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Lloyds NI opens international grants programme

Lloyds NI opens international grants programme

Lloyds TSB Foundation Northern has reopened its grants programme for Northern charities which carry out work within disadvantaged communities overseas.

Organisations can apply for grants up to £5,000 for smaller projects or up to £20,000 for larger projects.

Proposals should be for work in poor communities overseas which are supported by organisations with a significant presence in Northern Ireland. The scheme particularly invites applications:

* For costs associated with volunteering programmes that focus particularly on the development and transfer of skills to poor entities and communities overseas.

* Which support sustainable indigenous projects overseas that enhance local social and economic rights and autonomy. Projects encouraging social enterprise and entrepreneurism will be particularly favoured.

* For projects that help build the capacity of advocacy and civil society representative organisations overseas, that are working in areas of local basic social and economic rights

Application packs and ./guidance can be obtained by telephoning the Foundation on 028 9032 3000. The closing date for applications is 24 September 2010.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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