000 in grants.

Find out more on the website

Beatrice Laing Trust

The Beatrice Laing Trust focus is on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad. Financial support is given to a wide range of charities seeking to relieve poverty in its broadest sense, both throughout the UK and overseas. 

Find out more on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary

Probation Board for NI: Boxing Equipment

The aim of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland is Changing Lives for Safer Communities and to that end the Board seeks to reduce offending; improve the rehabilitation of its service users; and thereby enhance community and personal safety.  In consequence of those objectives, PBNI now invites applications from boxing clubs to provide basic boxing training kit/equipment up to a maximum of £5000 for PBNI service users. 

Closing Date (4pm) 17 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website

Money Saving Expert Charity

The MSE Charity is funded by Money Saving Expert and gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

Living with Long Term Challenges Closing Date 28 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website

Canoe Foundation

Grants are available from £2,000 to £10,000 for clubs, community groups and regions with an active interest in, and project purpose of, wider canoeing participation.

Closing Date 28 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website

Community Relations Council - Publications Grant Scheme

The Publications Grant Scheme provides grants of up to £5,000 to publishers to encourage the production and dissemination of publications that will  contribute to greater understanding and better community relations in Northern Ireland.

Closing Date (4pm) 28 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website
For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker
Subscribe to GrantTracker (+ 800 NI-specific funders) for a full year from just £100 here
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Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary 📅


Good Things Foundation: BT Skills for Tomorrow 2020/21

A partnership between BT and Good Things Foundation designed to empower 10 million individuals to benefit from the digital world. Contracts of £3000, £5000 and £10,000 are available (depending on the number of learners) with NI’s eligible areas for applications being Belfast (priority), County Antrim, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Enniskillen (priority).

Application Closing Date (5pm) 14 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website

Aviva Community Fund

Every three months, £250,000 will be shared equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000. This funding scheme aims to mix crowdfunding and awards of funds.

Submission Closing Date (23.59pm) 11 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website

Probation Board for NI: Community Service & Supervised Order Placements Grants

PBNI invites applications from organisations in the VCS sector to provide local, meaningful work placements with supervision for individuals who are subject to Community Service / Supervised Activity Orders imposed by the Courts. 

Application Deadline (4pm) 14 Feb 2020

Find out more on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker




For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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