Funding Opportunity - Women's Fund

Funding Opportunity - Women's Fund

The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland's Individual Bursaries have been set up to fill a gap in funding opportunities for individual

women who require a small amount of financial aid to support them towards fulfilling their potential.


Area: Northern Ireland

Grant Size: £300-£500

Priorities: Bursaries to support women to re enter the workplace


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Who can apply:


  • Individual women aged 18 and over, living in Northern Ireland, who are striving to get into, or back into employment. 

  • Applicants will preferably be affiliated to a constituted community/women’s group and have the support of that organisation, however, if you are not you will still be eligible to apply.


While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications for Bursaries that address the following:


  • Personal development & confidence building

  • Overcoming barriers to employment or training

  • Making the first steps towards re-entering the workplace



Examples of the types of activities that may be supported:


  • Basic training support materials – books for example

  • Interview training

  • Mentoring

  • Travel costs to access relevant training (public transport for up to six months)

  • Childcare during employability training (up to six months)

  • Access course

  • The panel will only consider support towards education fees if for short courses of less than one year, and if there are significant barriers to the applicant accessing a course.  Please note the applicant must meet the other sets of criteria.


The Fund will not support:


  • Salaries

  • Formal education fees for long term courses eg: Degrees, Masters, courses over one year in length

  • Travel outside of Northern Ireland

  • Holidays/Residentials

  • Vehicles or related costs

  • Equipment

  • Parties & shopping trips

  • Promotion of religion or politics


Please note:

References will be sought and applicants may be required to demonstrate need for support.

Successful grant recipients will be required to keep a record of expenditure including receipts. 

Grant recipients will be required to write a short report detailing how the grant helped them.

Decisions on grants made by the Committee of the Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland are final. 

Any canvassing for grants may lead to disqualification.


The Fund opens for applications on Monday 13 March 2017 and will remain open on a rolling application basis.


It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please, contact the Grants Team on 02890 245 927.

The Fund will be managed on behalf of the Women's Fund by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.


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