Funding opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities available to Voluntary and Community Groups. Please check out the following organisation websites for further details:

ACNI: Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations

The Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations is offering grants of up to £500,000 to organisations working in the arts and cultural sector to help them respond to the immediate impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, including help with re-opening, adapting and stabilising their organisations in the long-term. Open from 28th October for online applications; closes on Friday 27 November 2020 at 12noon.

Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland

Grants from £3,000 to £250,000 will be available to heritage organisations and self-employed individuals working in the heritage sector to help them respond to the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and support their future sustainability. Opens for applications on Monday 2 November; closes noon on 27 November 2020.

The Blackburn Trust

Small grants for organisations based in Northern Ireland working with families, women and children under 12 year olds. Application forms available by emailing: or ringing 028 9024 3141. Closing dates: 31 January, 31 May, 31 October of every year.

Garfield Weston Foundation

Grants available for Capital, Revenue / unrestricted core costs and Project / specific activity costs.

The Prince's Countryside Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 for projects working to create resilient rural communities including applications that will build on some of the projects that came about as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the effect that this had on rural communities. Closing 12 Noon 3rd November or earlier if demand is strong.

Enkalon Foundation Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Funding around core objectives in the former Antrim Borough Council area. All potential applicants need to contact the administrator directly with an outline of the new or existing project. Closes Wednesday 11th November, 2020.

The Volant Trust: COVID-19 Response Fund

Applications should demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deadlines, 31st December 2020 & 31st July 2021.

John Moores Foundation

Grants for Northern Ireland aim to enable people who face barriers, as a result of social, educational, physical, economic, cultural, geographical or other disadvantages, to improve their social conditions and quality of life.

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund

Donations are limited to a maximum of £1,000. Round 4 deadline 1st December 2020.

The National Lottery Awards for All

Funding between £300 and £10,000 with a priority on COVID-19 related applications.

CR/CD Small Grants Scheme

Funding support for community and voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland engaging in Community Relations work. Deadline 4 December 2020.

Community Food Initiative

The Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is a healthy eating programme funded by safefood.

ASDA Foundation: Getting Schools Back on Track

This grant is in response to schools reopening in September to help ensure children are safe, comfortable and able to learn.

Halifax Foundation Northern Ireland

Community Grants Programme will support charities to REACT to this pandemic, PREPARE to reopen services or adapt their services accordingly, and to RESTORE/RENEW in order to deliver what may be for many a new way of life.

The council recognises and acknowledges that a number of funding providers are available at this difficult time. However, the council does not and is not promoting the services of any funding organisation referred to, nor is the council responsible in any way for the funding advertised and provided by such organisations.


For useful guidance on supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the Covid-19 pandemic please visit the following websites.