Grants and Funding

Grant Support Scheme

Our Grants Support Scheme is now open for applications. 

Apply here for funding

Grants Support Scheme

The scheme is open on a rolling basis, subject to the availability of budget.
The aim of the scheme will be to provide financial support through various grants categories for organisers of events as well as community groups, sports clubs, arts groups in the Borough undertaking projects which are of benefit to all of the citizens of Mid and East Antrim Borough area.

To qualify for a grant under the new scheme, applicants should be:

  • A community organisation or voluntary group formally constituted with a current committee.
  • An individual who has been selected to represent or compete at a minimum of Ulster level at a one-off event.
  • Based in the Mid and East Antrim Borough area or provide a service that is of a clear and direct benefit within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.
  • Have a bank account in the name of the applicant organisation.

Grants are available towards community-based projects including:

  • Setting up of New Groups
  • Equipment
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Community Events
  • Civic Representation
  • International Events

AED / Defibrillator

Council has approved measures to increase the number of AEDs throughout the Borough, including supporting the purchase of AEDs in a number of areas.  In order to ensure groups are not penalised in their normal two grant applications, Council permits an additional application only for the purpose of purchasing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be applied for under the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council Equipment Grant, i.e. 75% up to a maximum of £2,000.


Everybody Active

From Monday 18 March 2019, the Sport NI Every Body Active 2020 Small Grants Programme 2019-20 for projects taking place before 29 February 2020 launches.  The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, community groups and governing bodies of sport, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver increased sports participation.

Priority will be given to projects which aim to increase participation among traditionally underrepresented groups which include:

  • Women and girls
  • People with a disability;
  • Those living in areas of greatest social need (specifically people living within the top 25% of wards designated by NI Multiple Deprivation Measure Index 2010)
  • Projects that promote positive mental health and wellbeing and use sport and physical activity as a mechanism

Council will consider up to 100% funding of total eligible costs up to a maximum of £2,500.  Projects must be completed by 29 February 2020.

  • Applications will be assessed in the order they are submitted, therefore it is advised to apply early as this is a competitive process.
  • Council will have the right to close the scheme before the stated closing date should the budget be fully allocated.
  • If an application is submitted, assessed and deemed unsuccessful, the applicant may reapply to the scheme it time permits.

View guidance notes here.


Good Relations Grant Support Scheme

From Monday 18 March 2019, the Good Relations Grants Scheme is open for the 2019-2020 financial year.

This scheme is aimed at projects taking place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 and will operate on a rolling basis (subject to available budget) until the closing date of Friday 31 January 2020.  Should the scheme go over-subscribed, Council may reduce the amount offered on a pro-rata basis.

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

The 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.”

This call is for projects taking place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 only. 


To apply

Apply here for funding

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

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

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.