Developing Women in the Community Programme 2021 - 2024

Welcome to the Developing Women in the Community Programme. This is a grants programme administered by the Department for Communities (DfC) as part of the Fresh Start strategy. The Fresh Start Agreement of November 2015 sets out the Executive’s commitment to tackling paramilitary activity and associated criminality.

About the Developing Women in the Community Programme

This programme will provide women with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to become influencers and take on roles such as leadership and decision making in their communities. It will target women of all ages and be delivered within the community, in areas which have been identified as areas in need. The programme will also provide the opportunity for participants to partake in a volunteering role within their community and to develop and deliver a small programme. Provision of Family Support will be a key element of the programme. This will support the women to strengthen structures within their own families by providing guidance and support.

Applicants must have experience of delivering in the local area and be able to identify a minimum of 15 women who would benefit most from the programme. Applicants may employ suitable facilitators to deliver training and provide family support.

The Developing Women in the Community programme modules should include:

  • Confidence & Self Esteem
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Development
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Self-awareness
  • Role of women within families/ communities
  • Problem Solving
  • Leadership

The training provided will result in personal progression which will reduce individual risk factors, therefore strengthening their capacity and confidence to connect with and engage with their communities.

Who can apply?

The following organisations and groups are eligible to apply for funding:

  • Community/Voluntary/Women's groups
  • Charities (registered as a charity with HMRC)
  • Other ‘not for profit’ organisations
  • Companies limited by guarantee (registered with Companies House)
  • Public Sector/Bodies Agencies

Making an application

Applications can be completed online:

The total cost required from DfC should not exceed £30,000.

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Monday 4 October 2021.

Further details can be found in the information and guidance notes.

This funding is for the period to 31 March 2022. A further call may be launched in advance of next year’s budget, subject to funding.

Applicants should read both the following project specification and information and guidance notes.

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