Welcome to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Online Funding Hub.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council offers financial assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Our support seeks to help such groups who can provide services that are aligned to Council priorities for:-

Revenue Grants 2021-22

Call 1 for Revenue Grants will open 11 January 2021 and close at 12 noon on 29 January 2021. This call invites applications for events, time-bound programmes, and annual core running costs (for eligible organisations) to be delivered 1 April 2021-31 March 2022.

To help potential applicant groups we will be offering the following online Information Sessions:

  • Monday 11th January 14:00
  • Tuesday 12th January 19:00
  • Wednesday 13th January 14:00

If interested in joining one of these sessions please email fap@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk stating the name of your group and which online session you wish to logon for.

The timetable of our proposed calls for applications for revenue grants for the 2021-22 year is currently as follows:

Call

Project Delivery Period

Application Period

Assessment

Award Approval by Council

1

April 2021 – March 2022

11–29 January 2021

February 2021

February 2021

2

August 2021 – March 2022

19 April – 7 May 2021

May 2021

June 2021

3

December 2021-March 2022

23 August - 10 September 2021

September 2021

October 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Large Capital Project Fund 2021-22

The Large Capital Project Fund 2021-22 will open for applications on 25 January 2021 for large capital projects commencing between 1st April 2021-31st March 2022. The call will remain open until noon on 29 October 2021 or until the budget is committed, whichever comes first. Groups can apply for up to £20,000 at a maximum rate of 50%.

Groups thinking of applying to this grant programme should be aware that the following essential documentation must also be provided before a submitted application will be assessed:

a. Evidence of security of tenure which must be one of the following:

  1. Proof of ownership of the property which should be one of the following:
    • a copy of the title deeds in the name of the applicant organisation

    • a letter from a solicitor on headed paper which sets out the Land Registry folio number of the property, date registered, ownership (which should be name of applicant organisation)

  2. A lease of at least 10 years duration remaining with written permission from the landlord for the project to proceed
  3. Where the proposed project is to take place on Council property, the only requirement is that written permission from Council for the project must be provided

b. Evidence of potential project costs (for all applications) as follows:

For capital works, one of the following:

  1. copy of three quotations for the work being applied for (each quotation must compare like with like ie same specification) or
  2. one detailed cost estimate if produced by a Quantity Surveyor

For land purchase, one of the following:

  1. a valuation carried out by a valuer appointed by the Funding Body who are match-funding your project
  2. if the above does not exist, Council will require a valuation to be carried out by the Council’s independent valuer – however, this will only happen if an offer of funding is to be made. In this case the value indicated by the Council’s independent valuer will be used when calculating any final grant award.

c. Evidence in writing that all required statutory approvals are in place

This means you must provide both of the following:

  1. Evidence of planning permission granted or evidence in writing from the Planning Department of Council that planning permission is not required for the works being proposed in the application.
  2. Evidence of Building Control approval granted or evidence in writing from the Building Control Department of Council that Building Control approval is not required for the works being proposed in the application.

Please note: it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all the works for which funding is being applied for have statutory approvals. For example, where an applicant provides evidence of planning permission and it later transpires at any stage following the closing of the call that some elements of the project are not covered by the approval provided, the application will be deemed unsuccessful.

d. Evidence that the funding shortfall is in place (ie the finance is secured to pay the balance of project costs). This may take the form of a grant from another funder, a loan, a donation etc. Please note the following:

  1. groups must be able to demonstrate and evidence a cash commitment from their own funds at a minimum rate of 5% of total project costs up to a value of £5,000. Such cash commitment can include a loan to the applicant.
  2. contribution in kind will only be considered in the form of the donation by a third party of land or buildings. The donation must be freehold or, if leasehold, must be of a minimum duration of 99 years. In this case the value will have to be independently evaluated as described above for land purchase.

Where an applicant is seeking funding from a funder other than Council who also insist on the balance of funding being in place before they will consider an application, the following process will be followed:

  • The group must provide evidence that an application has already been submitted to that funder (where allowed).
  • Council will confirm with that funder that they will not consider an application until all other funding is in place. Council will also confirm the likely timescale of assessment of any application.
  • If the above are confirmed, and a decision from the other funder will be made by 30 November 2021, and all other pre-existing criteria are in place, Council will proceed to assess the application. If successful, any award will be subject to confirmation that the balance of funding is secured (from that funder only) by 30 November 2021.

e. A copy of the applicant’s most recent annual accounts

The accounts must be signed as audited or independently verified. They cannot just be signed off by a member of the Committee.

 

Small Scale Capital Project Fund 2021-22

The Small Scale Capital Project Fund 2021-22 will open for applications on 1 February 2021 and close at 12 noon on 19 February 2021. Groups can apply for up to £2,500 at a maximum rate of 50% for small capital projects, technical assistance for a capital project, or the purchase of equipment. Projects must be fully delivered before 31st March 2022 (note: projects should not commence before a Letter of Offer from Council is issued).

 

Further Information

All applications are to be submitted online using the options below once open for applications. The Applicant Guidance Manuals will be available below once the call opens. Groups should find all the details they require in these manuals and encouraged to read these before applying.

Any queries for either Capital or Revenue grants should initially be directed to fap@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or by phoning 07515 607480.

Financial Assistance provided by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is assisted through financial support from:

       

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Grant Name Information Opening Date Submission Deadline Guidance Resources
1a Seeding Grant Seed funding for new groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector constituted within the last 12 months. 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon
1b Community Development Grants To fund the delivery of programmes where there are clear community development outcomes or to fund the core running costs of community development-focused organisations. 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon
3a Community Events Fund For local small scale community festivals or events. 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon
3b Large Event Fund For larger scale events which have value and interest well beyond the local Council area. 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon
3c Arts Project Fund To fund the delivery of programmes that develop the skills of communities in a particular art-form. 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon
3d International Tourism Event Fund For larger scale events with genuine appeal to the out-of-state visitor and which will generate significant out-of-state tourism revenue and PR for the Borough. 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon Tourism Strategy
4 Good Relations Grants To fund the delivery of programmes that have strong good relations outcomes or to fund the core running costs of good relations-focused organisations. 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon
Commemorative Events Grant For local small scale community events or activities to mark the Centenary of the establishment of Northern Ireland 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon
7 International Linkages Grant To facilitate organisations in building effective, strong & active international linkages to maximise the benefit to the Borough gained across trade, investment, culture, tourism & best practice learning. 11th January 2021 09:15 Friday, 29/01/2021 @ 12:00 noon
Grant Type Grant Name Opening Deadline Guidance Information
Financial Assistance Grants 2a Small Scale Capital Projects Fund 1st February 2021 09:00 Friday, 19/02/2021 @ 12:00 noon Grants available to eligible organisations for equipment, technical assistance for a capital project, or small capital projects. Project delivery should commence after the date of a Letter of Offer and be completed before 31.3.22.
Financial Assistance Grants 2b Large Scale Capital Project Fund 25th January 2021 09:00 Friday, 29/10/2021 @ 12:00 noon For large capital works projects where a maximum of 50% of match funding from Council is required. Project delivery should commence after the date of a Letter of Offer and before 31.3.22. Please note this grant programme will close at 12noon on 29th October 2021 or whenever the budget is committed, whichever comes first. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis in the order in which fully completed applications are submitted ie when the application and all essential supporting documentation is provided.

Please note: Guidance notes for grants may change when they are re-opened.

Grant Name Closed Guidance Information
2 Capital Projects Grant Friday, 23/10/2015 @ 12:00 noon
5 Rural Linkages Grant Friday, 15/09/2017 @ 12:00 noon
Every Body Active 2020 Small Grant Thursday, 09/05/2019 @ 12:00 noon
Covid-19 Support Grant Friday, 24/07/2020 @ 12:00 noon To provide financial support to community-led initiatives aimed at providing relief to those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 Community Support Grant Friday, 27/11/2020 @ 12:00 noon The purpose of this grant is to improve connectivity among those who are isolated as a result of Covid-19.
Orchards/Cider Farm Enhancement Financial Assistance Scheme Friday, 17/04/2020 @ 12:00 noon
8 Civic Representation Grant To support individuals within the Council area who will act as effective ambassadors for the Borough in their chosen activity.