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.

Live Here Love Here Grant

This Small Grants Scheme will make available funding to community groups enabling them to respond according to local need for people impacted through reduced contact with society.

Comic Relief - No Child Goes Hungry Community Support Programme

Grants up to £2,500 for community-based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10.

AVIVA Community Fund

The criteria has been broadened to enable projets to adapt to continue vital services, so they can help beneficiaries at this time.

Kelloggs: Support for Breakfast Clubs

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

Henderson Group: Community Cashback Grant

Supporting communities across Northern Ireland.

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.

The McCall Social Care Fund

Applications are invited from community and voluntary sector organisations who are supporting social care needs in Northern Ireland during the covid 19 threat.


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.

Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation

Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation is continuing to accept applications for funding from: (i) charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and (ii) charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities.

Office for Civil Society: Tampon Tax Fund

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. For 2020/2021 they welcome organisations applying to this round of funding to include activities that seek to address the consequences of COVID-19 for disadvantaged women and girls.


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.