This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave. By staying at home you will save lives.

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While staff are working remotely you can still contact us for assistance on 02893 359777  just leave a message and someone will return your call

We are here to help with any issues you may be facing as a result of the current lockdown. If you are in difficulty as a result of isolation or loss of income please send us a message on our Facebook page or contact a staff member directly.

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2. Community News

Council, through its Good Relations Programme, invites you all to celebrate the diversity and culture of the Borough.

We have a packed programme and all events are aimed at making everyone in Mid and East Antrim feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated.

#embRACE Week 2021 will take place from 12 February 2021 - 18 February 2021.


Are you interested in finding out more about food and nutrition for yourself or your family? Dietitians are taking these online workshops throughout March.

Free and open to all, be sure to put the dates in your diary – you don’t want to miss them!


·       Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm-7pm

Eating Well As You Age

Registration required, follow the link below: or


·       Thursday 11th March, 1-2pm

Eating Well on a Budget or


·       Monday 22nd March, 10.30-11.30am

Feeding under Fives or

Meeting ID: 861 1293 5876

Passcode: 701693  


·       Tuesday 23rd March, 6:30-7:30pm

Nutrition for Your Teenager or

Meeting ID: 860 9965 1680

Passcode: 38014166 

An opportunity to network, lean and share
New series of Volunteer Now Members’ Sessions
looking at volunteering topics
4th March 2021 11am - 12pm
Programme for Government – where does volunteering sit?
Volunteering is intrinsic to communities, never evidenced more than during the recent pandemic. So where is volunteering in N Ireland’s new Programme for Government and how can we make sure the voice of volunteers is heard. Come and help us discuss these issues and contribute to Volunteer Now’s response to the consultation.
9 March 2021 10am - 12 pm 
Safeguarding and DBS Barring – what you need to know
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is an important part of safeguarding and safer recruitment but not everyone understands what the service does and the benefits of DBS and employers/volunteer involvers working together. This session will help you understand when a DBS Barring referral should be made, including when the legal duty is met, outline the three different referral routes and much more.
25 March 2021  2 - 3.30pm
Volunteering During the Pandemic and Beyond – New N Ireland Research
We are delighted to share findings from one of the first large scale surveys to assess the impact of Covid-19 on volunteering in Northern Ireland. Volunteer Now has been working in partnership with Queens University and SMR Market Research to undertake a survey of the general public about their involvement in volunteering since March 2020.  We all have our own perspective and experience with volunteering throughout 2020, but this session will allow us to hear from Chris Coughlan (Queen's University Belfast) about this research study in more detail and to delve into key findings from the N Ireland population survey; make comparisons with similar surveys undertaken by Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Scotland; and discuss some key learning for moving forward.
To book your place, click on the relevant link.
You will be sent joining instructions the afternoon before each session.

 - click here to access survey

Disability Sport NI is working on a “Accessible Outdoor Places Design” guide for the Public Health Agency, and the information in the guide will be made available for outdoor recreation site designers, to encourage them to embrace optimum levels of good practice in terms of access for disabled people. 

One completed please email it to
Need help getting to your #COVID19 vaccination appointment? 💉 See below for useful contacts 👇

North Coast Community Transport: 028 7032 1234
South Antrim Community Network: 028 9334 2455
Out and About Community Transport: 028 7930 0123
CDM Community Transport: 028 8676 7766
Disability Action: 028 9029 7870
Lot's of virtual services currently on offer as part of the #MindMyMS project.

We're running online mindfulness programmes, telephone or video counselling and have a number of Zoom cafe meet ups running on various days, and at different times throughout the month. There really is something for everyone!
3. Fundraising News

New Funding This Week 🆕


The Swimathon Foundation: COVID-19 Relief Fund (Opened 1st February)

The Swimathon Foundation has opened a second Covid-19 Relief Fund to again offer grants of £250 to £1,000 to small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing continued financial hardship from the effects of Covid-19, especially where access to financial support has not been available. These range from National Governing Body Affiliated Swim Clubs, Aquatic Clubs and Swim Schools to Independent Swimming Organisations

The Prince’s Countryside Fund:  Barclays 100x100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 for projects from across the UK working to create resilient rural communities. This is a very specific fund, with the aim of supporting farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience.

The Henry Smith Charity - Strengthening Communities

The Strengthening Communities programme provides grants of £20k to £60k per year for 1-3 year projects for small charitable organisations working at grassroots level targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty.  They fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries - organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs.


Wellcome Trust: The Ideas Fund

The Ideas Fund is a grants programme run by the British Science Association and funded by Wellcome, which enables the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing. They're offering early stage grants of up to £25,000 and larger grants of around £90,000 in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Hull, North West Northern Ireland, and Oldham.

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


Souter Charitable Trust (Application Deadline for February Meeting, 19th February)

Assists UK registered charities with projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in the UK and overseas – particularly, but not exclusively, those promoting spiritual welfare. Small grants may also be awarded for gap year / short term projects which extend to at least one calendar year.

To see ALL new and updated funds and deadlines, plus over 860 other funding schemes in a one-stop format, subscribe to NI's Leading database, GrantTracker, for just £100 a year for NICVA members and £145 for non-members here.

You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub


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