We know this is an incredibly difficult time and the impact on our sporting partners has been immeasurable, Sport NI continues to work with the Department for Communities and with you, our partners, to get a fuller picture about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on sport, and respond with a phased approach to interventions and remedies.
Please continue to keep us informed on your issues and impacts of COVID19 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is highly likely some targets set for this year will not be achieved under the current circumstances. Sport NI recognises this and will not have unreasonable expectations considering what sports can achieve this year.
Sport NI is working hard on a range of ways to flexibly support your organisation through this crisis and beyond, and commits to having a single point of contact within the organisation for such situations. Please discuss any issues with your point of contact within Sport Northern Ireland.
There are also other sources of funding and support that we would draw you attention to below:
Have you got a project that needs funding?
The Police Property Fund Small Grants Scheme will be opened on Thursday 18 March 2021 and will offer eligible projects grants of between £1000 and £10,000.
What is the Fund?
The Police Property Fund is made up of assets recovered by the PSNI as a result of criminal investigations, and administered by the Board in line with the Police (Property) Regulations NI 1997.
Funding available will be administered in both Small Grants and Large Grants calls. The first call will administer £100,000 total in funding for Small Grants.
Is my project eligible?
Applications for funding will need to demonstrate that the project:
How do I apply?
Full details of how to apply and all application documentation will be published at the same time as the Scheme’s launch.
If you’d like to find out more about the Scheme, make sure you register for the launch webinar on Thursday 18 March by emailing email@example.com
SPECIAL EU PROGRAMMES BODY: PEACE PLUS
The SEUPB has launched a public consultation for the new PEACE PLUS Programme (2021-2027).
What is the PEACE PLUS Programme?
A hybrid of the PEACE and INTERREG Programmes, PEACE PLUS will continue to support activities that contribute towards a prosperous and stable society in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland; including activities that promote peace and reconciliation and contribute to the cross border economic and territorial development of the region.
Between December 2019 and February 2020 a stakeholder engagement process, consisting of 16 public events held across the programme area, with over 1,000 people in attendance and over 300 survey responses. A full report of the survey’s findings can be found HERE
An infographic summarising the PEACE PLUS consultation process can be found HERE
Responding to the Consultation
We recommend you read the Consultation Information Document and supporting documents including the Equality Screening exercise and the Strategic Environmental Assessment in advance of completing the survey to help your understanding of the proposed Programme Strategy.
For full information on the programme (including the consultation information document and a link to the survey) click HERE
The consultation starts on Wednesday 10 March 2021 and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 12 May 2021.
The SEUPB will publish a list of organisations that have responded to the consultation. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, SEUPB may publish your organisation’s name unless you request not to by ticking the box in the survey.
If you are responding as an individual, SEUPB may refer to the content of your response, but not your name or address, nor will SEUPB publish anything which may identify you or other individuals.
You can find a copy of the PEACE PLUS Privacy Notice for this survey HERE
Please do not hesitate to contact SEUPB on 028 9026 6660 (office reception number) or email PEACEPLUS@seupb.eu if you require any support during the consultation process.
National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Awards for All programme, is looking to support projects that are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by:
Although we are supporting responses to the pandemic, your project does not have to be related to COVID-19 to be funded.
If you are applying for something that is not related to Covid-19, then your project must meet at least one of our usual funding priorities, which are:
Dormont Accounts Fund NI
Dormant Accounts Fund NI will support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability. The programme aims to support organisations to adapt to future challenges and be more financially resilient.
Given that this is a rolling fund, a phased and long-term approach to support the sector is being taken, based on learning. Potential applicants are encouraged to take their time in developing an idea which will best fit their needs for the future.
The programme is open for applications from 12 January 2020. There is currently no deadline to apply. Apply Here
The National Lottery Community Fund are keen to speak to you about your application, so contact us if you would like to talk through your idea first.
Pilot programme with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Northern Ireland
The National Lottery Community Fund NI want to involve people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in our grant making.National Lottery funding is for everyone and National Lottery Community Fund NI want to make sure that it is fair, open and accessible for all people. National Lottery Community Fund NI are working closely with communities to hear how this can continue to be improved.
If interested, and you wish to know what National Lottery Community Fund NI are looking for and what this involves please go to Big Blog Northern Ireland for more information and contact details.
DAERA – Be Outdoor Smart, Leave No Trace & Love the Place
Environmental Challenge Fund
An Environmental Challenge Fund Competition for 2020/21 has launched under the DAERA Environment Fund. For information and details on the eligibility, environmental impact priorities and how to apply, please click on the following link: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/environment-fund and scroll down to 3: Environmental Challenge Competitions. It includes outdoor recreation and connecting people with the environment:
With the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, there are many more opportunities to enjoy our nature, landscapes and coasts with our families, friends and groups. Enjoy a healthy and inspiring visit to our outdoors
Tourism NI/Discover NI
Tourism NI has launched a tourism recovery marketing campaign based around Staycations. Holiday at home; Support local businesses in NI; Re-connect with family and friends; Enjoy the Outdoors & Coastal adventures. With this promotion of outdoors activities by Tourism NI, what Experiences, Destinations, Accommodation, and Food and Drink would you like to discover. Discover more at Discover NI. For more information on Outdoor Recreation Activities visit Discover NI things to do/activities
Good To Go Campaign
Tourism NI have also launched a Good To Go campaign and logo. The UK wide industry standard ‘We’re Good to Go’ was developed to provide reassurance to customers and demonstrate commitment to implementing relevant government and public health guidance in relation to Covid-19. The scheme has been developed in partnership with Visit England, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales to ensure a common approach across the UK. Please find below the hyperlinks to the registration:
NI Business Info
Business & Financial Planning Grant
The £2m COVID-19 Business & Financial Planning Grant will support micro and SME businesses to engage an experienced consultant to carry out a review and health check of the business and develop a strategic recovery plan with financial forecasts. The scheme will provide up to £8k to eligible businesses to contribute toward the cost of a consultant to undertake a business and financial review to plan for recovery.
Mitigate the impact of COVID-19
This page is an online resource for our customers and Northern Ireland businesses affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.
You can access the latest support from the UK Government and Northern Ireland Executive here, as well as existing financial, capability development and advisory support available from Invest Northern Ireland.
Collectively, these programmes will mitigate the immediate impact of COVID-19 on your business, help you to adapt and survive this unprecedented crisis, and prepare for recovery. We are also working with the Department for the Economy and our stakeholders to develop tailored support that will ensure businesses build their operational and financial resilience.
Underpinning this support is our business information website, nibusinessinfo.co.uk, with a dedicated section offering coronavirus updates on the latest government support and official guidance including details of financial support schemes, policy information and comprehensive advice on key business areas to help manage the current challenges.
Department for Communities
COVID-19 and DfC Services
The latest information about COVID-19 and DfC Services including Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and Employment & Support Allowance. It will be updated regularly with the latest information, so you should check this page for advice on Benefits and other public services.
The Department for Communities has also produced a COVID-19 Community Response Plan which summarises the range of actions being taken forward by the Department and its partners to enable the community response on the ground to COVID-19.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19
NI Water is advising non-domestic customers to be mindful of their water needs during the COVID19 outbreak. With many properties closing their doors for a period of time and students leaving rented accommodation, NI Water is asking businesses and property owners to check their water supply is safely secured before they lock up. Leaking or burst pipes can have significant implications for your business.
Information on water supply issues is available 24/7 simply by logging onto: https://www.niwater.com/current-service-updates/
Applying for more time to file your company’s accounts How to ask Companies House to extend your filing deadline if an unplanned event stops you filing your accounts.
Charity Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund
CAF has launched a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.
This is intended as a rapid response fund, which aims to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.
Boost Charitable Trust
Boost Charitable Trust builds on over-looked Sporting Talent, to champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport.
Volunteer Now have also published some information sheets for more guidance when involving volunteers and volunteering during the Coronavirus crisis.
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council is offering financial assistance of up to £1,000 to organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector through a Covid-19 Community Support Grant to support community-led initiatives aimed at providing relief to those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. In particular it will support actions in line with the following interventions:
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council have developed an online information and advice service for residents of the Borough to help with the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 response. This includes Business Support, Community Engagement and Health & Wellbeing plus latest updates on all Council Services. This can be accessed via www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Within the Community Engagement section, there is a Local Support Directory where Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are trying to assess the requirements of existing community organisations and charities in order to support the important work that you are doing within your own areas. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council would like to encourage all groups that are carrying out vital work at grass-roots level to add their details to this directory at www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/support-for-community-organisations/ The information you provide will help ensure that regional and central government have a clear understanding of the needs of those working on the ground and also help residents in the Borough to find out what services are available to them. If you do require additional support, please complete the online form and include this information.
Volunteer Now launched a new campaign ‘#HelpEachOther’ to encourage organisations to register their specific virus related, safe opportunities which will then be promoted to individuals who would like to help.
Community Relations Council
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community development groups, cultural organisations, women’s groups, church groups, tenants’ associations and youth groups to help them to develop their capacity and confidence to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.
The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 to spend each year on community relations projects. This grant scheme seeks to increase the ability and confidence of groups and organisations to identify and address issues that divide communities, to encourage the development networks of communication, trust and co-operation and to promote models of good practice for community relations work in Northern Ireland.
Grants may be awarded towards the cost of the following:
The closing date for the CRCD Grant Scheme is the 1st November 2021. Funds are limited so early application is recommended. Apply Here
Potential applicants that have any questions or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submitting an application please contact a member of the Funding & Development Programme. Phone 028 9022 7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cash 4 Clubs
Cash 4 Clubs has teamed up with Made by Sport to offer the opportunity for community sports clubs and organisations across the UK to receive £2021 in unrestricted support through the ‘Clubs In Crisis’ fund. The fund open towards the end of March, in line with the unlocking of grassroots sport in the UK. For more information please go to https://cash-4-clubs.com/2021-clubs-in-crisis
The Lord’s Taverners
The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance. Their sporting roots are within cricket, but they also have relationships with a wide range of other sports including rugby, tennis, squash, basketball and boccia. Lord Taverners can be contacted via their website https://www.lordstaverners.org/
Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme
Comic Relief and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, has developed, under the Children Surviving and Thriving, the “No Child Goes Hungry” – Community Support Programme Grants for community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10 as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income due to the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period. (Managed by Community Foundation for NI)Grants up to £2500 are available and there is no deadline as this is ongoing.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme
Communities across Mid and East Antrim will now be able to access critical financial support during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic situation after Council agreed a funding lifeline of £100,000 for community groups working to mitigate the crisis for vulnerable groups. To qualify for a grant of up to £1000 under this Scheme, applicants must be formally constituted with a current committee and based in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.
Halifax Grant Programmes
Halifax small and medium grant programmes are open for applications. Any Covid-19 related applications designed to support the community at this time of crisis will be prioritised and turned around as quickly as possible.
The National Lottery Community Fund
Charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges due to COVID-19. We want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.
A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000 in Northern Ireland for Voluntary or Community Organisations and Public sector organisations.
The Community Foundation Northern Ireland
Coronavirus Community Fund in Northern Ireland. CFNI want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities. CFNI therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.
Neighbourly.com: Covid-19 Community Fund
With support from M&S Family (including M&S Bank and M&S Energy), Lidl, Aldi, Danone UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola European Partners, Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, for existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. Grant are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials. For more details and to apply see the website
Emergency funds, up to a maximum of £3,000 per applicant, are now available through the ‘COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Community Response Fund’, from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for those actively helping residents stay resilient at this time.
The Enkalon Foundation will move the focus of their modest funding pot to charities and community organisations helping people who are isolated and vulnerable in their local communities at this difficult time. As a small funder they focus their funding based on their core objectives in the former Antrim Borough Council area. All potential applicants need to contact the administrator directly with an outline of the new or existing project.
Enkalon Foundations range of interests are:
- The advancement of amateur sport;
- The advancement of education;
- The advancement of health and of saving lives;
- The advancement of citizenship or community development;
- The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science;
- The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage; and
- The advancement of animal welfare.
The Northern Ireland Office
General guidance for employers
The UK Government has published extensive guidance for employers, including details on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if someone is suspected or confirmed to have the virus.
Please find some useful information and guidance for member clubs here. The IRFU has agreed to make €500,000 funding available to clubs in light of the Covid-19 crisis. The IRFU has published information of their Club Continuity Fund at the following link: https://www.irishrugby.ie/running-your-club/club-continuity-fund/
The resource available at the following link, https://ulster.gaa.ie/covid-19/ provides key information for our clubs and members during these extraordinary times.
Coronavirus Support for Clubs
We would ask that governing bodies with links to support pages send them to: email@example.com so we can add to this list.
NICVA have produced further support for the Voluntary and Community Sector through the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be accessed at https://www.nicva.org/covid19
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance is now available on GOV.UK. To check if you’re eligible and to get ready to claim from this week, go to GOV.UK and search ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’.
You’ll be able to apply for CJRS online from Wednesday 11 November – for periods from 1 November. You will need to submit any claims for November by 14 December.
What’s new in the support available
What you need to do now
Submit any claims for periods up to 31 October on or before 30 November. Claims for periods up to 31 October will not be accepted after 30 November. Claims are subject to eligibility and the rules in force at the time. Search ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV.UK for full eligibility criteria.
What you need to do for your claims – for periods from 1 November
You will need to keep any records that support the amount of CJRS grant you claim, in case HMRC needs to check them. You can view, print or download copies of your previously submitted claims by logging onto your CJRS service on GOV.UK.
Tips for Holding Virtual Meetings during COVID-19
With the current uncertainty around the impact of Covid-19 and the limitations on travel and face to face meetings, most boards and board committees (as well as many other bodies) will for the foreseeable future have to meet virtually. With this in mind, we have provided some handy tips to remember when conducting virtual meetings.
Holding your AGM during COVID-19, Advice and Guidance
What COVID-19 might mean for your AGM – and how to plan for it?
At the end of June The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 brought in special temporary rules to allow companies to hold their AGMs and/or special general meetings online until the end of September, even if their governing documents prohibited it. This temporary measure has now been extended to 30 December. It may be advisable for organisations to use this extension period to hold a special general meeting to update their governing documents to allow general meetings to take place electronically given the uncertainty around when large gatherings for meetings etc will be allowed.
For organisations that are based in and operate within the Republic of Ireland
As part of its response to difficulties faced by businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Act 2020 (the “Act”) was enacted and commenced on 21 August 2020. This Act contains measures that will provide entities with some flexibility in relation to operational and governance matters during the current pandemic.
The Act, for the most part, temporarily amends the Companies Act 2014 (the “2014 Act”) and the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1893 (the “1893 Act”) so that, notwithstanding challenges posed by the pandemic, entities can continue to operate in compliance with relevant provisions of those Acts.
Nature of the Amendments
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on entities varies depending on the nature of any particular business. Nonetheless, directors, shareholders and other stakeholders must continue to be able to communicate with each other and take decisions, maintain filings and execute documentation despite restrictions on travel, physical meetings and attendance at workplaces. The Act seeks to facilitate this by modifying the law relating to companies’ annual general meetings (“AGMs”), extraordinary general meetings (“EGMs”) and creditors’ meetings. It also makes certain amendments to examinership and winding up.
Broadly, the provisions apply for an interim period from 21 August to 31 December 2020. It is proposed that this period could be extended, from time to time, at the request of the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, having consulted with the Minster for Health, if they are satisfied that such an extension is in the public interest.