Grant Opportunities

Social Justice Small Grants Programme in the UK

Social Justice Small Grants Programme in the UK

Deadline: 15-Oct-21

The Community Foundation Northern Ireland has launched its Social Justice Small Grants Programme.


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


They would particularly welcome applications for projects which focus on digital justice, environmental justice and feminism. They 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
Funding Information

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).
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.
Project Ideas

Developing Community Charter
Rights/Culture/Identity Projects
“Benefit Take Up” Campaigns
Anti-Poverty Initiatives
Projects which contribute to Peace Building
Projects which tackle digital justice, environmental justice and feminism
Eligibility Criteria

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