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New or Updated Funding Initiatives

9th October 2017


New or Updated Funding Initiatives

Centre for Social Justice Awards

The CSJ Awards is an annual event at which the CSJ showcases and rewards grassroots charities and voluntary organisations from local communities throughout the UK that have developed effective and innovative ways of addressing a variety of entrenched social issues. These charities often work with some of the hardest to reach people in the country.

2017/2018 Award Categories::

1.    Social Resilience – charities working to turn lives around in the area of addiction and debt;

2.    Education, Enterprise and Skills – charities creating educational success for children and young people in danger of failing at school, and/or in the transition to work;

3.    Family – charities that work to strengthen families;

4.    Social Enterprise – any social enterprise working in our space that is successful both in terms of its philanthropic mission and business model.

5.    Responsible Business Award – any small or medium-sized business that has pioneered an outstanding philanthropy initiative.


Community Foundation for NI: Older People's Fund Reducing Isolation

The Older People’s Fund offers funding for projects that are planned and run by and for older people.

What can be supported?

Revenue costs, such as sessional costs for tutors/activity providers, venue hire, transport.  Examples may include costs to develop an older people’s forum/club, in an area where there are none, or to develop an existing forum that will encourage isolated individuals to become more independent.

Capital costs, such as IT equipment, will only be considered if absolutely essential to the project.

Key Priorities

Reducing isolation and vulnerability of older people and carers through supporting participation in activities where they haven’t happened before.  

Enabling active participation of older people in the community in decision-making and addressing of issues facing their sector.


Comic Relief: Core Strength- Local Communities

This scheme provides funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. Comic Relief know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities.  In NI this scheme is managed by the Community Foundation for NI.

Scheme details

Grants of £1,000 to £5,000 (inclusive) are available under this scheme.

The Grant shall be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged this may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs.


W G Edwards Charitable Foundation

The W G Edwards Charitable Foundation is an independent grant-making charity, which assists with the provision of care for older people. The Foundation assists with capital projects, refurbishment and equipment in addition to innovative schemes for ongoing care.


George Best Belfast City Airport: Community Fund

The Fund support projects aimed at facilitating community, social and environmental/conservation projects ideally based within North Down Borough Council or Belfast City Council or the Greater Belfast area.

Scheme details

Preference will be given to organisations with a charitable status who apply for funding (this does not apply to schools/play groups). Organisations applying for community funding must have been established for a minimum of 24 months.

Preference will be given to applications and projects that benefit all members of the community regardless of age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Projects aimed at facilitating the following areas and which are ideally based within North Down Borough Council, Belfast City Council or the Greater Belfast area will be considered;

Community (including education)

Social (including sport, leisure and recreation)

Environmental or conservation


vInspired: Cashpoint

Individual young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years old who live in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland can apply for grants of up to £500 to bring a community project to life.

Scheme details

vInspired Cashpoint will fund under the following criteria:

The project is run by a 14-25 year old volunteer in the UK

The project has a clear community benefit

The main aim of the project is not to fundraise

The project is either completely new or something you've done before but would like to do differently

At least two unpaid 14-25 year old volunteers can help you out

The project costs £500 or less and vInspired Cashpoint is the only funder.

Fionntán O'Dowd
Club and Community Development Officer

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