We provide access to regular, reliable and up-to-date funding information to help the sector, from resources to help your funding applications succeed, to GrantTracker our dedicated funding toolkit; a valuable resource for charities and communities.

The National Lottery Community Fund to close two Northern Ireland programmes

22 Apr 2024Jocelyn Horton FundingFunding

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that two Northern Ireland programmes, People and Communities and Empowering Young People, will close for new applications at 5pm on Monday 13 May 2024.

FUNDED GrantTracker one-year subscriptions OFFER CLOSED

28 Feb 2024Sandra Bailie FundraisingFunding

We are delighted to announce that thanks to funding from The Department for Communities we can give FREE one-year subscriptions to GrantTracker, Northern Ireland's leading funding toolkit. THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED.

£5 million National Lottery cash to improve NI community buildings

26 Jan 2024Shauna O'Neill FundraisingFunding

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.  

Austerity is a choice, and it looks like a bad one

14 Jun 2023Ryan Miller undefinedPublic finances, Funding, Spending, Austerity, Sector Issues

Northern Ireland – and the rest of the UK - could have a bigger budget. It’s a matter of choice. Public spending now that saves money later is a good investment.

NICVA welcomes political parties to HQ for talks on Department of Health cuts

31 May 2023Policy & Public Affairs, FundraisingFunding

NICVA and CO3 welcomed representatives of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector and representatives from across the political spectrum to discuss the recent news that Department of Health Core funding will not continue past September.

Will we fail once more on mental health?

24 May 2023Ryan Miller undefinedMental Health, Budget, Social Policy, Funding

A new report from the Audit Office says Northern Ireland’s ten-year mental health strategy risks failure due to a lack of financial support.

Impact: it’s not the work you do, it’s what that work achieves

16 May 2023Ryan Miller undefinedSector Issues, Funding, outcomes, OBA, impact, inspiring impact

Focusing on outcomes won’t address all the third sector’s challenges, but it will help organisations get the most out of whatever resources they have.

Pay now, or pay (more) later? How the cost-of-living crisis is squeezing the third sector.

14 Apr 2023Ryan Miller undefinedSector Issues, Children and Young People, Mental Health, Health, Funding, Childcare

Spiking inflation and weak public finances have put community organisations on the back foot. However, it would be short-sighted to let services wither. Where possible, we must spend to save.

The growing role of charities in society must be embraced

8 Feb 2023Ryan Miller undefinedSector Issues, Funding, Economy, Environment, Social Policy

A huge new report, years in the making, says that the community and voluntary sector’s increasing importance needs to be fully embraced. The private, public and third sectors all need to work together to build the best-possible future.

The third sector in a digital world: room for improvement

1 Feb 2023Ryan Miller undefineddigital, Sector Issues, Funding, Cybersecurity

Research from late last year shows that organisations in Northern Ireland are not all fully comfortable in the modern digital age – but, with a bit of support, the right improvements are achievable.