Other Funding Bodies

Other Funding Bodies

Please see the links below to other development bodies and Government departments that offer funding schemes and could be able to support your business.  

For more information on the different sources of funding and finance support available from other bodies and organisations within Northern Ireland please see the comprehensive finance and grants guide on Invest NI’s NIBusinessInfo website.

Please note, Tourism NI is not responsible for the content of external websites and the information provided on the respective funding schemes available from each organisation.

 Arts Council Northern Ireland  Big Lottery Fund  Community Foundation NI
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Arts Council is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland.  
Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund provides grants from £300 to over £500,000 to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities.
Community Foundation
Since 1979, the Community Foundation has supported excellent community based activity through targeted grant funding.
 Community Relations Council  Heritage Lottery Fund  Central Government Funding
Community Relations Council
The Community Relations Council provides grant aid and advice to voluntary and community groups in support of projects which have a community relations purpose or value.
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund offers a range of grant programmes, awarding grants upwards of £3,000.
Central Government Funding
Information on Government grants to the voluntary and community sectors in Northern Ireland.
 Lottery Good Cuases  Northern Ireland Screen  Sport Northern Ireland
Lottery Good Causes
National Lottery money is given out by 13 independent organisations, each with specialist knowledge of their sectors.
Northern Ireland Screen
Northern Ireland Screen provides funding support for feature film production, short film production, television production, digital content, film festivals, business and skills development.
Sport Northern Ireland
Sport Northern Ireland is dedicated to developing people in sport, especially young people, and providing facilities for people of every age group and ability to be able to participate, enjoy and perform sport and physical activity.
 UnLtd  Ulster Scots AGency
UnLtd aims to find, fund and provide practical, personal, leadership and project development support to individuals with entrepreneurial solutions to the issues faced in an ageing society in Northern Ireland.
Ulster Scots Agency
The Ulster Scots Agency can provide support for various Ulster-Scots events and projects.


Links to funding support from Northern Ireland Government Departments are listed below:


 Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister  Department of Agriculture & Rural Development  Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure
OFMDFM: Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
The organisations and projects supported in Northern Ireland are arranged under the following themes: Economic, Social, Young People, Women, Cultural Heritage, People with Disabilities, Policy and Networking.  
DARD: Agriculture and Rural Development
Grants and funding are available within the following sectors: Agri-Environment, Fisheries, Forestry, Rural Development and Agricultural Support. .                


DCAL: Culture, Arts and Leisure
 Department of Education  Department of Employment & Learning  Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment
DE: Department of Education
        • The Secretary of State launched the Children and Young People Funding Package in March 2006. Over £100m has been provided to reduce social, health and educational differentials and give children and young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds the best possible start in life.
DEL: Employment and Learning
The Department for Employment and Learning offers various types of funding support be it for the individual, employer or training organisation.
DETI: Enterprise, Trade and Investment
 Department of Environment  Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety  Department of Regional Development
DOE: Environment
DHSSPS: Health, Social Services and Public Safety
DRD: Regional Development
 Department of Social Development  European Commission  Department of Finance & Personnel
DSD: Social Development
A range of funding programmes reflect the responsibilities to work across government for the voluntary and community sector as a whole.
European Union Grants
The European Commission allocates part of the EU budget to companies and organisations in the form of calls for tender, grants or funds and other financing programmes.
DFP: Department of Finance and Personnel
Northern Ireland receives EU Structural Funds under the EU Cohesion Policy.

If you are an organisation offering financial assistance and would like to be listed on these pages, please email: industry.development@tourismni.com  

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