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Recent Community Grants Awarded


In our most recent round of Community Grant Funding, 74 organisations received a grant from us. We wish all organisations every success in the delivery of their projects over the next year.

To see the full list of awardees, please click here.

Antrim Enterprise Agency launch New Initiative!


Antrim Enterprise Agency receives funding from Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland to support the delivery of their series of Mind Your Business & Finance information clinics.

The clinics are designed to help individuals gather the key information required when starting a business and to help alleviate the stress and remove the fear factor of what is involved as for many contemplating self employment, these issues can be enough to stop them from taking their idea any further.

Chairperson, Imelda McMillan says “The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to be able to support the work of Antrim Enterprise Agency. The grant of £3,890 will be used to encourage those considering self – employment through information clinics on business and finance.  We wish the organisation continuing success with their excellent work, supporting future entrepreneurs within the local community.”

So whether you are working in a job at the moment that is not fully utilising your skills or qualifications, currently out of work, been made redundant, looking after the home, just out of school and considering starting a business then these clinics are for you.

Melissa McAllister, Bank Manager of Halifax Abbey Centre, says “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”

The Mind Your Business clinics provide individuals with information on the key areas of starting a business from business name and status to market research, marketing and legalities.  The Mind Your Finance clinics provide information on  the key financial factors to consider such as pricing, costing, cashflow development and management, book keeping to name but a few. In addition to this each client will get a business checklist that will allow them to start planning their business start up.

Kerry McClintock, Business Development Manager says “we meet entrepreneurs from all walks of life with varying skills, knowledge and experience but all have one thing in common, they want to start their own business so through these clinics we can provide them with the support they need to make their dream a reality”


For further information and to register contact Kerry on 028 9446 7774 or

Our Community in Mind Programme Awardees Announced!


The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland today gave out almost £113,000 in grants to 12 charities working hard to improve the mental health of people in Northern Ireland.

The Foundation’s ‘Community in Mind’ mental health initiative received 177 applications from charities and whittled it down to 12 organisations working in key areas such as suicide and self-harm, binge eating, young people, prisoners and post-natal and ante natal depression.

As well as giving £112,847 in grants to ‘Community in Mind’, the Foundation today also announced that it was donating more than £265,000 to 73 charities, which means that it has allocated a total of £530,000 in community grants to 135 charities since the start of this year.

Brenda McMullan, Executive Director of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland, said the Community in Mind initiative was a response to the demand for better mental health services in Northern Ireland.

She said: “Mental health charities in Northern Ireland do a fantastic job supporting our severely stretched Health Service. Over the years, the number of organisations in this area applying to us for funding has increased dramatically so we decided to launch our ‘Community in Mind’ initiative.

“The Foundation has been overwhelmed by the number of applications and by the high quality of applications for funding. In the end, we had to choose 12 very high quality applicants doing fantastic work tackling the scourge of mental health problems in the community.”

The organisations who have been awarded a total of £112,847 are:


•          Act Initiative from West Belfast, £9,850 towards a mental health hub for young people in the Shankill area.

•          Eating Disorders Association NI (South Belfast and NI wide) £8,000 towards a website update to include binge eating support.

•          Educational Shakespeare Company from South Belfast £10,000 towards a film-making programme for patient prisoners in Shannon, Knockbracken.

•          GROW NI from North Belfast £6,100 towards a dedicated area in the Waterworks to improve mental health.

•          Jigsaw Community Counselling from North Belfast £10,000 to provide counselling to families suffering mental ill health.

•          Life Change Changes Lives, Downpatrick £9,956 to provide counselling and rehab aftercare for those leaving hospital following mental health treatment.

•          MYMY from Newcastle £8,941 for a counselling and resilience programme for those suffering mental ill health.

•          North West Play Resource Centre, Derry £10,000 towards choir costs for those suffering with mental health problems.

•          Sole Purpose, Derry and North Belfast £10,000 towards a theatre production of ‘Blinkered’ addressing suicide and mental ill health.

•          St Peter’s Immaculata, West Belfast £10,000 towards Auricular Acupuncture for young people to improve their mental health.

•          Support2gether, Omagh, Clogher and Lisnaskea £10,000 towards support for women suffering antenatal and postnatal depression.

•          Zest Healing the Hurt, Derry and the West £10,000 for an emotional health programme delivered in schools including understanding suicide and self-harm.


Recent Community Grants Awarded


We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees have awarded a number of new Community Grants at their last Board meeting. Congratulations to all the organisations who received an award. Please see below for further details:


174 Trust 5000 Towards salary costs of Playwork Assistant and Sessional Workers.
Action Deaf Youth 5000 Towards rent.
Age Concern East Belfast & Castlereagh (Independent) 3500 Towards rent & tutor costs.
Anahilt Playgroup 2000 Towards portacabin refurbishment costs.
Antrim Enterprise Agency  3890 Towards tutor costs and materials.
Appleby Careers Project ltd 5038 Towards the salary of the Design Support Worker.
Ardstraw Youth & Community Forum 4000 Towards Ball Stopper Netting and Installation.
Arts for All 5000 Towards Running costs.
Autism Support Kilkeel 4000 Towards summer scheme activity costs.
Ballymoney Evergreen Club 4000 Towards running costs of Ballymoney Evergreen Club.
Bangor International Choral Festival (B.I.C.F.) 500 towards running costs (1 day) of Bangor International Choral Festival 2019
Benbradagh Community Support 4500  Towards Community Engagement Officer salary & room hire. 
Cairn Lodge Amateur Boxing Club 5000 Towards running costs and some equipment costs.
Camowen Partnership Trust  4800 Towards Transport Provision for the Out of School Club.
Cancer ConnectNI (CCNI) 4000 Towards Annual insurance for CCNI vehicles.
Caring Breaks 4760 Towards the costs of 2 weekend respite breaks.
Carnlough Community Association 2000 Towards running costs.
Centre for Health and Well Being 2578 Towards a young women's project.
Craigavon Area Talking Newspaper Association (CATNA) 1000 Towards 'Spreading the News'
Cumann Gaelach Leath Chathail 4000 Towards Development Officer salary.
Davina's Ark 3920 Towards facilitator costs and counsellor costs. 
Destined Ltd 4500 Towards the 'Meenglas' project 
Devenish Partnership Forum 5000 Towards the salary of the Administrator.
Drake Music Project Northern Ireland 5000 Towards Access Designer costs. 
Dungiven Celtic Youth Football Club 3900 Towards Facility Hire and Equipment.
Dunloy Development Association 2500 Towards the Sociable Seniors Staying Healthy - Luncheon Club.
Edenderry Rural Community Group 1059 Towards the cost of an outing.
Extern Supporting Communities 2720 Towards counselling support.
Foyle Parents and Friends Association 4500 Towards Support Workers.
Foyle Women's Information Network 4145 Towards the 'Around the World' programme.
Galliagh Women's Group 4500 Towards the salary of the Welfare Benefits Advisor.
Gasyard Development Trust 4000 Towards heat & light costs.
Go Kids Go! (Association of Wheelchair Children) 2000 Towards wheelchair skills workshops in NI.
GRACE Women’s Development Limited 1875 Towards tutor costs and running costs. 
Greengables Preschool 1700 Towards rent costings.
Greysteel Community Enterprise 4000 Towards the salary of the Programme Development Officer. 
Hillcrest Trust 3180 Towards the Eden Project.
Home-Start North Belfast 4500 Towards Volunteer training/expenses and Rent.
Hope House 6000 Towards fixtures and fittings at Brown's Bay
incredABLE Limited  5000 Towards volunteer costs.
Killeeshil Community Centre Association 3000 Towards curtains for centre hall & stage.
Lincoln Courts Youth & Community Association 2900 Towards the Summer Fun Programme.
Lisburn Downtown Centre 4000 Towards salary of centre coordinator.
Little Castle Playgroup 2205 Towards the sensory garden and equipment.
Little Friends Playgroup (Omagh) 3105 Towards salary costs.
Little Stars Pre-School 2000 Towards SEN Worker costs
M.E Support Northern Ireland 2203 Towards promotional costs and volunteer expenses.
Macosquin Village Community Association 2600 Towards a Cross Community project, laptops and First Aid Training
Maiden City Soccer Academy 4500 Towards pitch & facility hire.
Milltown Super Adults Club 3518 Towards the older people programme.
Mind Your Mate and Yourself - MYMY  5000 Towards Lead Counsellor salary.
New Horizons Partnership 4650 Towards equipment costs & accreditation fees.
Newhill Youth & Community Association 4000 Towards the cost of Portacabin hire.
Newry Foodbank 5000 Towards Warehouse Rental.
North Down Community Network (NDCN) 2652 Towards the 'Disable the Label' project. 
North West Community Network 2000 Towards media training for the C&V Sector in the North West.
Omagh Boys and Girls Club 3518 Towards OCN accredited Leadership course and mental health residential
PeacePlayers International - Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) 5000 Towards the Schools Twinning project.
Place of Victory for All Nations 4000 Towards the salary of a Coordinator and volunteer expenses.
Saints Youth Centre 4900 Towards the 'Summer Saints' programme.
Shopmobility Carrickfergus 3500 Towards Rent.
Shopmobility Magherafelt 3500 Towards Maintenance/Services, Batteries and Volunteers Expenses.
Shopmobility Omagh 4000 Towards the 'Event Mobility' programme.
Sólás 3380 Towards the siblings support programme.
Southern Group Enterprises Ltd t/a Training for Business 4620 Towards tutors, bus costs, and materials. 
St. Patrick's Bowling Club 1473 Towards Rent, Coaching costs, Bus Hire and some equipment.
The Cinnamon Network 3000 Towards the salary of the Cinnamon Advisor.
The Compassionate Friends Northern Ireland 3900 Towards counselling and alternative therapies.
The Harmony Community Trust 2200 Contribution towards 1 weekend residential in Autumn term. 
Tools for Solidarity Downpatrick 4550 Towards Workshop Manager Salary.
Trillick Arts and Cultural Society 2800 Towards stairlift and door. 
Tullysaran Community Association 3520 Towards a part-time Development Officer.
Waterside Theatre Company Ltd 3835 Towards facilitators, materials and advertising costs (excluding c21 performance)
West End Partnership 1575 Towards the summer community festival & tea dance.


Spotlight On Mental Health

In 2017, Bank of Scotland Foundation, Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands, Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales ("the Foundations") received £20.7 million from Lloyds Banking Group as part of the Group's commitment to Helping Britain Prosper. The Foundations donated these funds to charities across the UK through Grants Programmes and a Matched Giving Programme for Lloyds Banking Group employees.


Spotlight on Mental Health is the first in a series of 'Spotlights' highlighting some of the key issues supported by the Foundations. In 2017, across the UK, the Foundations provided over £8 million of grant funding and almost £1 million of Matched Giving to mental health charities and other charities delivering projects focussing on mental health, helping people to benefit from a variety of much needed local services and personal support.


Please click this link to find out more.

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