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The Matched Giving Scheme for 2017 is closed for applications and will reopen mid – January 2018.


We look forward to receiving your matched giving applications in the new year.

'Pitching 4 Pounds' launches at Stormont event


New programme 'Pitching 4 Pounds’ launched this week at our annual reception at Parliament Buildings. This is a new pilot project launched  by the Foundation which will award £15,000 to two successful charities, whose ideas impress the judging panel.
Brenda McMullan, Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland Manager, said: “We are very excited to be launching this latest programme and can’t wait to see charities come up with new ideas to help deprived communities in Northern Ireland.”
Jim McCooe, a Foundation Trustee and Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for Northern Ireland added: “Lloyds Banking Group is extremely proud to support the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland.  The work that the Foundation does makes a difference to thousands of people in need right across Northern Ireland, and it sits right at the heart of our ambition to help Northern Ireland to prosper.
The new programme was announced during an annual reception at Parliament Buildings celebrating the work of all of the charities that have received funding from the Foundation.
In its latest round of funding the Foundation supported 313 charities with grants of £972,353. A grand total of £34.8m has been distributed to more than 9,000 projects during the Foundation’s 32 year history.




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Invisible Traffick NI

Invisible Traffick NI celebrate receiving a grant of £4,500 towards Visi’s World Education Programme.

Gayle Bunting, Director of Invisible Traffick NI was presented with a certificate, by Ms. Janine Donnelly, Trustee of the Halifax Foundation at the Halifax Branch, Connswater to celebrate their success in receiving a grant of £4,500 recently.

Ms. Donnelly stated “The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to support the work of Invisible Traffick NI. The award will go towards the Visi’s World Education programme, which aims to help, protect and educate primary school aged children on the signs and dangers of human trafficking. The programme will be delivered by an experienced facilitator in a sensitive and age-appropriate way. We wish them every success in the programme, raising awareness of a very difficult issue.”

Mrs Bunting stated “Invisible Traffick is overwhelmed to have received this funding from the Halifax Foundation as this will greatly assist us in making a huge impact to our key stage 1 + 2 primary schools pupils. We believe that the education programme will not only assist teachers and schools but also parents and guardians as well. Human Trafficking is a vast growing concern in our local towns and communities, therefore educating our children to stay safe is our key priority. The aim is to reach as many schools across Northern Ireland with our programme, 'Visi’s World'. A version is also available in Irish enabling us to assist Irish speaking schools in equal measure”.

Ms Lynsey McClung, Branch Manager of the Halifax, Connswater stated “The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland operate a colleague Matched Giving scheme, matching the volunteering and fundraising efforts of employees supporting local charities. It is my pleasure to facilitate this certificate presentation today, raising the profile of this wonderful charity to colleagues in the branch, and celebrating the work of the Foundation”.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland awards approximately £1 million annually in support of the Northern Ireland Community to enable people, who are disadvantaged or with special needs, to participate actively in their communities. Their income is derived from Lloyds Banking Group, of which Halifax are a part of.


Senior bank colleagues to mentor NI charity leaders

The Foundation found that charities need for support is not just financial, but also in areas of leadership and management.

Brenda McMullan, Foundation Manager said: “There are colleagues in Halifax who have the skills and experience that many charities need to be successful. These include marketing, financial planning, strategy and leadership”
“The Foundation is delighted to be able to tap into the skills of senior bank staff from Halifax to support 20 charities in this new programme.”
“One of the ways help is being offered is through one-to-one mentoring sessions. These sessions can make a huge difference to the charities who are working so hard to improve the lives of people in Northern Ireland,” she added.
The colleagues have committed to delivering one-to-one mentoring meetings every four to six weeks over a 12 month period.  
Each mentor has been assigned to an individual charity based on the type of skills that have been identified as requiring development. The mentors will set a range of goals and will receive feedback from the charities during the mentoring period.
Stephen Hughes from St Peters Immaculata Youth Centre in Divis said: “In addition to the funding support we receive from the Halifax Foundation, the support from a local Halifax colleague through the mentoring programme will be of real value. We will be using their business skills to help us with quality management and governance of our projects, which is key to the future sustainability of the essential service we’re offering to the young people in Divis.
Jim McCooe, Lloyds Banking Group’s Ambassador for Northern Ireland, said: “This is a unique opportunity to work in partnership with the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland to build business and leadership skills among the charity sector. If charitable organisations are running more efficiently, this should benefit the people they are helping on a daily basis. At the end of the twelve months we will conduct a review of the programme to assess its impact and see if there’s more we are able to do. We believe that this mentoring scheme will go from strength to strength, and will provide a real support aimed at increasing the sustainability of Northern Ireland’s charity and voluntary sector.”




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