Funding Opportunties

Community Innovators Programme

What they fund: Organisations working specifically on health and wellbeing challenges and is designed for organisations who want support to explore and develop new solutions to a real world challenges.  Participants will also learn a really practical social innovation method for future use across their organisation. All constituted voluntary, community or social enterprise organisations operating in Northern Ireland are eligible to apply.

How much: Various

Deadline: Thursday 11th April 2019

How to apply:


Belfast City Council Summer Community Diversionary Festival programme

What they fund: This programme will provide funding support for festival activity that is developed and led by a community organisation or a community-led partnership or consortium in the Belfast City Council Area.

How Much: £25,000 – £100,000

Deadline: 12 noon on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

How to apply:


Community Development Grant (Ards and North Down Borough Council)

What they fund: help with running costs and/or project costs for a constituted community or voluntary group.

How Much: Up to £2000 for running costs and up to £1000 for project costs

Deadline: 28th March 2019 at 4pm

How to apply:


National Vegetarian Week

What they fund: Activities or events linked with National Vegetarian Week

How much: up to £1000

Deadline: 17th March (Small Grants)

How to apply:


Comic Relief: Children Survive and Thrive

What they fund: The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school.

How much: Up to 150,000 over 3-5 years

Deadline: 22nd March at 12 noon

How to apply:


National Lottery Community Fund: Empowering Young People

What they fund: Empowering Young People is a grants programme designed to support projects in Northern Ireland delivered by voluntary or community organisations that give young people aged 8 to 25 the ability to overcome the challenges they face.

How much: £10,000-500,000

Deadline: 31st March 2021

How to apply:


Paul Hamlyn Foundation

What they fund: The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.

How much: £30,000-60,000 over 2 years

Deadline: Rolling

How to apply:


George Belfast Airport: Community Fund

Who do they fund: Registered charities who have been established for at least two years.

What do they fund: Projects facilitating community, social and environmental/conservation work based in the North Down or Greater Belfast areas.

How much do they offer: Unspecified

Deadline: Rolling

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Community Foundation’s Telecommunity Fund

Who do they fund: Constituted grass roots community groups and voluntary groups are invited to apply.

What do they fund: The fund prioritises young people, older people and people with disabilities.

How much do they offer: £500 – £1,500

Deadline: Rolling

To apply contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927


Awards for All Northern Ireland

Who do they fund: Charities based in Northern Ireland which are people led and strength based.

What do they fund: Projects which enable people to participate in their communities, people to develop their skills and broaden their experience, people to work towards better and safer communities or improve people’s physical and mental health and well-being.

How much do they offer: £500 – £10,000

Deadline: Rolling


Halifax foundation for Northern Ireland

Who do they fund: NI based charities with an income under 1 million pounds.

What do they fund: projects which support underfunded charities that enable people, especially disadvantaged or people with special needs, to play a fuller role in the community

How much do they offer: £3,000 – £4,000

Deadline: Rolling


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