Workshops to assist groups get grants

Minister Paul Givan with (L-R) Mary McNickle, Association of Independent Volunteer Centres, Johnny McShane, Limavady Community Development Initiative, Lindsay Armstrong, Volunteer Now and Aine Rose Crilly Howe, a student at Takewondo Academy which benefited from the Programme funding.
Minister Paul Givan with (L-R) Mary McNickle, Association of Independent Volunteer Centres, Johnny McShane, Limavady Community Development Initiative, Lindsay Armstrong, Volunteer Now and Aine Rose Crilly Howe, a student at Takewondo Academy which benefited from the Programme funding.

Department for Communities Minister Paul Givan launched the 2016/2017 Volunteering Small Grants Programme earlier this month.

Minister Givan said: “I am fully aware of the importance of volunteering to individuals, to communities and to society as a whole. Programmes such as this in association with our delivery partners demonstrate my Department’s commitment to nurturing the ethos of volunteering.”

LCDI is the lead organisation working in partnership with the Association of Independent Volunteer Centres (of which Causeway Volunteer Centre is a founding member), NW Volunteer centre and Volunteer Now to deliver the scheme.

Causeway Volunteer Centre manager, Mary McNickle noted that, “This is a great partnership with much experience within the community and voluntary sector and a fantastic opportunity for the Volunteer Centre to be a local assistance to groups wanting to apply for the grant.

Organisations that apply could receive grants of between £200 and £1,200. To be eligible, organisations must be formally constituted and must have an annual income not exceeding £100,000 per year.

Applications can be found lcdi.co.uk/smallgrants Causeway Volunteer Centre is running out two workshops to assist groups who want to apply, 20th July from 10am-12pm in CVC, River House Coleraine and 2-4pm in BCRC, Acorn Business Centre.

To register your place contact Stephanie on 028 703 58285, volunteer@causewayvc.org.

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* The overall aim of the programme includes increasing and encouraging volunteer activity and diversity by groups under-represented in the volunteering population and promoting innovative methods of supporting new and existing volunteers.