Grants and Funding

Grant Support Scheme

Our Grants Support Scheme is now open for applications for projects and activities taking place between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. 

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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.

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To apply

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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: 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 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.