Community Change's Funding Bulletin

28th January 2014
RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise Grant Funding
RBS have launched the fourth round of their Inspiring Youth Enterprise Grant Fund which is designed to support community and not for profit organisations working with young people aged from 13 - 30 to help develop their entrepreneurial skills. This programme is looking to support organisations that inspire young people on their enterprise journey. This might be helping them to set up in business, delivering enterprise education, innovative networking events, developing entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, or something completely new and different. They run two rounds of funding each year and have an annual pot of £500,000.
Organisations applying to RBS Inspiring Enterprise should:
ï‚· Be formally constituted
ï‚· Operate on a non-profit distributing basis (you must be a non-profit organisation such as a charity, social enterprise or CIC)
ï‚· Not currently be receiving RBS Group sponsorship or grant funding
ï‚· Have existing links with the target audience of young people
ï‚· Not be a school, public sector body or local authority
ï‚· Have experience of supporting enterprise development
How to apply:
For more information on how to apply please visit:
The deadline for completed applications is Friday 31 January 2014.
Ireland Funds – Small Grants now open
The objective of the Small Grants Round is to enable as many organisations as possible to fund new and innovative responses to social need. In 2014 they have committed a minimum of $600,000 to the Small Grant Round and applicants can apply online from 1st February until the deadline on 28th February 2014.
Small Grant Round Funding Priorities:
The Ireland Funds accept applications that fit within four key programme areas of Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education and Peace & Reconciliation.
Proposed activities should also fit within one of our Promising Ireland Campaign Priority Areas, which include:
 Investing in Ireland's Communities
 Supporting a Shared Future for Northern Ireland
 Providing Access to Education
 Promoting Culture and Heritage
 Assisting Disadvantaged Youth
 Assisting the Elderly "Forgotten Irish"
 Promoting Philanthropy in Ireland
The maximum amount organisations may request is €10,000. The average award will be around €5,000 and there is no minimum award.
How to Apply:
For more information please visit:
For general queries, please contact Sandra McDermott or Jordan Campbell. The Ireland Funds in Dublin T – 00353 1662 7878 E -
The deadline for completed applications is 28 February 2014
Sport Relief – Community Cash Grants 2014
Sport Relief Community Cash grants will be used to support work where there is clear evidence of a beneficial impact on the lives of people who are excluded or disadvantaged. Priority will 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.
This year's priority themes are as follows:
ï‚· Building skills and improving access to employment
ï‚· Disadvantaged groups and less well supported causes
ï‚· Healthy lifestyles
ï‚· Promoting community cohesion
ï‚· Reducing isolation
ï‚· Substance misuse
ï‚· Vulnerable people
Who Can Apply?
Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority may be given to new applicants. As such they accept applications from the voluntary and community sector including:
ï‚· Constituted voluntary and community groups
ï‚· Charities
ï‚· Co-operatives
ï‚· Faith organisations (where projects are targeting community need but not promoting religion)
ï‚· Groups which have been established for less than 12 months are eligible to apply.
Applicants should be community groups that:
ï‚· Are working in a disadvantaged or deprived area are small local groups with an income of less than £100,000 run by local people
ï‚· Have limited access to other sources of income
How to Apply:
Applications must be completed online. If you have any queries about grants please e-mail: or
For more information on how to apply please visit:
The deadline for completed applications is 12.00pm on Monday 3 March 2014
Community Foundation - Community Arts Fund
The Community Arts Fund was established by First Trust Bank to provide funding for community arts projects in Northern Ireland. The fund's priority is to support community arts projects that involve ethnic minority groups with the aim of integrating communities.
ï‚· To support grassroots arts initiatives that foster 'a shared future' and that promote the inclusion of new immigrants, asylum seekers and their families as well as travellers.
ï‚· To encourage communities that experience difficulties with cultural and ethnic diversity to use community arts as a way to take up the challenge of social inclusion.
ï‚· To give community and arts organisations the opportunity to develop small scale, new or innovative inclusive projects that will make a difference at local level.
What will be funded:
ï‚· Projects involving or targeting ethnic minority groups to encourage integration of communities.
ï‚· Only small scale projects will be considered - this grant is not intended to form a small part of a larger project.
How to Apply:
For more information on how to apply please visit:
Heritage Lottery Fund – Heritage Enterprise Programme
Heritage Enterprise supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.
A Heritage Enterprise grant you can breathe new life into historic sites by repairing, adapting and giving them a productive new use. By funding much of the repair costs the Heritage Lottery Fund hope to encourage private developers to work with community organisations to deliver commercially viable schemes.
Outcomes for heritage
With their investment, heritage will be:
 better managed
 in better condition
Outcomes for people
With their investment, people will have:
 developed skills
 learn about heritage
Outcomes for communities
With their investment:
 environmental impacts will be reduced
 your local area/community will be a better place to live, work or visit
 your local economy will be boosted
How to Apply:
Heritage Enterprise applications go through a two-round process.
 At the first and second round, they assess your application in three months, and then it goes to the next decision meeting
 Your development phase can take up to 24 months, depending on the complexity of your project
For more information on the programme and how to apply please visit:
Local Funding Opportunities
Belfast City Council – Community Development Project Grant
The Project Grant aims to support community organisations with small-scale funding to help deliver projects and programmes in local neighbourhoods.
The emphasis of these awards will be to support and strengthen local efforts to enhance and improve the quality of life within a neighbourhood or area. Priority will be given to projects which:
ï‚· develop a community building’s programme
ï‚· enable new groups to become established in areas where there is little or no community activity
ï‚· contribute to the ongoing organisational or programme costs of small community projects
ï‚· support short courses that aid the development of self-confidence and skills for committees or volunteers
How to Apply:
For more information on the programme please visit:
If you have any queries, please call:
North and east Belfast: Jenny Oliver 028 9032 0202 ext 3542 South and west Belfast: Seoirse Caldwell 028 9032 0202 ext 3544
The closing date for completed applications is 4pm on Friday 7 March 2014.
Coleraine Borough Arts Committee - Arts Funding
Artists and arts-related groups in the Coleraine Borough area should be aware that funding support is available for projects via Coleraine Borough Arts Committee.
Coleraine Borough Arts Committee seeks to encourage the arts and creative activity for everyone living in or visiting the Borough of Coleraine. Financial assistance is available to local groups and individuals to develop local arts activity. The committee has a modest budget to allocate for this purpose and consequently awards usually range between £50 and £500, with lower sums being more typical.
How to Apply:
For more information please visit:
You can also request an application form by e-mailing Flowerfield Arts Centre on, or Tel - 028 7083 1400.
The annual deadlines are 1 March 2014 and 1September 2014.
Down District Council – Tourism Grant Opportunities
Down District Council is seeking applications from organisers of Tourism Events and Community Festivals taking place in Down District from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 under the following grant programmes:
ï‚· Tourism Event Sponsorship Scheme
ï‚· Community Festival Fund
Maximum grant available is £3,000
How to Apply:
For more information on this scheme please visit:
Application forms & information is available from Down District Council’s Tourism department, tel: 028 4461 0800 ext 2507, email
The closing date for receipt of applications is: Friday 7 February 2014 at 5pm
Opportunities for Rural Groups – Local Social Enterprise Surgery
If you are interested or involved in Social Enterprise and would like an opportunity to speak about this, Social Enterprise NI are running a local surgery at the Rural Community Network Offices, 38a Old town Street, Cookstown, BT80 8EF on Wednesday 5 February. These sessions offer dedicated 1-1 advice to help you with anything relating to Social Enterprise, including …
ï‚· Exploring Social Enterprise
ï‚· Transition from charity to trading
ï‚· Legal structures
ï‚· Sign posting for ongoing support
ï‚· Training initiatives available
ï‚· Networking and events
To Book a 30 minutes slot in advance between 10.30-12.30am please email: or call 028 9046 1810
Don’t forget the Community Change Money Mondays Service -
Money Mondays - a new FREE service is being piloted where a group can book a 1 hour funding support session with James Laverty (Community Change - Facilitation, Training and Development Officer). James will identify funding opportunities for your group and provide guidance on applying to funders. Please call: (028) 9023 2587