Developing Women in the Community Programme Phase Two 2022 - 2024

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 Phase Two

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 45 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 Phase Two modules will include:


  • confidence & self esteem – boosting confidence, emotional intelligence, motivation and self-respect
  • communication skills
  • personal development – including essential areas such as confidence building, public speaking, money management
  • and any other skill linked to promoting personal growth  
  • self-awareness  – understanding your own identity, rules and biases, to enable you to become more comfortable with new and diverse perspectives


  • teamwork & collaboration
  • problem solving – help to identify causes, implement solutions and encourage problem prevention  
  • leadership
  • role of women in community safety
  • role of women in peacebuilding


  • role of women in families

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 £80,000.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Monday 31 October 2022.

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

This funding is for the period to 31 March 2024.

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

This competition has now closed, and the successful applicants were as follows:

Local Government District (LGD) District Electoral Area (DEA) Delivery Areas Delivery Organisation
Belfast Court & Oldpark Shankill Women's Centre
Belfast Black Mountain Upper Springfield Development Trust
Belfast Titanic Barnardo's
Derry & Strabane The Moor, Ballyarnett, Foyleside, Sperrin, Waterside The Churches Trust
Derry & Strabane Ballyarnett Shantallow Community Residents Association
Causeway Coast & Glens Coleraine Causeway Rural and Urban Network
Antrim & Newtownabbey Macedon Breen Centre
North Down & Ards Newtownards Ards Development Bureau & Community Network


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