Development Advice

Committee Skills

Whether you are an established group or setting up for the first time, the set of links below will guide you to all you need to know to get yourselves running effectively and legally.

Funding Information

Lloyds TSB Foundation

Lloyds TSB Foundation funds projects relating to “Education and Training" and "Social and Community Needs" and community groups can apply for up to £5,000 in any one year. Grants cover project costs and running costs like rent, heat, light and salaries.
The closing dates for applications are normally the second Friday of January, April, July and October with the Board meeting during the first week in March, June, September and December.
Note that only community groups with charitable status can apply. The new Charity Commission for Northern Ireland will soon be taking over the registration of charities, but in the meantime charitable status can be gained through HM Revenue and Customs.
Contact Gilford Resource Centre for more information or log on to this Inland Revenue web page

Awards for All – Big Lottery

This Programme is delivered and funded by the Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland and awards funds of between £500 – £10,000. You can now re-apply for funding up to a maximum of £ 20,000 in any 12-month period. 
You can apply to Awards for All programme if you are:
  • a voluntary and community organisation, or
  • a statutory organisation.
  • you have a UK bank or building society account in the name of your organisation, which requires at least two unrelated signatures on each cheque or withdrawal
  • you can meet our requirements for annual accounts
  • you need an award of between £500 and £10,000
  • you can spend the award within one year
  • the people who will benefit from your project live in Northern Ireland
  • you have adopted appropriate policies in line with your type of work
  • your award will pay for your project-related costs.
Awards for All money can make a difference by helping:
  • people to participate in their communities to bring about positive change
  • people to develop their skills and widen their experiences
  • people to work toward better and safer communities
  • improve people’s physical and mental health and well being

Banbridge District Council Sports Development Grant

Local sports clubs can apply directly to Banbridge District Council for grant assistance if their application seeks to enhance and promote sporting opportunities for all. Five types of grants are available to sports groups under the Council's sports development grant aid scheme. They include core funding, minor sports events, facility improvements, Junior Club development grant and representative sporting clubs.
Contact Gillian Dewart – Sports Development Officer
Community and Enterprise Services Department, Banbridge District Council, Civic Building, Banbridge, Co. Down BT32 3JY
T: 028 4066 0605
F: 028 4066 0601
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