European Year of Volunteering Small Grants Programme 2011/12

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Embargo: 21 July 2011

    Funding opportunity for Volunteer Involving Organisations
Volunteer Now is inviting applications for the European Year of Volunteering
2011 Small Grants Programme which is funded by the Department for Social
Development. This grant programme is designed to encourage and support
volunteering by funding a wide range of volunteer-involving organisations.
It is targeted specifically at projects with an annual income of less than £100,000
that promote volunteering amongst people not in paid work and other groups who
are currently under-represented in the volunteering population. The Programme
makes grants of up to £1,500 available to small, locally based volunteer-involving
organisations which address at least one of the objectives of the European Year
of Volunteering:
   -   Creating an enabling environment for volunteering
   -   Improve the quality of voluntary activities
   -   Rewarding and recognizing voluntary activities and
   -   Raising awareness about the value and importance of volunteering

Lindsay Armstrong SE Regional Manager, Volunteer Now said, “This is an
excellent funding opportunity for small volunteer involving organisations which
fulfil the criteria of the grant. It will enable them to support existing volunteers
and recruit new volunteers and will highlight the objectives of the European Year
of Volunteering.”

Details of eligibility, guidelines for applicants and application forms are available
to download from or contact Sandra Faulkner at
Volunteer Now on 028 9023 2020 or email Applications must be returned by Friday
12 August 2011 at 12 noon.

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Volunteer involving organisations from across 15 district council areas* in Northern Ireland with
an annual income of less than £100,000 may apply.

* Volunteer Now is managing applications for the following district council areas: Antrim Borough
Council, Ards Borough Council, Armagh City & District Council, Ballymena Borough Council,
Belfast City Council, Carrickfergus Borough Council, Castlereagh Borough Council, Down District
Council, Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council, Fermanagh District Council, Larne
Borough Council, Lisburn City Council, Newry & Mourne District Council, Newtownabbey
Borough Council and North Down Borough Council.
About Volunteer Now
Volunteer Now works to promote, enhance and support volunteering across Northern Ireland.
Volunteer Now is about connecting with individuals and organisations to build healthy
communities and create positive change.

Volunteer Now enhances recognition for the contribution volunteers make, provides access to
opportunities and encourages people to volunteer. We provide training, information, guidance
and support to volunteer-involving organisations on issues of good practice and policy regarding
volunteering, volunteer management, child protection, safeguarding vulnerable adults and

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