Founded in 1983, 174 Trust is a community care organisation committed to helping build a “strong, just and peaceful society” in North Belfast and beyond. The Trust’s award winning facility, the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, provides a safe, shared and inclusive community space from which they deliver a variety of valuable services including childcare, disability support programmes and a range of community and arts events. 174 Trust has obtained a loan from the Building Better Futures Fund to assist with working capital costs.

Community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises are being encouraged to access the loans available through the scheme which has been created and funded through a partnership between three leading local charities – Belfast Charitable Society, Building Change Trust and Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT).

Belfast Charitable Society was established in 1752 to tackle disadvantage and poverty and in doing so it built the Poor House and Belfast’s first Infirmary, which remains as Clifton House. Today, the Society continues to work to tackle disadvantage and promote philanthropy while sharing its vast heritage with others. Building Change Trust was established in 2008 by the Big Lottery Fund with an endowment of £10million.

The £1 Million fund which is being managed by UCIT provides small unsecured loans of £1,000 – £25,000 which cannot currently be raised from traditional sources. The loans can be used for a wide range of purposes, including buildings and repairs, equipment purchase, making facilities more energy efficient or funding shortfalls in larger grant assisted projects.
Further information about the scheme is available by contacting UCIT on 028 9031 5003 or visiting www.ucitltd.com