This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 

2. Community News

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An Introduction to Volunteer Now's New Online Platform!
The first in a series of Sessions on Volunteer Now's new online Platform 'Be Collective'.
1: Introduction to Be Collective, Register as a user and create your own personal profile.
Thursday 9th July 2020
11am - 12pm
Volunteer Now is thrilled to have officially launched our new volunteering opportunity search portal in conjunction with the Be Collective platform.
This new platform, a first in Europe, cohesively connects volunteering, organisations, outcomes and social value through innovative social infrastructure and for the first time quantifies volunteering contribution by giving individuals and businesses a social ‘record’
Be Collective is an organisation building digital community infrastructure to support community action and social change.  It is backed by over 30 years’ experience in championing social enterprise and community development projects.  Founded by Rob Wise, the organisation is steeped in philanthropy with the Wise family initiating, developing and operating many social projects with the purpose of strengthening communities including high profile projects such as The Big Issue and The Body Shop in Australia.
This first session is targeted at people and organisations who are not yet using Be Collective, would like to find out more and register on the day to create a personal profile.  Registration and use of be Collective is free.  If you are already using Be Collective stay tuned for more upcoming sessions looking at the many areas of functionality offered by the platform for you, your Volunteers and your organisation.
For more information on the Be Collective platform please visit 
If you are interested in attending, please contact by 3pm on Wednesday 8th July to book a place. You will then be sent a link and joining instructions.
Are you a young person living with MS? Maybe you’re newly diagnosed and would like to chat to others in your age group? Then our younger persons café is just for you! 🙋‍♀️

Join us for a cuppa and an informal chat on Thursday 9th July at 7pm via Zoom.

Sign up here:…/90205…/Mind-My-MS-Registration….

For more information contact Lisa on 02890 802 802 or email
Sign up to the #SummerReadingChallenge and join the #SillySquad2020! We would love to see your favourite silly jokes! Here’s some of the funniest so far
Mums NI Ni4kids
FREE online courses for those affected by Covid-19.

Study in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace and walk away with a certificate with one of our FREE online courses in Essential Skills ICT, Employability Skills, Digital Marketing, Safeguarding, Social Media and Management and Leadership. Find out more at #onlinecourses #startyouronlinejourney #remotelearning #gofurthergohigher
Queen's University Belfast are looking for some volunteers to help with a dietary study. You'll need to be aged 45 years and over and either overweight, smoke, have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol.

Participants will be able to take part in this research from home with no-face-to-face contact involved in light of the current COVID-19 related restrictions. Participants will be required to complete some online and postal dietary and health questionnaires on 2 occasions, three months apart. At the end of the study some dietary feedback can be given if desired. If you would be interested in taking part, please contact for more information.
We are recruiting for the posts below 👇 For more info and to apply visit
From Monday 6th July. revised Department of Health guidance will allow people to visit loved ones in hospital and care home settings again.

Importantly it also allows a carer for someone with support needs due to a pre-existing condition to support and assist them while they are in hospital.

Read the guidance:
3. Fundraising News
New Small Grants Programme opening - Monday 6th July

The Public Health Agency and the Northern Area Community Networks are pleased to announce a programme of investment that will provide support to communities in responding to the impact the COVID19 pandemic.
The PHA are encouraging groups to apply for the short-term funding programme which can be used to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities living through COVID-19.
The funding programme will also support a range of strategic themes and priorities including:
‘Making Life Better’ (A whole System Strategic Framework for Public Health 2013-2023) priorities
Protect Life 2 (PL2) 2019-2024, strategy for reducing suicides and the incidence of self-harm within Northern Ireland, Mental Health and Emotional Well-being.
Programmes eligible for funding should promote healthy lifestyle choices. Projects which benefitted from this programme in previous years have included workshops focusing on drugs and alcohol, autism and females, postnatal depression, stress management and programmes on personal development, first aid, Relax Kids, Hope ambassador training and parenting programmes. Activities such as gardening, yoga, mindfulness, arts &crafts, cooking, to mention a few.
This year the programme will allow groups to apply for a wider range of programmes to achieve better health and wellbeing as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
The PHA has commissioned the 4 Northern Community Networks, CRUN/Causeway Rural and Urban Network, NACN / Northern Area Community Network; CWSAN / Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network and Impact Network NI to facilitate this process in the Northern HSC / PHA locality areas. This short term funding programme is also available in the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast areas via The Clear Project.
Two types of awards are available under this scheme:
Award one programme of up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking community/ voluntary sector groups can apply for, and
Award two programmeof between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community/ Voluntary sector groups.

Any group interested in applying for the short term funding programmes for the Northern PHA/HSC area can find out more through contacting:
The Health Alliance Website(Northern Area),this provides an opportunity for communities, voluntary and statutory sections to network, share information and best practice, engage in evidence based health improvement, access training and capacity building opportunities and contribute to sharing the health improvement agenda. The short-term grant application will be available on the funding section of the health alliance website. To access the documents you will have to register to become a member of the Health Alliance, you can do this by following the link:
For further queries on this funding opportunity, please contact the appropriate Network for your project area:

Northern Area Community Network (NACN) & Causeway Rural & Urban Network (CRUN) Ballymena, Ballymoney, Larne, Causeway & Moyle
T: 028 21772100

Impact Network NI
Antrim, Newtownabbey & Carrickfergus
T: 028 9447 8645

Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN)
Magherafelt & Cookstown
T: 028 87 738845

The closing date for applications for these grants is Thursday6th August 2020 at 12 noon.
Any group interested in applying for the short term funding programmes for the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast areas can find out more at Further details are available from the CLEAR Project on (028) 7138 3386 or


Urgent Updates

Arts Council NI: Organisations Emergency Programme (This fund is now closed to new applications)

Offering grants of up to £25,000 to small and medium sized organisations to help them continue creative work, assist with extra operational costs due to COVID-19, and to help plan for recovery. 

BBC Children in Need: COVID-19 Next Steps Grant (This fund is now closed to new applications)

The Next Steps Programme offered grants of £5,000 and £80,000 for projects commencing in September 2020 to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you have not yet started an application form on their Portal, you will not be able to apply.   If you have already started an application form, you still have time to complete this. The deadline to submit your form will be 11.59pm Wednesday 1st July. They will be opening further COVID-19 response funding programmes in July and October. 

New Funding This Week 🆕

Community Foundation for NI: The New Needs Fund (Opened today, 29th June)

Grants of £3,000 to £15,000 to help organisations and communities to respond better, addressing new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus and where restrictions mean finding new ways of meeting existing needs and #build back better, helping to ensure organisations can thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities.

Community Foundation for NI: Techies in Residence

Funded by Comic Relief and managed by CFNI, the Techies in Residence (TiR) programme is focused on creating powerful change within communities through digital technology.  The  programme will open for applications on Tuesday 28th July 2020.  However, you first need to register for the first stage of the programme Online Design Hops here.

Ecclesiastical Insurance: Movement for Good Awards (50K awards)

An online nomination scheme programme designed to give £1million to charities.  The aim is to put their giving directly into the hands of remarkable organisations (like yours perhaps) that are changing people’s lives for the better. 10 charities will be awarded £50,000.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA): Environment Fund

An Environmental Challenge Competition has now been launched by DAERA for projects to help people to connect with the natural environment and to conserve our most important habitats. Key areas for funding are 1) Nature Recovery: Building ecological and climate resilience and Outdoor Recreation and 2) Connecting People with the Environment.

PetPlan Charitable Trust: Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

The Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund.  The fund is to help smaller equine welfare organisations across the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current crisis.   The maximum grant will be £5,000 with the expectation that the average grant will be around £2,500.

Rank Foundation: Pebble Grants

Rank Foundation’s small funding stream for UK registered charities and recognised churches for projects where the total cost is under £150,000.  Covers capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) and one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people).  You must have already raised a third of the total costs and have an income under £500,000.

eBay UK £1.7m funding & training support package to boost charity online retail

Ebay has launched a package of financial support and training to help charities use online retail to raise funds with the pandemic still impacting activities. Providing unrestricted grants of £1.7million to 250 of the charities most affected by declines in online revenue on its platform, to help make up for the shortfall in sales as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Key Upcoming Dates 📅

Nationwide Building Society: Community Grants (Closing date possibly 29th June (may be extended depending on number of applications received)

Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives who are making positive changes in their local areas can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000.

Moy Park Community Support Fund  (Launching 1st July)

A new Moy Park Community Support Fund will be launching on 1st July 2020 for a period of 24 months.  More details of funding available will be available then.

Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund (Closing 12 Noon on 9th July 2020)

A one-off fund of £250,000 for educational institutions and educational charities developing projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build back better.  Grants are between £10,000 and £50,000 and must be spent within 24 months of the project start date. 

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grant (Next Closing Date 5.30pm on 10th July)

Aims to harness the power of good food to get more people eating healthily, strengthen our communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation.   Offering small grants of £150 from June 2020 to April 2021 to support community led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.  

The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19 Charities Fund (Closing 4pm on 10th July) 

The National Lottery Fund are distributing the COVID-19 Charities Fund with a grant from the Northern Ireland Department for Communities. This funding programme will provide financial support to charities who have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are not able to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020.

Aughrim Programme (Next Closing Date 12 Noon 10th July)

Aughrim Landfill Programme is a partnership between Aughrim Landfill Ltd and Groundwork NI. Funding for Aughrim Landfill Programme is through the Landfill Communities Fund (LFC) and is derived from Aughrim Landfill Ltd’s operations at Aughrim landfill site.  Grants of £5,000 to £10,000 for community groups in Northern Ireland to support projects working in the conservation and promotion of biodiversity projects and protection of social environment.

Hilden Charitable Fund (Next Closing Date 17th July)

The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries. The aim of the fund is to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions. Both the UK and overseas fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at community level. 

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 here.
Also, see my latest article on “How to get the most out of GrantTracker during COVID-19 and beyond”


For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker



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