SUPPORT TO GIVE YOU THE BEST START
IGNITE provides funding to support a charity to get started.
Open to organisations recently set up (within last 2 years). Groups must be registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. (if registered with another charity regulator in the UK/Ireland, it must show that you operate in Northern Ireland.)
Priority will be given to charities with limited funds available to them.
In line with the priorities of The Halifax Foundation, your charity must support people in greatest need. For example, supporting people living in poverty; those who are unemployed; those with disabilities or mental ill health. (This is not an exhaustive list – other areas of need will be considered.)
IGNITE is a rolling programme, however it will close when the budget is reached. This is a pilot programme with the potential to support 20 – 40 applications.
FLEXIBILITY COMMITTMENT – We recognise that costs you need supported at the time of application may not be what you need throughout the lifetime of your grant. We 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.)
TYPES OF CHARITIES WE FUND
Social and Community Welfare
Community Services: Family centres, youth clubs, senior groups, after school clubs, self-help groups, childcare provision, preschools and playgroups.
Advice Services: Homelessness, addictions, bereavement, family guidance, money advice, helplines, suicide awareness.
People with disabilities: Residences, day centres, transport, carers, information, advice and advocacy.
Promotion of health: Information and advice, mental health support, independent living, day care.
Civic Responsibility: Young people at risk, crime prevention, promotion of volunteering, victim support, mediation, rehabilitation of offenders.
Cultural Enrichment: Improving access to the arts and heritage for those in greatest need.
Education and Training
Employment: Employability skills, personal development support, interview and job coaching.
Training and Education: Accredited, vocational, personal development training, life skills.
*We have developed additional guidance for PTAs. Click here for further information.
EXAMPLES OF COSTS THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED
IGNITE WILL ONLY SUPPORT COSTS NEEDED TO HELP YOU SET UP YOUR CHARITY.
IGNITE - ELIGIBILITY CHECK
Your group 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 residing in Northern Ireland.
If you currently hold a grant, you cannot be considered for an IGNITE grant.
Your group needs to be newly set up to be eligible for this funding. The date your group was formally set up is the date your constitution was adopted and signed. If this date is greater than 2 years, you cannot apply for IGNITE but you may be eligible for support via our Community FLEX Programme
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Minutes of the Board meeting in which the constitution was adopted
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 and why it was set up
- The funding you need, including details of your beneficiaries
- The budget
JOURNEY OF AN APPLICATION
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