Grants for Northern Ireland

grants for northern ireland

Before you apply

  • Are you a charity or waiting to be called forward by the Charity Commission (have received a password) ?
  • Do you produce annual accounts (if over one year old)?
  • Do you have a written set of rules?
  • Do you have a bank account in the name of the group which requires at least two unrelated signatories?
  • Does your project fall within the criteria? 

We accept requests for up to 3 years of funding when salaries or running costs are required. Preference is given to organisations seeking funding for projects which fall within the Foundation’s target areas for giving which are:

core running costs                                                                                  

volunteer out of pocket expenses                             

education and training costs

venue and travel costs

one-off project costs                                                                             

small items of equipment (if part of a wider project)

Trustees will continue to review the Foundation’s grant making policy at regular intervals.

No grants are made to individuals, nor are grants made for capital building projects or for work that clearly falls under statutory responsibility. Please see What We Do Not Fund for a complete list of our exclusions.

The size of grant varies, but we prefer to give smaller grants to a larger number of projects. Applications may be refused where we feel that the organisation concerned is already well funded or has large reserves. If your group is not a registered charity, you may apply for funding as long as the work you do is charitable in law.

The types of organisations / projects that we like to support

Those that are:

  • trying to build and strengthen communities
  • working in partnership with others
  • carrying out trust building initiatives
  • addressing previously unmet needs
  • providing advice and support
  • trying to change attitudes and broaden horizons

Who we would like the organisation/project to support

  • Those suffering from poverty and financial crisis
  • Those in poor physical or mental health
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
  • Refugees
  • Women including girls
  • Children and young people aged 5 to 25
  • Those suffering discrimination
  • Families needing support
  • Homeless people
  • Carers
  • Adults with few or no educational qualifications

 NOTE: Unsolicited applications that fall outside our policy criteria are not considered

Examples of grants awarded in 2018-2019

£5,000 to Home Start in Lisburn for volunteer recruitment, training and expenses

£4,000 to a local community group towards equipment for elderly and running costs   

£3,000 for a men's shed

£2,960 towards a summer scheme

£4,000 for facilitator and therapist fees

£3,000 towards programme for unemployed young men 

£3,500 for senior's classes and activities

£2,010 for women's self development course

£5,000 contribution to a salary 

£5,000 for activities, sessional staff and volunteer expenses