People and Communities is now open

We are making major changes in how we will fund under our new £60 million flagship programme in Northern Ireland, People and Communities. 

Over the next five years this money will be invested to support voluntary, community and social enterprise groups to work with local people to make the changes they want in their communities. Grants of between £30,000 and £500,000 will be available for two to five year projects that work with local people, build on a community’s strengths, and are well connected to other services and activities in the community.

Instead of just filling out an application form, we are asking you to talk to us about your project idea before you apply. Our dedicated People and Communities phone line will be opening on Monday 1 February. In the meantime, you can find all the details about the programme on our website. We are really excited to hear groups’ new ideas and to see the difference these will make to people and communities across Northern Ireland. All the projects we fund through People and Communities will have to embrace the three key programme themes of people-led, strengths-based and connected – and this is what we will talk about during our phone conversation.

Many of the projects we fund are already doing this and will serve as examples when you’re thinking through your community’s project. Cushendall Resilience Group drew on the strengths of their community and used Awards for All funding to put a community emergency plan in place. See the gallery and find out about they embraced the three key themes of people-led, strengths-based and connected.

More information about the People and Communities programme can be found on our website,

Our dedicated phone line opens from 9am on Monday 1st of February 2016 for groups to discuss their project idea with us. Based on our conversation, if we feel you are ready to apply we will send you a short, simple application form. We may also give you some points to consider before you apply. We will publish the phone number on Monday morning on our website and social media channels.

To help you understand what we are looking for, we have compiled some stories about that are already strength based, people led and connected:
Cushendall Resilience Group
Docksiders Senior Men’s Group
Colin Neighbourhood Partnership
Colin Glen Trust
Bryson Charitable Group
NOW Group
Cloughmills Community Action Team
Cruse Bereavement Care

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