Develop a project to help your community to thrive

Develop a project that meets the needs of your community by getting people involved from the start.


“Your community” can mean people in a geographic area, or people with a common purpose.

Talk to people about what is needed and use these ideas to develop your funding application.

Build on the strengths that are already there – such as the lessons learned from previous work and people’s knowledge and skills.

Continuing to involve people gives the community ownership of the project and keeps it on track.

To apply for funding, you need to be set up as a group with a written constitution or set of rules, and a bank account in the group’s name.

  • You don’t need to be a registered charity but the group needs to operate on a not-for-profit basis to benefit your community.
  • It’s okay if everyone in the group is a volunteer. Some of the groups we fund have staff working for them, and others don’t.
  • Connect with other groups in the same area to see the bigger picture and how you fit in. It will help avoid duplication of services and identify opportunities for sharing resources and knowledge.

If you are applying to us for funding, we want to make it easy for you. We have a range of grant sizes to suit your needs and are keen to talk to you about your ideas, even before you put pen to paper.

You can phone our office on 028 9055 1455 to talk to a funding officer, or if we are out and about in your local area you can meet up with us for a chat.

Check our Facebook and Twitter feeds to find out when we are in an area near you. See our website for information on funding available in Northern Ireland.

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