Continued funding confirmed for families in Northern Ireland We are pleased to confirm that, following the recent announcement of a new budget agreement for Northern Ireland, the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety has confirmed that Family Fund will receive the remainder of our funding for this financial year. This means we will be resuming our grants programme in Northern Ireland as normal. Families who have already applied will have their applications processed and we are open to new applications from families. We will be processing applications as quickly as possible, but please remember our timescales for processing are 3-4 months for a first-time application and 6-8 weeks for subsequent applications. Thank you for all the messages of support received during the last couple of days, including those who contacted the Minister and Department. We appreciate the speed with which the Minister has moved to confirm this funding and will do our best to help as many families as possible. Find out more about applying for a grant.