Fermanagh & Omagh District Council Grants & Bursary Programme

COVID-19 Community Funding


Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is providing a substantial funding package to support community led responses assisting the most vulnerable people as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect local communities.

  • The funding is available for constituted groups wishing to provide community and social support to vulnerable and isolated persons in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area at this time.
  • Funding is open and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The streamlined funding process will ensure a quick turnaround of applications and advance payments to ensure prompt delivery of support in local communities.
  • Groups must clearly evidence that their project will be delivered within the council area and to its residents. Applicants are encouraged to work together to maximise funding to address key priorities across geographical areas.

Application deadline: ongoing



Omagh Forum COVID-19 financial support



Omagh Forum is offering financial support, to a value of £150, towards fuel and/or safety equipment/ PPE if you are a small group supporting isolated individuals in either small rural areas or villages.

Application deadline: ongoing

Email: info@omaghforum.org

Coronavirus Community Fund

The Community Foundation of Northern Ireland is offering grants to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland. Partnership approach encouraged.

This fund is continually evolving.  It originally was available for constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland, who were supporting isolated older people at this time.  It has now been widened to support not just older people over 50, but also, those at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing and vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas.
Application deadline: none specified



Live Here Love Here: Small Grants Scheme


The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of pride in our local communities.  Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout Northern Ireland.


Application deadline: 1pm 18th May




Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme


Applicants will be asked to provide details of the programme being proposed, and how it will support families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of 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. 

Application deadline: ongoing


CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund (Paused)

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
Application deadline: none specified





Sports Hardship Fund


In partnership with the Department for Communities, our Sports Hardship Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It’s specifically targeted at sports clubs, and other organisations delivering sporting activities, who are experiencing immediate financial hardship.

Application deadline: Open




Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100m in cash grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 small businesses that are facing disruptions due to the virus.
Application deadline: none specified



Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants Fund


The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017 to support various good causes throughout the UK.  Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants Fund in NI aims to support charities, constituted voluntary and community groups based within the region through grants of up to £2000 which must be spent within a year.

Application deadline: 1pm 23rd April



Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland – Small and Medium Grants Programmes

Halifax Foundation has explicitly recommended groups to apply for small and medium grants during this time. Any Covid related applications designed to support the community at this time of crisis will be prioritised and turned around as quickly as possible. Includes funding for core costs.

Small Community Grants (Up to £2,500/12 month grant/rolling programme)

Medium Community Grants (£2,500 – £10,000/12 month grant/rolling programme)

Application deadline: rolling




Telecommunity Fund


Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects across NI.  It prioritises work with young people, older people and people with disabilities.  Priority is also give to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000 and to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.  Grants range from £500 to £2000.

Application deadline: rolling



Legal and General: Coronavirus Emergency Charity Fund


A £500,000 emergency community fund providing grants of £5,000-£10,000 for charities and voluntary organisations which are supporting elderly and vulnerable people through the COVID 19 crisis.  Open to charitable organisations who generate under £1.5m of income.


Application deadline: 20th April




Leathersellers Company Charitable Fund: Coronavirus Focussed Small Grants


The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund provide a wide range of funding to UK registered Charities, Educational Institutions and University Students.  In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, their small grants programme invite applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence or nursing care to vulnerable patients.

Application deadline: 11th May



The Prince’s Countryside Fund: Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme


The Prince’s Countryside Fund (“the Fund”) will fund organisations operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland if they are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or; providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or assisting rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.  With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Fund can award grants of up to £2,500.

Application deadline: Ongoing



TESCO: Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund


Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.  It will provide one off £500 grants to organisations supporting vulnerable groups.  The scheme will be managed by Groundwork NI.

Application deadline: Ongoing




The Steel Charitable Trust



The Trustees make discretionary grants where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference. Applications are welcome from eligible applicants from all areas of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Application deadline: 30th April




Neighbourly Covid-19 Community Fund
Micro grants are available for charities and community groups that are existing members of the “Neighbourly” CSR platform, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  The funding is for activities that support members of the community who are suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. (Max. £400)
Application deadline: none specified





National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland (New COVID-19 restriction)

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. Suitable for voluntary or community organisations. In a statement, CEO Dawn Austwick stated all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. This is restricted to:

Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis

Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

Application deadline: rolling






Other Information

Support requested to ‘Help Our Health Heroes’


The Fermanagh Trust has teamed up with the Impartial Reporter to raise much needed resources to ‘Help Our Health Heroes’ in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus.

If you wish to support and help those on the frontline CLICK HERE

Martin Lewis – (Money Saving Expert) Advice on Corona Virus

The coronavirus pandemic has already fundamentally changed the way we live. It’s an anxious and upsetting time, and while the primary concern is health, our financial wellbeing is also important. Many are worrying about paying their mortgages, rent and other bills. This guide runs through help for financial products and other bills.





Coronavirus business support


Coronavirus (COVID-19): This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Support scheme Support organisation
£25,000 Grant for Hospitality, Tourism and Retail Sector Ratepayers | NI only

£25,000 grant for Northern Ireland companies in the retail, tourism and hospitality sectors with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000.


Department for the Economy (DfE), Land & Property Services (LPS)
£10,000 Small Business Support Grant Scheme | NI only

£10,000 grant available to Northern Ireland businesses eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme and businesses with a rateable value below £15,000 who currently benefit from Industrial Derating.


Department for the Economy (DfE), Land & Property Services (LPS)
Sports Hardship Fund

£2,000 small grant scheme for sports clubs and sporting organisations from the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.


Sport NI
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | UK-wide

Government will cover 80 per cent of business staff wages, up to £2,500 per employee per month.


Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme | UK-wide

Provides a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25m to firms with an annual turnover of between £45m and £500m.


British Business Bank
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme | UK-wide

The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will support small and medium-sized businesses with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years.


British Business Bank
Business Rates Holiday | NI only

Three-month rates holiday for Northern Ireland non-domestic ratepayers (excluding public sector and utilities).


Land & Property Services (LPS)
Deferral of Self- Assessment Payment | UK-wide

The Self- Assessment payment on account, that is ordinarily due to be paid to HMRC by 31 July 2020 may now be deferred until January 2021.


Support for Businesses Paying Tax| UK-wide

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) | UK-wide

Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships can claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months.


VAT Deferral | UK-wide

The UK government will defer Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. VAT refunds and reclaims will be paid by the government as normal.


Statutory Sick Pay Rebate | UK-wide

The UK government is to bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absence due to coronavirus. 


Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility | UK-wide

The new Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) means that the Bank of England will buy short-term debt from larger companies. 


Bank of England

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