The Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects where there is evidence of good relations need. Successful projects must contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities.

Register your organisation now for 2020/21 CGRF Project Funding. This is the first stage of application process moving online. More information on registering can be found on this page.

About the programme

Since 2016, £12million has been awarded to support over 370 projects across Northern Ireland. In the last two years alone over 70,000 direct participants have been positively impacted by programmes using activities like sport, music and crafts to engage local communities. 

There are two streams of funding available; Project Funding and Small Grants.

For both streams, projects can claim salaries and programme costs, but these costs must be proportional to the good relations project being delivered. CGRF does not, and will not replace mainstream core or project funding for groups.

Project Funding opens once a year for applications around November. Small Grants open for application throughout the funding year and offers up to £1,000 for projects.

Successful projects must deliver within the funding year and contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities.

You can read more about the T:BUC Strategy via the links below:


The programme is open to properly constituted community groups and voluntary organisations.  Examples include Association, Trust, Company limited by Guarantee, Community Interest Company, Charitable Incorporated Organisation or Industrial and Provident Society.

To be eligible for funding, your organisation must:

  • be legally able to operate in Northern Ireland
  • be independent, not for profit, and have a constitution or set of rules defining your aims, objectives and operational procedures
  • have a suitable management structure and appropriate financial controls
  • comply with relevant legislative requirements in respect of employment, health and safety, discrimination and equality of opportunity

You can download the guidance notes and FAQs, along with the applications forms at the links below for more information on eligibility and the criteria for making an application.

Apply for Project Funding for delivery in 2020/21

Applications for 2020/21 CGRF Project Funding are moving online. The first stage is a registration process, with the online application form to follow in February.

You can register your organisation now at the link below.

To allow you plenty of time to prepare, a summary of the application form is available to download at the link below. This guidance document is for preparation purposes only, and cannot be submitted to The Executive Office.

It contains the questions you will be asked, including character count and highlights any additional information you may need to add or upload.

Support will be available during the online application process, and more information will be available on this webpage shortly.

It is expected that the deadline for applications will be the end of February 2020.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive updates from CGRF, please email:

Apply for a Small Grant for delivery up to 31 March 2020

Applications for small grants in 2019/20 are open for programmes to be delivered between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020. Download the application and guidance notes via the link below:

Funding awards

You can find a list of awards made to groups in the 2018/19 funding years at the link below.

Projects are listed alphabetically by group name and show the TBUC key priority the project contributes to and its area of impact by District Council area.

CGRF resources for groups

If you have been awarded funding in 2019/20, you will find some useful resources, including claim templates and guidance on our CGRF Toolkit page at the link below.

Contact the Central Good Relations Fund team

You can contact the CGRF team for any queries in relation to the funding programme by using the conatct details contained in the link below:

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