Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020

Application Pack :

Northern Area Community Network


Closing Date is Thursday 6th August at 12noon.

For more information please contact NACN on 028 2177 2100 or email

Full packs will be available from Monday 6th July 2020

The Public Health Agency and the Northern Area Community Networks are pleased to announce a programme of investment that will provide support to communities in responding to the impact the COVID19 pandemic.

The PHA are encouraging groups to apply for the short-term funding programme which can be used to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities living through COVID-19.

The funding programme will also support a range of strategic themes and priorities including:

  • ‘Making Life Better’ (A whole System Strategic Framework for Public Health 2013-2023) priorities
  • Protect Life 2 (PL2) 2019-2024, strategy for reducing suicides and the incidence of self-harm within Northern Ireland, Mental Health and Emotional Well-being.

Programmes eligible for funding should promote healthy lifestyle choices.  Projects which benefitted from this programme in previous years have included workshops focusing on drugs and alcohol, autism and females, postnatal depression, stress management and programmes on personal development, first aid, Relax Kids, Hope ambassador training and parenting programmes.  Activities such as gardening, yoga, mindfulness, arts &crafts, cooking, to mention a few.

This year the programme will allow groups to apply for a wider range of programmes to achieve better health and wellbeing as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

The PHA has commissioned the 4 Northern Community Networks, CRUN/Causeway Rural and Urban Network, NACN / Northern Area Community Network; CWSAN / Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network and Impact Network NI to facilitate this process in the Northern HSC / PHA locality areas. This short term funding programme is also available in the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast areas via The Clear Project.

Two types of awards are available under this scheme:

Award one programme of up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking community/ voluntary sector groups can apply for, and

Award two programme of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community/ Voluntary sector groups.

Any group interested in applying for the short term funding programmes for the Northern PHA/HSC area can find out more through contacting: 

The Health Alliance Website(Northern Area), this provides an opportunity for communities, voluntary and statutory sections to network, share information and best practice, engage in evidence based health improvement, access training and capacity building opportunities and contribute to sharing the health improvement agenda.  The short-term grant application will be available on the funding section of the health alliance website. To access the documents you will have to register to become a member of the Health Alliance, you can do this by following the link:

For further queries on this funding opportunity, please contact the appropriate Network for your project area:

Northern Area Community Network (NACN) – Ballymena, Ballymoney, Larne & Moyle

T: 028 21772100

Causeway Rural & Urban Network (CRUN) – Causeway Area

E: and

T: 028 7034 4934

Impact Network NI

Antrim, Newtownabbey & Carrickfergus

T: 028 9447 8645

Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN)

Magherafelt & Cookstown


T: 028 87 738845

The closing date for applications for these grants is Thursday 6th August 2020 at 12 noon.

Any group interested in applying for the short term funding programmes for the Western, Southern, South Eastern and Belfast areas can find out more at  Further details are available from the CLEAR Project on (028) 7138 3386 or


Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2019



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 project.  Applications 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 8th August 2019 – open for applications
  • Monday 16th September 2019 at 12 noon – 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: Monday 16th September 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: