This week's content:

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

PASS PROGRAMME - Promote, Advance Support for Success
Are you female aged between 16 - 24 and NOT in education employment or training? (NEET)

If you are interested in participating in a project please
contact or telephone 02893 359777

The project offers Level 1 training in
Health and Fitness
Community Development
How to start your own business
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
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Inspiring communities of Mid & East Antrim

Community groups are being encouraged to think ‘Social Economy’ after the launch of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Inspiring Communities Programme.
The pilot programme, delivered by social economy experts LEDCOM, will help support community groups from across the borough to build capacity and stimulate their interest in social economy.
The initiative will be open to 6 community groups who can demonstrate their appetite in social economy practices and who have innovative ideas that can be developed.
Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow said: “Amplify, the integrated economic strategy for Mid and East Antrim sets out key strategic priorities to achieve economic growth within the borough. Promoting social economy is key to this by encouraging inclusion and wellbeing. Council is delighted to partner with LEDCOM to deliver the Inspiring Communities Programme. I would strongly encourage local community groups to apply for this support as it is a great opportunity to explore social economy models, learn from best practice and grow.”
Audrey Murray MBE, Business Development Manager at LEDCOM said: “We’re delighted to be working with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council on the Inspiring Communities Programme. As a social enterprise ourselves, we’ve a track record of over 34 years helping more than 100 social enterprises start up. We will apply all our learning, skills and networks to help these local community groups enhance their capabilities and make the journey towards potential new social enterprise projects.”
Participants will benefit from a baseline assessment focusing on generating ideas and identifying project ideas that can be developed into a social enterprise. Other benefits include best practice visits and tailored mentoring support.
For further information and to apply, groups should contact LEDCOM on T: 028 2826 9973 or E:
3. Fundraising News

Funding applications and deadlines

Music for All is happy to take applications for funding and operates in the following times during the year:

Spring period
Application deadline is 1st November for funding requirement in the following January

Summer period
Application deadline is 1st February for funding requirement in April

Autumn period
Application deadline is 1st July for funding requirement in September

Funding Options


Individual Grant

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to musical instruments and lessons. Our Grant Application process allows us to help people fulfil their musical dreams. Young, old, regardless of personal or life challenges, we truly want music to be for all.

Community Project Funding

Many projects and initiatives take place throughout the UK that all aim to bring music to their community. Most would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes.

Online Application 


Here are our application instructions, eligibility criteria and some hints and tips on how to apply for funding with Music for All.
Please read through these carefully before you start completing our application form:
Individual Grant Application Instructions and Eligibility Criteria
Community Project Funding Instructions and Eligibility Criteria

Once you’ve read the above instructions and eligibility criteria please click this link to access Music for All’s Online Application Form – best of luck!

*Please note that you will need to select whether you are an applying for an Individual Grant, or Community Project Funding and the form will adapt to suit.


New or Updated Funding Initiatives

Beatrice Laing Trust

They fund projects relating to 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 GrantTracker or on the website

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation

Funds only registered charities.  They've given away over £1.6 million since their first donation in 2000 to over 400 good causes. Grants of up to £3,000 are available.

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

G&H Roberts Community Trust 

Focuses on funding small community projects that support the advancement of education, community development, human rights, environmental protection, conflict resolution and reconciliation.  The trust distributes around £12000 per annum. Usually awards are between £250 - £2,000. 
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary


Comic Relief: Fighting for Gender Justice

Managed by the Community Foundation NI, 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) 10 Jul 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Coca Cola Thank You Fund

Funds projects that inspire and support young people in Ireland and NI. Any Irish non-profit organisation aimed towards promoting healthy, active lifestyles and environmental leadership in young people can enter, with monetary prizes from a €100,000 total fund.  

Closing Date (Midnight) 12 Jul 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Comic Relief: Global Health Matters

Managed by the Community Foundation NI, 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) 10 Jul 2019

Funding news:   


Comic Relief: Children Surviving and Thriving

Managed by the Community Foundation NI, 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.

Community Foundation for NI: Transformation and Growth Fund

Provides £10,000 to £25,000 organisational development grants of one year to support grassroots organisations addressing local housing and homelessness issues by providing organisational development grants to build sustainability, develop ideas and deploy innovative solutions; forming a more sustainable local sector with greater capacity to support people in vulnerable housing situations. 


Upcoming deadlines: 



For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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