Useful Links

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund provides funding through programmes that it designs and develops to reflect local needs and priorities in Northern Ireland.  These programmes help to achieve the Big Lottery Fund’s core objective of bringing real improvements to communities and to the lives of people most in need.


COSTA is the rural support network for Dungannon  & South Tyrone Borough Council area.

Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty is a national charity working across the UK to lift people out of debt and poverty.  Christians against poverty offer free debt counselling through a network of 233 centres based in local churches.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice is the largest advice charity in Northern Ireland.  Citizens Advice helps people resolve their debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems and is available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion.

Community Transport Northern Ireland

The Community Transport Northern Ireland website provides information about the operators who provide door-to-door and group travel services to community groups, older people and people with disabilities on a non-profit making basis throughout Northern Ireland. A community transport operator can be located in most parts of the country, in both urban and rural areas.

Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network

Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN) is a community umbrella organisation which was formed in 1996 to represent and support the interests of community groups within the rural areas of Cookstown District and along the Western Shores of Lough Neagh.  Since 2009 CWSAN also covers the Magherafelt District Council area.

Countryside Agri-Rural Partnership

The Countryside Agri-Rural Partnership is the managing agent for the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 Axis 1 measures.

County Down Rural Community Network

County Down Rural Community Network is a voluntary umbrella body set up and managed by community groups County Down.

Debt Action NI

Debt Action NI is aimed at helping those most financially vulnerable in Northern Ireland. Debt Action NI offer FREE, confidential and impartial debt and money advice services across Northern Ireland.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has responsibility for food, farming, environmental, fisheries, forestry and sustainability policy and the development of the rural sector in Northern Ireland.

Fermanagh Rural Community Network

Fermanagh Rural Community Network is the rural support network for County Fermanagh and was formed in 1993.


Gatepost is the confidential listening and supporting helpline for Scotland’s farming and other land-based communities.  It was established in 2010, in response to the increasing number of calls received from working farmers to the farming and land-based charity RSABI.


LANTRA are committed to helping land-based and environmental businesses access the training, qualifications, skills and knowledge they need.


Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair.

Lloyds TSB Foundation

Lloyds TSB Foundation is committed to supporting underfunded, grassroots charities that enable people, especially disabled and disadvantaged people, to play a fuller role in society.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998 with the objectives of promoting and supporting charitable purposes in the areas of agriculture, rural development and insurance in the United Kingdom – including education, the relief of poverty, social welfare and research and any other charitable purposes.


Niamh, (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health), is the largest and longest established independent charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing services in Northern Ireland. Niamh is structured as a group consisting of three elements, Compass, Beacon and Carecall

North Antrim Community Network

The North Antrim Community Network represents rural community and sectored interest groups in the council areas of Ballymena, Ballymoney, Larne and Moyle

Omagh Forum for Rural Associations

Omagh Forum for Rural Associations is the Rural Support Network for the Omagh District, providing development support to Community and Voluntary Groups.

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I)

R.A.B.I. is a grant making charity, founded in 1860, that supports members of the farming community in England and Wales that are facing need, hardship or distress.

Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI)

RSABI is a Scottish charity with roots going back to 1897.  RSABI provide financial assistance, support and advice in confidence to those people who have worked in Scotland in land-based occupations and who are suffering hardship.

Rural North West Community Support

Formally known as Strabane & District Community Network, Rural North West Community Support was established in 1993 with the support of Strabane District Council and Rural Community Network to represent community and voluntary groups across the North West area.

Rural Support Wales

Rural Support Wales is an internet based information and support service for people living in rural Wales. It focuses particularly on rural stress issues.  Their website contains information about the signs and symptoms of stress, what people can do to help themselves and a directory of organisations that can offer help.


Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland.

South Antrim Rural Network

South Antrim Rural Network (SARN) provides community development support to rural communities within the council boroughs of Antrim, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus

TADA Rural Support Network

The Armagh Down and Antrim (TADA) Rural Support Network provides support tailored to meet the needs of local rural communities in the Armagh, Down and Antrim areas.

The Addington Fund

The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry and by doing so will lose their home and also offers emergency grants in times of hardship.

The Farming Community Network (FCN)

FCN is a Christian organisation and a registered charity which has been working with the farming community since 1995.  FCN is a network of 300 volunteers across England and Wales and provides a confidential, national helpline.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund gives grants to projects that help support the people who care for the countryside. It is supported by a unique collaboration of businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy.

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU)

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) was founded in 1918.  The UFU is the largest democratic voluntary organisation representing farmers and growers in Northern Ireland.  The UFU’s Central objective is to promote farmers interests both at home and abroad through professional lobbying.  There are twenty-five offices across the region with headquarters located in Belfast.

Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU)

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) is an association of local clubs run by young people that welcomes members from all communities in the town, city and countryside.