This week's content:

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

1. CCF News and Events 
Veterans Families and Carers are invited to a coffee morning on Thursday 30th June 11am - 1pm in Carrickfergus Community Forum.
If you would like more information please contact Brenda or Ricky on 02893 359777
All welcome 🙂
2. Community News
Carrickfergus Castle comes alive every Sunday in June!
Be transported back in time and discover what life was like for the people who worked in the Castle. Who will you meet?
On Sunday 5 June, hear how a brave knight defends the castle from enemies and admire the skill of the wood turner who crafts beautiful items to grace the banquet table!
Normal Admission applies:
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Keep an eye on Love Heritage NI to find out who you might encounter at the Castle next week!
#LoveHeritageNI #CarrickfergusCastle
𝓦𝓱𝓪𝓽𝓼 𝓞𝓷?
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒐𝒚𝒂𝒍 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈
𝑺𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒅𝒂𝒚 11𝒕𝒉 𝑱𝒖𝒏𝒆
ℭ𝔞𝔰𝔱𝔩𝔢 𝔊𝔯𝔢𝔢𝔫
11am to 5pm – Living history displays
ℭ𝔞𝔰𝔱𝔩𝔢 𝔊𝔯𝔢𝔢𝔫 𝔖𝔱𝔞𝔤𝔢
11am to 12noon – Tartan Riot & Dancers
2pm to 3pm – Purple Heather
3pm to 4pm Willie Drennan Folk Group
𝔐𝔞𝔯𝔨𝔢𝔱 𝔓𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔢
11am to 12noon – Johnston Star
2pm to 3pm -3rd Carrick Brass Band
𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔅𝔦𝔤 𝔏𝔞𝔪𝔭
10am to 11.30am
Sir Henry Inglesby Fife & Drum
Schomberg Fife and Drum & Kirkharra Dancers
𝔗𝔬𝔴𝔫 ℌ𝔞𝔩𝔩
10am to 5pm
Lagan Valley Society Exhibition
𝔗𝔬𝔴𝔫 ℭ𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔯𝔢
12noon to 5pm
Pageantry Parade and Landing of King William III
𝔐𝔞𝔯𝔦𝔫𝔢 𝔊𝔞𝔯𝔡𝔢𝔫𝔰
11pm to 4pm
Kids Entertainment Zone
𝔍𝔬𝔶𝔪𝔬𝔲𝔫𝔱 ℭ𝔥𝔯𝔲𝔠𝔥 ℭ𝔞𝔯 𝔓𝔞𝔯𝔨
2pm to 4pm
Lambeg Drumming Competition
𝔖𝔥𝔞𝔣𝔱𝔢𝔰𝔟𝔲𝔯𝔶 𝔓𝔞𝔯𝔨
11am to 4pm
Combat Lazer by Forest Fitness (Only £3 pp or £5 for 2)
Ahead of #MensHealthWeek next week, sign up to our free online 'Mood Matters' sessions for men!

The sessions are taking place over zoom, and are open to all Trust areas.

They will explore issues related to men's mental health including how to manage feelings of stress and anxiety 🧠

There are two sessions available:

𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲, 𝟭𝟬.𝟯𝟬𝗮𝗺 - 𝟭𝟮.𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺
𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟲𝘁𝗵 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲, 𝟲.𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺 - 𝟴.𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺

Sign up via our website at
The ‘Stay Warm Saving Scheme’, operated by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council allows you to spread the cost of your home heating oil by buying oil stamps at local retailers.
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3. Fundraising News
Funding News
London Hearts: Defibrillator Grant
London Hearts is helping to fund Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) in communities all over the country. When someone has a cardiac arrest, timely intervention is the key to survival. By making more defibrillators available, and by training more people to use them, the better the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim. London Hearts can help by providing a grant of £300 to communities who are fundraising for a public access defibrillator in their area. So far they have helped sports clubs, parish councils, not-for-profits and individuals who are fundraising for a defibrillator obtain funding towards the cost of a defibrillator and cabinet, making this lifesaving piece of kit more affordable.
The National Emergencies Trust’s Local Action Fund
This match fund of up to £20,000 per project has been launched by the National Emergencies Trust as part of its Coronavirus Appeal. It offers support to voluntary and community organisations in the UK by helping them to counter financial challenges created by the pandemic, including the inability to fundraise in the usual ways, reductions in staff and volunteers, and increased demand on their services. Projects supported by the Local Action Fund include Wallace Park Tennis in Lisburn.
Funding grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects throughout the UK. The Happiness Fund is available to enable and support projects which improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities. Ultimately it creates happier people and neighbourhoods - think Holly Willoughby meets Sponge Bob Square Pants. The fund will open again on 1 July 2022.
The Henry Smith Charity
The Henry Smith Charity has a range of grant programmes alongside their well-known Holiday Grants. The following have no deadlines so applications can be made at anytime: The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. Grant size is £20-£60k per year towards running costs, salaries, and projects for organisations with an income between £50k-£3m. Open to charities, not-for-profits, and social enterprises. This grant programme aims to support small, grass roots organisations who are embedded in the community, working within the most deprived areas of the UK. Through this grant programme they target funding at well-established organisations with a proven track record of delivering services which are widely accessible to the whole community supporting connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing, for those who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship, and create a stronger, active, more engaged community. Grant size is £20-£60k per year towards running costs for organisations with an income between £20k-£50k.  Open to charities, not-for-profits, and social enterprises.
Hospital Saturday Fund
Set up in 1873, The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered Charity whose aims are to provide assistance through its charitable funds for individuals as well as registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices, medical organisations who are in need of grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. They offer both Standard Grants (£2000/€3000) and Large Grants (£10,000/€13,500). Deadlines throughout the year. Next deadline – Large Grants 15 June 2022.

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The Ideas Fund
Supporting up to seven new partnerships in four regions including Northwest Northern Ireland, the Fund will focus on ideas related to mental wellbeing, with £1.2 million funding to support community initiatives. The Ideas Fund is a grants scheme, run by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by the Wellcome Trust, that enables the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing through collaborating with professional researchers.  
Expression of Interest deadline 08 June 2022.

ROSA: Stand With Us Fund
The Stand With Us fund has been set up to support the many organisations run by and for women who stand up and take action every single day to address violence against women and girls (VAWG). The Stand With Us fund aims to empower and strengthen frontline VAWG organisations to build safer futures for women and girls. Through this fund, one-year grants of up to £25,000 will be offered to fund organisational development work.
Deadline 4pm, 09 June 2022.

Arts Council NI: Health & Safety Capital Grant
The Arts Council has designed this programme to enable organisations to purchase equipment and/or carry out minor works to their premises which will address any health and safety issues that has been created due to Covid-19 or has been an outstanding maintenance issue which has rendered the space not fit for purpose.
Deadline noon 9 June 2022.

The Pilgrim’s Trust: Young Women's Mental Health Plus
The Young Women’s Mental Health programme to help improve the mental health of women aged 16-25 in the UK. They’ve committed £5 million in funding over five years (2021-2026). In 2022, your work or project must take place in Northern Ireland or the North East or North West of England to be eligible. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1: Book a telephone conversation with their Grants Manager to talk through your proposal and answer any questions you might.
Stage 1 opens on 1 June and closes on 29 July.

UK Government: The Community Ownership Fund
The Community Ownership Fund is a £150 million, UK wide Fund helping community groups to protect, through community ownership, assets in their local area which are at risk of being lost. An updated prospectus for the Community Ownership Fund was launched on 27 May 2022.
Expression of Interest to applicants will open on 10 June 2022.

UK Government Levelling Up Fund Round 2
The UK Government recently announced the second round of the  Levelling Up Fund, which focuses on capital investment in local infrastructure and published a refreshed prospectus, inviting bids from all eligible organisations from Northern Ireland and across the UK..The fund opened for applications on the 31 May 2022 and eligible applications must submit their full bids, with all supporting documentation via the online portal, by 12 noon on 6 July 2022. 

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