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.

* 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).

Small Grant Scheme for Social Support

In 2014 a small grant scheme was established by The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) to fund additional support service projects to victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. The scheme was initially extended by The Executive Office (TEO) for an additional year (until March 2018), however authority to extend the scheme for a further two years has since been approved.

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 2018/2019 can be provided to any one group or organisation. However, should further funding become available during the 2018/19 financial year, groups will be informed and a further call for applications shall be made.

Funding

The Executive Office is inviting applications from the organisations exclusively supporting victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse for the financial year 2018/2019. Application links are attached, see paragraph 7 below.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 29 June 2018. A hard copy of the application including the signed declaration must be received by TEO no later than 5pm on Friday 29 June 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

Eligibility criteria

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

  • be legally able to operate in Northern Ireland;
  • be independent and have a constitution or set of rules defining their aims, objectives and operational procedures;
  • established for charitable purposes (be registered with the Charities Commission for Northern Ireland and have a registered charity number, or be in the process of registering);
  • have a suitable 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; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and adherence to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force on 25 May 2018.

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 also submit a hard copy of your signed declaration by 5pm Friday 29 June 2018. Late signed declarations will not be accepted.

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

Contact us

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

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