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. 

Charities SORP - Time for Trustees to have their say

30 Oct 2020 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity AdviceFinance, Charity Regulation, trustees

Charities which prepare accounts on the accruals basis are legally required to apply the Charities SORP.  This SORP is in the early stages of being redeveloped and charity trustees' views are being sought.

Funding announced for culture, languages, arts and heritage sectors

28 Oct 2020 Shauna O'NeillFunding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 UpdatesFunding

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has given the green light for further financial support to be released to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors.

Trustees' Week 2020

23 Oct 2020 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity AdviceGovernance, trustees

Trustees’ week is a time to recognise and value the work that thousands of Trustees do voluntarily for organisations of different sizes and purpose across the voluntary and community sector. 

Identifying and managing risk (CFNI) webinar recording

8 Oct 2020 Denise CopelandGovernance (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)Accelerator Programme, risk assessment, COVID19 (Coronavirus), Webinar Recordings

If you missed our webinar on Identifying and Managing Risk on 7 October 2020 you can watch it now via the link below. 

Timetable for delivery of Social Inclusion Strategies published

5 Oct 2020 Kathy MaguirePolicy & Public AffairsPolicy and Public Affairs

The Communities Minister has published a timetable for the development and delivery of a suite of Social Inclusion Strategies.

Annual general meetings

2 Oct 2020 Denise CopelandGovernance (COVID19)Governance, compliance

Organisations that are due to hold an AGM in the autumn will be glad to hear that new temporary rules have come into force which allow companies, registered societies and credit unions to hold general meetings online. 

NICVA Raises Deep Concerns About the UK Internal Market Bill’s Impact on Future Peace and Prosperity in Northern Ireland

21 Sep 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Brexit & BeyondBrexit

NICVA is extremely concerned about the potential impact of the proposed UK Internal Market Bill on the future peace, stability, and economic well-being of people in Northern Ireland. 

Voluntary and Community Sector in Northern Ireland significantly impacted by Covid-19

4 Sep 2020 Geoff NuttallCOVID19 Updates, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Research, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)No Topics

Following a difficult six months for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, the next year could see a further reduction in vital services, underlining the crucial need for ongoing and future support for the sector.


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