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Small Grant Funding Scheme opening for applications

The Public Health Agency and the Northern Area Community Networks are pleased to announce a programme of investment that will provide support to communities in responding to the impact the COVID19 pandemic.

The PHA are encouraging groups to apply for the short-term funding programme which can be used to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities living through COVID-19.

The funding programme will also support a range of strategic themes and priorities including:

- ‘Making Life Better’ (A whole System Strategic Framework for Public Health 2013-2023) priorities

- Protect Life 2 (PL2) 2019-2024, strategy for reducing suicides and the incidence of self-harm within Northern Ireland, Mental Health and Emotional Well-being.

Programmes eligible for funding should promote healthy lifestyle choices.  Projects which benefitted from this programme in previous years have included workshops focusing on drugs and alcohol, autism and females, postnatal depression, stress management and programmes on personal development, first aid, Relax Kids, Hope ambassador training and parenting programmes.  Activities such as gardening, yoga, mindfulness, arts &crafts, cooking, to mention a few.

This year the programme will allow groups to apply for a wider range of programmes to achieve better health and wellbeing as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

The PHA has commissioned the 4 Northern Community Networks, CRUN/Causeway Rural and Urban Network, NACN / Northern Area Community Network; CWSAN / Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network and Impact Network NI to facilitate this process in theNorthern HSC / PHA locality areas. This short term funding programme is also available in the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast areas via The Clear Project.

Two types of awards are available under this scheme:

Award one programme of up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking community/ voluntary sector groups can apply for, and

Award two programme of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community/ Voluntary sector groups.

Any group interested in applying for the short term funding programmes for the Northern PHA/HSC area can find out more through contacting:  

The Health Alliance Website (Northern Area), thisprovides an opportunity for communities, voluntary and statutory sections to network, share information and best practice, engage in evidence based health improvement, access training and capacity building opportunities and contribute to sharing the health improvement agenda.  The short-term grant application will be available on the funding section of the health alliance website. To access the documents you will have to register to become a member of the Health Alliance, you can do this byfollowing the link:

For further queries on this funding opportunity, please contact the appropriate Network for your project area:

Northern Area Community Network (NACN) & Causeway Rural & Urban Network (CRUN) Ballymena, Ballymoney, Larne, Causeway & Moyle


T: 028 21772100

Impact Network NI

Antrim, Newtownabbey & Carrickfergus


T: 028 9447 8645

Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN)

Magherafelt & Cookstown


T: 028 87 738845

The closing date for applications for these grants is Thursday 6th August 2020 at 12 noon.

Any group interested in applying for the short term funding programmes for the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast areas can find out more at  

Further details are available from the CLEAR Project on (028) 7138 3386 or

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