Community Relations / Cultural Diversity

Deadline date: 

16 December 2022

CR/CD Small Grants Scheme is now open. Closing date: Friday 16 December 2022

If you are planning events for the forthcoming year, please feel free to contact a member of our team to discuss your proposals prior to submitting your application. We can give you advice on how to plan your work and to source additional funding, if required.

The scheme will continue to support a wide range of work and offer support and assistance whether you are a first-time applicant or have been supported in the past.

While we will be supporting projects through to 31 March 2023, the closing date for all applications is 16 December 2022. 

Adapting to Online Delivery

In these unprecedented times we understand that many of the traditional delivery methods are not possible. With this in mind, CRC has been gathering together some of the current good practice in relation to delivering programmes online and in different formats.

Please check out the examples of work currently taking place:

CR/CD Funding Details

  • All projects in receipt of CR/CD funding must be completed within this financial year.
  • Grants are up to £10K maximum and for project costs only.
  • Average grant is £2K – £5K.

Aims of the CR/CD Scheme

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submitting an application please contact a member of the Funding and Development Programme or phone 028 9022 7500.

T:BUC Requirement

Applicants are required to outline the outcome in Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) to which the proposed project will contribute.

Read more about the T:BUC strategy.

Eligibility Requirements

There are certain specific criteria you must adhere to when applying for funding:

Read about the CD/CR scheme criteria.

Apply for the Scheme

Use the button below to apply:

Apply now for CR/CD Scheme


Important information for CR/CD applications submitted before 31 March 2022

End of Year Returns and Programme Postponements for CR/CD Grants Scheme 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022

At this current exceptional time we understand that there are a number of questions relating to the submission of claims as well as the cancellation of activities due to take place before the 31 March 2022 deadline. Below is an update relating to these questions based on the most up-to-date information we have been provided with.

How to submit end of project Claims

Normal Process still in place:

Please log in to CRC Application Portal to complete your evaluation and project spend form online and submit. These forms are available to submit through My Applications on the Application Portal.  Please note: Your evaluation form will show here but you need to generate your project spend form. To do this, go to My Applications and click on Reporting, New Claim and choose project spend form.

Change to process due to on-going Covid-19 pandemic:

Please scan and email your invoices and bank statements to your Project Officer. If you do not have a scanner, you can take screenshots of your original documents with your mobile phone and email them to us. If this is not possible, please note that there will be a delay processing claims sent by post due to CRC office being shut at this time. CRC will provide updates in due course as more information becomes available.   

Please note: Subsequent to any financial claims that have been verified online, CRC will request original hard copies of documentation including original invoices and bank statements when normal business resumes therefore all records relating to grant spend must be retained for future inspection.

If you need any further advice, please contact a member of the Funding & Development team.

Projects not going ahead due to Covid-19 – Can Groups Postpone?

CR/CD Small Grants:  

  1. If you have to postpone an event within this current financial year you need to inform CRC immediately. If the project has to be postponed until after the 31 March 2022 then you will need to re-apply to the 2022/23 programme for support. We cannot transfer grants between financial years.
  2. If by 31 March 2022 you are only able to partially complete your project then please submit all of your returns for your spend to date. It is important that any changes to the delivery of your programme is reported as soon as possible to the grants officer that was dealing with your application. We will require the return of any unspent grant award.

We understand that these remain exceptional circumstances and as such we will make every effort to try to be as flexible as possible.