COVID-19 Charities Fund | NI only


A second phase of the COVID-19 Charities Fund opened on 6 January 2021

Eligibility criteria:

To be eligible, charities must:

  • be established prior to 31 March 2020
  • be a lawfully operating charity as defined by the Charities Act (NI) 2008
  • have at least two unrelated people on its board or committee
  • have a UK bank or building society account in the legal name of the charity with at least two unrelated people who can manage the account
  • have been financially stable prior to the impact of COVID-19
  • be able to demonstrate that fundraising or trading income has reduced due to the impact of COVID -19
  • be unable to meet unavoidable costs up to 31 March 2021
  • have unavoidable costs that cannot be covered by existing grants or public funding

Who cannot apply?

  • Community Amateur Sports Club
  • Community Interest Company
  • Non charitable social enterprise
  • Non charitable trading arm
Additional information:

Applications to the second phase of the COVID-19 Charities Fund will open on 6 January 2021.

Businesses are urged to collect the necessary information and prepare their application ahead of the fund opening. Funding up to £75,000 per organisation will be available.

Previous applicants and awardees will be able to apply in recognition that the support applied to a different six month period. Charities which were previously ineligible due to having received other COVID-19 support funding may also be able to apply.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 22 January 2021.

Support organisation:
  • Department for Communities (DfC)
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