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Our funding in Northern Ireland

August 2, 2018

We believe people should be in the lead when improving their lives and communities. Our approach focuses on the skills and energy communities already have and the potential in their ideas. We are asking what matters to communities, not what’s the matter with them.

We are interested in ideas that:

  • Involve people right from the start – we want them to be involved in the development, design and delivery of a project.
  • Bring people together, strengthening relationships in and across communities.
  • Encourage people and organisations to work together to make a difference in their community.

We do this through:

  • Funding grassroots projects that bring people and communities together.
  • Asking groups to contact us early on so we can give honest feedback on whether it’s the right programme for them and provide advice and support.
  • Offering a range of flexible funding and support.
  • Helping organisations to share learning.

What funding is available?

Awards for All

  • Funding of between £300 – £10,000 for projects lasting 12 months or fewer.
  • All voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, and public sector organisations are eligible to apply.
  • There’s no deadline – groups can apply any time.
  • Funding for projects that bring local people together to make positive change in their community.
  • If you have received funding under Awards for All within the last two years, your application will have lower priority than applications from groups who have not.
  • We will try to get back to you with the result of your application within 6 to 8 weeks, but this might take longer during busier periods.

 

People and Communities

  • Funding of between £30,000 – £500,000 for projects lasting between 2 and 5 years.
  • All voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations are eligible to apply.
  • There is no deadline – groups can apply any time.
  • The people who benefit from your programme will be involved meaningfully in the development, design and delivery of your project.
  • Your project will build on the skills, assets and energy of the people in the community with whom you will be working, and helps them to develop their ideas.
  • You need to show that you have a good understanding of other groups and organisations in your area who are offering similar services, and show us how your work complements theirs.

 

Empowering Young People

  • Funding of between £30,000 – £500,000 for projects lasting between 2 and 5 years which particular target young people aged 8 – 25 years old.
  • All voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations are eligible to apply.
  • For deadlines, please see the programme webpage at the link above.
  • Your project will do one or more of the following: help more young people to learn skills they will need in the future; build relationships with their support networks and communities; have improved health and well-being.
  • Young people must be involved in the planning and delivery of the project. Their support networks and communities need to be involved too.

 

We’d like to talk to you about your ideas.

Get in touch with us early on and we can give you advice about the best programme for your project. Give us a call on 028 9055 1455 or email us at enquiries.ni@biglotteryfund.org.uk

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