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Coronavirus Community Fund

The Community Foundation of Northern Ireland is offering grants to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland. Partnership approach encouraged.

This fund is continually evolving.  It originally was available for constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland, who were supporting isolated older people at this time.  It has now been widened to support not just older people over 50, but also, those at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing and vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas.
Application deadline: none specified


Live Here Love Here: Small Grants Scheme

The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of pride in our local communities.  Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout Northern Ireland.

Application deadline: 1pm, 18th May


Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme

Applicants will be asked to provide details of the programme being proposed, and how it will support families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period. 

Application deadline: ongoing


Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland 

Halifax Foundation has explicitly recommended groups to apply for small and medium grants during this time. Any Covid related applications designed to support the community at this time of crisis will be prioritised and turned around as quickly as possible. Includes funding for core costs.

  • Small Community Grants (Up to £2,500/12 month grant/rolling programme)
  • Medium Community Grants (£2,500 – £10,000/12 month grant/rolling programme)

Application deadline: rolling


Telecommunity Fund

Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects across NI.  It prioritises work with young people, older people and people with disabilities.  Priority is also give to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000 and to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.  Grants range from £500 to £2000.

Application deadline: rolling


The Prince’s Countryside Fund: Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

The Prince’s Countryside Fund (“the Fund”) will fund organisations operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland if they are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or; providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or assisting rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.  With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Fund can award grants of up to £2,500.

Application deadline: Ongoing


TESCO: Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.  It will provide one off £500 grants to organisations supporting vulnerable groups.  The scheme will be managed by Groundwork NI.

Application deadline: Ongoing


The Steel Charitable Trust

The Trustees make discretionary grants where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference. Applications are welcome from eligible applicants from all areas of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Application deadline: 30th April


Coronavirus business support

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This section helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Support scheme Support organisation
£25,000 Grant for Hospitality, Tourism and Retail Sector Ratepayers | NI only

£25,000 grant for Northern Ireland companies in the retail, tourism and hospitality sectors with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000.


Department for the Economy (DfE), Land & Property Services (LPS)
£10,000 Small Business Support Grant Scheme | NI only

£10,000 grant available to Northern Ireland businesses eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme and businesses with a rateable value below £15,000 who currently benefit from Industrial Derating.


Department for the Economy (DfE), Land & Property Services (LPS)
Sports Hardship Fund

£2,000 small grant scheme for sports clubs and sporting organisations from the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.


Sport NI
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | UK-wide

Government will cover 80 per cent of business staff wages, up to £2,500 per employee per month.


Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme | UK-wide

Provides a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25m to firms with an annual turnover of between £45m and £500m.


British Business Bank
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme | UK-wide

The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will support small and medium-sized businesses with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years.


British Business Bank
Business Rates Holiday | NI only

Three-month rates holiday for Northern Ireland non-domestic ratepayers (excluding public sector and utilities).


Land & Property Services (LPS)
Deferral of Self- Assessment Payment | UK-wide

The Self- Assessment payment on account, that is ordinarily due to be paid to HMRC by 31 July 2020 may now be deferred until January 2021.


Support for Businesses Paying Tax| UK-wide

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) | UK-wide

Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships can claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months.


VAT Deferral | UK-wide

The UK government will defer Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. VAT refunds and reclaims will be paid by the government as normal.


Statutory Sick Pay Rebate | UK-wide

The UK government is to bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absence due to coronavirus. 


Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility | UK-wide

The new Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) means that the Bank of England will buy short-term debt from larger companies.  


Bank of England

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