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:

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Help to deliver support around emerging issues relating to the virus.

The National Lottery Funding

Updates for organisations The National Lottery funds and their projects.

Neighbourly Community Fund

Micro-grants of up to £400 to support good causes that are helping communities.

The Heritage Fund

£3,000-£50,000 for organisations including historic sites, industrial & maritime heritage, museums, libraries, parks & gardens, landscape & nature.

Kelloggs: Support for Breakfast Clubs

Schools have an opportunity to apply for a grant of £1000 to help fund their breakfast club.

The NIHE COVID-19 Community Support Fund

Offers community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues, affecting Housing Executive communities, as a result of the continuing threat of COVID-19. Click here for the NIHE COVID-19 Community Support Grant Application Form.

Edward Gostling Foundation

Helping smaller charities with grants of up to £10,000

The Child's Charitable Trust: Emergency Funding

Emergency Funding programme has been set up to support Christian UK registered charities and organisations experiencing financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19.

Community Foundation NI

A range of funds are open supporting COVID-19 and post-lockdown initiatives

The National Lottery Community Fund

All funding programmes are still open with a priority on COVID-19 related applications

The Rank Foundation

The Resilience Fund, for grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income challenges relating to the current covid-19 related climate is available to current RankNet members.

Asda Foundation COVID-19 Grants

Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant schemes: Hygiene Grant and Healthy Holiday Grant. *Applications are available from local Asda stores* or

Art Fund: Respond and reimagine grants

Respond and reimagine grants provide funding to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future. Respond and Reimagine Grants offer grants from £10,000 to £50,000. They will consider 100% funding.  Round 1 CLOSED; round 2 closes 17th August.


Alpkit are now prioritising funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis.

The Robert McAlpine Foundation

The Foundation supports small charities situated throughout the UK that fall within specific categories: children, youth, the elderly, social and medical research.

Halifax Foundation Northern Ireland

SMALL GRANTS ** Amended due to Covid-19

Up to £5,000 available to support charities continuing to operate during the COVID-19 crisis.

Support Adoption for Pets: Funding during COVID-19

Support Adoption For Pets have redeveloped their grant programme to support rescues throughout the short and medium-term impact of the Coronavirus.

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.