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Podcast: Capacity building in the Third sector

29 Jan 2021 Shauna O'NeillTraining and Skills DevelopmentAccelerator Programme

Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation for NI and Sandra Bailie, Head of Organisational Development at NICVA discuss the capacity programme and the need for more of similar programmes to grow capacity in the sector.

NICVA's Manifesto for Change - Unlocking the Full Potential of Voluntary and Community Action in NI

26 Jan 2021 Kathy MaguirePolicy & Public AffairsSector Issues

NICVA is seeking sector feedback on our Manifesto for Change which sets out how government can work with the sector to unlock the full potential of community and voluntary action in Northern Ireland. 

New dates added for the Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme

20 Jan 2021 Paula FitzpatrickCommunity Wellbeing and Resilience ProgrammeHealth

Due to exceptional demand in the sector for the Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme, additional dates have been added.

Reserves policy guidance

19 Jan 2021 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity Advice, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)Governance Advice Notes, Finance

A reserves policy helps trustees to justify holding appropriate levels of financial reserves to protect against future uncertainties. It is something which various stakeholders may be interested in viewing from time to time.

Communities Minister reopens Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund

18 Jan 2021 Shauna O'NeillCOVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)Funding

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has today announced the opening of a second phase, worth £1m of the Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund.

VCSE COVID Recovery Fund reopening for applications January 2021

8 Jan 2021 Shauna O'NeillFunding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 UpdatesFunding

The Department for Communities are reopening the Voluntary, Community and Social Economy (VCSE) COVID Recovery Fund for applications on 18 January 2021.

AGMs and company house filings

18 Dec 2020 Denise CopelandCOVID 19, Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, accountability, Charity Regulation

Companies, registered societies and credit unions that are due to hold an AGM in early 2021 will be glad to hear that they will be permitted to hold this online.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended to April 2021

17 Dec 2020 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19), COVID19 UpdatesHR, Covid-19

The government announced on 17 December that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021

NICVA launches Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme

17 Dec 2020 Shauna O'NeillCommunity Wellbeing and Resilience ProgrammeHealth and Wellbeing

NICVA has launched a new support package for community and voluntary sector staff and volunteers working on the frontline of the coronavirus response. 

Finance Minister launches £20.5 million Dormant Accounts Fund

14 Dec 2020 Shauna O'NeillFundraisingFunding

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy today launched the £20.5 million Dormant Accounts Fund which will provide vital funding to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

Sir Kenneth Branagh opens NICVA's 82nd AGM

11 Dec 2020 Shauna O'NeillCommunications, MembershipNo Topics

For the first time, NICVA held its AGM virtually with members joining us to hear how we have been supporting the sector and a special welcome address from Honorary President, Sir Kenneth Branagh.

NICVA joins urgent call for NI loneliness strategy

9 Dec 2020 Kathy MaguirePolicy & Public AffairsLobbying

Loneliness has a real cost and affects people of all ages. It is something we’re all likely to experience at some point in our lives, including when becoming a carer or parent, following bereavement or during ill health.

The Post-Brexit Scheme All Voluntary and Community Organisations Should Register For

26 Nov 2020 Geoff NuttallBrexit & BeyondNo Topics

If you thought getting Brexit ready was just for businesses, think again.  From 1st January 2021, any NI voluntary/community organisation buying or selling any goods from/to GB will need a special 'EORI' registration number.  More here -

Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance hub

20 Nov 2020 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to reflect the extension of the scheme until March 2021

NICVA Calls on Chancellor to Devolve Post-Brexit Funding to NI

19 Nov 2020 Geoff NuttallBrexit & BeyondESF

NICVA and its sister Councils in Scotland and Wales have jointly written to the UK Chancellor calling for the devolution of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (designed to replace EU funding) to ensure it meets local needs 

£3.3million Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund launched

12 Nov 2020 Shauna O'NeillFunding and Fundraising (COVID19)Funding

The Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund has been launched today to help the sector to safely deliver essential services during the Covid-19 crisis.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended to March

6 Nov 2020 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

On 5 November, the Chancellor announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) will be extended to the end of March 2021. 

Working from home tax relief

5 Nov 2020 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19)Finance, Covid-19

Employees working from home due to COVID19 are eligible to apply for tax relief up to £125

Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme (CJRS) November extension

2 Nov 2020 Alex HastingsEmployment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

On 31 October 2020 the government announced an extension to the CJRS scheme for furloughing workers until December 2020. 

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