Community Change's Latest Funding Bulletin

29 April 2014

Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund 2014

Ulster Bank has launched it's 2014 Community Impact Fund of £250,000, for voluntary and community organisations across the island of Ireland.

The Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund was established in 2013 to give local communities a welcome boost by providing grants to support their work in the areas of enterprise and financial capacity.

The Fund has now distributed £250,000 in grants to community organisations across Ireland. The Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund is administered by The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Applications are welcome from constituted non- profit, voluntary and community based organisations and social enterprises based and working within Northern Ireland. Local branches of larger national charitable organisations working within Northern Ireland are also eligible to apply.

What will the Fund support?

1. Community Enterprise This category will support projects that

• increase local entrepreneurship
• enable social enterprise in communities through education programmes, confidence building and/or skill development activities.

2. Financial Literacy

This category will support projects which increase the financial capability of individuals and groups through the provision of financial education/ literacy workshops, services or support. It will also support financial inclusion projects aimed at improving access to financial services for those who face barriers in accessing such services.

3. Employability

Schemes or initiatives designed to help individuals who are not currently in training, full-time education or employment. This category will support projects which promote their participant’s capability for gaining and maintaining meaningful employment or progression into further education through the development of key skills.

These may include:

• Pre-employment skill training, especially for those facing barriers to employment, allowing participants to develop the skills, confidence and motivation to gain initial employment and the ability to maintain employment.

• Programmes which develop the skills of participants so that they have the ability to manage their own employment transitions

• Adult education initiatives furthering skills required to access further education or gain employment

How to Apply

Apply using the application form available the Community Foundation NI Website:
For more information please contact:

Barbara Woods, Community Project Officer
Email :
Tel: 028 9024 5927

Closing Date for applications is 4.30pm on Friday 23 May 2014
Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants

National charity Heart Research UK and sandwich franchise SUBWAY® are offering Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 to projects that will promote heart health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Communities in Northern Ireland are being encouraged to apply for funding for innovative projects that will help people to improve their heart health and can address a variety of issues like healthy eating, physical activity and smoking cessation but the key focus must be on heart health.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to groups in Northern Ireland for projects that promote and encourage Healthy Heart lifestyles within the community. The SUBWAY®/Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grant is for heart health projects ONLY and not for general healthy lifestyle projects.

Projects must focus on and actively promote heart health for the duration of the project. Projects that are not specifically for heart health will not be considered and money for the grants is raised through in-store fundraising across SUBWAY® stores in Northern Ireland.

How to apply

Details on how to apply, and further information, can be found at their website

Contact the Lifestyle Team if you have any questions regarding an application
T: 0113 297 6205 E:

The closing date for completed applications is Friday 30 May 2014

NI Housing Executive Launch Rural Community Awards

Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) has launched their inaugural Rural Community Awards competition and are inviting all constituted rural community groups to take part.

• Do you have an active community group?
• Are you proud of your local neighbourhood?
• Is there a thriving community spirit where you live?
• Does your community come together to improve their local environment?
• Would you like to win £1,000 to make a difference in your community?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions they would like to hear from you.
In order to help and support local communities in their efforts to make their local neighbourhoods a better place to live, NIHE has initiated a prize fund of £4,000 – four prizes of £1,000. There are two awards:

• The Cleaner and Greener Award
• The Community Spirit Award

Within each category there are two prizes, one for villages with population of less than 1,000 and one for populations of 1,000 – 4,500. The competition is open to all rural neighbourhoods, not only Housing Executive estates.

Acting Rural Coordinator Tim Gilpin explained,

‘This competition is primarily aimed at rewarding rural communities who have actively engaged in improving the physical appearance of their settlement as well as those who have encouraged and supported community participation in order to improve the community spirit within their rural neighbourhood’.

How to Apply

Further details are available at:

To find out further information, please contact Eoin McKinney, NIHE Rural Unit Email:

Tel. (028) 9031 8524.

All applications must be returned the Rural Unit by Friday 6 June 2014 at 4pm.

Excellence in Fundraising - Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland Awards 2014

Every year many thousands of pounds are raised for charities and good causes across Northern Ireland both by volunteer and professional fundraisers. For charities, the money raised can be a lifeline for them and those they seek to help. In a bid to formally recognise this tremendous contribution the Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland supported by Coca Cola is calling on nominations for its Annual Fundraising Awards 2014.

Nominations are sought in four categories;

• Fundraising Event of the Year;
• Fundraising Partnership of the Year;
• The Bryan Walliker Fundraising Volunteer of the Year
• IoF Fundraising Team of the Year.

The Institute of Fundraising awards are open to all individuals and fundraising teams across Northern Ireland’s vibrant voluntary and community sector.

Winners will be announced at the Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland Awards Lunch to be held on Thursday 12 June 2014 at Belfast Castle, Antrim Road, Belfast. The Awards will be hosted by Pamela Ballentine with special guest speaker Richard Moore, Founder of Children in Crossfire.

How to Apply

If you would like to recognise a dedicated fundraising team or volunteer or celebrate an outstanding event or partnership nomination forms can be downloaded from the Institute of Fundraising website at

For more information contact Jan Hamilton at Tel: 028 9188 4945 or email

The deadline for nominations is Friday 16 May 2014.

Fermanagh Youth Bank open for applications

Fermanagh YouthBank is a grantmaking committee run by young people for young people. It is made up of a group of 16 - 25 year olds from the Fermanagh area. It is a unique project whereby members of the committee work as a team taking all the relevant decisions for themselves.

Fermanagh Youth Bank is now open for applications with 14 local apprentices becoming grant makers and distributing funds to small scale community projects. Members have undertaken research and identified the key priorities for Fermanagh’s young people. They are inviting applications from individuals or groups, aged 11-25, for projects involving training and services for suicide awareness, improvement in services for the LGBT community, cross community residential programmes and the development of disability sports activity in rural areas.

The Fermanagh Trust established the Youth Bank in 2009 working in partnership Youth Action NI to build leadership, allocate resources to youth based initiatives, meet real community need and tackle issues of direct importance to the young grant makers.

Following a full training programme delivered in partnership with the Fermanagh

Trust, the Youth Bank will make decisions about community priorities and needs, looking at ways of having an impact on young people and delivering much needed grants benefitting local groups.

How to apply

For more information on how to apply please visit:

The deadline for completed applications is Friday 2 May 2014.

LAUNCH EVENT – Community Change – Snapshot of the Sector

Community Change are hosting an official launch for their recently published ‘Snapshot of the Sector’ report at Belfast’s MAC on 21 May 2014 from 2-4pm.

Based on the findings of research conducted by Community Change with its member organisations and the wider community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland the report offers an up to date "snapshot of the sector" with regard to the most pressing needs impacting on organisations currently.

With organisations under pressure to deliver their services in a more challenging and under resourced environment, this survey was designed to assess if there was a need for support for organisations regarding their own facilitation and training needs. It had been Community Change's experience that organisations were so busy delivering an ever increasing demand for their own services that they weren't getting time to address and invest in their own organisational and strategic challenges much to their own detriment.

This "snapshot of the sector" reinforces and supports the experiences of many in the sector, illustrating the increasing needs of groups not being addressed and highlighting how organisations being increasingly strained by the constant need to address sustainability issues to the detriment of the core organisational and strategic challenges faced by groups.

If you would like to attend please contact Ciaran Rice at Community Change on 028 9024 5927 or email
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.