This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
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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If you test positive for #COVID19 we will ask you to tell us about people you have been in #closecontact with. Think about where you’ve been and who you may have met in the period from 48 hours before your symptoms began until now. For more info @
2. Community News

Census Day is this Sunday 21 March 2021

Remember to complete your NI Census on or before Census Day which is this Sunday, 21 March 2021.

Complete the census using the unique access code you should have received in the post. If you need a new code you can request your new access code online and can choose to receive it by text or post. 

The census asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of us all. It looks at who we are and how we live. It provides vital information about us, our society and future needs.
Complete the Census 2021
Onside Project
The ONSIDE Project offers people who are 16+ and who have a disability, the opportunity to get more digitally and socially included. Participants receive a tablet device, and get 6/7 sessions of beginners group training on things like email, using zoom, online safety and accessing books and magazines online for free and lots more. Participants are also linked with a Community Navigator who will then map out tailored social connections e.g. online hobbies, online health & well-being classes and social media platforms, based on participants’ interests and needs. After the training has finished there is also the opportunity to get involved in volunteering on the project too.
Here’s a link to more info:
If you know anyone who would like to get involved in the ONSIDE project simply ask them to complete the form here, and a member of ONSIDE staff will be in touch with them:
If you or someone you know has recently received a diagnosis of dementia, and are interested in finding out more about how Dementia NI can help support you on your journey, please call Ashleigh or Hazel 02896 931 555, email or visit our website 

It's Sign Language Week! So, why not learn the BSL fingerspelling alphabet?

Use our video or download our free card:

New anti-racism and diversity children’s initiative


New anti-racism and diversity children’s initiative launched by Unite Against Hate and Still I Rise - Diversity Storytelling 
The Unite Against Hate campaign challenging prejudice and hate crime has partnered with Still I Rise - Diversity Storytelling to encourage the education of diversity and racial inclusivity among children. 
Throughout the month of March, Unite Against Hate and Still I Rise will host storytelling sessions and share resources focusing on the positives of kind, healthy and happy friendships.
On Fridays everyone will be encouraged to participate in #FriendshipFriday initiative, use online resources, including colouring sheets, learn about the diversity and share what makes us different and unique.
Aimed at children aged 5-11, parents, teachers and young people will be encouraged to promote racial diversity and the importance of social inclusion to children from an early age. 
To use the Friendship Friday resources:
1.         Go to 
2.         Choose a colouring sheet and a lesson/activity plan
3.         Colour in each of the patchwork pieces
4.         What makes you different to your friends?
5.         Talk and learn about the difference and explore the positives of kind, healthy and happy friendships
To register for any of the calendar dates please go to:

The Northern Adult Autism Advisory Service (NAAAS) will be providing virtual sessions over #WorldAutismAwarenessWeek2021 (29 March - 4 April).

'Mindfulness' will be held on:
🗓 Monday 29th March
⏰ 3.00pm

This session is facilitated by Veronica Ellis. Veronica teaches mindfulness to children, young people and adults in different settings and her motivation is to create a space that feels safe and comfortable where people can find out what mindfulness is all about and experience it for themselves, enjoying the benefits of mindfulness.

The session will look at the science of mindfulness as well as a practice session where Veronica will suggest ways to bring mindfulness into every day life 🧘
Email or telephone 028 2766 1335 to register for this session and receive your Zoom link.

The Northern Adult Autism Advisory Service continues to operate by telephone or email on the 1st Tuesday of every month 028 2766 1335 /
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Visit for the details of over 30 organisations and charities in Northern Ireland providing advice and support over the phone. Some also provide a text support service. Many of the helplines are free to call.

A range of COVID-19 Helplines are also highlighted on the site.

Go to:

3. Fundraising News
Community groups from across Mid and East Antrim are invited to apply to Council’s Northern Ireland Centennial Grant, which is now open for applications.
This is an additional grant that groups can avail of during 2021, and is aimed at supporting events planned to celebrate Northern Ireland’s Centenary, in a variety of forms.
Before completing an application, applicants should make sure that they are eligible to apply. Please read the guidance notes in full, which can be downloaded at
Read more here


New Funding This Week 🆕


Community Foundation for NI: RTÉ Toy Show Appeal

A public call for applications providing at least 55 grants of 25K to 75K to organisations and charities serving children in need across Ireland. Grants fall under 3 thematic areas - ensuring basic needs, improving wellbeing and reducing inequality through creative engagement.

Allchurches Trust

Grants from 1k to 15K for the repair, restoration, protection and improvement of church buildings, cathedrals and other places of Christian worship,  Their grants also equip Christian charities and churches to help the most vulnerable and tackle social issues, including homelessness, poverty, climate change and cultural cohesion.  Grants also support church growth and leadership.

Standard Life Foundation

Grants from 10K to 250K towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK.  Priority of younger people and work that benefits more than individuals and has the potential to create a step change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour.  Includes funding policy work, campaigning and research.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


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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