Community Support Fund

Community Support Fund

Chief Executive Message 
Community Support Fund 2021/22- Key Dates
1st April, 2021 to 31st March, 2022

Opening Date: Monday, 29th March 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Closing Date: Friday, 23rd April 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Funding Allocations published online: Friday, 25th June 2021

Letter of Outcome: Friday, 25th June 2021 onwards


Community Support Fund – Grants up to £4,000

Please note:  The Community Support Fund is for grants up to a maximum of £4,000.

  • There will be one round of funding in this financial year. (See Key Dates)
  • Groups must meet the Community Development Priorities.
  • Groups must apply to one particular District Electoral Area (DEA). If you are applying for Core costs, you will apply to the particular DEA where your organisation is based. Applicants for project costs must indicate the DEA that at least 80% of the project beneficiaries are from.
  • The fund will cover both project costs and/or core costs (excluding salaries/wages) to a maximum of £4,000.
  • Groups may only submit one application.

Project costs definition: A project cost is directly related to a specific function based on need.  It has a start and end date and can clearly demonstrate a specific function that is measurable by the use of defined, targeted outputs and success criteria.

Core costs definition: A core cost is any cost related to the day to day running of the organisation.  It is a cost attached to the groups operating or maintenance function that cannot be attributed to a specific project.

All applications must meet the 60% threshold or above to be eligible for funding.

The Application Form is available upon request in a number of formats including Paper Format, Large Print, Braille, PDF, Audio Formats (CD, MP3, DAISY) and Minority Languages.  For further information on alternative formats please contact: telephone (028) 7125 3253, text phone: (028) 7137 6646 or email:

Community Support Fund 2021/22 has a two stage process:
 Section AOnline Registration
 Section BOnline Application
Who can apply for funding?

Constituted Voluntary Organisations, Community Groups, etc., who operate with community development as their core objective.

Organisations who have a project/service aligned within the Community and Social Outcomes and Actions of the Local Growth Plan (see Guidance Notes pages 6 & 7) and whose project/service will benefit residents in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

Please note:  Sports Development projects/services are ineligible and will not be part of this process.

When applying for funding:
  • You may contact relevant Council Officers before completion of your Application who may advise you on the process or provide clarification in respect of your application but not on the content of your application.
  • Supporting documentation is required for successful applications only. Any additional information provided will not be considered in the Assessment Process.
  • Please keep a copy of your completed Application Form for your own reference.
Deadline for submission of applications

If you are submitting your application in an alternative format you should send it to:-

 Community Support Fund 2021/22

Health and Community Directorate

Community Development Section

Derry City and Strabane District Council

98 Strand Road

Derry BT48 7NN


 Community Support Fund 2021/22

Health and Community Directorate

Community Development Section

Derry City and Strabane District Council

47 Derry Road

Strabane BT82 8DY

Applicants are reminded that the deadline for submission of applications is 3.00 p.m. on Friday, 23rd April 2021.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application early as this deadline is absolute. Please do not wait until near the closing time to submit your application.   Under no circumstances will an application be deemed eligible after the 3:00 p.m. deadline.

 Be aware of the speed of your internet connection, your system configuration and the volume of general web traffic that may impact on the time required to upload your application.

 Derry City and Strabane District Council cannot accept responsibility for transmission delays.  Your completed application must be received before the deadline.

 Please note that all projects will be subject to a monitoring and evaluation process.

Please read all documentation carefully before submitting your application.

 Remember: An official receipt must be obtained from a Council Official if the application is delivered by hand.

 If posting, it is recommended that you do give due regard to delivery times specifically during holiday time including Bank Holidays to ensure that your application is delivered by the closing date.

Guidance Notes

Scoring Matrix

Application Form

You must register and login to apply.