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Minister Hargey provides more opportunities for local voluntary groups and clubs to raise vital funds

29 Apr 2021 Shauna O'NeillFundraising, Governance and Charity Advice, Policy & Public AffairsFundraising

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is changing legislation to enable local voluntary groups and clubs to raise vital funds by selling tickets online.

Working from home tax relief: Tax year 2021-2022

22 Apr 2021 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19)Finance, Covid-19

If you’re working from home, even if it’s not full-time, you can now make a tax relief claim of up to £125 for the new 2021-22 tax year.

Independent review of charity regulation – please complete this questionnaire

21 Apr 2021 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Independent Review Panel of Charity Regulation (the Panel) seeks your views on how well the charities regulatory framework, which is administered by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, is working and what could work better. 

Special rules for holding company AGMs online have ended

20 Apr 2021 Denise CopelandGovernance (COVID19), Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Charity Regulation

Companies must now follow their Articles of Association in relation to the holding of general meetings.  

Independent review of charity regulation engagement meetings

29 Mar 2021 Denise CopelandCharity RegulationCharity commission

The Independent Review Panel of Charity Regulation seeks your views on how well the charities regulatory framework, which is administered by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, is working and what could work better. 

Giving to charities drops amid Covid pandemic

25 Mar 2021 Shauna O'NeillResearch, COVID19 UpdatesState of the Sector, Charitable giving

People in Northern Ireland gave significantly less to charity during the last 12 months compared to the same period in 2019.  That’s according to new research from NICVA into charitable giving in Northern Ireland.

Have Your Say on the New Sport and Physical Activity Strategy

18 Mar 2021 Geoff NuttallPolicy & Public AffairsNo Topics

The Department for Communities is consulting on a new sport and physical activity strategy for Northern Ireland. Read here how you can input your views.

Independent review of charity regulation has commenced

10 Mar 2021 Denise CopelandCharity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation

The Minister for Communities has commissioned an independent review of charity regulation in N.Ireland which commenced on 25 January 2021.  

Communities Minister announces release of £7.5 million to support charities

10 Mar 2021 Shauna O'NeillCOVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)Covid-19, COVID-19 Charities Fund

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced the release of over £7.5 million of awards to support charities facing financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic.

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

4 Mar 2021 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19), COVID19 UpdatesHR, Covid-19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until the end of September 2021.

NICVA supports Distance Aware campaign

25 Feb 2021 Shauna O'NeillCOVID19 UpdatesCOVID19 (Coronavirus)

In the fight against Coronavirus, maintaining social distancing is everyone’s responsibility. 

The 2021-22 Budget - Less for the Same or More for What Works?

24 Feb 2021 Geoff NuttallPolicy & Public Affairs, Investing in SocietyBudget

The draft NI Public Budget for 2021-22 and a number of departmental budget proposals are out for consultation.  Will this result in less money for the same things or more for what is needed and what works? 

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

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