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1 CRC: Community Relations / Cultural Diversity Funding

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submitting an application please contact a member of the Funding and Development Programme or phone 028 9022 7500.

  • All projects in receipt of CR/CD funding must be completed within this financial year.
  • Grants are up to £10K maximum and for project costs only.
  • Average grant is £2K – £5K.
Adapting to Online Delivery
In these unprecedented times we understand that many of the traditional delivery methods are not possible. With this in mind CRC has been gathering together some of the current good practice in relation to delivering programmes online and in different formats.

Please check out the examples of work currently taking place:

Deadline 4 December 2020


2 The David Cross Young People’s Fund

Applications are invited from community and voluntary sector organisations, youth groups, schools and colleges who are working with young people aged 12-25 in Northern Ireland.

Proposals should be clearly focused on the fund’s objectives and have been developed in conjunction with young people.

Proposals should take into account the impact of the Covid-19 in how the project will be delivered and how the pandemic has affected young people’s prospects.

The fund welcomes applications which seek to pilot innovative, creative and technological solutions, particularly where these could be upscaled or replicated.

The fund welcomes applications which involve cross community collaboration and partnership as a means of meeting the challenges common to all young people.

Funding can be used to cover equipment (at up to £5,000), as well as activity, materials, training and staffing costs.

All applicants will have access to capacity building support through a free accelerator programme. Successful applicants will also receive up to 30 hours of bespoke mentoring support.

Applying to the David Cross Young People's Fund
Stage One: Submission of online application via the Community Foundation’s website 
www.communityfoundationni.org by 1:00pm on 11th September 2020.  This must include an organisation strength checker – https://vcsestrengthchecker.org.uk/.  This must be attached to your application, and must help shape the nature of what you are requesting financial assistance for.

Stage Two: Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their project to the David Cross Young People’s Fund panel in early October.  This will consist of a 5 to 10 minute presentation, followed by approximately ten minutes of discussion and questions from the panel representatives.  Please note that depending on government restrictions and social distancing guidelines, the presentation may be done remotely using an online platform.

Successful applicants will be given 12 months from date of award to complete their project.



 Techies in Residence - Sign up for Information Session

We believe that digital technology holds huge potential to help the VCSE sector develop new innovative solutions to address community challenges and issues. This has become even more evident in light of the outbreak of COVID 19 with many organisations grappling with the shift to digital working – and how best to respond to it.

Techies in Residence programme is free to participate in. It brings together social challenges from VCSE organisations with digital technology professionals to design, develop and test innovative digital products and services that have the potential for deep social impact.

We’ve a number of short online information sessions available so you can find out more about the programme. These will cover:

  • What is the Techies in Residence programme?
  • Who is it for?
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Examples of past projects
  • Programme details including key dates
  • The application process
  • Questions and answer session

These sessions will take place online on Zoom on the dates below:

Thursday 13th August 2020 2pm - 3pm
Thursday 20th August 2020 11am - 12pm
Thursday 27th August 2020 2pm - 3pm
Thursday 3rd September 2020 11am - 12pm

If you have any questions please contact Gemma on 

Register for online information sessions
Apply to TiR programme


4 Covid 19 Recovery Revitalisation Business Grant 2020/21

This is a rolling application until all funding has been consumed.

1. You must 
register here in order to be able to save your application as you complete
2. You must complete th  e application form fully. Any application submitted with missing information or incomplete questions will be deemed incomplete and subsequently rejected. This grant scheme accepts application in electronic form here. A printable version of the application can be downloaded here and submitted as advised in appendix one of guidance notes.
3. Once you have submitted your application form, you must send supporting documentation (bank statement/insurance/quotes/price checks) to 
businessgrant@derrystrabane.com adding your application reference number to the subject line. The reference number will be e-mailed to you once you have completed your application form and you must use the same e-mail throughout the process.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of council staff regarding your application please contact 


5 Department for Communities Stakeholder Update

Please find the latest in our regular updates on the key announcements from the Department for Communities during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Minister announces cash boost for voluntary and community sector
Dates agreed to allow the re-opening of theatres and concert halls
Minister announces £3.2m COVID funding boost
Minister to reconvene Partnership Panel

We hope you continue to find these updates useful – don’t forget to check our website and nidirect
 regularly for the latest information on the impact of COVID-19 on our services.


6 Mobile APP – StopCOVID NI

Northern Ireland’s Health service has launched this mobile phone App to help ‘contact tracing’ of people potentially infected by the virus. It is a major aid in the battle to control the spread and stop a return to lockdown.

The app doesn’t know who the user is or where they’ve been, but if they test positive for COVID-19 the app can anonymously identify other users that are at heightened risk of acquiring the virus and give them advice and guidance. We know that the more people who use an app like this, the more protection it will provide to our community. We have even built a private exchange of information with the app in the Republic of Ireland, so it will provide benefit for everyone on the island of Ireland.

Download the StopCOVID NI App from the 
Apple Store here or from Google Play here.


 7 Compulsory Face Coverings Notification

The Northern Ireland Executive have agreed that from Monday 10th August 2020, wearing face covering (masks) in shops and other enclosed spaces will become compulsory.

From 10 August the use of face coverings when you are in a public area indoors, such as in a shop when social distancing is not possible, will be mandatory. You must also wear a face covering on public transport. From 10 August it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in a shop or shopping centre, or any indoor public space where it is not possible to maintain social distancing.

The reason for using face coverings
Coronavirus (COVID-19) usually spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. These droplets can also be picked up from surfaces, if you touch a surface and then your face without washing your hands first.
This is why social distancing, regular hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes is important in controlling the spread of the virus.

The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.
Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) they’re not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing.

It’s important to follow all the other government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) including 
staying safe outside your home.

If you have recent onset of any of the most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

You and your household must isolate at home. Wearing a face covering does not change this. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.


8 Reflecting on the Virtual Summit - The 'New Normal' for the C&V Sector

We've all heard the phrase 'New Normal'. But what does this mean for the community and voluntary sector? 

A few weeks back S3 Solutions held our first ever virtual summit to discuss just that. We were joined by a range of esteemed speakers including The National Lottery Community Fund, Rethink Ireland, The Community Foundation NI, Elemental Software, B4B Group, Log Me In and Care Meseyside. We were overwhelmed by the response and interest from organisations of all shapes and sizes from across the UK and Ireland. Having had some time to reflect on the event, our Consultancy Director Eamonn Seydak has jotted down a few of the key takeways that might be of interest to you.

Read Here!

If you missed our event, don't worry! You can catch up on all the discussions from the day below: 

  • S3 Solutions, The Community Foundation NI, The National Lottery Community Fund and Rethink Ireland  discuss funding in the new normal: New priorities? Identifiying Need? What opportunities are on the horizon?


  • Log Me In and B4B Group provide the latest on new tools and tips to engage, consult and connect with beneficiaries and communities virtually and enhance organisations' digital engagement in this new digital world. 


  • Elemental and Care Merseyside share their experiences of digital transformation and how it has enhanced connectivity to services for beneficiaries, impact measurement drawing down additional funding. 



9  Autism NI - We need your help!

Over the past 9 years, there has been little progress made with the implementation of the Autism Strategy, which was a result from the Autism Act NI (2011). The autism community in Northern Ireland deserve better and we are in full support of MLA Pam Cameron’s proposed Private Members Bill on Autism.

This Bill proposes an oversight function and a new funding model to guarantee independent scrutiny and drive forward the strategic implementation of dedicated autism services.
We need your help to make a difference as we can’t do this on our own.  Your voice needs to be heard. Please take 5 minutes to complete this quick survey. Now is the time to help us make the difference that is so badly needed. Please also share this far and wide!

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10 Upcoming La Dolce Vita Workshops

Workshop 1: Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning
This 2 week workshop will raise awareness, insight and knowledge into domestic abuse, sexual violence, and the importance of safety planning while living, or leaving an abusive relationship.

  •  Insight and knowledge into the emotional, mental, physical, sexual and financial implications of safety, within abusive relationships.
  •  What and who is involved in the creating and, implementing, of a safety plan.
  •   Information on services and resources available to support you. 
Workshop Dates:
Week 1:           Monday 14th September 2020
Week 2:           Monday 21st September 2020
Location:         Provisionally at the Holywell Building, Bishop Street, Derry
Time:               10 am to 1 pm.
  •          6 hrs CPD certificate on completion of both weeks.
  •          Booking is essential as places are limited.
  •          Light refreshments provided.
  •          No charge to attend
Workshop 2:  Parental Conflict, Intervention, Safety and Support Program
This program will require a 4 week commitment to explore with parents:
  •          Parenting behaviours and effective communication, self care
  •          Barriers to reporting incidents of domestic abuse and parental alienation
  •          Parental alienation strategies and impact on children
  •          Safety and protection of children, and self, while living in or post separation
Workshop Dates: (Change to original dates posted)
Start Date:       Wednesday 23rd September 2020
End Date:         Wednesday 14th October 2020
Location:         Provisionally at the Holywell Building, Bishop Street, Derry
Time:               10 am to 2 pm.
To book call:    02871377272
  • Certificate of attendance on completion of four weeks
  • Booking is essential as places are limited and will require an initial assessment, before booking will be confirmed
  • Light refreshments provided
  • No charge to attend  


11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

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

  • COMETS: Being Civically Engaged (online edition)
  • Contact-Making Event Con-Act For Future
  • MOOC: Global education goes POP
  • BiTriMulti (BTM) - OnlineTraining Course for newcomers in youth exchanges
  • APPETISER (online edition) - An introduction on how to use Erasmus+
  • Call for Trainers


12  Look up from Lock down - Workshop available to community groups

Michaela Mc Daid Ecotherapy    

  • This workshop has been specifically designed in response to the emotional challenges experienced during lockdown and the need to readjust to a ‘new normal’ as restrictions are lifted.  As such it acknowledges our individual and collective experiences of the pandemic, and makes time to breathe deeply, reflect and refocus our attention with self care and community support.
  • At three hours duration, this is an ideal one-off workshop for volunteers and staff returning to a working environment with new protocols and procedures in place.  It is equally beneficial to those who have continued to work on location during lockdown and need to take stock of the changing environment.
  • It is preferable to facilitate this course with access to a natural outdoor space because Ecotherapy is encouraged for reducing stress and improving mood.   However, if this is not possible, the content can easily be adapted for indoor delivery. 

Please contact:
(0044) 7517936613


13  Job Vacancy - Common Ground Programme Support Worker

St Columb's Park House (SCPH) opened in 1994 as a peace building centre offering a safe shared space for dialogue and community development. We host a range of outreach projects that animate communities and individuals to work together towards a fair, peaceful society where every individual feels valued and can make a positive difference.  This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme managed by the Special EU Programme Board (SEUPB)

In order to deliver the Common Ground Programme in conjunction with COVID19 government guidelines we wish to appoint a Project Support Worker on a fixed term 7 months contract starting September 2020.  The post is a part time post averaging 12 hours per week across three days.  It should be noted that the post will include some evening work and the occasional weekend. Gross salary £6100 for the fixed term.

Purpose and function of post: Employed by St Columb’s Park Housethe Programme Support Worker will support the Co-ordinator to work closely with the Tullyally Community Partnership and Currynierin Community Association to deliver the full PEACE IV Interface Investment Programme in those areas.
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:

  • 2 years experience of working in a relevant field within community development/education/empowerment programmes.
  • Or a relevant 3rd level qualification related to community education/ peace & reconciliation/social enterprise

Shortlisting criteria may be enhanced in the instance of large numbers of applications.
Further information and application packs are available from Sharon Doherty St Columb’s Park House, 
4 Limavady Road, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT47 6JY.  Telephone: 028 71 343080. Packs can also be requested using email; sharon@stcolumbsparkhouse.org
Completed Applications must be returned to the Operations Manager in an envelope clearly marked “JOB APPLICATION” no later than 12noon on 21st August 2020. We will only accept completed and signed application forms issued with the job information. We do not accept CVs. Applications received after the closing date / time will not be considered. Interviews for short-listed applicants will be held on the week beginning 24th August 2020.


14  Administrative Volunteers required at La Dolce Vita Project

We are continuing to seek volunteers to support the everyday administration duties at La Dolce Vita Project.

Full training provided and there will be the opportunity to avail of internal and external training to support your own continuous personal development.


  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to operate database and booking system
  • Ability to work micro-soft word, office, excel, power-point.
  • Ability to work on initiative.

Available to work:

  • Monday 09:30 am to 17.00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:30 am to 17.00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:30 am to 17.00 pm
  • Thursday 09:30 am to 17:00 pm

Must provide 2 references and complete a Gardai vet or Access NI check.
Travel and subs will be provided.
For more information telephone: 02871377272

Forward CV to:
Miss Donna-Maria Logue (Founder & Director of Services
Post: The Wee House, 13 Queen Street, Derry, BT47


15 NIFHA Chair and Board Members Competition

Please see the link to the advertisement and associated documents for a public appointment competition to appoint a Chair and 4 Members to the Board of the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority (NIFHA).

Closing date – 14th August 2020 at 4pm.


16 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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