The first phase of Dormant Accounts Fund NI is accepting applications. There is no deadline to apply.
Only one grant will be awarded per organisation, so we are encouraging you to take your time to make sure your idea helps your organisation become more resilient and sustainable and supports you with capacity-building for the future.
When we talk about capacity-building, we mean building the skills and abilities of staff, volunteers and trustees/board members rather than increasing the number of paid staff.
The aim of this programme is that the NI voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector will be more resilient and prepared for the future, through increased capacity and sustainability.
We expect 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.
If you have a project idea in mind and are ready to apply you can complete the online application form. You can also find some useful advice in our recent blog.
You can also contact us if you would like to talk through your idea first.
When you complete the online form we will ask you to tell us about:
- Your project details. This includes:
- the aim/mission of your organisation
- what you think your organisation’s current challenges and opportunities are in relation to capacity-building, sustainability and/or resilience
- how this project will address the challenges and opportunities you’ve identified to create long-term change within your organisation
- an estimate of costs you want us to fund.
- Your organisation details
- Information about the people this funding will support
- Your main and senior contact details - including date of birth and home address. Your main and senior contact must be two different people, and cannot be:
- related by blood
- married to each other
- in a civil partnership with each other
- in a long-term relationship with each other
- living together at the same address.
- We will also ask you to attach a copy of your latest annual accounts before you submit your form.
Once we receive your completed application, we will review it to assess if it meets the aims and outcomes of the programme. During assessment, we will get in touch with you to arrange a time to discuss your application in more detail. We might ask for further information to help with our assessment of your project, including a more detailed budget and project plan.
Already got funding?
Download the logo and read guidance on how to use it to acknowledge your grant.