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People and Communities – Northern Ireland


Grants are available for voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland for projects working with local people to bring about positive changes in the community.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 500,000

Objectives of Fund

Funding is available for projects that enable people to make changes that improve their lives and encourage communities to build on their strengths and share learning.

Projects are expected to meaningfully engage with the following three key themes of the programme:

  • People-led.
  • Strengths-based.
  • Connected.

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 are available for one- to five-year projects.

A total of £57 million is being made available over a five-year period (until 2021). It is expected that around 400 projects will be funded across Northern Ireland.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be considered from:

  • Unregistered voluntary or community organisations.
  • Registered charities (unincorporated).
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO).
  • Not-for-profit companies.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Retrospective costs.
  • Activities outside the UK.
  • Fundraising activities.
  • Second-hand vehicles.

Eligible Expenditure

All projects must meet the following two outcomes:

  • People make changes that improve their lives.
  • Communities build on their strengths and share learning.

All projects are expected to embrace the following three key themes of the programme:

  • People-led – meaning that the people taking part in the project will be meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of it.
  • Strengths-based – supporting people and communities to build on the knowledge, skills and experience they already have to make the changes they want.
  • Connected – demonstrating that there is a good understanding of other activities and services in the community and how the proposed project will complement them, adding value to what already exists.

Funding is available for some or all of the project costs, including staff salaries, training, volunteer expenses, equipment, premises costs, evaluation and overheads.

How To Apply

Guidance notes are available to download from the National Lottery Community Fund website.

Applicants should contact the National Lottery Community Fund in Northern Ireland initially to discuss their project. If the project is deemed ready, an application form will be sent out to be completed and returned.

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