Funding for the voluntary and community sector

Funding to the voluntary and community sector falls into two main areas. One is to support the voluntary and community sector regionally and helping it to grow.  The second is to help the sector to be self sustaining through the development of the social economy and building assets for longer term sustainability.

Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP)

This programme has five strands and supports core costs of regional infrastructure organisations involved in playing a supporting, co-ordinating or development role in relation to voluntary and community sector organisations, particularly in those policy areas which are the responsibility of the Department. Community infrastructure allows new work and new organisations to develop, supports already there, and facilitates networking.

More information on Regional Infrastructure Support Programme

Government funders database

The Government Funding Database holds records of applications and funding to voluntary and community sector organisations.  

More information on the Government Funding Database

Energy payment for grassroots organisations impacted by soaring costs

The rising costs of gas, oil and electricity have been highlighted by many Voluntary and Community organisations as a major issue which may negatively impact on the vital services which they deliver on behalf of the Department to those most in need within our communities.

To help with these costs, a £1,500 energy payment has been made to 170 Voluntary and Community funded organisations which deliver key services to communities across Northern Ireland.

Cost of living support for voluntary and community organisations

Minister Gordon Lyons has announced support for 287 Voluntary and Community organisations, funded through the Department’s Voluntary Community Division and Community Empowerment Division.

A list of the organisations who will avail of this funding is available.

Social Capital Loan Scheme

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland plays a key role in helping the NI Executive and the Department for Communities achieve the objectives set out in the draft Programme for Government (PfG) Outcomes Framework. DfC has decided to use Financial Transactions Capital (FTC) to establish a Social Capital Loan Scheme to support VCSE investment, via a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) managed by Community Finance Ireland (CFI), to minimise financial ris.


If you have any queries please contact Voluntary and Community Unit


Related to Funding for the voluntary and community sector

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Communities including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme. You may also request your own personal information, via a Right of Access Request.

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