On Monday 16 March 2020 (subject to funding), Council will open the following schemes for the 2020-2021 financial year:
Good Relations Grants Scheme
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council invites applications for the Good Relations Grants Scheme. The purpose of this grants scheme is to consider support for any constituted community or voluntary group undergoing activities within its statutory and civic remit where there is a benefit to Good Relations in the Mid and East Antrim area. The scheme will be 100% funded up to a maximum of £2,500, which can be secured through one large application or through a series of smaller applications.
Projects which are funded by the scheme must link to the project outcome of ‘Increased sense of community belonging (widens contribution beyond community background)’. This scheme is aimed at projects taking place between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. The scheme will operate on a rolling basis (subject to available budget).
This scheme has received financial support from the Executive Office administered through Mid & East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Unit.
Community Festivals Fund
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council invites applications for the Community Festivals Fund for festivals taking place between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. Council would particularly welcome applications for festivals which promote equality, target poverty and social exclusion and encourage cultural expression.
The Community Festivals Fund is a competitive scheme and festival organisers will be required to demonstrate how their festival meets the assessment criteria. There is no guarantee that successful applicants will receive the amount applied for.
Levels of Financial Support
• Single Day Festivals - 100% funding up to £1,500
Festivals must last more than 3 hours and must consist of more than one element. For example BBQ, children’s entertainment, music etc.
• Multi-day Festivals - 100% funding up to £2,000
Festival activities must take place over two or more consecutive days and have a common theme. Each day must contain activities lasting more than 3 hours per day.
The closing date for applications for the Community Festivals Fund is 12pm Friday 8 May 2020.
Everybody Active 2020 Small Grants Scheme
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council invites applications for the Everybody Active 2020 Small Grants Scheme for projects taking place between 1 April 2020 and 28 February 2021 . The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, community groups, PTAs and governing bodies of sport, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver increased sports participation.
Projects must demonstrate participation from priority groups including:
• Women and girls
• People with a disability;
• Those living in areas of greatest social need (specifically people living within the top 25% of wards designated by NI Multiple Deprivation Measure Index 2010)
• Projects that promote positive mental health and wellbeing and use sport and physical activity as a mechanism.
Council will consider up to 100% funding of total eligible costs up to a maximum of £2,500. Projects must be completed by 28 February 2021.
This scheme has received financial support from SportNI and the Department for Communities. The scheme will operate on a rolling basis (subject to available budget).
How to Apply
Applications for all schemes can be made online at https://mea.eformz.info. Applications received after the closing dates will not be accepted.
N.B. All of the above schemes are subject to Council receiving funding from the relevant awarding body. Funding levels and closing dates may be subject to change depending on the availability of budget.
Projects carried out before the outcome of the application is known, or before any Letter of Offer is issued will be done so at risk of not being funded.
Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office at: Tel: 028 2563 3148 or 028 9335 8240 or by emailing email@example.com
Please note that applying for a grant is a competitive process and awards are subject to the availability of funds. Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, as part of its duties under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, is committed to equal opportunities and good relations and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All awards will be based strictly on the merit principle.