Women's Fund Individual Bursaries

Women's Fund Individual Bursaries

Women's Fund Individual Bursaries

Friday 17 July 2015

The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland's Individual Bursaries have been set up to fill a gap in funding opportunities for individual women who require a small amount of financial aid to support them towards fulfilling their potential.  The funding is administered by The Community Fund for Northern Ireland.

In 2015, the Fund will offer small grants (normally between £300 and £500) for individual women aged 18 and over, living in Northern Ireland, who are striving to get into, or back into employment.

Applicants will preferably be affiliated to a constituted community/women’s group and have the support of that organisation.

The closing date for receipt of hard copy applications is Friday 31st July 2015 at 4.30pm

While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications for Bursaries that address the following:

  • Personal development & confidence building
  • Overcoming barriers to employment or training
  • Making the first steps towards re-entering the workplace

Priority will be given to applicants living in deprived / disadvantaged areas.

Examples of the types of activities that may be supported:

  • Basic training support materials – books for example
  • Interview training
  • Mentoring
  • Travel costs to access relevant training (public transport for up to six months)
  • Childcare during employability training (up to six months)
  • Access course

What we will not fund:

  • Salaries
  • Formal education fees
  • Travel outside of Northern Ireland
  • Holidays / residentials
  • Vehicles or related costs
  • Equipment
  • Parties & shopping trips
  • Promotion of religion or politics

Please note:

References will be sought and applicants may be required to demonstrate need for support.

Successful grant recipients will be required to keep a record of expenditure including receipts.

Grant recipients will be required to write a short report detailing how the grant helped them.

Decisions on grants made by the Committee of the Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland are final.  Any canvassing for grants may lead to disqualification.

More detail on the fund is available at the link below:

For further information or an application form, please email Eamonn Donaghy at  or phone on 028 9024 5927