*Time Sensitive: MIcro-Business Hardship Fund Closes Tonight!
The NI Micro-Business Hardship Fund closes for applications at 6pm on Friday 12 June. Depending on whether you meet the eligibility criteria your businesses can qualify for support of either up to £5,000 or up to £10,000.
The Charities Fund will finally be launched this Monday 15th June for charities which have exhausted all other avenues of support and are facing imminent closure.
It will provide financial support to charities that have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are unable to cover unavoidable costs until September 30th 2020.
CFNI Community Fund
This fund was launched a few months back but is still open for applications and has no deadline. Grants of between £1000 and £10,000 have been made available.
We can also be contacted on Twitter @devtrustsni
Webinars & Online MeetingsCoastal Communities Network
Locality, sister network to DTNI in England, is bringing coastal communities together for a peer-learning and networking event on Thursday 25th June.
Our coastal communities have extraordinary assets, and community organisations play a vital role in using them to help create opportunity and tackle local challenges. The aim of the event is to share best practice, exchange skills and ideas and harness the collective evidence base to influence national policymaking.
Specifically for DTNI members:
If you would like to take part, register here to receive joining details: https://bit.ly/2XlYXON
Design Thinking and Critical Problem Solving Workshop
Social Enterprise NI is teaming up with The Lens, a social enterprise based in Scotland, to deliver this workshop on Tuesday 30th June, 12 to 13:30pm.
The workshop will help you grapple with the challenges of adapting the support and services you provide for customers during lockdown and includes:
Effective Online Trustee Meetings
A NICVA-organised event from last week covering tips to ensure your trustee meetings are effective.
A new private DTNI Member Facebook group has been created as a forum where we can share ideas, links to resources, or just have a chat. For our part, we will keep you posted with relevant news from the sector and share the emerging practice from our sister networks in England, Scotland & Wales.
Join the DTNI Member Facebook GroupNICVA Community Hub
NICVA has set up a community information hub at the Community NI website where you can find out how to get help in every council area. The resource is intended to be a centralised source for all services across NI.
The reliability of the hub will depend on the quality of information it is populated with so it’s important that the entire community sector is aware of it and feeds into it, and we would recommend that DTNI members do likewise.
Follow the link https://www.nicva.org/article/share-your-covid-19-support-service-information to add your contribution. You will be able to amend any information at any time. If a particular service ceases, please remember to remove the listing from the website.
Susan Glass from NICVA has also offered to help you complete the form or, if necessary, complete it for you. You can contact Susan on 028 9087 7777 (ext 217).
This week’s HR update from BridgeHR Consultancy includes:
If there are specific issues for you, your colleagues or board that you wish to discuss, please get in touch with DTNI and we will endeavour to support you directly.
If you need detailed HR support, we will coordinate your query and link you in with BridgeHR.
Communications and social media consultant ForaChange specialises in campaigns and strategic communications for progressive social change. It has produced a detailed document that includes links to loads of resources you may find useful as you try to respond to C-19 related challenges.
Included on the document is information regarding digital campaigning, activism, online meetings, as well as a host of interesting articles and podcasts.