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NI Crime Prevention Funding Programme Invites Applications

Funding is available to community organisations in Northern Ireland for projects aimed at preventing crime or reducing the fear of crime.

The Assets Recovery Community Scheme is provided by the Northern Ireland Executive's Department of Justice. The scheme allows monies received from the payment of confiscation orders following a criminal confiscation to be diverted into community projects across Northern Ireland to support communities and individuals and address some of the harmful impacts from a wide range of crimes.

Voluntary and community sector organisations, registered charities, and statutory bodies delivering projects in community settings in Northern Ireland may apply.

The scheme has a total budget of approximately £900,000, comprising approximately £300,000 in 2022/23 and approximately £600,000 in 2023/24.

The maximum total grant available is £10,000 in 2022/23 and £25,000 in 2023/24 per application.

Funding is intended for projects running between October 2022 and March 2024 or periods in between.

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2022 (5pm).

For more detailed guidance notes and application form please select :- https://www.justice-ni.gov.uk/articles/assets-recovery-community-scheme


Asda Foundation - Empowering Local Communities Grant

Grants are available to community groups in the UK to support a broad range of activities which can contribute towards transforming their community and improving the lives of people in their community.

The purpose of the programme is to support projects and activities which are important to a community which benefit local people.The programme is designed to support projects under four themes:

  • Building Resilient Communities.
  • Active Lives.
  • Seasonal Celebrations & Festivals.
  • Leading Healthier Lives.

Groups may apply for one Empowering Local Communities grant per year of between £500 and £1,500.

Project activities must start or take place before 5 June 2022.

Applications will be accepted from local community groups and organisations based in the UK.

The following criteria apply:

  • Group must have a presence in and benefit the local community and be not for profit.
  • Any equipment funded is the property of the group and is not for individual use.
  • End beneficiaries must be community groups of people.
  • There is no minimum timescale for how long the group has been in existence.

Eligible costs and projects under each theme supported by the programme include the following:

Building Resilient Communities

Supporting community groups with the equipment, essentials and facilities to enable activity to take place. This might be enhancing what is already available, providing core items or enabling an activity to continue.

Active Lives

Supporting participation in group physical activities. Whether low or high impact, regardless of age or ability, encouraging people to lead more active lifestyles and for everyone to feel able to participate.

Seasonal Celebrations & Festivals

Enabling communities to celebrate what matters to them. Helping to bring people together to share experiences and encouraging everyone within the community to be together, eg Easter, Holi, Passover, The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, community garden party etc.

Leading Healthier Lives

From cooking and education classes to enabling positive mental health. Asda Foundation is seeking to support health in body, mind and soul in UK communities.

The deadline for Grant Round 1 applications is 15 April 2022.

Application forms can be obtained from Asda Community Champions, who are based in local Asda stores. Applicants can use the store locator link on the Foundation website to get in touch with their local store and speak to their Community Champion about their project proposal. All applications must be made via the applicant's local Asda Community Champion; applications made directly by organisations will not be accepted by the Foundation.

Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before activities are due to give enough processing time.



Creative Industries Seed Fund 

This £25k funding award is eligible for partnerships that use the arts within new and emerging technologies. With the continuing evolution of immersive technology, it has the potential to expand the possibilities of how the arts can be distributed and utilised in new and innovate ways.

Who can apply? - All applications must be a collaboration between two or more applicants. The lead applicant – that is, the applicant in whose name the application is submitted and who, in the event of an award, will be the group or individual responsible for managing the grant, and monitoring and reporting on the project - must be based in Northern Ireland.

Eligible lead applicants to this scheme are as follows:- 

  • Arts organisations
  • Individual Artists registered as sole traders
  • Creative Businesses

Programme Objectives:
1. Encourage Cross-Sectoral Collaboration;
2. Drive innovation in technologies; and
3. Creating new content, products, services and experiences.

The aim of this project is to assist arts organisations, entrepreneurs, and creative businesses to undertake projects that:
1. Contribute to the growth of the creative industries; and
2. Unlock future income generation.

All applications must be partnerships between an arts organization or artist and a creative business or academia.

For detailed guidance notes follow the link http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-CISF-Guidance-Notes-2022.pdf

Deadline for applications is Monday 28th February 2022 @ 12pm.

To apply for this grant or to find out more information pelase follow the link http://artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/creative-industries-seed-fund-2022


The ‘Ours to Share’ grant programme is for rural community groups / organisations who are interested in developing heritage projects in rural areas. Grants for up to £1,000 and £5,000 are available.

This grant programme has been created to help support rural communities in developing and delivering heritage projects that will bring people together to celebrate our diverse heritage.

If you are interested in applying, please read through the guidance notes to see if your organisation/group is eligible.

The closing date is 20th December 2021.

Contact Emma McAleer if you have any questions on emma@ruralcommunitynetwork.org

For detailed guidance notes follow the link - https://www.ruralcommunitynetwork.org/app/uploads/2021/11/Ours-to-Share-guidance-notes-NLHF.pdf


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s UK Grant Programmes – December Deadlines                                                                

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is currently accepting application for projects involving removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live. Generally, the Trust funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs and recognises that change can take many years to achieve. As a result, the Trust is willing to take the long view and to take risks.

Applications are accepted under the following priority areas:

Peace and Security to support a transition towards: The use of 'soft', rather than 'hard' power as a first line of response to conflict within society and around the world.
The de-legitimisation of violence as a tool for responding to conflict, securing interests or projecting power.
A culture of human rights and non-violent problem-solving, promoted at all levels of society.

Power and Accountability - to support people to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest.

Rights and Justice - to promote racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.

Sustainable Future - to develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm.

Northern Ireland - to fund work which will contribute as a strategic level to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict.

Cross cutting proposals which directly relate to more than one priority are also accepted; however, this must be clearly demonstrated in the application proposal. Organisations should be undertaking work at a national level. This means work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries - England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The deadline for applications for Power & Accountability, Rights & Justice, Northern Ireland, Sustainable Future and Cross Cutting applications is 4 December 2017 (12 noon).

The deadline for Peace & Security applications is 10 December 2017 (12 noon).



£1million Fund to ‘Build a Better Future’ in the Causeway Coast and Glens area

Community-based groups in the Causeway Coast and Glen’s area which are making a positive difference to society are being encouraged to access a new £1M fund. The ‘Building Better Futures’ fund will help charities, community and voluntary groups, and social enterprises by providing small, unsecured loans that are not currently available from traditional financial sources.

The scheme is being funded by the Building Change Trust, Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) and Belfast Charitable Society, one of Northern Ireland’s oldest charitable organisations.

Further information about the scheme is available by contacting UCIT on 028 9031 5003 or visiting www.ucitltd.com or the brochure https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/uploads/general/Building_Better_Futures_Loan_Fund_brochure_.pdf

See also more at: https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/news/1million-fund-to-build-a-better-future-in-causeway-coast-and-glens#sthash.SHVMx97a.dpuf


Charles Hayward Foundation

The Charles Hayward Foundation (registered charities only) provide both Main Grants (up to £25,000 a year for 1-3 years and Small Grants (up to £7000).  Main grants cover Social & Criminal Justice, Heritage & Conservation and Overseas work.  Small grants cover Social & Criminal Justice, Heritage & Conservation and Older People.

Find out more on the website http://www.charleshaywardfoundation.org.uk/


D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds UK registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.  Grants are usually in the range £500 - £5,000 and core costs will be considered.

Find out more on the website http://www.doylycartecharitabletrust.org/