Grants and Funding

Good Relations Grants Support Scheme

Council invites applications for the Good Relations Grants Scheme for activities taking place from 1 September to 31 March 2021.  The purpose of this grants scheme is to consider support for any constituted community or voluntary group undergoing activities within its statutory and civic remit where there is a benefit to Good Relations in the Mid and East Antrim area.  The scheme will be 100% funded up to a maximum of £2,500, which can be secured through one large application or through a series of smaller applications. 

Projects which are funded by the scheme must link to the project outcome of ‘Increased sense of community belonging (widens contribution beyond community background)’.  This scheme is aimed at projects taking place between 1 September 2020 and 31 March 2021.  The scheme will operate on a rolling basis (subject to available budget).

This scheme has received financial support from the Executive Office administered through Council’s Good Relations Unit.

How to Apply

Applicants to all schemes 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 Gov.uk's Coronavirus section.

All activities for which grant 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 on the Public Health website.

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.  Applications received after the closing dates will not be accepted.

  • 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

Applications for all schemes can be made online:

Apply here

N.B. All  schemes are subject to Council receiving funding from the relevant awarding body.  Funding levels and closing dates may be subject to change depending on the availability of budget.

Projects carried out before the outcome of the application is known, or before any Letter of Offer is issued will be done so at risk of not being funded.

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

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 & 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.