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

Executive statement on face coverings

Date published: 06 August 2020

The Executive has today announced that the use of face coverings in certain indoor settings will be mandatory from Monday August 10.

We have a collective duty and a personal responsibility to protect each other, and everyone who can wear a face covering should do so. It should not be viewed as an optional extra; it is a vital defence in our ongoing battle against Covid-19.

Face coverings should be worn in shops and other enclosed spaces and no one should delay adopting this crucial measure. It will help to protect you and others.

The Executive has this week launched a public information campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of face coverings. The ‘Wear one for Everyone’ campaign will be rolled out over the coming weeks and will help inform the public why they must wear a face covering to help stop the spread of Coronavirus and save lives.

Most people carrying the virus don’t know they have it and can infect others unintentionally. Wearing a face covering can help to prevent this from happening.  The campaign will urge people to think carefully about the risk they pose to loved ones and others by not doing so.

We all must do everything possible to limit the transmission of Covid19. As well as wearing a face covering, everyone should continue to practise social distancing, wash your hands well and often, have good respiratory hygiene and avoid touching your face. We also urge as many people as possible to download the StopCOVID NI app.

More information and guidance on the use of face coverings, including why they are needed; how to make one; and how they should be worn is available at: link opens in a new window / tab)

Northern Ireland’s Health service has launched this mobile phone App to help ‘contact tracing’ of people potentially infected by the virus. 

If you are in close contact with an app user who has added a positive COVID-19 test result to their app, this app will notify you. The app will never reveal your identity or location.

NICVA fully supports and encourages everyone to use the App. Read more
Still here - local church continues to provide vital support 
Greenisland Baptist Church is continuing to help those struggling in debt despite the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Volunteers from the Carrickfergus Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre based at Greenisland Baptist Church are helping their local clients with practical help, support, encouragement and a friendly voice at the end of a phone. 
They received donations of food from their local council, churches and individuals in the area together with financial donations, which allowed them to buy more food for much needed hampers.  
They have also worked with other charities in the area: The Fairshare Foodcloud and Neighbourly, in a real show of community spirit.
An army of volunteers, working within safety guidelines, has prepared over 500 food hampers, distributed by volunteers to CAP clients and other vulnerable people in the community.  
CAP Debt Centre Manager, Jacqui Robb, said: “We’re ensuring that we follow all of the social distancing rules to stay safe but we’re still here to support our clients and others in need in the community.” 
“We’re offering practical support such as giving clients phone top ups - which are so necessary for connection in a world where we cannot meet in person - helping with food and prescription deliveries, all while continuing to help clients with their paperwork and progressing them towards managing debt.” 
Nationally, CAP established an Emergency Response Fund to help people with basic needs such as food, energy costs and mobile phone top ups. 
CAP’s Debt Help service has been adapted to adhere to Government social distancing guidance to ensure the safety of staff and clients and is continuing to support clients with problem debt. 
CAP staff and volunteers are delivering essentials where needed and ensuring that people who are locked in poverty have practical, emotional and spiritual support.
Jacqui Robb said: “We have been so encouraged by local people’s generosity in donating food and giving financially, so that those in need can be helped at this time.”
CAP client, M, said: “I was at my wits end that day, trying to do home schooling with my three kids. They were eating me out of house and home. I couldn’t believe it when your volunteer turned up at the door with the bags of food. My kids were so excited when they saw the bars of chocolate and the other treats, things that as a single parent, I normally can’t afford. Thank you so much, you have no idea how much your hamper helped us.”
Jacqui said: “We may all be in the same storm in this crisis, but we’re not all in the same boat. We're committed to supporting our clients during this time as they bravely face even more challenges than usual.” 
If you are struggling with debt and need help, get in contact with CAP on 0800 328 0006 or visit

The Breastfeeding Welcome Here Scheme 🚼 makes it easier for mums to recognise places where they can breastfeed their baby when they're out and about.

Click the link to see businesses in your area that have signed up or, if you have a business, you can join the scheme and support breastfeeding in your community.


For information on enrolment, please check out our website.
If you have any questions you may find the following contacts useful. #ChooseNorthern
NEWSFLASH! Our amazing Handyperson service is, once again, taking requests for indoor work! If you would like more information or to request the Handyperson, please call the MEAAP office on 028 2565 8604. #AgeingWell
Opening Hours Wednesday & Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm
Contact Details: 07515 559409

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 Capital Grants Programme

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland announces the opening of the 2020/21 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.
The Programme, which has a total fund of £800,000, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.
Who can apply?
Applications must include a minimum of 2 organisations - the amount of grant available to groups is dependent on the number of partners to the application:
  • 2 partner groups                     =          can apply for £1,500
  • 3 - 4 partner groups                =          can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups                   =          can apply for up to maximum £5,000
To be eligible for grant assistance applicants must be constituted voluntary or community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland, with an annual unrestricted income of less than £100,000 per year.
("Unrestricted" income relates to funds that the non-profit organisation may use for any purpose. “Restricted” income relates to funds whose use is restricted by a particular purpose and must be used in a specified period e.g. grant offer from a Funding Body)  
Applicants must deliver the project, pay supplier(s) and submit a grant claim by 31st March 2021.
Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:
Completed applications should be emailed to, and must be received by 5pm Friday 14th August 2020. Interested groups are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible.
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 COVID-19 Funds 🆕


The COVID-19 Charities Fund (Reopening today 3rd August)

This fund reopens to applications today (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

The Volant Trust: COVID-19 Response Fund

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.  Grant levels are at the discretion of the trustees, with no minimum or maximum amounts publicly set.  (NB The Volant Trust's usual open grant programmes centre on Scotland, but this fund is UK-wide)

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.

William Sutton Prize

Open to individuals or organisations presenting an innovative concept, product or service that will have a positive social impact on a community. This can include projects or ideas developed during the coronavirus outbreak with potential for long-term impact, with the Prize’s criteria updated to reflect this.  There are two categories: The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation and The William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design.  Both offer a prize fund of up to £20,000.


NHS Charities Together

Now offering £65 million for two new rounds of grants: £30 million through Community Partnership Grants and £35 million through Recovery Grants. The charity, whose membership comprises more than 230 NHS charities across the UK, has allocated the funds to all member charities and is inviting them to apply for funding from its Covid-19 Appeal from 1 September. Community Partnership Grants recognise the profound impact of the pandemic on all communities outside NHS settings such as hospices, community healthcare and social care, and grants will fund projects through public or voluntary sector organisations. Recovery Grants will help tackle the longer term effects of Covid-19 and support hospitals in preparation for any second wave.

The Creative Support Fund

A £4m support package for the arts, creative industries and cultural sector.  It will build on the initial emergency package launched on 27 April that was heavily oversubscribed and it will give priority to those who have lost opportunities to use their skills.   The fund for individuals will open from 31 July until 17 August and awards will range from £1,000 to £5,000. The organisational strand will reopen for new applications from small and medium sized organisations in August and the maximum award available is £25,000. Priority will be given to those who have been unable to access other forms of financial support from Government or other sources. 

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

The Transition Fund is the next phase of RAFT, The Fore’s response to COVID-19, which began with their RAFT Immediate Response Fund (now closed).   In Autumn 2020, a 2nd round of funding will open offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world.

Common Call (COVID Fund)

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. 

More Funding Resources

You can see ALL COVID-19 funding schemes including the latest on Government, local Council and trust and foundation funding, on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub
To see over 800 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.

Funding at your Fingertips

Northern Ireland’s leading funding toolkit. Helping charities and communities thrive.

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker


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