With a budget of £12,000, the social fund will support a project or projects which will make a positive social impact in the lives of individuals, local neighbourhoods, or communities.
Funding is open to constituted organisations which are interested in working with and receiving funding from Co-Ownership Housing to deliver a project in one of the following areas:
- Helping regenerate, rebuild, and revitalise neighbourhoods and communities;
- Supporting elderly or disabled people; or;
- Providing advice and educational services to promote either financial capability and inclusion, energy efficiency or biodiversity in the community.
The entire fund may be awarded to a single organisation (or partnership) for a single project, or divided across several organisations and projects. The projects may be entirely new or already existing and funding may be held on behalf of an unconstituted group.
Applying to the fund will not be difficult but applicants should be clear on the need for their proposed project and its potential benefits. They must also commit to providing a social impact report once the project is complete.
Details on how to apply – and a simple application form – can be accessed through Co-Ownership’s website here: Social Fund Application
The social fund builds on Co-Ownership’s commitment to responsible business and working for social good. In 2016, it became the first not-for-profit organisation, and first housing association, to achieve the highest standard of Corporate Social Responsibility in Northern Ireland – CORE, accredited by Business in the Community (BITCNI).