Fundraising

NICVA's fundraising advice service is here to provide the voluntary and community sector with help and support for all aspects of your fundraising needs.

Information and Advice

Find the right funders for you and learn more about how to diversify your income streams to ensure the sustainability of your organisation for the future. Feel free to contact Jocelyn by emailing [email protected].

For all the latest information on fundraising follow us on Twitter @nicva_FRadvice and on Facebook Fundraising Advice NICVA.

GrantTracker

GrantTracker is Northern Ireland's leading funding website dedicated to finding grants, and helping fundraisers track schemes and manage their applications. NICVA hosts the site and keeps it up to date with the latest funding opportunities.

You can subscribe to GrantTracker for £145 for one year.  For NICVA members, a special discount rate takes the annual cost down to just £100.

If you would like to find out more click here to access a short video which demonstrates the key functions of GrantTracker and is suitable for people who already use the site or are just interested in finding out more. If you would like any other assistance in getting the most out of GrantTracker, please just email [email protected].

Training

Developing your fundraising skills is essential for the sustainability of your organisation. Our training will help you to consider how to diversify your funding streams and how to be successful in securing resources. We provide a range of fundraising training sessions to help you be more sustainable as part of our training calendar and bespoke sessions are aqvailable on request.

Tax Effective Giving

NICVA administers a tax effective giving scheme for charities, called Cheques for Charity, a donation and account system for individuals and companies. Click here to find out more.

Research and Reports

Individual Giving Infograph 2014

Individual Giving in Northern Ireland 2014

NICVA’s latest research into charitable giving in Northern Ireland examines change in the percentage of individuals that donate, donation by age, the causes donated to, fundraising techniques, methods of donation and legacy giving.

Updates

Guest Blog: The Chartered Institute of Fundraising in Northern Ireland

Paul Montgomery, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland gives an overview of the work they do and how you can get involved. 

£5 million National Lottery cash to improve NI community buildings

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a £5 million programme to help community organisations across Northern Ireland make their buildings more energy efficient and save money on bills.  

Foyle Foundation set to make £23m-worth of grants as it closes after 25 years

The Foyle Foundation will complete its grant giving programme in 2025, marking 25 years of giving to the fields of the Arts, Learning, Community Small Grants, State School Libraries and Health. 

Funding News Roundup 2023

Fundraising Advice Officer, Jocelyn Horton, rounds up some of the announcements made in 2023 and looks ahead to some reopening dates in January 2024. 

Jerwood Foundation merges with Jerwood Charity and sets out future funding plans

Jerwood Foundation, which has been supporting the arts since 1977 has completed the formalities of merging Jerwood Charity into the Foundation, now sets out funding plans.

Voluntary and community groups and businesses come together to make powerful connections

More than 100 business and charity representatives came together at Allstate NI on 25 October for the Community Connections Conference organised by NICVA and Business in the Community.

#TicktheBox for Gift Aid – why it’s important

Every year, charities miss out on £560m in unclaimed Gift Aid. As we face a tough funding climate with increasing costs, encouraging your supporters to #TicktheBox means we can make an even bigger difference in these tough times.

Meta and PayPal Giving Fund announce partnership – what it means for fundraisers using Facebook and Instagram

The partnership between Meta and PayPal Giving Fund to handle the processing of charitable donations means UK organisations need to act to avoid disruption to their fundraising on Facebook and Instagram.

National Lottery funding distributors announce big changes

Both The National Lottery Community Fund and The National Lottery Heritage Fund have launched their new funding strategies.

The following is a summary of each:

Northern Ireland Fundraising Awards 2023

The NI Fundraising Awards returned in 2023 after a pandemic enforced three-year break, with an incredible display of voluntary action on show.

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Developing Your Fundraising Strategy Training: Brilliant session!! Loved it, learned loads, really helpful. Wish all workshops were this good and informative.

Rosemary Clyde, Riding for the Disabled Coleraine

Grant Tracker is easy to understand and use with intuitive design features.

Kevin McKeaveney, Bryansford Village Committee

I have used Grant Tracker for a number of years and find it to be a very user friendly system. Relevant sources of information are easily accessed.The recent improvements are great, making life simpler to receive automatic updates and reminders.

Wendy Elliott, National Trust

I find GrantTracker to be an excellent tool for our Charity. It allows me to filter down my search for the area of funding that I need, whilst the star rating system saves me so much time on research. There's a great selection of Trusts to research.

Deborah Dagan, NI Chest Heart & Stroke

The Applying to Grant-makers training was excellent, informative and insightful and will certainly help me make the application process more efficient.

James Green, St Columb's College

GrantTracker is a vital tool for our fundraising efforts. The clear and concise way funding is presented allows our organisation to accurately and effectively target funding.

Fiona Hendren, Headway Belfast