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Coronavirus Community Fund in Northern Ireland

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 27, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on May 29, 2020
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The Coronavirus Community Fund is open to community organisations throughout Northern Ireland, who are supporting isolated older people at this time.

The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 50 and over), as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation of these older people.

What can be supported within the fund themes?
• Running costs for organisations to provide such support, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport; providing the organisation is focusing their attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries;
• Small capital costs are eligible, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the fund, and is linked to keeping the older person connected to the outside world.
• Examples might include:
o Enabling older people to keep warm by accessing home heating oil or warm clothes.
o Enabling older people to access a nutritious meal by connecting them to services providing groceries, and/or ready made meals.
o Enabling and encouraging older people to use and access technology to keep them connected to the outside world.
o Reaching out to isolated older people by telephone, and befriending if possible.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. a locally based not-for-profit, voluntary or community group working in Northern Ireland to improve the quality of life for local people;
2. community groups working together, particularly in smaller geographical communities;
3. a partnership approach is encouraged, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications;
4. your project must support older people (aged 50 and over) and
• help to to reduce their isolation and vulnerability;
• support ongoing needs of older people;
• help ensure older people remain connected with the outside world during this time.

Utilize This Offer

Locally based not-for-profit, voluntary or community group working in Northern Ireland to improve the quality of life for local people are eligible to apply.

Typically the Fund will be able to provide grants of £1,000, however, they will consider applications for up to £2,500, if it is clear within the application that the funds are needed and will provide support for isolated older people.

The Fund is open from 9am 16th March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis, depending on current funding available.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 27, 2020
Mar 27, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Mar 28, 2020
Mar 28, 2020

Thanks, Ana.