Parentline Podcast – Christmas experienced by someone of another faith

Parentline Podcast – Christmas experienced by someone of another faith

We were delighted to have a chat with Bellal Yaqub on our latest episode of the Parentline Podcast where we talked all things Christmas as experienced by someone of another faith.

As a parent of 3, Bellal shared what it was like to grow up as a Muslim in Northern Ireland but also how things have changed for his kids. It’s a fascinating conversation and we hope you enjoy it!

Listen to the full episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/861409/9777497

Northern Ireland – Minority Ethnic Development Fund

Northern Ireland – Minority Ethnic Development Fund

Grants are available to voluntary and community organisations promoting good community relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds across Northern Ireland.

Fund Information

Funding body: Northern Ireland Executive
Maximum value: £ 75,000
Application deadline: 27/01/2022

Background

The Executive Office (TEO) provides and administers the Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF).

Objectives of Fund

The MEDF provides support for voluntary and community organisations working with minority ethnic people and groups. The aim of the fund is to assist minority ethnic and local community organisations to promote good relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds.

Value Notes

Applications are sought for the funding period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025.

Grant awards will fall into three broad categories or ‘tiers’:

Tier 1

  • Tier 1a – Funding awards between £100 – £5,000.
  • Tier 1b – Funding awards between £5,000.01 – £10,000.
  • Projects which are not multi-annual must be delivered and full expenditure incurred by 31 March 2023.

Tier 2

  • Tier 2a – Funding awards between £10,000.01 – £30,000 per annum.
  • Tier 2b – Funding awards between £30,000.01 – £45,000 per annum.

Tier 3

  • Tier 3a – Funding awards between £45,000.01 – £60,000 per annum.
  • Tier 3b – Funding awards between £60,000.01 – £75,000 per annum.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from organisations that:

  • Are legally able to operate in Northern Ireland.
  • Are independent, established for charitable purposes, and have a constitution or set of rules defining their aims, objectives and operational procedures.
  • Have a definable management structure and appropriate financial controls.
  • Have aims and objectives which are designed to take account of the needs of people from a minority ethnic background.
  • Have principles of operation which accord with legislation on employment, health and safety, racial, religious, political, sexual and disability discrimination for employees and volunteers.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities.

Location

Northern Ireland

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Statutory bodies.
  • Commercial organisations.
  • Academic institutions (schools, colleges, universities).
  • Trade unions.
  • Political parties.
  • Applicants who have failed to comply with the terms of a letter of offer or monitoring requirements from a previous grant awarded by the Executive Office.
  • Projects where there is no demonstrable evidence that public funding is required to implement the project.
  • Capital projects.
  • Contracted services.
  • Competitions.
  • Activities which are party political in nature.
  • Activities outside Northern Ireland.
  • Retrospective costs.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are available for projects which contribute to the promotion of good relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds, the building of community cohesion, and promotion of integration. Eligible projects should work towards the following outcomes:

  • Equality of Service Provision – people from a minority ethnic background can access and benefit from all public services equally.
  • Elimination of prejudice, racism and hate crime.
  • Increased participation, representation and belonging – people from minority ethnic backgrounds participate in and are represented fully in all aspects of life and enjoy a sense of ‘belonging’.
  • Cultural diversity is celebrated – the rights of people from minority ethnic backgrounds to maintain their culture and traditions in line with human rights norms and to pass them on to subsequent generations are recognised and supported.

Eligible activity should fall under one of the following three categories (or tiers):

  • Tier One – for one-off events and projects which will contribute to achieving one (tier 1a) or two (tier 1b) of the programme outcomes. Awards made under this Tier may cover expenses such as travel, postage, catering, stationery, printing, interpretation, venue hire, promotional costs and, in certain circumstances, salary costs and/or fees. Applications for other expenses may also be considered.
  • Tier Two – for central management, development and administrative costs and to enable organisations to develop and provide services and projects that will contribute to achieving the programme’s outcomes and develop self-supporting organisations, which will be in a position to access mainstream funding from government. Tier 2 applications must contribute to achieving three (tier 2a) or all four (tier 2b) of the programme outcomes. The Department will pay up to 100% of an organisation’s salary costs (including employer’s national insurance contribution). The Department will also pay up to 100% of an organisation’s support costs. Examples of claims which may be made under development funding include salaries, employer’s pension contributions, travel, stationery, postage, telephone and internet connections.
  • Tier Three – funding is intended to meet central management, development and administrative costs and thereby enable organisations to develop and provide services and projects. Tier 3 applications must contribute to achieving all four of the programme outcomes. Tier 3 applications must also include clear proposals to provide a mentoring role with smaller or less experienced organisations and/or to work collaboratively with others in the sector.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 2pm on 27 January 2022.

Guidance notes and the application form are available at the website of the Executive Office.

Useful links

The Executive Office
http://www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/minorityethnicfunding

The Executive Office – Racial Equality
https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/articles/racial-equality

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

Enquiries
Northern Ireland Executive
Minority Ethnic Development Fund
Room E3.18
Castle Buildings
Belfast
BT4 3SR
Tel: 028 9052 8560
E-Mail: race.equality@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk
Calls and deadlines

Information on future calls is indicative only and may be subject to change.

2022 Deadline

Application start date: 20/12/2021
Application end date: 27/01/2022

 

New Interpreters Required

The Business Services Organisation Foreign Language Interpreting Service is seeking urgent applications from new Interpreters (must hold OCN Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting minimum) specifically for the following languages:
· Tetum
· Kurdish Sorani
· Italian
· Tigrinya
· Bengali (must be available to travel)
· Pasho – Afghan
· Dari
· Vietnamese
· Amharic
· German
· Nepali
· Tamil
· Telugu
· Croatian
· Thai
· Greek
Applicants will be required to attend a 6 day Interpreter Induction Course (via zoom) between 27 January 2022 and 3 February 2022, 10am – 4pm. The Course will be primarily delivered by a range of HSC Practitioners from: Speech and Language Therapy, Radiotherapy, Social Services, Psychological Therapies, Women’s Aid, Lifeline, and Bereavement Services.
Please contact claire.hamilton@hscni.net to request an application form.