Uniting Opportunities is a small grants scheme aimed at breaking down barriers to engagement on the core Uniting Communities programme and to increasing participation in community life.

Uniting Opportunities targets marginalised groups of young people (aged 11-24) who would not normally avail of an opportunity to participate. 

The groups are:

  • Young & Homeless
  • Young 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

As with the core programme, Uniting Opportunities aims promote good relations and reconciliation through sport and creativity by addressing the barriers to community participation that these young people face.  Uniting Opportunities funds projects that will achieve all four of the following objectives;

  • 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 a greater awareness of good relations and an increased 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, including pathways to the Uniting Communities through sport and creativity programme

Video: Uniting Opportunities - 2018-19

The video below provides an overview of the 2018/19 Uniting Opportunities projects.

How to apply

Uniting Opportunities is currently closed to applications however, the department anticipates re-opening the programme later in the summer.  For information and future opportunities, you may wish to follow @CommunitiesNI on Twitter.

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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