Community and Voluntary Sector Funding

Probation Community Service Work Placements Grant graphic

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) has responsibility for securing placements for individuals who are subject to Community Service/Supervised Activity Orders imposed by the Courts. 

To fulfil the obligations of these Orders, the people to which they are subject complete unpaid work placements within their communities in local organisations. PBNI therefore invites applications from organisations across Northern Ireland in the Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) to provide such placements. 

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Provide meaningful work and effective supervision of people subject to any such Court Orders;
  • Support PBNI’s commitment to community-based restorative practice;
  • Accept individuals who may be considered more complex in nature;
  • Maintain records of work to provide evidence towards the achievement of completed hours for placements;
  • Undertake basic trauma-informed training.

In addition, successful applicants who provide access to accredited training courses for placements will be awarded extra points in the scoring process. Review meetings will take place between PBNI Area Managers and the placements to review the delivery of the work. 

Access the Funding advertisement and application form here

PBNI will fund each placement to the value of £150 with a minimum of 6 placements per application. 

Successful applicants will be required to publicly acknowledge and refer to the funding throughout the lifetime of the grant award. The purpose of this is to raise awareness of the partnership role PBNI and CVS plays in contributing to safer communities. Furthermore, in promoting its work PBNI may seek to use a placement to raise awareness of this.

Further details including PBNI’s grant funding policy, procedures and application forms are available via the PBNI website,

We recommend that you read and fully understand the contents of the application and the supporting documents required before applying.

Completed application forms must be submitted electronically to the PBNI Procurement and Grants Manager, Graham Parkinson at


Applications received after the closing date will NOT be accepted.

Access the Funding advertisement and application form here