Funding opportunities

Grant Tracker NI

Grant Tracker NI is a website designed to keep the voluntary and community sector up to date with all the latest funding opportunities. It has a dedicated funding database that covers all grant making sectors and funds available to not for profit groups and charities in Northern Ireland.

GrantTracker subscribers have access to information on over 1,000 funding schemes from independent trusts, corporate, national lottery, local and central government, European Union and international funders.

Subscription costs from £100 per year for NICVA members. New NICVA members receive 3 months free subscription. Non members pay £145 for GrantTracker.

To subscribe to Grant Tracker email [email protected] and ask to be invoiced. Alternatively if you want to speak to someone about a subscription or arrange a trial period to assess the website contact Neil Irwin or James Laverty on 028 9087 7777.

Even if you don’t wish to subscribe to grant tracker you can access information on grants and freely browse the website for fundraising news and guidance or you can register for free to access additional tools and features.

King George VI Youth Awards

Who can apply:

– Young people aged between 14 and 21

– Groups or individuals can apply

What can I apply for:

– The maximum award is £500

– You can apply for almost any youth work activity, which should be linked to the aims of the Northern Ireland Youth Work Curriculum

– The date of the next Awards Panel is usually posted at the top of their website

Apply on their website

Children in Need – Small Grants Programme

Who can apply:

– Charities and not-for-profit organisations working with young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage

What can I apply for:

– The maximum award is £10,000

Apply on their website

Awards for All

Who can apply:

– Voluntary, Community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisation

What can I apply for:

– Grants between £300 – £10,000

Apply on their website

Tesco Community Grants and Bags of Help

Who can apply:

– Community groups

What can I apply for:

– Grants of up to £1000, £2000 and £4000 are awarded every two months

See website for full details:
Apply on their website

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Who can apply:

– Smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile communities

What can I apply for:

– Small grants of £2000 to £7500

Apply on their website

The Prince of Wales Charitable Fund

Who can apply:

– Registered not-for-profit organisations that support grassroots community based projects.

– What can I apply for:

– Small grants of up to £5000 (average grant awarded is £1500)

Apply on their website

DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme

Who can apply:

– Registered charities for projects that work in the areas of education or health with young people with either disabilities, or who are sick in hospital or who are life limited.

What can I apply for:

– Grants of up to £5000 (can be approved by the DMTF Director)

– Applications should be submitted by the quarterly deadline

Apply on their website

Hope for Youth NI

Who can apply:

– Projects for young people aged 11-18 years old to come together from different cultural, ethnic or religious communities to work together on a creative, practical or outdoors project.

– Groups who can demonstrate a cross community emphasis and sustainability

– Ideal for outdoor projects with long term impact.

What can I apply for:

– Grants of up to £5000

Apply on their website

Halifax Foundation for NI Community Grant Programme

Who can apply:

– Organisations that work to enable people, especially disadvantaged or people with special needs, to play a fuller role in the community
Focus on areas of social and community welfare and education and training

What can I apply for:

– Grants average £3000 -£4000

Apply on their website

The Honourable The Irish Society

Who can apply:

– Individuals from County Londonderry

– Community groups, clubs and associations in County Londonderry on a cross community basis

– Charitable organisations outside County Londonderry

What can I apply for:

– Individual grants up to £250

– Group grants up to £1000

– Charitable organisations outside County Londonderry £1000 – £2000

Apply on their website

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Who can apply:

– A community organisation or voluntary group formally constituted with a current committee

– Based in the Mid and East Antrim Borough area or provide a service that is of a clear and direct benefit within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area

What can I apply for:

– Setting up of New Groups

– Equipment

– Public Liability Insurance

– Community Events

– Civic Representation

– International Events

– Amount of grants available vary from £250 – £2000

Apply on their website

Belfast City Council

Who can apply:

– Not-for-profit constituted groups

– Have significant benefit to the Belfast City Council Area

What can I apply for:

– There are a range of grants available

Apply on their website

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council

Who can apply:

– Voluntary, community and social enterprise groups

What can I apply for:

– There are a range of grants available

Apply on their website

Victoria Holmes Trust

Who can apply:

– Registered Charities or on the deemed list of charities with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and awaiting the call forward to apply

What can I apply for:

– To help and educate young people of both sexes under the age of 21

– To develop their physical, mental, spiritual and moral capacities so that they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions of life may be improved

– To assist in the training of young people to enable them to maintain themselves at the termination of their education and training

– Grants of £500 – £2500

Apply on their website

Burns Price Foundation

Who can apply:

– Young people aged 11-18 who have an idea for a creative, community-enhancing project which has the potential to change lives

– Individual applications are preferred but group applications are considered

– Projects should be supported by an adult (e.g. DofE/JAI Leader)

What can I apply for:

– Projects to encourage young people to volunteer to undertake a project, that will change for good the lives of those in the community

– Grants are made from £100 to £5000

Apply on their website

The Worshipful Company of Weavers – Benevolent Fund

Who can apply:

– Smaller organisations which offer direct services

– Registered charities or in the process of applying for registration

What can I apply for:

– To support work with Young Offenders, Prisoners and Ex-prisoners and young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement

– Funding up to £15000

Apply on their website

Aviva Community Fund

Who can apply:

– Community organisations and charities

What can I apply for:

– Projects that will make a positive difference in your community including Environment, Health and Wellbeing and Skills for Life

– Funding levels are up to £1000, £5000, £10000 and £25000

Apply on their website

Change Something Fund

Who can apply:

– Young people aged 13-24 years living in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area (with the support of a host organisation e.g. school, club or community group)

What can I apply for:

– Small grants of £200-£500

– Larger grants of £501-£3000

– Topics include health and wellbeing, the environment, education, skills, employment, disability, inclusion

Apply on their website

Gift Your Gear

Who can apply:

– Community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people whose remit includes an element of outdoor education or recreation

– Priority will be given to organisations that have, or intend to establish, an outdoor equipment gear pool.

What can I apply for:

– Outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment

Apply on their website

Alpkit Foundation

Who can apply:

– Individuals, groups, schools and organisations

What can I apply for:

– Projects to encourage people to get outdoors and have great experiences that otherwise couldn’t happen; e.g. giving a cash grant to a school to fund transport costs

– Projects that seek to support, conserve, or generate understanding of our environment and wild places

– Provide discounted equipment for outdoor adventures and trips Projects enabling people to gain physical and mental wellbeing from the Great Outdoors

– Support outdoor educational programs; e.g. grants for outdoor First Aiders or Mountain Leader Training that wouldn’t be possible without Alpkit Foundation support

– Outdoor education programmes

– Support projects which encourage the development of facilities for outdoor skills and activities to be experienced by wider groups who otherwise may miss out e.g. cycling, climbing, outdoor swimming facilities

– Grants of £50 – £500

Apply on their website