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 £5 million.
A Heritage Enterprise grant 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:
The next deadline is Thursday 11 December 2014 for a decision in March 2015.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Northern Ireland Programme
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) aims to fund work which will contribute to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict.
It has a specific vision of Northern Ireland with specific characteristics (listed on their site). The funding priorities of the JRCT as regards Northern Ireland is work which:
• addresses the root causes of violence and injustice, rather than alleviating symptoms
• cannot be funded from other sources
• is likely to make a long-term, strategic difference
There are four priority areas that JRCT has identified:
1. Strengthening human rights and equality This includes work to secure and monitor implementation of human rights commitments by the state, work which strengthens a culture of human rights, as well as new initiatives on economic, social and cultural rights.
2. Supporting inclusive, non-sectarian and participatory politics This includes initiatives which strengthen the voices of marginalised groups in public policy-making, foster positive, non-violent approaches to expressing and managing political difference and which cultivate the independence of the community and voluntary sectors.
3. Supporting processes of demilitarisation This includes initiatives which encourage groups engaged in armed struggle to take steps towards exclusively non-violent strategies and to engage in comprehensive processes of transition to civilian life.
4. Dealing with the past The Trust is concerned primarily with work that promotes a shared understanding of the root causes of past violence, or which encourages government to implement initiatives to address the legacy of violence at a societal level.
JRCT is particularly interested in receiving applications related to women’s participation in all of these areas and in addition to applications from Northern Ireland, it is open to receiving applications from Britain and the Republic of Ireland for work related to the above areas, and for work with an all-Ireland focus.
Local work will be supported only where it is likely to have a wider impact, for example if it is testing a model which can then be replicated, or is addressing a local issue that has wider social or political implications. There are also a number of specific exclusions which are listed online.
How to Apply
For more information on how to apply and to find out further details on the Trust please visit: www.jrct.org.uk/northern-ireland
The next deadline for completed applications is Monday 1 December 2014
Local Funding Opportunities
Derry Legacy Fund
The Arts Council in association with Derry City Council has developed the Legacy Fund to provide a mechanism for continued investment in the arts and cultural sector in Derry~Londonderry following the hugely successful year as UK City of Culture 2013. The Fund aims to enhance the arts and culture programming of venues and organisations above their 2012 levels. The objectives of the Fund are:
• To build a sustainable cultural environment which will nourish and enhance a unique world class experience
• To unleash talent to build a proud, ambitious, creative connected community
• The principles underlining the Legacy Fund are as follows:
• There will be a positive and sustainable legacy.
• There must be proactive targeting of under-represented groups and communities not currently participating in cultural activity with the continuation and development of the ‘Edge to Centre approach’, bringing those on the edge of the City's cultural life to the heart.
• The Programme must add value by making a contribution to social and economic regeneration with targeting of programmes at areas in greatest need.
• Every component of the Programme must have quality assurance, high production values and standards of excellence.
• The Programme must develop local talent and transform citizens from passive consumers to active creators.
The Legacy Fund is open to cultural and community organisations based in the Derry City Council area who can meet the following criteria:
• Are formally constituted
• Operate on a not-for-profit basis
• Are not able to share out profits
• Have a child protection policy
• Operate an equal opportunities policy
Applications from partnerships between the profit-distributing and non-profit distributing sectors are eligible, but the application must be led by, and all finances must be handled by, the non-profit distributing organisation. No project funded can result in a distributable profit.
The total amount available in the Legacy Fund over the 3-year period is £900,000. The Fund is jointly financed by Derry City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which are both contributing 50 per cent of the cost of the fund. In the first round of funding the Councils awarded a total of £610,000 leaving £290,000 for this funding round. Projects should take place between 1 May 2015 and 31 March 2017.
Organisations may make one application, although the application may contain more than one project with the maximum grant unlikely to exceed £75,000.
How to Apply
For more information on how to apply and to download the guidance notes and application form please visit:
The deadline for completed applications is Thursday 15 January at 4pm.
Community Foundation NI - Workspace Community Fund
Workspace was established in 1982 to stimulate social and economic regeneration in the Magherafelt District Council Area. Since then they have become one of Irelands leading forces for community economic and social regeneration.
The Workspace Community Fund will provide financial assistance to voluntary and community groups that want to make a positive impact in the local area.
Who can apply?
• This is a local fund targeted at community and voluntary groups in the Magherafelt District Council Area.
• Individual Awards are also available for people aged 18-30 within the Ballinascreen, Kilcronaghan or Desertmartin areas who have the potential to excel in the areas of arts, culture, sport or enterprise and are being restricted from doing so for financial reasons
• Grants will not normally exceed £250
The Fund welcomes applications that will help
• Improve the local area
• Promote community involvement
• Enhance the quality of life and well-being of local residents
• Address local need
How to Apply
For more information on how to apply and to download an application please visit:
Alternatively please contact Barbara Woods on 028 90 245927 for more information
Closing date for completed applications is 1pm on Friday 14 November 2014
Community Change AGM & Conference
19th November 2014
Clotworthy House, Randalstown Road, Antrim BT41 4LH
10.00am - 1.00pm
ending with lunch & opportunity to “Face to Face’” with Funders
Community Change will combine our AGM with a conference providing two practical workshops on current issues for community groups and organisations. This will be followed by a chance to “Face to Face” with Funders as nothing beats a 1-2-1chat before applying.
The two Conference Workshops are:
• Registering with Charity Commission NI: Caseworker from the Charity Commission will guide us through the registration process.
• Community Planning: what does that mean for grass roots community groups and organisations.
We are delighted to announce that Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive, Mid and East Antrim Council has agreed to speak at the conference and share her thoughts on how Community Planning has an important role to play in local government and communities working together for the “greater” good of local areas.
Face to face with Funders
Conference participants will have the opportunity to talk to a range of funders who fund in Northern Ireland face to face. Some funders already confirmed:
* Big Lottery Fund
* Children In Need
* Lloyds Bank Foundation
* Ulster Garden Villages Ltd
* Heritage Lottery Fund
* Ireland Funds
* NIE Staff & Pensioners Charity Fund
* Comic Relief
* Community Foundation N.I.
Conference costs (including refreshments & lunch):
• One FREE place per Community Change Member on first come basis
• Additional places for Community Change Members £15
• Community Group Non-Member £30
• Statutory / Government Department £60
To register for the Community Change AGM & Conference please contact
Deirdre on 028 9023 2587 or via email at email@example.com
#GivingTuesday – Tuesday 2 December 2014
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 #GivingTuesday comes to Northern Ireland. Giving Northern Ireland is the lead organisation for the NI campaign, which is part of a UK wide initiative, in partnership with Charities Aid Foundation.
#GivingTuesday is a global campaign to encourage and promote giving on the second Tuesday in December. The campaign started in the USA in 2012 and has grown at a rapid rate over the past two years. There are now over 40 countries involved in the campaign, which relies on social media to drive it forward.
Giving is not restricted to financial giving, it also includes time and talents and for this reason a wide variety of organisations are included in the campaign. Blackbaud, an online giving platform, reported that on #GivingTuesday 2012 there was a 53% increase in giving on the previous year’s figures and in 2013 that figure increased to an increase of 90% on the 2012 figures.
Charities and not for profit organisations are being encouraged to sign up for the #GivingTuesdayNI campaign and to use this day dedicated to giving as a means to promoting your own organisation and increasing support for your cause. Plan a new event, launch a report, support another organisation or use the #GivingTuesdayNI to promote an event which you were already planning. The campaign is driven by the partners and all ideas are welcome. Involve your sponsors, donors or celebrity supporters to create the #GivingTuesdayNI buzz.
As part of the #GivingTuesdayNI campaign, Giving Northern Ireland will be hosting a Giving Tree at the Belfast Christmas Market. The tree has kindly been donated by the Dutch Flower on Tour stall at the Belfast Christmas Market and it will be in place from 17th November until 20th December. The idea behind the tree is for visitors to the market to write a pledge gift tag to hang on the tree, the pledge can be for time, talent or treasure. The pledges will then be uploaded to the Giving Northern Ireland website.
Giving Northern Ireland is offering out time slots to partner organisations to use to promote the #GivingTuesdayNI campaign and to raise awareness of their own organisations and causes.
Further information on the #GivingTuesdayNI campaign and to register interest in booking the Giving Northern Ireland Giving Tree can be found at www.givingnorthernireland.org or by contacting Tracy Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 02890 446 407
Institute of Fundraising NI - Annual Convention 2014
The IoF Convention is taking place on Thursday 13 November 2014 at Crumlin Road Gaol with the theme New Ideas on Old Foundations.
Attendees will be spoilt for choice with over 16 sessions to choose from including plenary speakers Stephen Pidgeon and Stephen George plus speakers from the voluntary, corporate and statutory sectors in Northern Ireland and throughout the UK.
A flavour of topics that are going to be covered are listed below. Please note a full programme will be available when you arrive to ensure you can plan your day.
• “Top 10 tips for community fundraisers”
• “Whistle-stop Tour of Legacy Fundraising”
• “Building a successful regular giving programme from scratch. Pawsome!”
• “Brides across the Bridge”
• “Addressing the challenges we’re facing within the UK Fundraising Sector and how they are being tackled at Cancer Research UK.”
• “Increase Your Fundraising By 85%”
• “From good intentions to more web donations”
• “How to recruit and retain great fundraisers”
• “Lessons in Leadership”
• “Finding Funders”
• "Love your database"
• “Digital Marketing -What’s possible on a shoestring budget”
• “Fundraising is an art. All art is driven by emotion.”
• “We’re a creative lot we fundraisers”
How to book
For more information and to book a place please visit:
Further details and contact information please get in touch with
Nadine Campbell Email: email@example.com
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 attaining funding as a result of this bulletin please let Community Change know.