Grants and Funding

Grant Support Scheme

Our Grants Support Scheme is now open for applications. 

Apply here for funding

Grants Support Scheme

The scheme is open on rolling basis, subject to the availability of budget.
The aim of the scheme will be to provide financial support through various grants categories for organisers of events as well as community groups, sports clubs, arts groups in the Borough undertaking projects which are of benefit to all of the citizens of Mid and East Antrim Borough area.

To qualify for a grant under the new scheme, applicants should be:

  • A community organisation or voluntary group formally constituted with a current committee.
  • An individual who has been selected to represent or compete at a minimum of Ulster level at a one-off event.
  • Based in the Mid and East Antrim Borough area or provide a service that is of a clear and direct benefit within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.
  • Have a bank account in the name of the applicant organisation.

Grants are available towards community-based projects including:

  • Setting up of New Groups
  • Equipment
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Community Events
  • Civic Representation
  • International Events

AED / Defibrillator

Council has approved measures to increase the number of AEDs throughout the Borough, including supporting the purchase of AEDs in a number of areas.  In order to ensure groups are not penalised in their normal two grant applications, Council permit an additional application only for the purpose of purchasing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be applied for under the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council Equipment Grant, i.e. 75% up to a maximum of £2,000.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Council has approved measures to enable one additional grant application per community group wishing to celebrate the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.  In order to ensure groups are not penalised in their normal two grant applications, Council permit an additional application only for the purpose of celebrating the Royal Wedding to be applied for under the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council Small Event Grant, i.e. 75% up to a maximum of £1,000.

To apply

Apply here for funding

Before completing an application, applicants should make sure that they are eligible to apply and have read the guidance notes in full which can be downloaded below.

Applications can be made online at Council's Funding Hub. Manual applications can be requested by contacting the Grants Office on the contact details below and may be returned to any of the following Council buildings.

  • Ballymena – Ardeevin, 80 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1AB
  • Larne – Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RU
  • Carrickfergus – Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG

Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office on T: 028 2563 3148 or 028 9335 8240 or E: grants@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Please note that applying for a grant is a competitive process and awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Mid and 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.