The Northern Ireland Executive established the Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse, which investigated abuse of children under 18 who were living in an institution* in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995.

Small Grant Scheme for Social Support

The then Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister launched a small grant scheme in 2014 to provide additional social support to victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. The Executive Office extended the small grant scheme by one year until March 2018.

The aim of the scheme is to help improve the lives of victims and survivors through the provision of funding for social support activity, enabling them to maintain engagement with The Executive Office and to support each other throughout the process.

Applications are sought from groups and organisations in Northern Ireland that exclusively support victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. A maximum award of £10,000 in financial year 2017/2018 can be provided to any one group or organisation. A maximum sum of £40,000 has been made available for the financial year ending in March 2018.


The Executive Office is inviting applications from the organisations exclusively supporting victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse for the financial year 2017/2018. Application links are attached, see paragraph 7 below.

The Small Grant Scheme 2017/18 application process has now closed

* For the purposes of the HIA Inquiry and this Grant Scheme, “institution” means anybody, society or organisation with responsibility for the care, health or welfare of children in Northern Ireland, other than a school (but including a training school or borstal) which, during the relevant period, provided residential accommodation and took decisions about and made provision for the day to day care of children. “Relevant period” means the period between 1922 and 1995 (both years inclusive).

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for grant funding, your organisation must:

  • be legally able to operate in Northern Ireland;
  • be independent, established for charitable purposes, and have a constitution or set of rules defining their aims, objectives and operational procedures;
  • have a definable management structure and appropriate financial controls;
  • have principles of operation which accord with legislation on employment, health and safety, racial, religious, age, political, sexual and disability discrimination for employees and volunteers;
  • exclusively support victims and survivors of historical institutional* abuse; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities.

How to apply

You can download the guidance notes and application form via the link below:

Application forms, along with supporting documentation, can be submitted by post or email. If you are applying by email you must submit a hard copy of your signed declaration within 5 working days, i.e. Friday 31 March 2017. Late signed declarations will not be accepted.

Forms submitted by post must be marked 'HIA Small Grant Scheme for Social Support'.

Help finding information

If you are looking for information on your family history or a public record, this advice booklet is a helpful guide which also contains details of the organisations that may be able to help you, please access the link below:

Contact us

If you have any queries you can contact the HIA Sponsor Branch.

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