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 National Lottery: Dormant Accounts Fund NI

Supporting the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland, the programme aims to help organisations to adapt to future challenges and be more financially resilient. Northern Ireland-wide or sector-specific proposals could focus on specific themes such as volunteering, digital capacity or diversity and inclusion. Up to £100,000 available for individual organisations. For awards of more than £100,000, please contact the grant team to discuss. Ongoing deadline. Click here.

Groundwork NI: Whitemountain Programme

Whitemountain (formerly Alpha) Programme distributes funding to community and biodiversity projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging biodiversity and environmental improvements. Two funding strands available: Whitemountain Programme Small Grants (£3k to £10k) and Whitemountain Programme Main Grants (£10k to £50k). Deadlines: Friday 28 January, Friday 29 April, Friday 22 July, and Friday 21 October 2022; 12 noon on the dates above. Click here.                   

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants supports local community projects across the UK, helping to improve community buildings and outdoor spaces, buy new equipment, train coaches or volunteers, host community events and much more. Click here.                            

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

The National Lottery Awards for All

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

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.