Are you eligible to apply?

You must check the boxes to agree to all of the following statements to be eligible to apply for funding to HFNI. If you are unsure of any of the eligibility statements, please contact the office on for support.

Your group needs to be registered with Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or other charity regulator within the UK and Ireland. If you are registered in these other areas, the project you are applying for MUST support people from Northern Ireland.
Your charity income needs to be less than £1m as shown on your most recent set of accounts. If you are a charity that covers a number of regions in the UK, we will ask for details of your NI income only. Ensure that this can be made available.
You can only hold one Community grant at any given time. If you were awarded a grant, you must complete the evaluation process and wait 12 months before reapplying. *Please contact the foundation if you are unsure at
If you had been awarded three grants over three consecutive years, you must leave a one year gap before reapplying, e.g. 2020, 2021 and 2022 grant holders cannot return for funding until the relevant quarter in 2024.
If the outcome of your last application was ‘unsuccessful’, you must wait 12 months before reapplying.
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In addition, you must follow the rules around minimum numbers of trustees/board members as set out in your governing document.
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We need to check that you have adequate insurance cover in place to deliver your project. Please tick the box to confirm you have this in place.
We no longer accept applications completed by a Professional Fundraising Consultant. If you need support to complete this application, sign up to one of our monthly support sessions at

Before applying, please visit our section outlining areas outside our guidelines.


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Clifton House Heritage Centre
2 North Queen Street
Belfast BT15 1ES

T: 028 9032 3000

Registered in Northern Ireland Number 19019

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