Dormant Accounts Fund NI now open

11 Jan 2021 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 11 Jan 2021

The Dormant Accounts Fund NI is now open. This programme will support the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases long term capacity and sustainability.

It is being delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund. 

Around £20 million is currently available and money will continue to be released to distribute each year. Given that this is a rolling fund, a phased and long-term approach is being taken to support the sector that will be based on learning.

As part of the first phase, organisations can now apply for grants of £100,000 to support activity that improves long-term capacity, sustainability or resilience to best deliver their mission. There is no closing date, so organisations are being encouraged to take their time and carefully consider what activity they need to do in the long term to build their capacity, resilience and sustainability. For full details and to apply visit The National Lottery Community Fund website.

This first phase will also support larger Northern Ireland-wide or sector-specific proposals that will enable collaboration and develop new and creative approaches to sustainability. These could focus on specific themes such as volunteering, digital capacity or diversity and inclusion. These are examples of themes and not set criteria. If you have an idea that would fit with this or would like to find out more, please contact us on 028 4378 0003 or email [email protected].

Minister for Finance, Conor Murphy, officially launched the Dormant Accounts Fund NI in December 2020. Ultimately, it will deliver long-term transformational change for VCSE organisations.

Full details can be found here on The National Lottery Community Fund website.  
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by Shauna O'Neill

Communications Officer

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