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1. CCF News & Events
Access NI Enhanced Checks
Carrickfergus Community Forum is a registered Umbrella Body with Access NI. This means that we submit enhanced criminal record checks for community organisations in Carrickfergus. Access NI authorises umbrella bodies to provide these services to organisations.

For more information on this service please contact: or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News
Employers For ChildcareFamily Friendly Employer Awards 2019 open for entries!

The Awards celebrate organisations who go above and beyond the legal requirements to provide family friendly policies in the workplace and support their employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

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3. Funding News
Cultural Celebrations Grants Scheme
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council invites applications for funding from local community groups within the Borough under its Cultural Celebrations Grants Scheme.
Funding of up to a maximum of £1,500 for single day events and up to a maximum of £2,000 for multi-day events (two or more consecutive 24 hours periods) is available for events held to express cultural identity in July and August 2019.
Events must take place between 10 - 13 July and 14 - 17 August 2019.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 12.00pm Friday 10 May 2019.
Applications for all schemes can be made online at Applications received after the closing dates will not be accepted.
Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office at: Tel: 028 2563 3148 or 028 9335 8240 or by emailing  
Please note that applying for a grant is a competitive process and awards are subject to the availability of funds. Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, as part of its duties under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, is committed to equal opportunities and good relations and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All awards will be based strictly on the merit principle. 

   New or Updated Funding Initiatives


New or Updated Funding Initiatives

Lidl Community Works: Sport for Good

Through their new Community Works Sport for Good initiative,  LIDL will be investing £160,000 in sports equipment for youth sports clubs across NI.  Groups can be nominated online for up to £4000 worth of sports equipment using the 10 digit code at the bottom of a LIDL receipt.  

Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants Fund

Administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants Fund in NI aims to support charities, constituted voluntary and community groups based within the region through grants between £2000 - £10,000 which must be spent within a year.  

Groundwork NI: TESCO Centenary Fund

The Tesco Centenary Fund offers a unique opportunity for projects that provide a significant benefit to communities across NI.  Administered by Groundwork 3 grants will be awarded through a public vote.  The single individual grants are for £20,000, £30,000 and £50,000.

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Victoria Homes Trust

Aims to assist the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people under 21 years of age. The Trust's policy is to provide small grants in support of local projects run by registered charities which benefit children and young people.  

Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP)

Aims to promote and support local communities to work in partnership with community pharmacists to address local health and social wellbeing needs using a community development approach. Level 1 funding provides grants of up to £2,500 for projects lasting for a maximum of 6 months.   

Arts Council Ireland: Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme

Funds initiatives that are of high artistic quality and that generally have a strong audience focus. This scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work.   

Ecclesiastical Insurance: Movement for Good Awards

The Movement for Good Awards is an online nomination scheme programme designed to give £1million to charities that are changing people’s lives for the better.  500 charities will be awarded £1,000 and 10 charities will be awarded £50,000.
  • Opening Date for £1000 Awards: 23 Apr 2019.  Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

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