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 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 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

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:   

  • Ardoyne and Greater Ballysillan (North Belfast)
  • Fountain, Bogside and Bishop Street (Derry~Londonderry)
  • Ballymoney District Electoral Area (North Antrim)
  • Derg District Electoral Area (West Tyrone)

How to apply

Stage One of Uniting Opportunities 2019 - 2021 is open for applications until Friday 16 August at 4.00pm. Before completing the short Stage One – Eligibility Form, please carefully read the Uniting Opportunities 2019 to 2021 Information and Guidance Notes.

The Uniting Communities Team will also be available for support and guidance at a drop-in session in each the four delivery areas.  If you unable to visit during one of these sessions (below), please feel free to contact us via telephone (02890 823 354) or email (tbuc@communities-ni.gov.uk).

Drop-in sessions

Delivery Areas Venue Date Time
Ardoyne & Greater Ballysillan Ardoyne Library
Crumlin Road
BT14 7GH
Tuesday 6 August 2pm - 5pm
Ballymoney DEA Ballymoney Library
Queen Street
BT53 6JB
Monday 5 August 10.30am - 2.30pm
Derg DEA Castlederg Library
Hospital Road
BT81 7BU
Thursday 8 August 10am - 1pm
Fountain, Bogside & Bishop Street Derry Central Library
Foyle Street
BT48 6AL
Tuesday 6 August 10.30am - 2.30pm

Stage one eligibility form

Your Stage One Eligibility Form will take less than 5 minutes to complete. However, as outlined in the Information and Guidance Notes, the Eligibility Form asks you to provide an organisational URN from the Government Funding Database (GFD). It is highly recommended that any GFD registration or amendments to existing GFD records is undertaken before completing this Eligibility Form. For support with GFD, please read guidance on registering and uploading supporting documents to GFD

Important: Should we progress a sufficient number of eligible organisations during Stage One, it is highly unlikely that Stage One will open again until 2021. In addition, we do not anticipate the introduction of any additional geographical areas within the next two years.

Video: Uniting Opportunities - 2018-19

The video below provides an overview of the 2018/19 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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