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 Sandra by emailing [email protected].

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


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 £40 a month or £145 a 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].


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.


Halifax Foundation response to COVID-19

The Halifax Foundation NI board have decided to focus on their small and medium grants over the coming months in direct response to COVID-19.

Fundraising Regulator's Advice Note for charities on fundraising events in light of covid-19

This article gives a brief overview of an advice note from the Fundraising Regulator for charities involved in community fundraising

Cashless Giving: A View from Marie Curie in Northern Ireland

An interview with Heather Miller, Community Fundraiser with Marie Curie, about her experience of venturing into the world of "cashless giving" 

Great News from a Great Funder, Halifax Foundation NI

Halifax Foundation NI have developed a new strategy for 2020–2023, ‘A Vision for the Future’. An interview with Brenda McMullan, Executive Director, looks at what this means for the vital work of NI charities.

Guest Blog: Grant Advisor - Empowering charities to speak up about funder practice

Nick Perks, former Trust Secretary at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, explains a new review site that has been launched for fundraisers, and encourages Northern Ireland charities to get involved.

Update on "Everything but the Grant" Conference

2nd October saw over 60 people take part in a NICVA event aimed at increasing knowledge, skills and confidence in generating income from sources other than grants.

Offering "Cashless Giving" options to your supporters...

NI donors have already embraced "cashless giving" in most areas of their lives. To keep pace, charities need to offer supporters ways to donate much needed funds to them other than by cash.  This article provides some initial ideas.

Going, going gone! The advent of the “cashless society” worldwide and how UK-wide and NI-based charities are adapting

Until recently, the concept of a “cashless society” featured in science fiction novels, not reality. However, the "dash from cash" is now taking root in societies across the world.

Special NICVA Members'Christmas Offer on GrantTracker, Northern Ireland’s Leading Funding Toolkit!

GrantTracker, the “one stop shop” for 800+ funding schemes relevant to NI. Funding at the touch of a button. NICVA Members can sign up from 9th December to 9th January for just £90 for 12 months!

NICVA 'On the Road' Fundraising Clinics

Thanks to generous funding from Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, and the work of various key partners, NICVA was able to deliver a series of 9 full day, bespoke 1-1 fundraising advice clinics across Northern Ireland. 


Getting the most out of GrantTracker
8 Sep 2021 -
10:00 to 11:00
Individual Giving
16 Sep 2021 -
10:00 to 11:30
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Sandra Bailie

Head of Organisational Development

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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