This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
Royal Wedding 29th April 2011 
We have been contacted by the BBC who are making a programme to mark the 10th wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They are keen to hear from anyone who celebrated that day in their own special way; it might have been holding a street party, visiting a public event, or perhaps you even got married yourself!

If you would like the chance to contribute to the programme, please email with your name and details of your day. Thank you.
The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the health service and save lives.
Visit for advice
While staff are working remotely you can still contact us for assistance on 02893 359777  just leave a message and someone will return your call

We are here to help with any issues you may be facing as a result of the current lockdown. If you are in difficulty as a result of isolation or loss of income please send us a message on our Facebook page or contact a staff member directly.

Staff can be contacted by email
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2. Community News

COCOON STUDY: COvid Children hOmecare cOmplex Needs 

Researchers from Canada at Ryerson University, The Hospital for Sick Children, VHA Home HealthCare, along with international partners from University College Dublin, Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast are conducting a study to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on pediatric home healthcare services for children with rare diseases and/or complex care needs.

Homecare services for this study includes the following: nursing, personal support workers, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, and social workers.

They are conducting this study to bring attention to home healthcare services for this unique population of children and their families. The invitation is open to parents, family caregivers and home healthcare practitioners. To participate in the study, you will need to be 18 years of age or older. Survey closes 28th February 2021.
Take part in the COCOON online survey
The PHA pre-consultation on suicide prevention and post-vention services is now open until 11th April.

To register visit

or email

Join Us!

An opportunity to network, lean and share

New series of Volunteer Now Members’ Sessions
looking at volunteering topics
Thursday 4th March 2021 11am - 12pm
Programme for Government – Where does Volunteering sit?
On 25 January, the Executive launched the public consultation on its Programme for Government draft Outcomes Framework. The draft Framework contains nine strategic Outcomes which, taken together, will set a clear direction of travel for the NI Executive and provide a vision for the future of all citizens. Volunteering is intrinsic to communities, never evidenced more than during the recent pandemic. So where is volunteering in Northern Ireland’s new Programme for Government and how can we make sure the voice of volunteers is heard. Come and help us discuss these issues and contribute to Volunteer Now’s response to the consultation.
For further information and to book a place click on this link
You will be sent a link and joining instructions in due course

Our Advice Service is inundated at the moment, so just to clarify the facts behind the main issues we're receiving.
- The guidance is that the vaccine is for people who are caring for a disabled or frail individual who would be worried about the care breaking down should they become ill.

A carer is someone who provides substantial and ongoing care.
- No proof of caring is required but you must take photographic ID to the vaccination centre.
- If you have already got a vaccine appointment you should still attend.
- Carers who cannot book online should contact their local Trust Carer Coordinator. Details at -

3. Fundraising News

New Funding This Week 🆕


Wellcome Trust: The Ideas Fund

A grants programme run by the British Science Association and funded by Wellcome, to enable the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing. They're offering early stage grants of up to £25,000 and larger grants of around £90,000 in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Hull, North West Northern Ireland, and Oldham.


D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Funds UK registered charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.


The Henry Smith Charity - Christian Projects Grants

Provides grants to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith in the UK. They value projects that set out to nurture and grow people’s journey in Christian faith and grow churches, and only support work that comes from a Church of England context, or, that is fully ecumenical. Grant size £10k plus for up to 3 years.


Charity Digital (formerly tt-exchange Programme)

The Charity Digital programme  (formerly tt-exchange Programme) enables eligible charities to gain access to donated technology products. You can choose from over 140 products from Donor Partners such as Microsoft, Symantec, Cisco and Adobe. They aim to demonstrate how the effective use of technology can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of charities and voluntary organisations.


Commonwealth Foundation Grants

The Foundation offers grants of up to £200,000 over 4 years in support of innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


TBUC Camps (The Executive Office and Education Authority) (Extended Closing Date, 4pm, 26th February)

Provides funding for building positive relations and long lasting friendships among young people across all parts of our community. To be funded, camps must bring diverse groups together to get to know each other, try new experiences and help build longer term relationships between young people.  Good Relations learning must be at the heart of every Camp. 

The Inman Charity (NB Reopening in Spring 2021)

A small trust making annual distributions of over £325,000 in grants to a wide range of UK registered charities.  Focuses on medical research, care of older people, general welfare, hospices, deafness and blindness, care of the physically & mentally disabled and the Armed Forces.

KFC Foundation: Community Grants Programme (Closing Date, 28th February)

Provides grants of £200 - £2,000 to support grassroots organisations in the heart of their restaurant’s communities. Funds organisations empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work, and social skills.

National Churches Trust: Cornerstone Grants (Application Deadline, 1st March)

Offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT.

To see ALL new and updated funds and deadlines, plus over 860 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 current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub

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