Additional funding allocation and call for Small Grants for Volunteering

SMALL GRANTS FOR VOLUNTEERING - Additional funding allocation and call for applications

DfC Small Grants for Volunteering
We are happy to announce that DfC have managed to secure additional funding towards the Volunteering Small Grants Programme for 2017/2018. These small grants are a lifeline to the voluntary/community sector and we welcome this encouraging development. Limavady Community Development Initiative Ltd (LCDI), acting as lead for the Association of Independent Volunteer Centres (AIVC), North West Volunteer Centre & Volunteer Now, are responsible for administering the Volunteering Small Grants programme as part of NI's Volunteering Strategy "Join in, get involved: build a better future".

Note - those groups who applied in November DO NOT need to apply again.  LCDI has their details so will contact you directly to complete an addendum to your original application.

The 2017/2018 grants are being limited to £1,200 and can only be used for the following:

•Volunteer Recognition Event / Thank-You Event (Subsistence)
•PPE (Protective Clothing)
•Training – the Volunteer Centres are the ideal choice to do the training through and they will help you through all stages from choice of training, to getting the correct paperwork for your small grant (details of Volunteer Centres attached)

There will be a very tight deadline for applications. This is so that we can turnaround decisions quickly. The deadline for return of completed applications is 12noon Thursday 18th January 2018.
Due to this tight deadline (and to enable quick turnaround) we are only accepting applications through the attached application form rather than through an online portal. The application form should be completed and emailed along with all the supporting documents (constitution; volunteer policy; bank statement; accounts/income & expenditure) to the following email address:

Click below for Application form and guidance:

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Sample Volunteer Policy

Appendix 1


Johnny McShane
Small Grants Manager
24d Benevenagh Drive
BT49 0AQ
Tel: 028 777 65438
Mob: 07834 150401

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