Telecommunity Fund – ongoing


The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects.

Who can apply

Constituted grass roots community and voluntary groups


  • Priority will be given to applications from small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £200,000, as evidenced in most recent set of accounts
  • Projects must aim to support one of the following groups:
  • Young people
  • Older people.
  • People with disabilities.
  • Priority will be given to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.

Examples of types of projects that may be supported within Fund themes:

  • Community education and training opportunities
  • Communication and leadership skills
  • Local initiatives to improve resources and community facilities
  • Creativity and self-expression through drama, music or a range of arts activities
  • Out of school projects for young people

The Telecommunity Fund will not support:

  • Individuals
  • Salary Costs and ongoing running costs
  • Capital projects and large equipment
  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away and one-off residentials
  • Playgroups
  • Sports activities
  • Promotion of religion or party politics
  • Projects that have already started
  • Replacement for statutory funding
  • Portable IT equipment (except in exceptional circumstances and at panel’s discretion)

Closing date for applications: This is a rolling programme.

Guideline (docx)

More information about this grant here.

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.