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Telecommunity Fund Now Open!

Description

Grants are available for constituted grassroots community and voluntary groups that support young people, older people or people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 2,000

Objectives of Fund

Funding is available to support projects that aim to directly support young people, older people or people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Priority is given to projects that benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (eg, rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.

Value Notes

Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

Constituted grass roots community and voluntary groups are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to applications from small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £200,000.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Projects targeting all age groups.
  • Individuals.
  • Salary costs and ongoing running costs.
  • Capital projects and large equipment over £1,000.
  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, holiday schemes and one-off residentials.
  • Sports activities.
  • Promotion of religion or party politics.
  • Projects that have already started.
  • Replacement for statutory funding.
  • Portable IT equipment (except in exceptional circumstances and at panel’s discretion).

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for projects that support one of the following groups:

  • Young people.
  • Older people.
  • People with disabilities.

Priority will be given to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (eg, rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.

Examples of types of projects that may be supported are as follows:

  • Community education and training opportunities.
  • Communication and leadership skills.
  • Local initiatives to improve resources and community facilities.
  • Creativity and self-expression through drama, music or a range of arts activities.
  • Inclusion and involvement of disadvantaged communities.
  • Out of school projects for young people.

How To Apply

The Fund is open for applications on an ongoing basis but there are cut-off dates for consideration at one of the panel meetings that take place three to four times per year.

Application forms and guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.


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