Small Grants Scheme


NORTHERN AREA Community Based Promoting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Small Grants available in the  Ballymena & Larne areas of M&EA & the Ballymoney & Moyle areas of CC&G Borough Council.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified non-recurring funding to address the themes of Suicide Prevention, Self- Harm, Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being and have commissioned Northern Area Community Network to facilitate this process.

As such Northern Area Community Network is inviting community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for non-recurring awards to address the outlined themes.

Grants are available at the level of £1,000 per projectApplications may be considered for more strategic projects over £1,000 limit dependent on evidence of need and availability of resources (Please see GUIDANCE NOTES).  Groups with a  total income over £100,000 will not be considered.

Applications will be assessed on the potential to improve health and wellbeing and on the ability to complete the work by the 31st of January  2020, including evaluation, by the 28th of February 2020. Dates for applications are as follows:

  • Monday 1st April 2019 – open for applications
  • Monday 7th May 2019 at 12noon – close for applications

Small Grant Scheme aims:

  • Promote awareness of issues around mental health problems:
  • Encourage communities to be pro-active in promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide
  • To build sustainable resilient communities through positive collaboration of organisations/groups
  • Promote innovative interventions/programmes that promote positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide

Applications also should promote protective factors and build resilience, including e.g. early intervention, emotional wellbeing awareness work, increasing the capacity for self help and measures to improve quality of life.

For further information, guidance and examples of evidence based practice, along with support to develop a relevant programme, contact Northern Area Community Network T: 02821772100 or

Closing Date for Applications: Tuesday 7th May 2019 at 12noon

Northern Area Community Network Promoting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Small Grants Scheme is funded through the Public Health Agency and is delivering in the Ballymena & Larne Areas of M&EA Borough Council & the Ballymoney & Moyle Areas of CC&G Borough Council.

For media enquiries, contact: 

Amanda Elliott, Suicide Prevention Development Officer, NACN, 02821772100 or M: 07740282650, E:

  1. The Lifeline number is 0808 808 8000 and lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is a free helpline service, the website address is
  2. Other support available includes:
  • Debtline – 0800 027 4990
  • Domestic Violence Helpline – 0800 9171414
  • Rural Support – 0845 606 7607
  • Samaritans – Tel: 116 123 (24 hour support)
  • CRUSE Bereavement Care Helpline – Tel: 0844 477 9400
  • CRUSE Bereavement Care Young Persons Helpline 0808 808 1677
  • Aware Defeat Depression – 0845 120 2961
  • NHSCT Bereaved by Suicide Support Project (over 18 yrs) – 028 9441 3544
  • Barnardos Children & Young People Bereaved by Suicide Support Project – 07796 148549
  • FLARE Youth Service – 028 25630064
  1. The PHA Northern Area Promoting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Steering Group is made up of representatives from: Public Health Agency, Health and Social Care Board, local Community Networks, Family Voices, EANI North Eastern Region, NHSCT, Churches, Council representatives, Rainbow, Aware Defeat Depression, Action Mental Health, Lifeline/Contact NI and the Samaritans.
  • Context – 4 Northern Area Community Networks:  The 4 Northern Area Community Networks – NACN (Northern Area Community Network); CRUN (Causeway Rural and Urban Network); CWSAN (Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network) and SACN (South Antrim Community Network) in the Northern Locality provides community development support to urban and rural communities within the Borough Councils of the Northern Locality by determining and responding to the key issues impacting on the lives of rural people, and rolling out programmes committed to tackling the impact of poverty and economic crisis in rural areas through commitment to promote mental & emotional well being; reduce suicide rates and address the wider determinants of mental health and suicide & self-harm.