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 £15 million has been awarded to support over 500 projects across Northern Ireland. In the last three years alone over 100,000 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.

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:


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

Applications to the 2021/22 Central Good Relations Fund are now closed.

TEO Funding Forums and one-to-one sessions

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Funding Forums were delivered online, via Webex.

Three Funding Forums were hosted by The Executive Office in December and January and provided information to organisations who were considering applying for 2021/22 Central Good Relations funding.

In addition, the Central Good Relations Team offered one-to-one sessions with groups to discuss potential projects in more detail.

Applying for CGRF funding

Applications to the 2021/22 Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) are now closed.

Applications to deliver a CGRF small grant (up to and including £1,500) in 2021/22 can be made from 1 April 2021 onwards.

Project Funding for delivery in 2020/22

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 2022

Applications for small grants in 2021/22 are open for projects to be delivered up to 31 March 2022. 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:

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