This week's content:

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


Monday 16th 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


Carrickfergus Community Forum will be hosting a meeting giving your group the opportunity to meet with your local MLA's to discuss issues affecting  your local community.

Why not come along and take this opportunity to engage with local representatives to improve your local area.

WHEN: Monday 2nd September @ 7.00pm
WHERE: CCF Offices

To register for this event please contact or
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
Team Ulster Win 2019 President’s Cup and Hansa National Chamionships
On 17th and 18th August Belfast Lough Sailability  (BLS) along with two volunteers from Foyle Sailability, making up Team Ulster, took part in The President's Cup, hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club in DunLaoghaire.  The President's Cup consists of the four Provinces of Ireland sailing against each other in four different classes of boats.
The weather on Saturday was challenging to say the least with heavy sailing which at times was on the edge.  The Squibs sailed outside in Dublin Bay with the 2.4's and Hansa Dinghy's sailing inside the Harbour.  Overnight Team Ulster were in the lead from Team Munster by 1 point.  The racing on Sunday was cancelled in anticipation of more than 20 knots of breeze forecast which would have been over the recommended strength for these boats to sail in.
The team consisted of:
Squib 1:  Wendy Grant (Helm), Ann Blair & Terry McComb (crew)
Squib 2:  Kieran Doran (Helm), Ken Curry & owners rep (crew)
2.4mR:    John Patrick
Hansa 1:  Lucy Kinner (Helm), Ewan McComb (crew)  Lucy finished 3rd in a fleet of 18  Hansa's. Lucy also won a cup for being the best performing youngest girl in the fleet.  
Hansa 2: Rachel McComb (Helm), Paul Green (crew)  
It was a fantastic weekend with Royal St George Yacht Club, which is one of Ireland's leading Yacht Clubs.  Located in Dun Laoghaire harbour in Dublin Bay, it hosting an excellent event.
1st Team Ulster 
2nd Team Munster
3rd Team Connaught
4th Team Leinster
Next year Belfast Lough Sailability along with our friends from Foyle Sailability will host the event in Carrickfergus.
3. Fundraising News
A new environment fund aimed at making it easier for people to connect with the natural environment has been launched by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

DAERA Funding to
Connect People with Nature

A new environment fund aimed at making it easier for people to connect with the natural environment has been launched by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

This funding is an excellent opportunity for organisations who want to improve spaces and engage in schemes such as the Blue Flag Award, Blue Flag for Marina, Seaside Award and Green Flag Award which are managed by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

This could be an opportunity to act on the recommendations provided in your Green Flag or Blue Flag feedback reports.

David Small, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), said the Environmental Challenge Competition will also provide capital funding to projects working to protect habitats.
“I am delighted to announce this £400,000 funding boost which will not only help improve our health, support our environment and precious habitats, but also support jobs within the sector.

“We will be looking for applications from not-for-profit organisations and local councils for projects that will provide new paths and recreation infrastructures, such as walking trails or a greenway route. We also want to hear from applicants wanting to purchase land essential for the management of our priority habitats and species or for recreation infrastructure. We are also interested in the creation of data products, particularly for outdoor recreation, that will use technology to improve access to the outdoors and encourage greater participation,” he explained.
The closing date for applications is noon on 27 August.

Please note – this is for information only, this grant is NOT managed by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
Open for applications NOW
·         Monday 16th September 2019 at 12noon – close for applications
PLEASE NOTE: Any organisation previously funded within this year of 2019-20 are not eligible to apply.
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 Northern Area Community Network (NACN) to facilitate this process.
As such the Northern Area Community Network is inviting community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for non-recurring awards to address the outlined themes.
Due to limited funding only a small number of projects will be supported.
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 READ GUIDANCE NOTES). Groups with a total income over £100,000 will not be considered.
Please find attached:
  •         Guidance notes
  •         Application form
  •         Training Directory
  •         Sharing Ideas for Small Grant Applications
For further details please contact: Northern Area Community Network, The Old School House, Mill Street, Cushendall, BT44 0RR, T: 02821772100, E: or E:
Northern Area Community Network Ltd, Old School House, 
Mill Street, Cushendall, BT44 0RR
Tel: 028 2177 2100 
Email: Website:
A Northern Ireland Charity Registered as NI32592, Charity Number XR61052


New and Updated Funding Initiatives


Triangle Trust: 1949 Fund

Offers funding for specialist community and voluntary organisations working with carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders within the UK. They also offer Development Grants to provide funds towards your organisation’s core costs. 
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

William and Jane Morris Fund: Church Conservation Grants

This church conservation scheme awards grants of £500-£5000 to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the UK for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs. 
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website


Westhill’s primary focus is on providing financial investment and other resources to support formal and informal religious education projects and faith-motivated activities that enable people to transform their lives and the life of their communities.  Since 2004 Westhill has invested grants totalling more than £3.6 million in 400 projects, mainly in the UK but with some international impact as well.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary


The Ireland Funds: Small Grants

Contributes funds to a wide range of organisations working across the Island of Ireland.  The Small Grants Round offers awards up to €10,000 for small community organisations and for organisations that have not previously been supported by The Ireland Funds.
Application Closing Date 11 Sep 2019
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Philip Henman Trust Grants

Offers grants to major UK- based charities, who are concerned with overseas development and who require partnership funding for projects lasting between three and five years.  Grants are split into annual payments (normally between £3,000 and £5,000 P.A.) with a maximum total of £25,000.
Application Deadline 10 Sep 2019
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

W G Edwards Charitable Foundation

Assists with funding for the provision of care for older people. Capital projects, refurbishment and equipment in addition to innovative schemes for ongoing care.  Around 70 organisations each year are successful in obtaining grants usually between £1,000 to £3,000. The average grant is £1,700.
Application Deadline 10 Sep 2019
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

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