Important information regarding this programme
Phase One of the fund closed to applications from individual organisations on Friday 3 March 2023. We will continue to assess the applications received before this date and expect to continue awarding grants into Autumn 2023, but no new applications from individual organisations will be accepted.
Given that we will have committed around £20m of Dormant Accounts funding by Autumn, we have no plans to open a similar grant programme again.
We will continue to have conversations with the sector regarding strategic projects. Discussions will take place with organisations who are interested in developing ideas that enable collaboration and develop new and creative approaches to the sustainability of the sector. If you feel this option suits your idea please get in touch with our team.
A significant amount of funding has been invested that has made a considerable impact on many organisations. However, we also know that there are some gaps in the investment to date. These are outlined in the first learning report on Dormant Accounts Funds NI which we published last year.
We have identified a gap in the current grant programme for support to smaller grassroots organisations. Our learning has informed us that support for grassroots organisations is best provided by a trusted support organisation or umbrella body. Therefore, we will develop a programme for umbrella and membership organisations. We anticipate this programme will open in early 2024. This will ensure we reach the smaller organisations that have not benefited as much from Dormant Accounts Funding to date.
We will continue to gather learning from the sector which will inform where we go to next with the Fund. If you are interested in keeping up to date, sign up to receive our digital newsletter and follow our social media channels.
Support through Phase One
We encouraged organisations to really think about how their project idea would help their organisation become more resilient and sustainable for the future. Organisations were asked to clearly demonstrate how their idea will transform the organisation in the long term.
This Fund aimed to support the NI voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to be more resilient and prepared for the future, through increased capacity and sustainability.
We expected projects to meet the following outcomes:
- VCSE organisations will be more confident about their ability to adapt to future challenges
- VCSE organisations will be more financially resilient
- VCSE organisations will have increased skills and capacity
- Strategic planning in the VCSE sector will improve
- There will be more collaboration within and across sectors.
Learning from Phase One
147 organisations have been supported with £12.8 million as of February 2023.
One year into phase one of this fund, we reviewed the impact it was having in Northern Ireland. You might like to read the first learning report on Dormant Accounts Funds NI which we published in July 2022 to find out what we learnt.
The Dormant Accounts Fund will continue to consider applications for larger strategic investments to enable collaboration and develop new and creative approaches to sustainability for the sector. These Northern Ireland-wide or sector-specific proposals could focus on specific themes such as volunteering, digital capacity or diversity and inclusion. These are examples of themes and not set criteria.
Already applied? This is what happens now
When reviewing your application we consider the following:
- The extent to which the project meets the aim and outcomes of the Dormant Accounts Fund
- The extent to which the organisation understands the challenges and opportunities it has in relation to its long-term capacity, sustainability or resilience
- How well does the project respond to the challenges and opportunities it has identified? What will the long-term impact be for the organisation?
- The extent to which the project is likely to positively impact on the achievement of the organisations aim or mission
- How well will the project be managed?
- Local knowledge – how does the organisation fit with the local or thematic context.
We may get in touch with you to arrange a time to discuss your project idea in more detail. We might also ask for further information to help with our assessment of your project, including job descriptions, a more detailed budget and a project plan.
Awards made to date
This is a list of organisations who have received funding through Dormant Accounts Fund NI - Awards made through Dormant Accounts Fund NI (PDF 467 KB).
Already got funding?
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Reduce your environmental footprint
The National Lottery Community Fund cares about our environment and are always striving to manage our environmental impact. We encourage and support projects and communities to do the same. Learn more about how you can make your project or event more environmentally sustainable and perhaps save money at the same time.