Published on: 21 March 2022

Our Northern Ireland Community Fund

In September 2021, we launched our Northern Ireland Community Fund. It offered part of our Member Prize Draw pot to charities tackling key issues in local areas.

When we first introduced our Member Prize Draw, local gambling laws meant that members in Northern Ireland couldn't benefit. This fund gives us the chance to give back to the communities you live and work in.

We focused on supporting those charities who work within three key themes:

  • mental health
  • children, and
  • community services.

We split the fund across five regions in Northern Ireland. Chosen charities shared part of our £335,000 total fund pot. They each received grants of up to £5,000.

We're hoping that around 31,000 people will benefit from this funding.

The winning charities

Applications opened in September 2021. They were closed two months later, in November.

We partnered with The Community Foundation Northern Ireland, to make sure we're supporting the right charities.

Together, we've selected 72 successful charities.

The Foyle Deaf Association

One of our successful charities was the Foyle Deaf Association. They were given a £5,000 Community Fund grant.

The Derry/Londonderry-based charity provides support to deaf children. For those who live in the North-West of the country, the charity:

  • organise homework clubs
  • run social activities, and
  • provide mental health support.

Their remaining funding was coming to an end. This grant allowed them to continue providing these vital services.

The charity even offered to do some coaching with their local Nationwide branch. Teaching the team basic sign language they can use with members.

How our grants will help

All winning charities showed a key need for their services.

We made sure to prioritise applications from grassroots charities. Those who make less than £100,000 a year.

There are no restrictions on how the money is used. The grants will go towards any costs or needs that the charities highlighted when they applied. Meaning the funding can be put towards the real necessities for each charity.

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