This week's content:

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

1. CCF News and Events 
Our Carrickfergus Support Group runs fortnightly on Thursday evenings and is welcoming new members!

If you are living with depression, anxiety or bipolar, you are not alone and you don’t have to deal with everything by yourself. Aware support groups provide an opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences as you and discuss helpful coping strategies.

The next upcoming session is at 6:30pm, 10th February in the Carrickfergus Community Forum.

If you’d like to attend our Carrickfergus group, please email
2. Community News

VOLT Session: Safeguarding Q&A

Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) are free sessions for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals.

Join Us!

An opportunity to network and share!

Join us for a chance to meet our Safeguarding team and ask questions.  We will be welcoming our Safeguarding Manager (Ruth Mulholland) and Training Development Officers (Roisin Timlin & Helen Beggs) who can share their experiences and learning from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 10/02/2022
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Free Course

We feel that this session is particularly important as safeguarding should be collective in approach and there are immense opportunities to learn from each other.

If you have any particular topics that you would like us to discuss, feel free to email in advance.

Click here for instructions on how to create a Training Account.

You can also view the Training FAQ’s here.

Cancellation Policy

We are hosting a series of engagement sessions, for parents & stakeholders on the Draft Special Education Strategic Area Plan. The next engagement session is taking place on Wednesday 9 February at 7pm, for Special Schools.
You can access the link for the engagement session, and more information on other engagement sessions on our website: (scroll to bottom of page).
Please email details of any questions you would like answered during a session to:

Today is Safer Internet Day! 💻 With over 1 BILLION active monthly users‼️📱 we're putting the focus on TikTok. A lot of young people use TikTok, but do you know what you can do to make their profile safer? 🔒

For more internet safety info visit 👇

#ASCERT #ReducingHarm #SupportingPositiveChange
On day two of Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week it’s important to understand what sexual abuse & violence is.

If you would like more information on support YOU CAN call Women's Aid-ABCLN on 028 25 632136.

#WeAreWomensAid #WorkingToEndDomesticAbuse #ITSNOTOK

🚛Transport Academy🚛
The Transport Academy provides all the required training and testing to enable participants to acquire a Category C (Class 2) licence and begin a career as a professional driver.
We work with employers to ensure that participants are offered an interview for an appropriate role after successfully acquiring their Category C licence.
For full info and eligibility criteria visit👇
The Academy is managed by Workforce Training Services, to apply email your contact details including address and postcode to by Friday 18 February including ‘Mid & East Antrim Academy’ in the subject line.

3. Fundraising News

#NationalLottery Awards for All can support community events and activity with up to £10,000 of project funding.

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This Week's Funding News

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme
The aim of the programme is to raise the profile of quality regional food and increase its consumption within NI, RoI and GB. The programme encourages all sectors of the agri-food industry to work together and will provide financial assistance for eligible additional activities. It is not designed to substitute existing activities already funded by applicants. Deadline is 12pm(noon) on 22 February 2022.
Space to Dream Fund
The Space to Dream Fund from Freelands Foundation offers grants of between £35,000 and £95,000 over two to three years are available to single organisation applicants. They are also accepting applications of up to £150,000 by groups of organisations as a consortium of two or more members.  Applicable to enable Black-led (African, Caribbean and Asian heritage) organisations across the UK to imagine and deliver bold and impactful visual arts projects. Expression of interest deadline 23:59 on 4 March 2022. Register for the information webinar Thursday 17 February 2022 at 15:00. The sessions will be recorded and can be shared if you are unable to attend.
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Trust gives grants to UK registered charities working with communities. For 2022 they have decided to focus on The Arts for all grants. Grant Rounds 1 and 2: The Arts: People in the early stages of their career. They are specifically focusing on performers and creatives. Round 1 deadline 28 February; Amount - £1,000. Round 2 deadline 30 April; Amount - £5,000
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund
The Fund supports research, education and roadside improvement projects that promote advances in UK transport policy, design, management and practice through a financial grant. There is no upper or lower limit for grant applications although grants most commonly fall in the range £5,000 -£25,000. 
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
Baily Thomas funds projects to aid research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field. Grants range from £250 to high thousands.

All GrantTracker subscribers can simply sign in to GrantTracker to find all the schemes below in an easy access one-stop-shop format.


Upcoming Deadlines 📅

Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity
They support projects in children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK to enrich and enhance the lives of patients. Actively seek projects addressing Arts, music, play and leisure programmes, Facilities to support families of children treated in hospitals or hospices, Welcoming and accessible environments, Care and facilities in hospices, Promoting education and information programmes, Supporting children with physical and emotional difficulties, and Medical equipment (when it can be show that funding is not available from statutory sources.
Deadline 11 February 2022.

Sea-Changers: Coastal Fountain Fund
The purpose of the fund is to reduce the impact of single-use plastic water bottles on coastal habitats by funding communities to purchase water drinking fountains and install them for use by the public in busy or environmentally important areas.  Grants of up to £2,000 are available, per applicant, towards the cost of a fountain.
 Deadline 13 February 2022.
Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation
The Charitable Foundation supports registered charities based in the UK where there is clear benefit to the recipients. Donations of up to £3,000 will be considered, that enable specific tangible items or activities to be purchased rather than donating to general funds. Priorities:  To benefit children (aged under 16), through their education and or welfare i.e. literacy, numeracy and reducing poverty; To provide youth schemes and projects supporting those in their late teens / early 20s in socially deprived areas with literacy, numeracy and employment, and To support the elderly by reducing isolation, helping reduce the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Deadline 15 February 2022.
Weston Communicating Climate Programme
UK charities can apply to receive expert-led training, networking opportunities and one-to-one sessions with media professionals to improve their climate communication. The Media Trust’s Weston Communicating Climate Programme supports environmental charities to extend the reach, power and impact of their messaging and better engage with audiences on climate issues. Funding is being provided by the Garfield Weston Foundation, a grant-making trust with a record of support for environmental charities.
Deadline 5pm on 15 February 2022.

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Council Grants Information Sessions - 2022/23 - Please note the 2022/23 Grants Support Scheme Information Sessions are scheduled to take place 22 – 24 February to advise groups in the borough of the various schemes and levels of funding available for the coming year.  
The Grants Information Sessions will take place as follows:
·         Tuesday 22 February 2022, Des Allen Suite, Ballymena Showgrounds, 6pm
·         Wednesday 23 February 2022, McGarel Hall, Larne Town Hall, 6pm (40 spaces available)
·         Thursday 24 February 2022, Jubilee Hall, Carrickfergus Town Hall, 6pm
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, please note spaces are limited and booking is required.
To book a place on an information session or to obtain further information on the scheme, please email: or phone T: 028 2563 3168 with a preferred date to attend by 12noon Friday 4 February 2022.
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