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DfC Small Grants for Volunteering now open

30 November 2017

We are happy to announce that DfC have managed to secure 240k towards the Volunteering Small Grants Programme for 2017/2018.

These small grants are a lifeline to the voluntary/community sector and we welcome this encouraging development.  Limavady Community Development Initiative Ltd (LCDI), acting as lead for the Association of Independent Volunteer Centres (AIVC), North West Volunteer Centre & Volunteer Now, are responsible for administering the Volunteering Small Grants programme as part of NI's Volunteering Strategy "Join in, get involved: build a better future".

Due to the decreased budget, the 2017/2018 grants are being limited to 500 and can only be used for the following:

  • Travel
  • Training – the Volunteer Centres are the ideal choice to do the training through and they will help you through all stages from choice of training, to getting the correct paperwork for your small grant (details of Volunteer Centres attached)
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Insurance

There will be a very tight deadline for applications.  This is so that we can turnaround decisions quickly in order that groups will have approximately three months to spend the grant. 

The deadline for return of completed applications is 12noon Thursday 30th November 2017. 

2017/2018 Small Grants Application Form

Details of your local Volunteer Centres who can help with training courses

Due to this tight deadline (and to enable quick turnaround) applications will only be accepted through the application form rather than through an online portal.  The application form should be completed and emailed along with all the supporting documents (constitution; volunteer policy; bank statement; accounts/income & expenditure) to: smallgrants@lcdi.co.uk 

After the deadline completed applications will be assessed, with announcements made in early January.

If you require any further information, please contact Johnny McShane, Small Grants Manager

LCDI, 24d Benevenagh Drive, Limavady BT49 0AQ

Tel: 028 777 65438

Mob: 07834 150401


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