NWCN Ebulletin 02 June 2021

1 Small Capital Grants Programme 2021/22

Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2021/22 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland. The purpose of this fund is to promote Partnership and Collaboration within the voluntary and Community sector.

Applications must include a minimum of 2 organisations. Those applying must nominate a lead partner to whom the whole of the grant will be paid. The Lead Partner should complete the application form.

The amount of grant available will be dependent on the number of partners within the application:

  • 2 partner groups = can apply for up to £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 (grants between £1,500 – £5,000), 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).

Applicant groups need to have been established for at least one year and submit annual accounts with application form

Applicants must deliver the project, pay supplier(s) and submit a grant claim by 31st March 2022.

For more information please see the guidance documents.

To submit an application online click here


2 Current Grants and Programmes with CFNI

IFA Inclusive Clubs Programme -  The Irish Football Association (IFA) and the Community Foundation are delighted to open a new round of the Inclusive Clubs Programme. This Programme is aimed at supporting disability and women’s / girls’ football.

The IFA Foundation is the charitable arm of the IFA and exists to further equip the association to foster and grow the sport.
Closing Date: Jun 14, 2021 12:00

The Pressure Group Fund - Applications are invited for projects that can demonstrate how they are trying to address social injustice and what the impact of their work will be. In particular how they will encourage civic action, working with groups and individuals to get their voices heard by decision-makers.
Ongoing - No Deadline


The Telecommunity Fund - The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects.
Priorities: Young people, older people or people with disabilities
Ongoing - No Deadline

Micro Community Investment Fund
 - The Micro Community Investment Fund has been launched with support from Bank of Ireland UK, in recognition and celebration of the contribution of voluntary groups and people to our society and the need for a simple application process for small amounts of funding.
The fund will provide valuable investment for community initiatives making a difference in towns and villages across Northern Ireland.
Ongoing - No Deadline

Further information on all funds available 

 Nationwide Building Society Community Grants Opens for 2021 Applications


Nationwide Building Society is offering grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for projects of either one year or two years. Projects should target one of Nationwide's three outcomes:
• Preventing people from losing their home.
• Helping people in a home.
• Supporting people to thrive within the home environment.

The funding will support core costs (up to 20% of the grant amount requested); staff and volunteer costs; small-scale capital costs; activity costs; development and capacity building costs ; and building works and refurbishment costs.

Nationwide has made two changes to its 2021 programme:
• Charities should have been running for at least three years and have a £25,000 minimum average income over three years.
• There is now a cap on the number of applications per region. This has been introduced in order to manage volumes and to preserve a success rate of approximately one in four (25% of those who apply within each region will receive funding). The cap means the date on which applications close in different regions may be earlier than 17 June 2021.

Applications will be accepted from 17 May to midnight on 17 June 2021

Full details available 

4 Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme - Online information event

If you wish to obtain further information regarding the application process for the Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme please register to attend an online Information Event at the link below: 

Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme Public Online Information Event
Thursday, June 3, 2021, 5:30 PM  


Please find attached a list of Frequently Asked Questions which can be accessed on the DAERA website at the link below:

5 Approaches to blended working

 As restrictions begin to ease you may be thinking about returning to your workplace.  Join NICVA’s HR Manager Alex Hastings and NICVA’s Deputy Chief Executive Úna McKernan for a conversation on blended working and the latest advice on working safely in our place of work.


More information available here

6 New guidance from the Fundraising Regulator

As lockdown measures have started to ease the Fundraising Regulator (FR) and Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF) have published new guidance on fundraising for this developing environment. The guidance provides a framework to assist good decision making and ensure responsible fundraising.

The new guidance states that it is up to individual charities to decide on the appropriateness of fundraising at this time, and urges them to be transparent with the public and others by documenting their decisions, undertaking risk assessments and being prepared to explain these if necessary. 

Sufficient measures must be in place to protect the public, fundraisers, staff and volunteers.  They should also take into account the needs of people in vulnerable circumstances or with protected characteristics. 

The guidance also states that fundraisers must also comply with local public health guidance. 


 7 Review of the Derry City & Strabane Strategic Growth Plan (Community Plan)

You may recall that we wrote to you previously inviting you to complete a stakeholder questionnaire as part of the review of the Strategic Growth Plan which is currently underway.
Based on the feedback received we have now developed a more streamlined/user friendly online survey . This survey has a more specific focus on the current actions detailed within the Plan.
We now invite you to consider and complete the revised survey at the link below: 

This survey will be much quicker and easier to complete. It shall remain open for 3 weeks and will close on Tuesday 15 June.
Your feedback is important to us. Thank you for your consideration and co-operation in this matter.


8 Political Attitudes in Northern Ireland

Political Attitudes in Northern Ireland in a changing context organised by UK in a Changing Europe
Thursday 10 June, 5-6:30pm

A panel of experts, including Professor Katy Hayward, discuss the results from the latest Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) in light of persistent and new political dynamics in Northern Ireland, particularly post-Brexit.  

Register here


9  FACT Check FREE Workshop

Think. Check. Share.  Three things to think about before we share information online.  NWCN have organised for FACT Check NI to run a free workshop for groups in the North West. 
Learn the importance of spotting false information.
Tuesday 15th June  10:00 – 11:30 online
To book your place email – 
info@nwcn.org and we will forward the zoom link.


10 Free Impact of Alcohol on Self-harm & Crisis Intervention Training

Facilitated by Zest

This training is open to staff & volunteers of community & voluntary sector organisations operating within the Western Trust Area.

Date:    Thurs 17th June 2021
Venue: On-Line Via Zoom
Time:    9:30am – 1pm  (Registration from 9.15am)
Please book early to avoid disappointment

Impact of Alcohol on Self-harm & Crisis Intervention Flyer
Booking Form


11 OCN accredited Listening Ear Skills 

HURT are hosting an OCN (level 2) accredited listening ear course. Starting soon!

This 5 week course is Ideal for anyone working, volunteering or seeking employment in the area of Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Cost: £170

Limited places available

For more details or to register:
028 7136 9696 / 


12 Parkinson's UK online research event 10 June 2021

Please join us for our first ever online Parkinson's research event for the community in Northern Ireland!

You'll hear from Dr David Dexter, Parkinson's UK's Associate Director of Research, about where we're at currently with Parkinson's research, exciting research to look out for, and where you can find more information and opportunities to get involved.
You’ll also hear from Dr. Ian Harrison, whose work focuses on the recently discovered brain wide pathway, the glymphatic system and its ability to clear toxins from the brain.
Dr. Aoife Sweeney will also be speaking about her work in finding new ways to assess cognitive functions for people with Parkinson's. Aoife is based locally at the School of Medicine at Queens University Belfast
There will be a chance to discuss the proposed development of a Research Interest Group (RIG) for Northern Ireland, and plenty of time for audience Q&A. You can read more about Parkinson's UK's Research Interest Groups in advance here: 
The event will take place on Thursday 10 June 2021, from 10.30am - 1pm.
It will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance, one per household.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Anna Murray, Area Development Manager, on 
amurray@parkinsons.org.uk or 0300 123 3677.
Please follow this link to register: 


13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for the latest training offers from Salto as follows:

  • Deeds for the Earth: Volunteering for Climate Justice
  • Fight against Fake News: Media Skills (Focus: Production Skills) & Community Media Networks
  • TAYA -Training Active Youth Workers in Anti-Discrimination-Education. Part 1
  • TAYA -Training Active Youth Workers in Anti-Discrimination-Education. Part 2
  • Fight against Fake News: Media Skills (Focus: Content Moderation) & Community Media Networks
  • Strengthen young people to solve their conflicts without violence. Peer mediation as an example of good practice.
14 Enrolment Open! CAWT Innovation Recovery College: June 2021 Programme

CAWT Innovation Recovery College June timetable includes:
  • Getting a Good Night's Sleep
  • Managing Setbacks
  • Finding Hope after Bereavement
  • Learning to Like Yourself
And much more...

To enrol by email, see attached enrolment form and Individual Learning Plan. Please complete the enrolment form along with the 1st Section of the Individual Learning Plan and return to recoverycollegewest@westerntrust.hscni.net  

Prospectus / Enrolment Form


15 Online workshop

Explore, investigate and create imaginary worlds and friends using paint and cling film in this simple and fun activity with artist facilitator Sinead Crumlish.
What you’ll need:
  • Coloured card / paper
  • Paint
  • Cling film
  • Paintbrush
Where to find it:
Once uploaded, all the workshops can be found on our website 
www.derryvoid.com, on our Vimeo channel, and also here on Facebook and Instagram IGTV @derryvoid so you can go back and forth to them as many times as you would like.

16 DfE Energy Strategy - Energy e-bulletin Issue 11 

Please find attached the eleventh edition of the Energy Strategy E-Bulletin, which aims to keep stakeholders informed about progress on the new Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland.
In this edition:
  • The framework for decarbonising energy.
  • Greenhouse gases or carbon emissions?
  • How does this affect pathways for energy decarbonisation?
  • Have your say on our energy future!

17 Recruitment opportunity at Verbal

Due to our continued expansion the following new position has become available:
Prevention Manager
Fixed Term to 2024
Full Time – 36 hours per week (flexible)
Salary scale £31,346 - £35,745
Based in Derry~Londonderry or Belfast

The Application Pack can be downloaded from the below link: 

If you have any queries please contact, in the first instance: • Sinead McLaughlin • Email: sinead.mclaughlin@theverbal.co • Tel: 028 7126 6946

Closing date for applications is: 2.00pm on Tuesday, 15th June 2021.
It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.
Interviews are due to be held week beginning 28th June 2021.

Verbal operates a Child Protection Policy.
Verbal is an Equal Opportunities Employer


18 Launch of Public Appointment Competition – NI Transport Holding Company

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) have launched a recruitment campaign to appoint five Non-Executive Members to Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC)

Please find attached a 
flyer which provides brief detail on the appointments. Please use the  link below from to access the competition documents, including the Candidate Information Booklet and the application form.  A criteria based selection process will be used for these appointments and applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability, experience and skills across a number of competences.  

Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the community.
Women, younger people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented on DfI Boards. Applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome. 
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process please do not hesitate to contact the DfI Public Appointments unit at - 


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