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New funding opportunity – Small Capital Grants Programme (CLOSED)


On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland announces the opening of the 2021/22 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.

The Programme, which has a total fund of £950,000, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.

Who can apply?

Applications must include a minimum of 2 organisations – the amount of grant available to groups is dependent on the number of partners to the application:

  • 2 partner groups                     =          can apply for £1,500
  • 3 – 4 partner groups                =          can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups                   =          can apply for up to maximum £5,000


To be eligible for grant assistance applicants must be constituted voluntary or community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland, with an annual unrestricted income of less than £100,000 per year.

(“Unrestricted” income relates to funds that the non-profit organisation may use for any purpose. “Restricted” income relates to funds whose use is restricted by a particular purpose and must be used in a specified period e.g. grant offer from a Funding Body)  

Applicants must deliver the project by 31st March 2022.

Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:

Completed applications should be emailed to, and must be received by 12 noon Friday 25th June 2021. Interested groups are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible.

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