Department for Communities Small Capital Grants

 Equipment Grant OPEN 
Equipment grants for £1500-£5000 are open for application 

Closing date 12 Noon Friday 25 November

For more information and an application on the scheme click HERE


Guidance Notes for DfC Small Capital Grants Applications


1. Overview


Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI) has been appointed by Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the Volunteering Small Grants Programme for Northern Ireland. 


To be eligible for grant assistance (grants between £1,500 – £5,000) organisations must not have an annual income exceeding £100,000 per year.  

The grant must be spent by 31st March 2017.


This capital grant is focused on Partnership and Collaboration.  As such the amount of grant available to apply for will be dependent on the amount of partners within the application:


  • 2 partner groups                     =          can apply for £1,500
  • 3 - 4 partner groups                =          can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups                   =          can apply for up to maximum £5,000



2. Consortia & Partnerships


Organisations intending to work together in order to apply for this funding should nominate a lead partner.  The lead partner, to whom the whole of the grant will be paid, should complete the application form. 


The following documents must be included with your application (these must be submitted by the lead partner): 


  • A copy of your Constitution
  • A copy of your group’s most recent Bank Statement 
  • A copy of your most recent audited accounts or income/expenditure report
  • A copy of your Volunteer Policy (a volunteer policy template is available on the LCDI website) 


If the documents were submitted along with an application to the Volunteering Small Grants programme then there is no need to resubmit).





3. Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for funding, organisations must demonstrate how their proposal delivers on at least two of the programme outcomes set out below.


Objective 1  – Partnership and collaboration


Objective 2  – Income generation and/or cost reduction


Objective 3  – Improving access to services


Objective 4  – Enhanced capacity to deliver services


Objective 5  –  Tackling obstacles to good relations within and/or between communities


Objective 6  – Delivery of services and facilities in support of disadvantaged children and                       young people (0-24 years)