Central Good Relations Funding Programme

The Central Good Relations Funding Programme (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.

Applications for CGRF Small Grants up to £1,000 are open throughout the funding year. Scroll down or access the links on the right hand side of the page to download the application forms and guidance.

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

Application for Project Funding in 2019/20 is closed for applications.

It is expected that applications for 2020/21 will open in November 2019.

You can access the 2019/20 guidance notes, application forms and a list of frequently asked questions via the the link below, but please note these documents will be updated for 2020/21.

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

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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