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, £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. 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.

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

2021/22 Central Good Relations Fund

The 2021/22 Central Good Relations Fund will open for applications in January 2021.

TEO Funding Forums and one-to-one sessions

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Funding Forums will be delivered remotely.

Two Funding Forums have been arranged by The Executive Office to provide information to organisations who are considering applying for 2021/22 Central Good Relations funding. Advice and guidance will be available in relation to, for example, the processes involved in applying for funding, the application form, and what would be expected to be delivered etc.

Each Funding Forum should last approximately 45mins, and will take place on:

  • Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 11am; and
  • Wednesday 13 January 2020 at 11am.

If you wish to attend please register your attendance via the link below:

Please note that places have been limited to 40 attendees at each event. In the event of no availability remaining, please email: as additional events may be arranged.

In addition, the Central Good Relations Team can offer one-to-one sessions with groups to discuss potential projects in more detail. These 15-20 minute sessions can take place in January and can help support groups in developing good quality applications. If you wish to avail of a one-to-one session, please email:

Project Funding for delivery in 2020/21

2020/21 CGRF Project Funding has been awarded and applicants have been notified of funding decisions.

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 2021

Applications for small grants in 2020/21 are open for projects to be delivered up to 31 March 2021. 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 contained in the link below:

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