Grass Roots Grant Support Programme 2021-22  

Grass Roots Grant Support Programme 2021-22 – Key Dates


1st April, 2021 to 31st March, 2022

Opening Date:   Monday, 11th October 2021 at 10:00 a.m. 

Closing Date:  Friday, 29th October 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Funding Allocations published online:  Friday, 26th November 2021

Letter of Outcome: Friday, 26th November 2021 onwards



Background Information
Grass Roots Grant Support Programme – Grants up to £2,000

Please note: The Grass Roots Grant Support Programme is for grants up to a maximum of £2,000 to community development groups to deliver community covid recovery intervention/programmes, providing much-needed support to communities as they recover from the effects of the covid pandemic.   

There will be one round of funding in this financial year. (See Key Dates)

  •  Groups must meet the Community Development Priorities.
  •  The criteria will remain the same as the CSF Programme with the addition of the requirement to outline how the project will impact on Covid recovery.
  • Priority will be given to community and voluntary groups who have not received funding to date from the Community Support Fund Programme or Community Centre Venue Fund in the financial year 2021-22.
  • 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 £2,000. 
  • 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.

Registration Forms and Application Forms can be downloaded and returned to . 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:

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 programme.

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:-

Grass Roots Grant Support Programme 2021/22

Health and Community Directorate

Community Development Section

Derry City and Strabane District Council

98 Strand Road

Derry BT48 7NN


Grass Roots Grant Support Programme 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, 29th October 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.

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

Registration Form

Application Form