This week's content:

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


Monday 9th September 2019 


1st Floor, 31 Lancasterian Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7AB
Under Article 11 (1) (a) of the Articles of Association of Carrickfergus Community Forum:
“twenty one clear days for an Annual General Meeting or a General meeting called for the passing of a special resolution;”
We hereby serve notice of our Annual General Meeting giving more than a minimum of 21 days notice. All member groups are entitled to nominate one person from their group to join the Board of Directors.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Carrickfergus Community Forum

Peace Impact Project Update

It’s been a busy summer so far here at the peace impact project carrickfergus with our employability courses running.  In June, we had 12 participants pass through our SIA doorman’s course and in July we had 3 complete forklift training. 

We also had our ninth and final participant come through and complete their driving test this workshop has been ongoing assisting in putting nine participants through their theory and driving tests financed by the project.

In addition, at the beginning of July, we ran a marshalling course and 10 members of different community groups and people from the town attended and received certificates in marshalling.
In July we also help local community groups with their family fun days with the community forum which were a great success for the groups.

Throughout the summer, our leather craft workshop has also been on going were they have been working away on a beautiful bespoke leather tapestry specifically designed to highlight our town’s historical monuments.  They are hoping to have this finished and unveiled by September time.
We also have a group from all areas of carrickfergus working together with Alternatives to learn about restorative practices and the positives it can bring to Carrickfergus and its communities.

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 or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News
 New Premises for Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now is approaching a 10th Anniversary and new premises in Belfast are top of the list of exciting new developments.

We’re moving out of our offices in Shaftesbury Square, and from Tuesday 27th August 2019 we will be located in The Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1AF.   This modern, easily accessible building boasts a host of environmentally sensitive innovations, ample parking, conference facilities and the Refresh café which is open to the public. 

Keep an eye on our social media for updates!

3. Fundraising News
Promoting Mental Health And Suicide Prevention Small Grants Reopening Soon
*****ROUND 2*****
Due to limited funding only a small number of projects will be supported
NB.  All proposed projects must be completed by 31st January 2020 – no extensions will be granted

Community Based Promoting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Small Grants available in South Antrim
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified non-recurring funding to address the themes of Suicide Prevention, Self- Harm, Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being and have commissioned South Antrim Community Network to facilitate this process.
As such the South Antrim Community Network is inviting community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for non-recurring awards to address the outlined themes.
Grants are available at the level of £1,000 per project.  Applications may be considered for more strategic projects over £1,000 limit dependent on evidence of need and availability of resources (Please see GUIDANCE NOTES).  Groups with a total income over £100,000 will not be considered.
Applications will be assessed on the potential to improve health and wellbeing and on the ability to complete the work by the end of January 2020, including evaluation, by February 2020. Dates for applications are as follows:
Monday 12th August 2019 – Round 2 open for applications
• Monday 16th September 2019 at 12noon – Round 2 close for applications
• Tuesday 8th October 2019 – Round 2 Letters of Offer Issued

Small Grant Scheme aims:

• Promote awareness of issues around mental health problems:
• Encourage communities to be pro-active in promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide
• To build sustainable resilient communities through positive collaboration of organisations/groups
• Promote innovative interventions/programmes that promote positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide
Applications also should promote protective factors and build resilience, including e.g. early intervention, emotional wellbeing awareness work, increasing the capacity for self help and measures to improve quality of life.

For further information, guidance and examples of evidence based practice, along with support to develop a relevant programme, contact South Antrim Community Network on 028 9447 8645 or email

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 16th September 2019 at 12noon

South Antrim Community Network Promoting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Small Grants Scheme is funded through the Public Health Agency and is delivering in the Antrim, Newtownabbey & Carrickfergus Areas of the Northern Locality.

New and Updated Funding Initiatives


Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants Fund

Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants Fund in NI aims to support charities, constituted voluntary and community groups based within the region through grants of up to £2000 which must be spent within a year.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Tudor Trust Grants

Makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations which support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

The Ireland Funds: Flagship Awards

Grants of up to €/£100,000 for core funding, capacity building or programme costs for charitable organisations working within one of their key programme areas: Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, and Peace & Reconciliation.  Additional non-financial supports will also be provided.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary


Department for Communities (DfC) : Uniting Opportunities Grants

A small grants programme administered by DfC, which is being delivered as part of the Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy.    It provides grants of £20,000 - £60,000 for projects which deliver good relations and reconciliation projects for young people through sport, physical and creative activity.

Stage 1 Application Closing Date (4pm) 16 Aug 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

Wingate Foundation funds in the fields of; Jewish Life and Learning, Performing Arts, Music and Medical Research Travel Grants.  Grants are from a few hundred to several thousands of pounds.

Application Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

British & Foreign School Society: Grants to Charities

Grants for education projects are given up to a total of around £1m in any one year. Grants are given to organisations with UK charitable status and are for the purpose of advancing educational opportunity in the UK and developing countries. The Society no longer makes grants for individuals.

Closing Date 2019 (Round 3) 19 Aug 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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