Community Relations / Cultural Diversity

Deadline date: 

17 January 2020

Important Grant Update.

End of Year Returns and Programme Postponements for CR/CD Grants Scheme

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 2020 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 Covid-19:

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.

Keep checking our website for updates.

If you need any further advice, please contact a member of the Funding department.


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

CR/CD Small Grants:  

 We have raised two financial matters with The Executive Office: 

  1. Guidance on the arrangements for the end of the financial year in relation to planned activity/expenditure affected by Covid-19).  
  2. Information about the budget for the new financial year to allow CRC to make payments when we move into April. 

We are awaiting guidance on both matters and will be in contact with funded groups and will update our website when we have further information.

Please keep checking our website for updates.  We understand that these are exceptional circumstances, as such we will make every effort to try to be as flexible as possible. 

CR/CD Scheme

CR/CD is now closed. The scheme is due to re-open 1 April 2020.

  • 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.

About the Scheme

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 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.

There are a number of changes to the 2019-20 Scheme which includes a new online application process.   

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. Phone 028 9022 7500 or email info@nicrc.org.uk

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 apply for funding:

Read about the CD/CR scheme criteria.

Apply for the Scheme

If you have met all the critera, then use the button below to apply: