The Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects where there is evidence of identified good relations need.

Applications for the 2023/24 CGRF project funding programme are now closed. Any awards of funding are subject to the availability of budget. 

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What is the aim of the Fund?

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

These projects with a strong good relations focus can use a wide range of activities such as sport, music, arts, personal development, leadership, educational attainment, and peace and reconciliation to engage with and make a difference in local communities.

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

How is the Fund delivered?

There are two streams of funding available; Project Funding (opens once a year for applications) and Small Grants (open for applications throughout the funding year, available for projects up to £1,500).

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What difference has the Fund made?

Since 2016, over £20 million has been awarded to support approximately 650 projects across Northern Ireland, impacting on over 200,000 participants.

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

Small Grant delivery up to 31 March 2024

Due to unprecedented demand and a limited budget for the 2023/24 funding year, applications to the CGRF’s  Small Grants Programme  are currently suspended.  Should any additional funding become available in-year, the Department will review its position. Guidance notes on the Small Grants Programme are available via the link below:

2023/24 Central Good Relations Fund – Project Funding

Guidance Notes used for the 2023/24 CGRF Project Funding application process can be accessed here:

Register to apply for a CGRF grant

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Organisations can register to apply online for a project funding grant under the Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF). Registration of your organisation is the first stage in the online application process. View detailed information via the link below:

Funded projects

2022/23 CGRF funded projects:

2021/22 CGRF funded projects:

CGRF resources for groups

You will find some useful resources, including claim templates and guidance on our CGRF Toolkit page.

Contact details

Contact the Central Good Relations Fund Team for any queries in relation to the funding programme.

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