Grants and Funding

Community Festivals Fund

Image from the cover of the Community Festivals Fund Guidance Notes

The Community Festivals Fund reopens on Monday 16 March 2020 (subject to funding) for applications for festivals taking place before 31 March 2021.  Council would particularly welcome applications for festivals which promote equality, target poverty and social exclusion and encourage cultural expression.

Apply here for grant

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.


  • 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.

How to apply

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

Apply online for grant application

Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office at: T: 028 2563 3148 or 028 9335 8240 or by E:

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

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.