North West Learning Fund 2020: Community Foundation Northern Ireland accepting Applications
The Community Foundation Northern Ireland is currently seeking applications for the North West Learning Fund 2020.
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The purpose of the North West Learning Fund is to encourage innovation and facilitate more private philanthropy and collaboration within the Voluntary and Community Sector leading to improved sustainability outcomes.
The Fund will also provide strategic, organisational support through a bespoke mentorship programme upon completion of a strength checker during the application process.
The Comunity Foundation is an independent, grant making trust, inspiring generosity and achieving impact. In a society where everyone can prosper and live in peace, the Foundation encourages and supports those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change.
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The North West Learning Fund will operate in two distinct phases.
Phase One will promote the benefits of learning for employment, and will offer grants of £400 to create an online learning video for inclusion in the UNESCO Learning City, global one day learning event on 30th September 2020
Phase Two will encourage innovation in learning leading to employment opportunities for economically inactive people, and will offer grants of between £10,000 and £15,000
Deadline Free Grants
Organisations which fit the Fund criteria can participate in both Phase One and Phase Two.
Organisations may wish to use the initial grant in Phase One to develop projects for a Phase Two larger grant.
What can be supported within the fund themes?
They expect projects to include:
An innovative, expanded, and/or more efficient and effective service offer
Strong leadership and governance
Improved management systems
Sound impact measurement systems
Thoughts around future strategic planning and direction in relation to supporting economically inactive people living in the North West, to find a route to employment, through training and learning initiatives.
Collaborative approaches, where possible
The Fund will not support:
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The Community Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to their purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to their purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in their investment policy i.e. those linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.
In addition the Community Foundation will not support the following:
The advancement of religion. This includes organisations whose purposes include advancement of religion;
The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972
The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976 – Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation.
The North West Learning Fund also generally do not fund:
Organisations operating outside of the North West e.g. DCSDC area and County Derry~Londonderry
Party political activity
Replacement of statutory funding
Funding for projects that have already started.
Groups who have not complied with previous monitoring requirements
Groups with more than three live lives grants at any one time
Constituted community organisations, and CICs, within Northern Ireland, who are based in the County Derry/Londonderry area only, and which support economically inactive people living in the North West, to find a route to employment, through training and learning initiatives
Individuals who are collaborating/partnering with a constituted group within the geographical area.
For more information, visit https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/north-west-learning-fund/