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Arts and Disability Award

The Arts & Disability Awards Ireland is a grant scheme for individual deaf and disabled artists living in Northern Ireland or ROI.

The Award is managed by the Arts & Disability Forum on behalf of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion. It awards a bursary of up to £5,000 to encourage and nurture individual talented disabled artists working in all artforms.


Bandanas for the Brave

Bandanas for the Brave provide free bandanas to children and young people diagnosed with cancer.

They offer bandanas in a range of sizes and patterns to suit young boys, girls and teens.

To apply: click on the bandana of your choice and complete the pop up form.


Caring Breaks Limited

Caring Breaks is a Northern Ireland charity for family carers.

It offers a short break service  of 4 hours a week respite and weekend breaks.

Their community respite workers take the clients out weekly to give the families a complete break.

The weekend breaks take place at Cushendall, Castlerock and Enniskillen. Clients have the opportunity to take participate in activities such as canoeing, archery, abseiling and sightseeing.

Contact the charity on 028 9070 9118 for more information.


The Children's Heartbeat Trust

The Children's Heartbeat Trust supports families of children with heart disease in Northern Ireland.

It has two caravans available for family use in Newcastle and Ballycastle.

Both caravans have 1 double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms.

The cost is £50 a week, from Saturday to Saturday.

Booking can be made via email: admin@childrenhearbeattrust.org and availability can be checked online through the website.


The Christopher McCollum Fund

The Christopher McCollum Fund was set up in memory of Christopher McCollum who had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,

It provides funds to help purchase a wheelchair and other equipment including adaptations for young people aged 18 years and under who have a disability or illness which may be life limited.

For further information email: info@spiritofchris.com


Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland supports disabled and disadvantaged people to enable them to be involved in society.

The Standard Grant Programme allocates funds to charities with an income of less than £1million in the previous 12 months in two main areas:

  • Social and Community Needs - for example day centres, carers, advocacy, independent living for the elderly and participation in cultural activities
  • Education and Training - for example employment training for the disabled and disadvantaged, promotion of life and independence skills, and enhancing the education of disabled young people and children.

Grants are usually awarded for one year projects between £2,500 to £5,000.

To apply download an application form or alternatively arrange to discuss your proposal by contacting the office on 028 9032 3000.


Mary Peters Trust

The Mary Peters Trust provides financial support to talented young athletes with the potential to compete at National and International level.

It is open to athletes over 12 years to help with expenses associated with the sport.  This includes travel to events, competitions, training and coaching.

For further information contact the charity email: info@marypeterstrust.org


NI Children To Lapland And Days To Remember Trust

The charity fulfills the dreams  of terminally ill,long term ill and deserving children, by taking them to see Santa at his home in Lapland.

The trips are fully funded with medical backup on the flights and in Lapland.

It also provides " Days to Remember" such as a trip to Disney Land Paris or other special events.


Special Support Grant

The Special Support Grant is available to help with additional education costs such as books, equipment, travel and childcare.

Eligibility depends on household income and whether you:

  • Have a disability
  • Have been treated as incapable of work for 28 weeks
  • Have had time out through illness or caring responsiblities
  • A lone parent
  • A partner who is also a student with responsibility for a child
  • Aged over 60 years

The maximum grant is £3,475. Receipt of the grant does not affect other benefits.


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