Social Justice Small Grants Programme – closing 30 Sept


Applications must demonstrate that their proposal will contribute to at least one of the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness of and contribute to building a culture of rights within and between communities, particularly those most marginalized from decision making
  • Support communities and marginalized groups to find solutions to contentious issues
  • Strengthen local capacity to advocate by building relationships/connections between communities, policy makers, politicians and funders

We would particularly welcome applications for projects which focus on digital justice, environmental justice and feminism. We have defined these three themes as:

Digital justice provides spaces through which people can investigate community problems, generate solutions, create media, and organize together. Digital justice promotes alternative energy, recycling and salvaging technology, and using technology to promote environmental solutions

Access to and use of information and communication technologies impacts individuals and the community as a whole. A digitally inclusive community is important to civic participation, education, healthcare, public/personal safety, economic and workforce development.

Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, colour, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Environmental justice will ensure that no-one’s health in the community will suffer because of the environment in which they live, work, learn, play or socialise.

Feminist Justice advocates for women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes where women have rights and opportunities equal to those of men which includes activities and actions that have the intent to achieve this goal

Target Group: Community Sector

Locally based community groups and locally based ‘communities of interest’ with an interest in promoting or embedding human rights and social justice in their day to day work for and with their chosen communities.

Size of Grant:

Up to a max of £5,000 per annum. An additional £1k to £1.5k Mentor support will also be provided. It will be a condition of the award that you work with a Mentor in the development of you project and issue(s).


To be eligible for consideration for grant, the applicant groups must:

  • be constituted and based in Northern Ireland or working towards being constituted
  • have an active committee and bank account
  • maintain financial records and present accounts to your AGM
  • provide minutes of committee meetings
  • have at least three cheque signatories who are unrelated
  • have an income of £250k or less

The Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy. We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

To apply

Read the full fund details, and apply, at The Community Foundation Northern Ireland website below.

Social Justice Small Grants Programme

Deadline for receipt of applications is: Friday 30th September 2022 at 13:00

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