The Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects where there is evidence of identified good relations need.
Applications to the 2024/25 CGRF project funding programme are now open. Any awards of funding are subject to the availability of budget. The closing date for the submission of applications is Monday 22 January 2024 at 4pm.
About the Programme
Since 2016, over £25 million has been awarded to support more than 780 projects across Northern Ireland which has impacted on over 260,000 people. These CGRF projects with a good relations focus also include a wide range of activities such as sport, music, drama, arts and crafts, to engage with and make a difference in local communities whilst contributing to peace building and reconciliation. In addition, these projects provide important opportunities to develop new skills, gain qualifications, build self-confidence, develop new friendships, and to celebrate and embrace cultural diversity.
There are two streams of funding available; Project Funding and Small Grants.
For both streams, projects can claim salaries and programme costs, but these costs must be proportional to the good relations project being delivered. CGRF does not, and will not, replace mainstream core or project funding for groups.
Project Funding opens once a year for applications. Small Grants are open for applications throughout the funding year and are available for projects up to £1,500.
Applying for CGRF Project Funding (over £1,500)
Applications to the Central Good Relations Fund 2024/25 for project funding (over £1,500) are now open. Applications for funding should be made using the online application portal.
To access the online application portal, you must first register your organisation. However, if you have previously registered, you DO NOT need to register again. Please follow the link below and enter your username and password in the ‘Local Account Login’ section to log in to the application portal.
For those groups that have NOT already registered, please use the link below to register:
The 2024/25 CGRF Guidance Notes also contain a Step-by-Step Guide to Registration and a Step-by-Step Guide to the Application Form.
The deadline for applications is Monday 22 January 2024 at 4.00pm. However, you must register your organisation by 4.00pm on Friday 19 January 2024 to enable access to the online application portal. Any registrations submitted after that time will not be accepted.
CGRF resources for groups
You will find some useful resources, including claim templates and guidance on our CGRF Toolkit page.
Contact the Central Good Relations Fund Team for any queries in relation to the funding programme.