Volunteer Now is currently inviting applications for the Small Grants Programme which is funded by the Department for Social Development.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to small, local volunteer-involving organisations  based in the 15 Council areas of Antrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Down, Dungannon & South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Larne, Lisburn, Newry & Mourne, Newtownabbey and North Down.

The Programme is targeted specifically at projects with an annual income of less than £100,000 that promote volunteering amongst people not in paid work and other groups who are currently under-represented in the volunteering population.

Wendy Osborne OBE, CEO Volunteer Now said, “This is an excellent funding opportunity for small volunteer involving organisations which fulfill the criteria of the grant. It will enable them to support existing volunteers and recruit new volunteers to help to meet local need.”

Apply online by clicking the following link: http://grants.volunteernow.co.uk

For a hard copy of the application and guidance notes contact the Finance Team on 028 9023 2020

Closing date for applications is 3pm on 2 November 2012.

NB: Please only apply for this grant through Volunteer Now if you are in the Council areas listed above.

Information sessions about the grants will take place on:

Belfast & SE

  • Monday 22 October 2012 – Volunteer Now, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, 10am-12pm
  • Monday 22 October 2012 – YMCA, Bangor, 10am-12pm
  • Monday 22 October 2012 – Kairos Centre, Newcastle, 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 23 October 2012 – YMCA, Lisburn, 10am-12pm

North East

  • Thursday 18 October 2012, Larne Town Hall – 10am – 12pm
  • Monday 22 October 2012, Antrim Civic Centre – Whinstone Room – 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday 23 October 2012, Ballymena Library – 10am – 12pm
  • Wednesday 24 October 2012, Carrickfergus Library – 10am – 12pm
  • Thursday 25 October 2012, Newtownabbey Library – 10am – 12pm

North West

  • Monday 22 October 2012, Fermanagh House, Fermanagh, 4pm-6pm

South West

  • Monday 29 October 20112, St Patricks Trian, Armagh, 7pm-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 October 2012, Ballybot House, Newry, 7pm-8.30pm

To book a place email sandra.faulkner@volunteernow.co.uk or telephone 028 9023 2020 / 028 9023 2020

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