NWCN Ebulletin 22 July 2020

1 Small Capital Grants Programme

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland announces the opening of the 2020/21 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.
The Programme, which has a total fund of £800,000, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.

Who can apply?
Applications must include a minimum of 2 organisations - the amount of grant available to groups is dependent on the number of partners to the application:

  • 2 partner groups                     =          can apply for £1,500
  • 3 - 4 partner groups                =          can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups                   =          can apply for up to maximum £5,000

To be eligible for grant assistance applicants must be constituted voluntary or community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland, with an annual unrestricted income of less than £100,000 per year.

("Unrestricted" income relates to funds that the non-profit organisation may use for any purpose. “Restricted” income relates to funds whose use is restricted by a particular purpose and must be used in a specified period e.g. grant offer from a Funding Body)  
Applicants must deliver the project, pay supplier(s) and submit a grant claim by 31st March 2021.
Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:

Completed applications should be emailed to smallcapitalgrants@cooperationireland.org
and must be received by 5pm Friday 14th August 2020. Interested groups are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible.

2  PHA Small Grants Programme - Western Trust Area

The Public Health Agency (PHA) have identified funding to address Health and Well-being across the Western Trust area.  The short term funding will support a range of strategic themes and priorities including:

  • ‘Making Life Better’ (Public health framework) priorities
  • Protect Life 2 Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • Mental Health, Emotional Well-being, Suicide Prevention and Self-Harm.

The PHA are inviting community and voluntary sector organisations, through the Clear Project, to apply for non-recurring short term funding to address the outlined themes.  Please visit the below link for further information on the application process https://www.dhcni.com/grants.html

The closing date for applications for these grants is Thursday 6th August 2020 at 3 pm.


 Deadline Reminder: Funding opportunity for Good Relations Week 2020

Deadline for applications for Good Relations Week is this Friday 24th July at 4.00pm. Please email your application to 

Good Relations Week 2020 will be delivered as an online festival (week commencing Monday 14th September 2020 until Monday 21st September) embracing digital technology and curating a week of innovative, immersive, live, interactive and collaborative events – all online.
The theme this year will be ‘Celebrating Our Journey. Embracing Our Future’.
Creating a dynamic programme of content and events that showcases people and communities playing an active part in creating and sustaining good relations in Northern Ireland – past, present and future.

NB: Please be aware that while regulations are relaxed and change on a continual basis you should take into account the guidelines and social distancing measures. Alternative methods of delivery are welcomed i.e online interactions, training, re-digitalising old content etc.
This week will also coincide with Culture Night which is taking place across the City and district on Friday 18th September 20.
Possible funding up to £500.00

Application form / Digital Toolkit


4 Funding Opportunity - Culture Night 2020

Culture Night Ireland Festival is happening throughout the island of Ireland on 18th September 2020. 
DCSDC aim to provide marketing and production support to the arts and cultural sector to present a collaborative programme of events and activity which showcases the rich talents and creativity of  Derry city and Strabane district.

DCSDC invite artists, organisations and cultural venues to submit events to this year’s programme which will explore the theme “Sense of Place” and will be delivered and promoted in keeping with social distancing guidelines. To submit details or chat about programming ideas please contact: 

DCSDC also aims to commission new product to support the online curated programme and is making available supports for artists and production services. To learn more - download  the guidance notes and complete the short online application form.
Application closing date Monday 27th July at 1pm.​


This is a short application - so you do not need to complete a separate registration form .
However should you complete this and you are given a reg. no - just keep a note of it yourself for future reference - but it is not required on the application form as there is an  contact/address section  within this form.
Please check you eligiblity in the guidance notes.


5 Comic Relief: Change Makers

This funding opportunity is about looking to the future and making a bigger change. We’re looking for organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector – for example, whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, or advocacy and campaigning work. We are looking for change making efforts that are relevant to our social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.

Minimum Application Amount: £150,000.00
Maximum Application Amount: £600,000.00

Close Date / Time
28/08/2020, 12:00



6 Children In Need: Inspiring Futures Programme

The Inspiring Futures programme is open for applications from Friday 10th July until 11:30am on Friday 31st July, 2020.

The COVID-19 Inspiring Futures Programme has been developed in partnership with Youth Futures Foundation. Organisations will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work beginning in October 2020. It is designed to fund projects which improve the journey towards employment for children and young people who face barriers.

For full information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.

 7 Nominations for the 2020 National Lottery Awards are now open

The National Lottery Awards celebrate the ordinary people who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding.

This year, for the first time, the Awards will, honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

There will be no public vote, but your nominations will be put before a judging panel made up of members of The National Lottery family and partners who will crown which of our hometown heroes or lockdown legends will pick up a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy and a £3,000 cash prize for their project.

We are looking for individuals or small groups of people who have made an outstanding contribution in any of the categories below. Young Hero nominees should be under 18 years of age and all suggestions must have been either funded by the National Lottery or be associated with a project which has received National Lottery funding. If you are not sure, don’t worry, nominate them anyway, and our team will check it out.

  • Arts
  • Charity/Voluntary
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Heritage
  • Sport
  • Young Hero (under 18s)
Nominate here: https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards


8 The EU Settlement Scheme in Light of the Pandemic - What Needs to Change?

The Brexit Civil Society Alliance invite you to our upcoming webinar The EU Settlement Scheme in light of the pandemic - what needs to change? taking place on 6 August, from 11:00 - 12:30.

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on those in most vulnerable positions. Amongst these are EU citizens living in the UK, particularly those with pre-settled status or who have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme to secure their rights in the UK. The Brexit Civil Society Alliance has been working with organisations from across the third sector to highlight how Covid-19 has impacted on EU citizens and the ways in which adjustments to the Settlement Scheme by the government could help. 

This webinar will explore issues relating to the access to social security benefits such as Universal Credit, maintaining continuity of residence with travel restrictions in place, and access to the scheme for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Our speakers will then set out what changes need to be made, and what individual organisations can do. 



9  Invite to the Launch of the Covid-19 Feminist Recovery Plan for NI

Given the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women globally, the Women’s Policy Group have prepared a COVID-19 Feminist Recovery Plan for Northern Ireland. This plan sets out WPG recommendations for recovering from COVID-19, as elected representatives and decision-makers must take into consideration the institutionalised inequalities that exist, and co-develop recovery planning with the communities affected.  These recommendations will cover economic justice, health, social justice, equality, the implications of Brexit and examples of international best practice.

The WPG will be hosting a formal launch online of the WPG Feminist Recovery Plan on Wednesday 29th July at 2pm. A range of women from marginalised communities in NI will be speaking at this event on their experiences of COVID-19, alongside an overview of some of the recommendations. For more details, and to book your place at this event, please contact 
Rachel Powell, Women’s Sector Lobbyist.

The full WPG Feminist Recovery Plan can be downloaded


10 NI Community Researchers

The Young Foundation has recently been conducting research on the impact of Covid 19 on people.  What has surprised us is that, as a percentage of the population, more people across NI have participated in this digital research. 
We are now looking at developing a team of community researchers across NI.  I would hope you could spend a few minutes completing our short survey and perhaps sharing it with your friends, family and co-workers?
The link is here 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ML7Z9BC and it should take about 3 minutes to complete. 
Thank you in anticipation for completing the survey and helping us help develop a possible programme of engagement during these unprecedented times.


11 Queen's University Dietary Study-request for participants to take part from home

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast are undertaking a study to improve the way we measure diet.

We want to work out how accurately a new dietary questionnaire measures diet compared with other methods. We are looking for volunteers who are 45 years or over who are either overweight, smoke, have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. Participants will be able to take part in this research from their home.

Participants will be required to complete some dietary and health questionnaires on two occasions, three months apart. Questionnaires will be completed online or posted. At the end of the study dietary feedback will be given.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact: Dr Sarah Brennan RD Research Fellow Email:


12  Give and Take Community Outreach Programme

We are still working with Young people online, virtually, and in person outdoors!
This is a FREE programme available to individuals or small groups or who are NEET and aged 16-24.
The programme can be tailored to your needs and can include:

  • NOCN level 1 Award in: Progression to Employment
  • A Vocationally relevant Course in: 1st Aid, Customer Service, Food Safety, and Manual Handling, or Driving theory Practice.
  • meet up/ social activity/ lunch
  • Support with move on options.

To find out more contact: Sheila Stalker, Senior Youth Worker (EMP)     
or mob: 07966659796


13  Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for the latest from Salto Youth to include:

  • Harnessing Digital Innovation for Youth Participation at the Local Level
  • Bodies of Change
  • RESOLVE: New Youth Order Online Dialogue Activity
  • Multilateral Training Course to support quality in youth worker mobility activities
  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Essentials of Youth Work
  • Youth Work against violent radicalisation and extremism - partner building activity.
  • Digital Youth Work Academy
  • COMETS: Being Civically Engaged
  • YES, U2 - Engage NEET with community
  • SoliDARE online
  • Inclusion & Diversity Forum
  • InnoCamp - develop your digital youth work services
  • Various Calls for Trainers


14  NEW Free Virtual Training Courses from Autism NI

Due to the current restrictions, we are offering new virtual training sessions for parents/carers. These courses each have a maximum of 25 people and will be interactive, and include a question and answer session. These upcoming courses are FREE and funded by Halifax Foundation.

Online courses available include:

  • Introduction to Sensory Processing and Autism - Monday 27th July 2020
  • Managing Change and Transition - Tuesday 4th August 2020
  • Introduction to Autism and Anxiety - Thursday 13th August 2020
Visit our website to book online or for more information about our online training sessions, please email christine.kearney@autismni.org


15 Positive Ageing Month – October 2020
Positive Ageing Month is a month-long campaign of events and activities for older people that recognises and celebrates the contribution older people make to their communities and the wider society. 
This year’s campaign will focus particularly on activities that will promote active and healthy ageing and reduce social isolation and loneliness.  A comprehensive programme of events will be developed that encourage older people to take the 5 steps to well-being everyday ie Be Active, Give, Connect, Keep Learning and Take Notice.  This year, in light of Covid19, a mixture of activities is being planned that enable older people to connect both ‘virtually’ online and ‘physically’ where this is permissible within the Covid19 guidelines.
The International Day of Older Persons, which is held annually on 1st October, will kick-start this year’s month-long campaign.  If you have any events or activities that are taking place during October why don’t you contact DCSDC’s Age Friendly Co-ordinator at 
agefriendly@derrystrabane.com and get your event included and promoted in the Positive Ageing Brochure and social media.


16 Appointments to the NI Housing Executive (NIHE) Board

Applications are currently being invited for the appointment of two Members to the NIHE Board. This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for individuals with the relevant skills and experience to help lead NIHE on its objectives to deliver better homes, support independent living and build stronger communities, whilst delivering a quality service.

Its work reaches across Northern Ireland, working with local communities, and as a Board Member, you will have a role in using the available resources to meet these objectives. The remuneration for the positions is £6,892 per annum with a time commitment of approximately 1 day per month.

Applications are welcome from across the community, voluntary, business or public sectors particularly from women, people with a disability, people from minority ethnic groups and young people. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme is in place for those applicants with a disability.

I would encourage you to promote applications from those within your sector or workplace. Further details on the positions including responsibilities and selection criteria are currently available on the NI Direct & Department for Communities websites - 
www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-public-appointments or https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/public-appointment-vacancies

The closing date for applications is Monday 10 August 2020.


17 Commissioner for Public Appointments - Annual Report 19/20

CPA NI Annual Report 2019/2020

I am pleased to announce the publication of my Annual Report for the 2019/20 year.
I hope you will find it informative.
The full report can be found at: 
If you have any comments or queries, on the report or the work of CPANI in general, please do not hesitate to contact us at 


18 Join us for the very first North West Culture Exchange

The very first North West Culture Exchange takes place at Earagail Arts Festival 

Donegal County Council with Derry City and Strabane District Council presents the NW Culture Exchange as part of the Earagail Arts Festival. 

The NWCE is an annual symposium which aims to facilitate a collaborative planning approach to programming, delivery and evaluation across the arts, culture and heritage sector in the North West of Ireland.

Responding to current events and building on programming already in development, the 2020 symposium will focus on two key strands: Audiences & Industry

The symposium invites local, national and international Industry leads, Arts & Cultural Networks, artists and creators to come together to share learning, research, opinion and plans in a bid to strengthen the sector as we move forward and deal with challenges and opportunities

There are four free virtual  events ,all free, as part of the North West Culture Exchange listed below.  Places are free but must be booked. 
 Book a place now. 

All events are Delivered by Derry City and Strabane District Council & Donegal County Council at Earagail Arts Festival

The two remaining events are:

​​​The Future of Events
23 July | 11am
In this special NW Culture Exchange event, Director of arts production company Artichoke, Helen Marriage will speak about how Arts & Culture will be an essential regeneration tool for cities and communities as the world adjusts to living with Covid 19.

Book a Free Place 

After the Interval: Act 2
24 July 2020 | 11am
Thrive, in partnership with Katy Raines at 
Indigo Ltd have been running the NI and ROI contribution to the ‘After the Interval’ FREE national audience survey for the past weeks. See what the second phase called 'Act 2'' has in store.
Book a Free Place 


19 Autism NI Summer Summit Challenge!

Join our ‘Summer Summit’ challenge and create your very own ‘Mountain Moment’ by climbing the beautiful mountains Northern Ireland has to offer. To take part in this personal challenge, choose a mountain and a date that suits you, plan a safe route and make sure you have your essential kit ready. Autism NI can provide an information and fundraising pack which includes sponsor forms, a kit list and training guide. All funds raised through this challenge will help fund our valuable services that support autism families throughout Northern Ireland.

Sign up today and receive a free fundraising pack including an Autism NI t-shirt. Email 
rachel@autismni.org for more information.


20 Live events on the FWIN Facebook! Join us!

Wednesday 22nd July, 11am
Understanding the Fear with The Red Duchess
Week 5 of our 6-week programme focusing on replenishing, revitalising and renewing the self!

Thursday 23rd July, 1pm
Chatty Women Live!
Join FWIN staff Catherine, Amanda and Maeve for an hour of chat and craic - with special guest Sinead McLaughlin MLA!

Friday 25th July, 8pm
We are joined once again by the fantastic Una Dunne who will be singing classics, new tunes and taking requests!



21 Not the Knitting Police | Arts & Culture News from the North West

This latest edition includes information on:

  • Funding
  • Culture News
  • Training Opportunities
  • What's On Guide


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