Grants and Funding

Cultural Festivals Grant

On Monday 10th May, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Cultural Celebrations Grants Scheme will open to applications. 

The scheme will close on Friday 4th June at 12noon.

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Funding is available to encourage the expression of cultural identity at the time of the traditional July/August events.  The activity can be in the form of an event in accordance with PHA COVID-19 Advice or arranged as a virtual event.

Funding of up to a maximum of £1,500 is available for:

  • Single day events to express cultural identity
  • Events expressing cultural identity in a virtual format
  • Events must take place between 9 and 13 July and 13 and 17 August 2021.

Examples of Projects

  • Enabling online streaming of virtual events such as internet workshops which could include culturally based cookery demonstrations and children’s crafting activities.
  • Production of cultural activity packs for distribution amongst communities.
  • Enabling the recording of online resources with regard to cultural education which can be viewed by communities – e.g. history talks etc.
  • Family fun day activities in accordance with PHA Covid-19 Guidance.

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).

Applicants are reminded that the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus is an unprecedented global event and advice is constantly being updated. The latest advice from the UK government and the NHS can be found at


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 from the main grants funding page at  Applications should be submitted online. Further information on the grant process is available by contacting the Grants Office on T: 028 2563 3530 or 028 9335 8240 or E:

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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.



Governance Standards

Council would remind you of the requirements to maintain appropriate governance in undertaking all council funded activities:

  • All activities for which funding is provided must be planned and undertaken in compliance with the Government’s social distancing guidance, to protect everyone from the risk of infection. Visit the PHA COVID-19 Advice page.
  • In relation to any scheme that has been established to assist vulnerable people within the Mid and East Antrim Borough, the applicant group must ensure that the benefits of the funding remain and take place within the Borough only. This includes the distribution of items such as food, household items and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).
  • Any groups undertaking projects that involve the making and distributing of PPE or food should ensure that the relevant legal guidelines are adhered to and appropriate safety information, including warnings, are provided with the product.
  • As part of the conditions of the Letter of Offer accepted by the signee on behalf of the awarded group, you are required to keep all receipts and invoices relating to the project and ensure that the expenditure is visible on the group’s bank statement. This information will be requested at a future date as part of the monitoring and evaluation stage of the grants process.
  • As stated in the Letter of Offer, all invoices must be made out to the applicant group named on the application form and Letter of Offer and that all expenditure must be clearly visible on the same group’s bank statement.
  • Where possible the standard of the invoices should be of those set out as per the MEA Grants Invoice Standards document.
  • Any cash purchases made by group members should be documented and evidence of reimbursement by the group to the member should be visible on the group bank statement.
  • As declared in the application form, at no point should any member of the applicant group have any interest/financial benefit from the funded project.
  • It should be noted that if not all of the funding awarded by Council can be vouched or if an underspend on the project occurs, Council will clawback this money through the appropriate methods.

Invoice Standards

Please note that grant payments will only be processed whereby bonafied paid invoices have been submitted with a claim.

Invoices should include the following information:

  • Name, address and telephone number of the company the invoice is from.
  • VAT registration number (if applicable).
  • Invoice Date.
  • Invoice Number.
  • Name and address of the person being billed.
  • Description or Reason for Invoice (including dates of events, etc.)
  • The Amount.
  • An Order Number (if applicable).
  • Information on how to make payment.
  • Invoices from individuals should be signed by that individual.
  • Authorisation for payment by a member of your organisation.