The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with Comic Relief to help distribute £50,000 of Red Nose Day Community Cash.
And comedian Patrick Kielty has urged community groups across Northern Ireland to apply to the fund for grants of £500 to £1,000 ahead of Red Nose Day on March 15.
The Co Down comic said that often the problems closest to home are the easiest to ignore, and he wants grassroots organisations in Belfast and beyond to take advantage of the funding available.
“Red Nose Day Community Cash is back and the Belfast Telegraph is helping give away £50,000 across Northern Ireland,” said Patrick.
“Grants are now up for grabs for grassroots organisations in Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland.
“Comic Relief is working hard to tackle the issues close to home and improve lives right here on your doorstep, and even a small amount of money can help make that difference.
“Apply today and watch your community grow.”
The Red Nose Day Community Cash programme aims to help people running groups with an annual income of less than £100,000 in disadvantaged and deprived areas.
Grants will not be awarded to statutory organisations or individuals, or to fund trips abroad, new buses or buildings.
The kind of groups that could apply for funding include those running community festivals, lunch clubs, befriending and self- help groups, dads and lads clubs, parent and toddler groups and those carrying out cross genera
tional work. Sue Wicks, Comic Relief’s UK grants manager, said: “Comic Relief is delighted to be working with the Belfast Telegraph and offering Red Nose Day Community Cash once again to local groups across Northern Ireland.
“We’ve funded some truly inspiring projects last time.
“We know from our long experience of grant making in communities all over the UK that local groups can make a huge impact at the heart of their communities with even just a small amount of money.”