This week's content:

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

The CCF SPOD project has been very busy organising various trips and events for the local community over the last few weeks with a number of Christmas parties supported and outings organised for local families and project participants.

A mens health course is currently underway and a recent ASIST course saw eight local people attaining certification in suicide first aid and awareness. A number of first aid courses have taken place along with a food hygiene course in Greenisland.

A big thank you to all of you that have participated in improving your community and congratulations to everyone on completing the various courses and achieving your certificates

On Saturday 30th November the CCF SPOD project hosted a visit to some cultural museums in Belfast and took a tour of the Crumlin Road Gaol.   The group thoroughly enjoyed their experience and found it to be very interesting and informative.
Families from Woodburn, Sunnylands and Greenisland all joined together to take a trip to the Pantomime on Sunday 8th December. Everyone had a fantastic afternoon with a really great start to the Christmas season!
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2. Community News
Do you know any #sportspeople who’ve achieved big things this year across the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area?

Perhaps your local footballing hero deserves recognition for THAT winning goal - or maybe your children’s #coach has made a difference to the young people in your #community?

Details of how to put your chosen sportsperson or #team forward for an award will soon be available at with the nomination process open from January 6 to January 20.

Whatever the achievement that needs rewarding, it’s now time to get your thinking caps on before nominations open for the Mid & East Antrim Sports Awards 2020!
With categories covering every area and age group in local sport, there’s plenty of chances to honour those #athletes, players, backroom #volunteers and club members who dedicate themselves day and daily to being the best they can be.

Awards are up for grabs in ten categories in total – and voting will soon open for the Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year, School #Sporting Performance, Sportsperson/Team of the Year, Sportsperson/Team with a Disability, Services to Sport, #Manager/Coach of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Community Participation and Sporting Hall of Fame titles.

This year, the MEA Sports Awards will take place in #Larne Leisure Centre on Thursday 5 March 2020, with compere for the evening former Northern Ireland footballer turned broadcaster Liam Beckett MBE.

#MEASportsAwards ¦ #ourMEA ¦ #GetMEActive
3. Fundraising News

Funding news & deadlines


New and Updated Funding Initiatives


The Weinstock Fund

A reasonably small independent grant-making trust which funds a wide range of charitable causes, particularly in the fields of welfare, children, education, medicine, music and the arts.  Charities must be registered in the UK and the Fund tends not to support research projects or projects based abroad. 
Find out more on the website

Beatrice Laing Trust

Focus is on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad. Financial support is given to a wide range of charities seeking to relieve poverty in its broadest sense, both throughout the UK and overseas. 
Find out more on the website

D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Funds UK registered charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.  Grants are usually in the range £500 - £5,000.
Find out more on the website

Kennel Club Charitable Trust

A dog charity that looks after the health and welfare of all dogs. They fund a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases, dog welfare organisations and the promotion of support dogs, all of which give dogs a healthier, happier life.
Find out more on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary


Comic Relief: Children Surviving and Thriving

Managed by CFNI, grants of up to £5000 are available to enable all children to survive and to achieve their potential during the first years of life - through good health, nutrition, opportunities for early learning, responsive and supportive caregiving, safety and protection.
Closing Date (1pm) 12 Dec 2019
Find out more on the website

Comic Relief: Global Health Matters

Managed by CFNI, this programme provides grants of up to £5000 to enable people with mental health problems to be able to access the support they need to recover and to be empowered to speak out and to live free from stigma and discrimination.
Closing Date (1pm) 12 Dec 2019
Find out more on the website

Comic Relief: Fighting for Gender Justice

Managed by CFNI, grants of up to £5000 are available to enable all women and girls, both collectively and individually, to have equal power and agency in decision making at all levels and/or to eliminate violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality.
Closing Date (1pm) 12 Dec 2019
Find out more on the website

Ironmongers Foundation

Supports projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.  Grants range from a few hundred pounds up to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000.  Grants are only given to registered charities.
Closing Date 15 Dec 2019
Find out more on the website

Help the Homeless

Grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum) for  projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.
Closing Date 15 Dec 2019
Find out more on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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