Community Relations / Cultural Diversity

Deadline date:

CR/CD Small Grants Scheme is now open. Closing date: Friday 2 February 2024.

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 2024, the closing date for all applications is Friday 2 February 2024 at 4 PM. 

Application Process

The Council tries to process applications as quickly as possible; this will depend upon current resources and demand. Applications usually take between 8 to 12 weeks to process. Applications that have been registered before the project takes place but have not been processed by CRC until after the event are still eligible. However, it is at the group's own risk to undertake an event before it has been assessed or awarded funding.

Applicants should understand that careful consideration is given to each application. Due to the large volume of applications received, it may not be possible to extend grant aid to each applicant or assist applicants to the extent requested, even if applications meet the criteria set out.

There is no restriction on the number of applications any one group can make to the scheme. However, if a group has received funding in the past, it may need to demonstrate that the new proposals will build upon earlier achievements. Please note any grants held in the previous financial year with outstanding claims must be completed and closed off before new applications can be considered.

It is always best to apply during the early development stages of the project as this allows time for CRC staff and the group to adequately discuss the project.

Current Good Practice

CRC has been gathering 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 link below to apply:

Apply now for CR/CD Scheme