The Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects which contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities.
About the programme
Since 2016, over £23million has been awarded to support more than 720 projects across Northern Ireland. These CGRF programmes with a good relations focus also include a wide range of activities such as sport, music, drama, arts and crafts, to engage with and make a difference in local communities whilst contributing to peacebuilding and reconciliation. In addition, these projects provide important opportunities to develop new skills, gain qualifications, build self-confidence and develop new friendships, and to celebrate and embrace cultural diversity.
There are two streams of funding available: Project Funding and Small Grants.
For both streams, projects can claim salaries and programme costs, but these costs must be proportional to the good relations project being delivered. CGRF does not, and will not, replace mainstream core or project funding for groups.
Project Funding opens once a year for applications. Small Grants are open for applications throughout the funding year and are available for projects up to £1,500.
Successful projects must deliver within the funding year and contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities. Applications are welcomed, in particular, for good relations projects that include a focus on:
- Developing the capacity within and across communities to build good relations;
- Involving the hardest to reach participants;
- Delivering against the T:BUC Key Priority – Our Safe Community;
- Environmental activities and benefits.
The programme is open to properly constituted community groups and voluntary organisations. Examples include Association, Trust, Company limited by Guarantee, Community Interest Company, Charitable Incorporated Organisation or Industrial and Provident Society.
To be eligible for funding, your organisation must:
- be legally able to operate in Northern Ireland
- be independent, not for profit, and have a constitution or set of rules defining your aims, objectives and operational procedures
- have a suitable management structure and appropriate financial controls
- comply with relevant legislative requirements in respect of employment, health and safety, discrimination and equality of opportunity
Applications to the 2023/24 Central Good Relations Fund are now open Applications should be made using the online application portal. To enable you to access the portal, you must register your organisation. However, if you have previously registered, you do not need to register again. More information on registering and applying can be found on this page.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 12 January 2023 at 6pm. However, you must register your organisation by 12noon on Wednesday 11 January 2023 to enable access to the online application portal. Any registrations submitted after that time will not be accepted.
Go to the Executive Office website below to see the full details of the fund and the application process.
Deadline for applications is: Thursday 12 January 2023 at 6pm