RCity Youth CIC
R City Youth CIC was established in 2014, following a successful cross community collaboration between two youth clubs in the Ardoyne and Shankill areas of North Belfast. ‘Communities Integrating Through Youth’ is the organisation’s central purpose, with a focus on youth empowerment, leadership and good relations. The flagship youth programmes, R City Leadership Programme and Belfast 2 Blanco, are renowned as some of the most exciting and impactful pieces of work with young people in Belfast and across NI.
R City Youth CIC has a local, national and international footprint, working in partnership with organisations such as Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, Foróige, British Council and community partners in the Cape Town and George areas of South Africa.
R City Youth CIC originally signed up under our FundReady ‘Support’ Package in March 2019. Our initial work focussed on securing small scale funds for a series of initiatives including the launch of a new 11-14 year old programme, volunteer development programme for 30 young people and funding for a series of youth led community events. This has moved into a broader strategic planning, project development and bid writing relationship and 12 months into the service, we agreed a ‘Bespoke’ package to fit the needs of the organisation. We are also advising on a move to a new premises, exploring funding options and the business model for the facility.
Our team has helped the organisation to secure over £120,000 in small scale grant funding, develop and submit bids for a new long term project and secure vital relief funds during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Signing up to the FundReady service has been a really positive experience for R City Youth CIC. Our Client Advisor is proactive, working with us to identify our key priorities as an organisation and matching this to suitable funding opportunities.
The support we receive in terms of putting together funding submissions saves time, reduces pressure on our staff team and allows us to access professional advice from an experienced team.
We love the company’s approach which fits with our ethos and importantly we view FundReady as a valued partner for our work. We have some big plans for the future and support from the FundReady team is key to making them happen”