Funding opportunities Autumn 2020

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 Awards for All

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


The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Support for projects focusing on issues arising from the Covid 19 pandemic that address the needs of people aged 60 and over and BAME communities. For Grant Round 4 click here.


CR/CD Small Grants Scheme

Funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland engage in Community Relations work. Deadline 4 December 2020. Click here.


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. Click here.


Food for Life

Food for Life Get Togethers highlight good food to connect and bring people together. Small grants of £150 are available from June 2020 to April 2021 to support community led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers. Click here.


Tesco Bags of Help

This short-term fund to support local communities supporting vulnerable groups in light of COVID-19 with grants of £500  closes September 18th. Click here​


ACNI: Organisations Emergency Programme

This Arts Council of Northern Ireland programme prioritises applications that can demonstrate loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19, can demonstrate urgent operational costs not met by existing income, grant aid or other forms of assistance, and seek to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Closes 17th September 2020. Click here.


The True Colours Trust: Small Grants UK – COVID-19 Support

This grant round is designed to help organisations adapt their services to the new situation and to continue or resume supporting families safely. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on the 21st September. Click here.  


Community Food Initiative

The Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is a healthy eating programme funded by safefood. Its purpose is to provide people with the knowledge and skills to provide healthy food options for themselves and their families.  There is no deadline but funding is limited so interested organisations are advised to apply as soon as possible. Click here.


Aviva Community Fund

Up to £50,000 available to charities and CICs in a new approach to dispensing funds with Crowdfunder. Click here.


DWF Foundation

The DWF Foundation supports registered charities with an impact in one or more of the following areas:

  • Homelessness
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employability
  • Education



NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund

Donations are limited to a maximum of £1,000. Prefer to fund specific items to measure the difference their donation has made, e.g. purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time. Areas of interest: 

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of our communities
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people

Round 3 deadline 30th September 2020; Round 4 deadline 1st December 2020


For a large donation towards a rural cause, visit NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.


Neighbourly Community Fund

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


Kelloggs: Support for Breakfast Clubs

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


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.



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


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.


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.