EMPOWERING YOU TO EMPOWER OTHERS
The EMPOWER programme is open to infrastructure charities, both regional or sub-regional who support voluntary & community groups. Infrastructure charities providing sectoral support for a specific group are also eligible to apply.
To be eligible for this fund, your group must be registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. If you are registered with another charity regulator in the UK/Ireland, it must show that you operate in Northern Ireland.
Applicants must have at least one year of annual returns published on Charity Commission NI website.
Applications must be strategic/transformational in nature. Projects must not duplicate activities supported by or the responsibility of government departments.
EMPOWER opens for applications on Monday 3rd June and closes on Friday 28th June 2024 at 12noon. Awards will be made in August, with a start date of September 2024.
Applicants must have a pre-application call with a member of the Grants Team prior to submitting an application. To book a call, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
TYPES OF COSTS CONSIDERED
FLEXIBILITY COMMITMENT – We recognise that costs you need supported at the time of application may not be what you need throughout the lifetime of your grant. Should you be successful with your application, we would encourage you to speak to your grants officer should things change and we will endeavour to be as flexible as possible (Please note: You must receive confirmation of approval before changes are made.)
EMPOWER - ELIGIBILITY CHECK
Your groups needs to be a registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or other charity regulator within the UK or Ireland. Your application must support people or groups from Northern Ireland.
In addition, you must follow the rules around the minimum number of Trustees/Board Members as set out in your governing document.
If you work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, you must have a safeguarding policy in place. For further information published by NSPCC, click here
You will not be able to submit an application if you do not have adequate insurance cover to
run your charity and activities contained in your application.
For guidance published by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, click here
We do not accept applications completed by a professional fundraising consultant. If you need support to complete this application, sign up for one of our monthly support sessions at email@example.com
WHAT WE DON'T FUND
BEFORE YOU START
You will need an electronic copy of the following documents to attach with your application:
- Your governing document (signed by an office bearer)
- A recent bank statement (within last 3 months) unredacted
- We will check the Charity Commission NI website for your accounts, so make sure they are up to date.
In the application form, we will be asking you questions about:
- Contact details of a main contact and your Chairperson
- The activities of your charity
- The funding you need, including details of your beneficiaries
- The budget
- Most recent financial information, including income, expenditure and reserves
JOURNEY OF AN APPLICATION
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