Department for Communities COVID Recovery Programme

On Friday 17 December 2021, the DfC published details of 2021/22 financial support for not-for-profit organisations affected financially by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Grant awards of up to £50,000 are available. In some exceptional circumstances grants higher than £50,000 may also be awarded.

There will be seven awarding bodies and applicants can choose which body best suits their activities.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is now open for applications, but most funders will open on the 7 January 2022 and close on the 28 January 2022.   

Only one award can be made to any individual organisation. The seven delivery partners are:

  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland Screen
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Glór na nGael
  • Ulster-Scots Agency
  • Community Finance Ireland (Charities and Social Enterprises)

NICVA is planning to provide help and advice to applicants and will help with information webinars. The first Webinar is planned for Monday 10 January 2022.

Information about the programme including opening and closing dates and support webinars is available here at NICVA website – this page will be updated with more information as we get it over the next month, so please check back regularly.

More information from the DfC is available here.

I realise this information is arriving with you at a busy time and as many people are preparing for the Christmas break, but I felt it was important to get it to you quickly and to help you prepare if you wish to make an application in January.

We will endeavour to update you as we get more information.

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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.