Council to host series of 5 Online Funding Cafes for community and voluntary sector organisations and individuals

5th April 2021

Funding cafe 2021

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will host a series of online “Funding Cafes” for community and voluntary sector groups and individuals throughout the months of April and May.

Speaking about the Funding Café series, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong said;

“We are fortunate to have such a vibrant community and voluntary sector within our Council area and we have witnessed their true value in the last year in the midst of a global pandemic. Funding and support are vital keys to their success. As such, facilitating these Funding Cafes represents an opportunity to continue to support them in their work.

The Funding Cafes will enable members of local community and voluntary sector groups and, where funding streams are relevant, individuals, to hear from representatives from various funding and advice agencies and I would encourage representatives of the sector and individuals to tune in to this series to find out about the various supports, networks and opportunities available to them.”

The first event in the series will take place on Tuesday 13 April 21 commencing at 7.30 pm and will focus on funding available through the National Lottery for 2021/22 for Heritage projects which covers all aspects from built heritage to habitat improvements, cultural programmes and much more.

Tuesday 20 April will see an overview of the National Churches Trust which will cover the availability of funding up to a maximum of £10,000 for initiatives specifically for this sector in Northern Ireland. Funding is available for church/chapel repairs and other church related programmes.

An update on the various funding streams available through Sport NI will be covered by the Funding Café on Thursday 22 April. This is sure to be a popular seminar.

The Funding Café taking place on Tuesday 27 April will deal with funding for groups and individuals which is available through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This will highlight funding opportunities for organisations and individuals working within the arts and cultural sector.

The final Funding Café in the series will take place on Tuesday 11 May and will cover the three principal funding streams available from the National Lottery with grants available from £500 to large scale projects requiring significant funding.

Each of the funding cafes will be facilitated by experts in the streams being covered on each night.

Booking is essential for all funding cafes. To book a place on any of the funding cafes, please either click on this link or contact the Community Support Team by telephone on 0300 303 1777, textphone 028 8225 6216 or by email at