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Northern Ireland – Social Justice Small Grants Programme


Grants are available for locally based community groups and locally based ‘communities of interest’ for projects that are promoting or embedding human rights and social justice in their day-to-day work for and with their chosen communities.

Current Status

Open for Applications

Maximum value:

£ 5,000

Objectives of Fund

Funding is available for local community groups running projects and initiatives that contribute to peacebuilding, tackle the impact of poverty and austerity measures and/or give voice to excluded groups.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

An additional £1,000 to £1,500 mentor support will also be provided. It is a condition of the award that grant recipients work with a mentor in the development of their project.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a requirement.

Who Can Apply

Locally based community groups and locally based ‘communities of interest’ are eligible for funding.

The group must:

  • Be constituted and based in Northern Ireland or working towards being constituted.
  • Have an active committee and bank account.
  • Maintain financial records and present accounts to its AGM.
  • Provide minutes of committee meetings.
  • Have at least three cheque signatories who are unrelated.
  • Have an income of £250,000 or less.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Activities that duplicate existing services.
  • Retrospective funding.
  • Capital build projects or large equipment purchases.
  • Promotion of religion.
  • Dinners, fund-raising promotions or other ticketed events.
  • Party political activity.
  • Individuals.
  • Substitution for statutory funding.
  • Projects where the Foundation’s contribution is a minor part of a larger funded initiative.
  • Initiatives that involve redistributing the funding as small grants.
  • Organisations that did not comply with reporting requirements of previous grant aid.
  • International trips.
  • Sole traders or private businesses or companies.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for costs associated with projects that address at least one of the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness of and contribute to building a culture of rights within and between communities, particularly those most marginalized from decision making.
  • Support communities and marginalized groups to find solutions to contentious issues.
  • Strengthen local capacity to advocate by building relationships/connections between communities, policy makers, politicians and funders.

Examples of projects that can be funded include:

  • Developing Community Charter.
  • Rights/Culture/Identity Projects.
  • “Benefit Take Up” Campaigns.
  • Anti-Poverty Initiatives.
  • Projects which contribute to Peace Building.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted between 2 September and 1pm on 30 September 2019.

Guidelines and an application form are available on the website of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

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