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

About the programme

Since 2016, over £18 million has been awarded to support approximately 600 projects across Northern Ireland, impacting on over 200,000 participants. These CGRF programmes with a good relations focus also include 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.

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. Small Grants are open for applications throughout the funding year and are available for projects up to £1,500.

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.

View a short video clip showcasing some successful CGRF funded projects below:

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

Eligibility

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

2022/23 Central Good Relations Fund

Applications to the 2022/23 Central Good Relations Fund are now closed. We are grateful to all applicants and appreciate that you will want to know the outcome as soon as possible.

We received a high number of applications this year and are working to notify applicants of the outcome by early May at the latest, pending confirmation of the CGRF budget allocation for 2022/23.

This timeframe is based on previous years’ experience, the high volume of applications submitted and the steps required to ensure a robust assessment process.

Please be assured that we fully recognise the need for groups to have clarity as early as possible on the outcome of the assessment process. We will be in touch with all applicants as soon as possible.

Applying for CGRF funding

Applications to the Central Good Relations Fund 2022/23 for project funding (over £1,500) are now closed.

TEO Funding Forum

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and health restrictions, this year’s Funding Forum was hosted online, and  took place on 7 December 2021.

Applying for CGRF funding

Applications for CGRF project funding to be delivered in 2022/23 are now closed.

Applications for small grants (up to and including £1,500) in 2022/23 are open for projects to be delivered up to 31 March 2023.

Project Funding for delivery in 2021/22

2021/22 CGRF Project Funding has been awarded and applicants have been notified of funding decisions.

Apply for a Small Grant for delivery up to 31 March 2023

Applications for small grants in 2022/23 are open for projects to be delivered up to 31 March 2023. Download the application and guidance notes via the link below:

Funded projects

You can view a list of 2020/21 CGRF funded projects (at September 2020) via 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

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 contact details found in the link below:

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive updates from CGRF, please email: GoodRelationsFund@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk

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