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Small Capital Grants Programme 2021/22 (NI)

GAA Handball would like to advise Handball Clubs in the 6 Counties of the below Small Capital Funding Programme. Handball Clubs have previously been successful in so this is worth your Club exploring ahead of the application deadline on Friday 25th June.


Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2021/22 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland. The purpose of this £950k fund is to assist voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.

The programme provides grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 towards the purchase of items such as IT equipment, sporting equipment, catering equipment and material to support arts and cultural activities within the voluntary and community sector. Applications are invited from constituted organisations that have an annual unrestricted income of no more than £100,000.

Applications must include a minimum of 2 organisations. Those applying must nominate a lead partner to whom the whole of the grant will be paid. The Lead Partner should complete the application form.

The amount of grant available will be dependent on the number of partners within the application:

  • 2 partner groups = can apply for up to £1,500
  • 3 – 4 partner groups = can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups = can apply for up to maximum £5,000

What types of items can be funded?

  • 1) Partners can apply for a wide range of capital items, such as office equipment, furniture, sports goods, kitchen fittings and minor capital works to improve premises. Please note that consumables are ineligible e.g. ink, paper, etc. 
  • 2) Please note that applications for capital works e.g. works involving construction activities, will only be accepted from either the owner or leaseholder of the property concerned.


To be eligible for grant assistance (grants between £1,500 – £5,000), applicants must be constituted voluntary or community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland, with an annual unrestricted income of less than £100,000 per year. (“Unrestricted” income relates to funds that the non-profit organisation may use for any purpose. “Restricted” income relates to funds whose use is restricted by a particular purpose and must be used in a specified period e.g. grant offer from a Funding Body).

For more information please see the guidance documents.

Guidance Notes & Application Form