Grants and Funding

Good Relations Grants Scheme

Photograph of two children with their faces painted

The 2018-2019 Grant Scheme is now open.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's Good Relations Grants Scheme for 2018/19 applications is currently open.  The scheme operates on a rolling basis (subject to available budget) and applications should be submitted prior to the commencement of the project or expenditure incurred in relation to the project.

Funding is available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 only. 

Apply here for funding

Funding is available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 only.

Our Good Relations Grant Scheme is a 100% funded opportunity, for constituted groups, up to a maximum of £2,500. This can be applied for through one large application or through a series of smaller applications.

Purpose of the fund

The purpose of our Good Relations Grants Scheme reflects the ‘Together:  Building a United Community’ Strategy which outlines a vision of “a united community, based on equality of opportunity, the desirability of good relations and reconciliation – one which is strengthened by its diversity, where cultural expression is celebrated and embraced and where everyone can live, learn, work and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance.”

The Good Relations grant is 100% funded up to a maximum of £2,500.  This can be applied for through one large application or through a series of smaller applications. The scheme will operate on a rolling basis (subject to available budget). Should the scheme go over-subscribed, Council may reduce the amount offered on a pro-rata basis.

Grant Themes

Projects which are funded by the Good Relations Grant must clearly link to the following T:BUC theme:

  • Our Cultural Expression:  To create a community which promotes mutual respect and understanding, is strengthened by its diversity, and where cultural expression is celebrated and embraced.

    Public celebrations are an important part of cultural life throughout the world, especially where they allow the whole population to mark a sense of belonging and place. Furthermore, within every society, the celebration of different connections, memories and traditions by parts of the whole society at different times in the calendar forms an important part of the public life of the entire community.

    Cultural identities can also be powerful influences in our individual lives and in some cases, shape how we view ourselves and other people. Our belief systems, values and perceptions are shaped by our cultural background.

    As we move towards achieving our vision of a united community, we are committed to developing an open and tolerant society in which everyone is free to mark and celebrate their identity, or indeed identities, in a peaceful and respectful manner.

Applicants will be asked to identify which of the following T:BUC Outcomes and Project Level Outcomes will be achieved through the project.

 

T:BUC Outcome

Project Level Outcome

4.1: Increased sense of community belonging (widens contribution beyond community background).

 

An increase in the percentage of participants who feel a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood.

An increase in the percentage of participants who feel a sense of belonging to Northern Ireland as a whole.

An increase in the percentage of participants who feel they have an influence when it comes to the local decisions made in their neighbourhood.

An increase in the percentage of participants who feel they have an influence when it comes to any of the local decisions made in Northern Ireland.

4.2: Cultural diversity is celebrated.

 

An increase in the percentage who think that the culture and traditions of the Catholic Community add to the richness and diversity of Northern Ireland.

An increase in the percentage who think that the culture and traditions of the Protestant Community add to the richness and diversity of Northern Ireland.

An increase in the percentage who think that the culture and traditions of the Minority Ethnic Community add to the richness and diversity of Northern Ireland.

An increase in the percentage of Protestants who think that their cultural identity is respected by society.

An increase in the percentage of Catholics who think that their cultural identity is respected by society.

This call is for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 only. 

How to apply

Applications can be made online by clicking here.  Although Council’s preferred method of application is by online, hard copy applications are available upon request.

Apply here for funding

This is now a rolling scheme with no closing date. 

Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of the project or expenditure incurred in relation to the project.

For further information on the application process, please contact the Grants Office on T: 028 2563 3148 or T: 028 9335 8240.  Alternatively, enquiries can be emailed to: grants@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Should you wish to discuss a project with a Good Relations Officer, please contact:

Ballymena area

Jane Dunlop
Good Relations Officer
T: 028 2563 3141
E: jane.dunlop@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Carrickfergus area

Janet Shearer
Good Relations Officer
T: 028 9335 8312
E: janet.shearer@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Larne area David McAllister
Assistant Good Relations Officer
T: 028 9335 8315
E: david.mcallister@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

This project has received financial support from OFMDFM through Mid & East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Unit.