Uniting Opportunities is the small grants element of the Uniting Communities Programme. It aims to promote good relations and reconciliation through sport and creativity by addressing barriers to community participation that some young people face. It is targeted at the most vulnerable groups of young people in our society (aged 11-24), who would not normally avail of opportunities to participate.

The programme target groups are:

  • Young & Homeless
  • Young Migrants, Refugees & Asylum Seekers
  • Young People in Care
  • Young People with a Disability
  • Young People with Poor Mental Health
  • Young Offenders
  • Young People at risk of rural isolation

The programme objectives are:

  • Young people who experience barriers to participation in their communities will have increased confidence, self-esteem and social skills to get involved
  • Young people have the ability to build good relations in their communities by having a greater understanding  of other religious, political, ethnic and marginalised communities
  • Young people are more actively involved in sport and creativity, and are presented with opportunities to sustain their involvement
  • Young people will have developed the appropriate attributes to enable further community engagement with the Uniting Communities through sport and creativity programme

Uniting Opportunities has been designed to support our core Uniting Communities programme.  As such, it only seeks projects from where our core programme is being delivered, or is scheduled to be delivered.  Our current delivery areas are:   

  • Botanic (South Belfast)
  • Portadown and Lurgan 
  • Black Mountain (West Belfast) and Castle (North Belfast)
  • Causeway (North Antrim)
  • Waterside/The Moor - Derry City
  • Faughan - Derry City and Strabane

How to apply

Uniting Opportunities (2021 - 2023) is now open. 

Applications can be made by completing the Stage 1 application form found at the link below. Please read our Uniting Opportunities Information and Guidance Notes for further information.  

The closing date for applications is Monday 23 August 2021 at 4pm.  Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Video: Uniting Opportunities

The video below provides an overview of the previous Uniting Opportunities projects.

Further Information

If you would like further information about this programme please contact us by email;

E: tbuc@communities-ni.gov.uk

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