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New Funding Opportunities 31st July

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has announced a new phase of support for organisations in the light of the Covid-19 crisis – funding which specifically responds to the dual harms of the pandemic and systemic racism. Go to: www.jrct.org.uk

UKCF is seeking applications from BAME-led infrastructure organisations to access its new fund to help more BAME-led organisations to apply for NET grants through their local Community Foundations.  Grants between £5,000 – £20,000 over a maximum of three months are available. For details:  https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/news-article/bame-infra-fund

The Childcare Recovery Support Fund

Aims to provide financial assistance (tiered levels of awards depending on the childcare provision offered and the opening/operational dates following endorsement from the HSC Trust. Administered by Early Years – the organisation for young children on behalf of the Department of Education.

For details go to https://www.early-years.org/childcare-recovery-support-fund

DfC COVID-19 Creative Support Fund.  Details of scheme to be confirmed, this will support individual artists and institutions to ‘enable them to present work in new and innovative ways in the current climate, helping combat social isolation and wellbeing challenges’, working with Arts Council NI See – https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/news/communities-minister-announces-support-artists-performers-and-creative-producers-across-arts-and

The Wesleyan Foundation – Small Grants Programme

Education – Charities or projects that enhance learning and develop career opportunities; Health – Promote health and well-being; Social – Provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable and supportive communities

For details : https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/the-wesleyan-foundation-small-grants-programme

The New Needs Fund

It will focus on community led responses that will:

  • Enhance existing community services and activities around health and wellbeing and help people cope with adversity.
  • Provide ongoing emergency support initiatives that directly support those most at risk as a result of the threat of coronavirus, and that clearly evidence the need for support.
  • Support innovation and creativity for those community organisations disrupted as a result of covid-19 but that are continuing to provide a valuable service at this time.
  • Encourage collaboration and strengthen collaborative activity and responses to issues affecting those most marginalised in Northern Ireland, in particular the LGBTQ+ community, black, asian and ethnic minorities, and those most at risk, including those suffering from domestic violence, and those living in poverty.
  • Invest in social cohesion and resilience, and empower and connect community based organisations.
  • Encourage adaptation, innovation and agility of the sector, and ensure preparedness for the future.

For details go to https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/the-new-need-fund/

The David Cross Young People’s Fund

Priorities: The fund has four key objectives: To support youth entrepreneurship; To enhance young people’s skills and employment prospects; To encourage cross community working and reconciliation; To support creative and innovative thinking and problem solving.

The David Cross Young People’s Fund has been established by the David Cross Foundation, in partnership with the Community Foundation for NI and the Department for Communities

Go to https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/the-david-cross-young-peoples-fund

Belfast City Council summer funding programme will support groups involved in various activities helping community recovery.

Activities must take place by 30 September.

Funding will be granted to groups focusing on:

  • Children and young people
  • Civic pride
  • Preventing isolation
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Preventing anti-social behaviour


Funding up to £1,000 is available to groups. To receive an application form, contact areasupport@belfastcity.gov.uk or call  on 028 9032 0202

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