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Grants and Funding

Cultural Celebrations Grants Scheme

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From Monday 9 May we invite applications for funding from local community groups within the Borough under its Cultural Celebrations Grants Scheme for events taking place between 10 to 13 July and 13 to 17 August 2022.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 midday Friday 3 June 2022.

Apply for funding

Levels of financial support

Funding of up to a maximum of £1,500 for single day events and up to a maximum of £2,000 for multi-day events (two or more consecutive 24 hours periods) is available for events held to express cultural identity for events taking place between 10 to 13 July and 13 to 17 August 2022.

Funding can be used for:

Festival events eg activities such as music and art; various cultural/educational activities; family fun activities; food/refreshments consumables; portable toilets and skips in line with PHA Guidance on Social Distancing. This list is not exhaustive and should be used only as an indication of eligible costs.

Virtual festival events eg virtual activities such as music and art; various virtual cultural/educational activities including streaming costs. This list is not exhaustive and should be used only as an indication of eligible costs.

Funding cannot be used for the purchase of items of clothing, alcohol or items directly related to a bonfire, or items that would encourage large gatherings which exceeds PHA Guidance on Social Distancing.

This list is not exhaustive, and any project ideas should be discussed with a local DEA Officer to determine suitability (contact details are listed at the back of the Guidance Notes attached).

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 also 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 for funding

Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office at:

T: 028 2563 3148 

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 and will be proportionally awarded based on volume of submitted applications.

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.