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Reacting to the news of a £40 million Hardship Fund from the Department for the Economy, Nora Smith, CEO of CO3 said:

“Whilst we welcome news of a Hardship Fund, the devil will be in the detail in terms of whether or not our members can access this. To date most of them have not been able to access any financial relief despite the fact that our sector employs around 45,000 people and contributes £1.5billion to the local economy.

Northern Ireland’s charities face funding crisis

Northern Ireland’s charities and social enterprises have appealed to government and the general public to help them survive with many facing financial meltdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Traditional fund-raising has dried up with the closure of charity shops, childcare centres and cafes and the enforced cancellation of sponsored events from marathons to coffee mornings.

Good Governance Awards 2021

The VSB Foundation are pleased to launch the 2021 Good Governance Awards for Northern Ireland.  Delivered in partnership with CO3 and Volunteer Now.

The Good Governance Awards will showcase how good governance and driving social change are essentially interlinked and will provide an opportunity to celebrate what is best in the sector.

Ulster Bank Social and Community Capital are launching a £1m Coronavirus Response Fund on Monday 22nd June.

  • Phase two of the awards will culminate in the awarding of £50,000 to each of ten charities across Ireland and the UK
  • The applications opened on Monday 15 June 2020 and will close on Friday 24 July 2020
  • The successful charities will be announced from Monday 21 September 2020

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