Community Change's Latest Funding Bulletin

Mars Milk Sports Fund

Every year the Mars Milk Fund will be donating cash awards to sports individuals and clubs in need of extra funding. Whether you need new kit, travel costs, extra pitch time, coaches, training or competition entry fees, just let them know how they can help via the application form available at the website.
At the end of each month, from May to September, ten applicants will receive an award of £300. The entry that gains the most support in any given month winning the People’s Choice award of £1,000.


? The fund is open to clubs and organisations based in the UK and Republic of Ireland only.
? Applicants must be 13 years or over and only one application will be accepted per person, club or organisation.
? To be in with a chance of winning, simply tell MARS in less than 200 words how £300 would help you.

How to apply

Applications to the fund can be made on the MARS Milk website

Carnegie Challenge Fund 2014

The Carnegie UK Trust has opened the Carnegie Challenge 2014 to offer support for public debates run by not-for-profit organisations to help communities address issues of concern to them.

The Carnegie Challenge is a fund to enable partners to put on a high calibre debate. These debates should attract leading public policy thinkers and commentators to discuss wellbeing. While we don’t follow strict debating rules, successful applications will provide panelists with different perspectives on the debate and include plenty of time for audience participation.

The fund has now been running for four years and has supported a wide variety of events covering themes as diverse as the future of the broadcasting industry to reducing gang violence. In 2014, the programme is focused on ‘wellbeing’. The Trust was set up to improve the wellbeing of the people and has been involved in international work on understanding wellbeing and using it to drive public policy.

Funding Bulletin

The Carnegie Challenge is a flat-rate award of £3,000. The award should enable event organisers to attract leading professionals to speak at their event and/or to chair the debate.

How to Apply

For more information please visit:

The fund is now open for the final applications of 2014, with a deadline of 5pm on Monday 14 July 2014.

Directory of Social Change – Social Change Awards 2014

The Directory of Social Change - Social Change Awards are for all those working to achieve a positive change in society - individuals, charities, community groups, companies, public bodies.

It is not necessary to be a charity to apply... whether you're applying as an individual, an informal group, a company, a public body or a charity; if you are passionate about social change then there is a category for you.


There are five categories of Awards

? Everyday Impact Award;
? Influencer Award;
? Rising Star Award;
? The Great Giving Funders Award; and
? Lifetime Achievement Award.

All organisations and individuals must be based and work within the UK to be eligible for the Social Change Awards. The only exception is for the Influencer Award - the applicant must be based in the UK but their work can be International. There will be three shortlisted organisations and individuals in each category.

The Nomination Process

When the nomination process starts, you can nominate yourself (or your own organisation) using a simple process (online survey) which can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

The nomination period is open until Monday 4 August 2014

Funding Bulletin

Hope for Youth

Hope for Youth (formerly Women Caring Trust) aims to help fund cross-community projects that give disadvantaged young people in Northern Ireland the opportunity to work together on practical projects that foster teamwork, creativity and personal development, especially within the arts or in the great outdoors.


Hope for Youth grants will support;

? organisations applying for grants to support projects that focus on music, dance, drama and the arts, as well as outdoor projects that promote personal and team development;
? organisations working with young people aged 11 to 18 in youth clubs, after-school groups and summer schemes in Northern Ireland; and
? organisations who can demonstrate cultural inclusion and the promotion of good community relations.

Priority will be given to:

? projects where the benefits or effects on the communities and individuals can be measured; and
? longer-term projects (i.e held over the course of one year or a summer).

Grants will be in the range of £5,000 to £10,000 and they will not be given more than once in any 12-month period.

How to Apply

For more details on the application process and to apply online please visit:

The closing date for completed applications is Monday 30 June 2014.


Local Funding Opportunities

Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council - Community & Voluntary Sector Legacy Fund Phase II

Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council are making available a financial resource of £300k in recognition of the role organisations have and will play in the quality of life for people throughout the Borough. In appreciation of this and acknowledging that under the review of public administration Dungannon & South Tyrone BC will cease to exist, becoming part of a new Mid-Ulster Council, a legacy fund has been established to which groups can apply for small capital schemes up to a maximum of £15k per one application.

Funding Bulletin

Funding will be allocated to programmes that evidence the greatest community need and outcomes in respect of social, cultural and economic impacts that could arise from this support. This could include minor upgrades to community facilities (non-sport), one-off purchases of vital equipment or other initiatives such as improving accessibility, which will have lasting community benefit. Previous applicants under phase 1 are eligible to re-apply but first preference will be given to new project proposals.

How to Apply

It is advisable to make contact with Council prior to completing an application form to get guidance and direction on proposal submission. Further details together with applications forms can be obtained from the Community Development Section, Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council, Council Offices, 15 Circular Road, Dungannon, BT71 6DT Telephone 028 8772 8613/8616


The closing date for completed applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 30 June 2014

Belfast City Council – Achieve Bursary Award

As part of Belfast City Council’s Investment Programme, we're investing £300,000 in a bursary scheme to help young people living in Belfast into further education, training or employment during 2012 - 2015.

There are two types of bursaries on offer:

? Development Awards administered by Prince’s Trust for young people aged 16 to 25 to help them access education, training or employment opportunities
? Achieve Awards for full-time first year students in selected key employment growth areas at Belfast Metropolitan College living in households with an annual household income of £25,000 or less.

Development Awards

Awards for students in key growth areas:

These awards of up to £500 are administered through Belfast Metropolitan College. They're for students who:

? live in the Belfast City Council area;
? have an annual household income of £25,000 or less;
? are in their first year of full-time study.

Achieve Awards

Awards for young people not in education, training or employment

Grants of up to £500 are awarded through the Prince's Trust Development Awards. The scheme aims to help recipients who are:

? aged between 16 and 25;
? living in the Belfast City Council area; and
? need help to overcome barriers which may prevent them from undertaking training, education and employment.

How to Apply

For more information on the application process and please visit:

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.
If you are successful in obtaining funding courtesy of this bulletin please let Community Change know.